Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 FREE

 

With the massive amount of unacceptable changes to Windows 8, many people are either hanging onto Vista, or even worse Windows XP which is unsupported.  Some consider switching to Apple’s Mac products which is even more learning curve and potential compatibility issues depending on what you are using the computer for.

There are options to downgrade your newly purchased Windows 8 computer to Windows 7 for FREE without having to purchase a new license.  OK, the labour part isn’t free unless you are doing it yourself.  But you’re saving $100 or more on licensing depending on the version you would by buying.

According to Microsofts KB article 2832566 you may be illegible only if your version of Windows 8 is the Professional edition, and if the Windows 7 product is pre-injected into the BIOS.  Microsoft’s article KB2832566 explains how to do the downgrade if the Windows 7 license is pre-injected in the BIOS.

If your computer BIOS was not pre-injected with the Windows 7 license, unfortunately you will be forced to purchase a Windows 7 license, regardless if you have the Professional edition of Windows 8 or not.

On a side note, if you are downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7, you should do a hardware compatibility test and ensure the manufacturer has all the drivers available on their website, otherwise you maybe stuck finding out you have no Internet, sound or other functions that don’t work.