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Old 07-03-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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It can be problematic for laptops that lack manufacturer support for Windows 7 (Vista, XP.) As long as you are careful to not delete the Win8 recovery partition when you wipe the OS ,it's not too hard to restore them back. Make your recovery disk set as soon as you get the laptop is always a good idea. Actually, make 2 sets.

I think most of the desktop machines are better supported by Windows 7. Laptops tend to have proprietary motherboards and sometimes there are no Win7 (or Vista or XP) drivers for them unless the manufacturer provides them.

People have also ditched Win8 for Linux distros, too.

An OEM version is supposed to be permanently tied to a one motherboard, so it it's been installed on another machine, whether or not you can coerce MS to allow an OEM Win7 to activate is another problem you might encounter. There are ways around that, but you can search the Internet for those cracks and hacks.

Use a program like Classic Shell or another shell/overlay program in conjunction with Win8 is another work-around. I did that with the test version of Win8 just because it was easier to find where MS hid things in Win8, haha. Free, very easy to do, no license issues involved.
That's the main point.... and whether downgrading or upgrading, makes no difference.

Has it always been like that... even in the early days of MS?
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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That's the main point.... and whether downgrading or upgrading, makes no difference.

Has it always been like that... even in the early days of MS?
I believe the EULA was, but it wasn't really being enforced as activation wasn't introduced until 2001 with Windows XP. If you have a copy of Windows 9x you could install it on as many computers as you wanted, EULA be damned.
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