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If I format a Windows 8 computer and install Windows 7, any issues?

#1iammaxhailmePosted 9/6/2013 6:18:58 AM
Probably this one.
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-G750JW-DB71-17-3-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B00COQIKB4

Putting aside Windows 8's unfixably awful UI for now, I do computational chemistry research at university and the professor my program wrote doesn't work on W8 (it works fine on W7). Plus, you know, the UI.

Please, I want answers to the question I asked, not people trying to convince me to stick to W8.
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#2ShubPosted 9/6/2013 6:19:55 AM
Check that Windows 7 drivers are available for the laptop. That's it really.
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#3betatechPosted 9/6/2013 6:32:44 AM
You should be able to install W7 in place of W8, however, I would first try a replacement start menu (e.g. classic shell, which fixes allot of the UI problems for me) and compatibility mode before try to reinstall windows.

If you want to proceed I also suggest making a FULL backup of the HDD with e.g. macrium reflect (it's free). http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx and make recovery discs.

Only possible issues I can think of are:
1. You need to disable secure boot in the bios.
2. Partitions- You may need to use a third party software e.g. linux and gparted to be able to delete certain W8 partitions.
3. Drivers.
4. Whether you want to stick with UEFI or switch the BIOS/legacy mode. If you plan to multi boot other OSs the latter may be better based on my experience so far. I believe W7 supports GPT with UEFI but for legacy mode it requires MBR (see 2.).
5. I don't know If you need to delete the product key for W8 in the Bios, I doubt this but if you have activation issues with w7 this could be the problem (I wouldn't do this unless you have to).
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#4iammaxhailme(Topic Creator)Posted 9/6/2013 6:38:25 AM
Does Classic Shell get rid of that stupid tablet crap?

I hear "Start is Back" is pretty good, anyone use that?

And this kind of all hinges on getting my research to work; it'll probably be able to get done though.
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#5ShubPosted 9/6/2013 6:45:29 AM(edited)
You can't get rid of Windows 8's Start menu completely. With 3rd party software such as StartIsBack, you can force your computer to boot straight to the Desktop rather than boot to the tiled Start menu, and then in Desktop mode, you'll have an actual Start button that apes the functionality of Windows 7's Start menu.
Windows 8.1 adds an option to boot straight to Desktop, negating the need for 3rd-party software, and it adds a Start button to the taskbar in Desktop mode, but all that Start button does is bring up the full screen Start menu (similar to the current method of placing your mouse cursor in the lower left corner of the screen). Those changes may break the functionality of 3rd-part software such as StartIsBack.
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