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ghamini
10-24-2013, 10:01 PM
Hello.

I have just bought a new laptop Dell Inspiron 5520 with Windows 8 installed in it.
But now I want to downgrade to Win7 Ultimate.
I have seen many people commenting that the UEFI system does allow this to happen.
I can't even see the option to boot from DVD!!!

Please help me out.
It's very urgent.

Thanks

badrobot
10-25-2013, 04:02 AM
Motherboards are not all the same. But with my motherboard, I have to enable "Legacy Boot Sources" to be able to switch to optical drive boot up. Look for anything with regards to "Legacy" support in the UEFI/BIOS menu and enable it and switch the order around so that DVD is first boot.

bassfisher6522
10-25-2013, 04:36 AM
Why not keep windows 8 and just use Classic Shell. It will give you the look and feel of windows 7 but with the advantages and benefits of windows 8.

Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements (http://www.classicshell.net/)

badrobot
10-25-2013, 05:31 AM
Why not keep windows 8 and just use Classic Shell. It will give you the look and feel of windows 7 but with the advantages and benefits of windows 8.

Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements (http://www.classicshell.net/)

I have a feeling the OP has some specialty software that doesn't run well on Win 8.

TechnoMage
10-25-2013, 12:48 PM
But he/she didn't say that.

There is also the hardware compatibility problem too. Like printers, scanners, etc.

It would be nice if folks looking for help would be a little more explanatory about their problems.

Their own solution may not really be the BEST solution.

:cool:

TechnoMage
10-26-2013, 11:32 AM
I have a feeling the OP has some specialty software that doesn't run well on Win 8.

Well, that does happen! I had my car on a Drive-On Wheel-Dyno a few days ago and the operator told me that the only OS that supports their Dyno software and hardware is XP. He was telling me that they need some service on their XP desktop, that runs the Dyno. Of course, I offered my assistance.

But that story is repeated around the world every day, either because of some old software or some Proprietary Hardware that only works with XP.

Now on the PC with windows 8..... I'd back that up to some external media, like an External Hard drive, before even thinking about installing ANY OTHER OS on that PC. Then if the other OS didn't pan out, a restore of Win-8 would put everything back straight again. No harm and no foul.

I did the same thing with my little Acer ONE Netbook. I backed up XP, loaded W8 and found it was not compatible with my Netbook and then restored XP and all is well.

Oh well......

:cool: