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    Hi folks this is very timely as I would like to roll back to windows 7 so that I can see if it is WIndows 8 causing compatability issues with video streaming hardware I have. I would like to keep the option to go back to windows 8 though. Where is best place to get hold of windows 7 disk and key? I saw one on ebay for a dell OEM but it says it will work in any laptop for about £50? ANyway I think your idea of dual booting is a good one and would like to try it as long as it doesn't impact on performance? I don't suppose you could give a step by step guide to setting up the dual boot from scratch that would be really useful?! Also not sure where to get my windows 8 key from as its not on bottom of laptop as it used to be?! I have 5 backup disks that the previous owener setup so not sure I need the recovery partition? I really don't like WIndows 8 cant see it taking off to be honest it is a few steps backwards in terms of useability! Thanks Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    Where is best place to get hold of windows 7 disc
    You can download Windows 7 ISOs directly from Microsoft here.

    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    I saw one on eBay for a Dell OEM but it says it will work in any laptop for about £50?
    It's really simple to make your own for free. I certainly wouldn't pay £50!

    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    Also not sure where to get my windows 8 key from as it's not on bottom of laptop as it used to be?
    Windows 8 Product Key Viewer should work. If not, read this.

    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    I really don't like Windows 8
    Patience is a virtue.

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    Thanks for the tip on getting Windows 7 ISO and Windows 8 product key. Only problem is that when I have the Windows 7 ISO I still need to get an active product key I would have thought. I guess htis is what you pay your £50 for? Well Im willing to give the dual boot on Windows 7 and 8 a go so not completely writing it off yet. My initial thoughts are that design and useability are horrible though!

    If Dimensions has time to document his successful dual boot installation step by step that would be very useful for me and others I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    I guess this is what you pay your £50 for?
    Not really. All of the big OEMs like Dell and HP have generic product keys that will activate Windows offline (along with the relevant .XRM-MS certificate).

    If you follow the instructions from the link above, you will be able to install Windows 7 on your laptop and activate it (100% legally) without having to buy another license or disc from eBay.

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    Hmm sounds strange that I can get something legitimately from Microsoft for free (as it said somewhere you need WIndows 8 Pro to downgrade legitimately) but worth giving it a go! Thanks

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    The key to the method above working successfully is that your laptop needs to have a suitable SLIC table in the BIOS. However, on second thoughts given that the HP G6-2210SA isn't a business-class laptop, the chance of it working is almost zero.

    You're correct that the laptop would need to come with Windows 8 Pro for the downgrade rights.

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    So conclusion is go for the £50 disk for this laptop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    So conclusion is go for the £50 disc for this laptop?
    Do you have a link to the one you were looking at?

    Another option would be to download one of the many third-party Start Menu replacements (like StartIsBack or Start8) and continue using Windows 8...

    A Comparison of Alternative Start Menu's for Windows 8

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    Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7

    Then go to software > operating systems > windows 7 home premium

    Its about £60

    Does this sound fair? A bit strange to install a dell disk on an HP though.

    I need to have Windows 7 on here as my video streaming setup doesnt like WIndows 8 yet. Lots of blue screens and freezes ina brand new laptop when running the hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 83dons View Post
    It's about £60
    That looks fine actually.

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    Thanks Ill try windows 7 install when I get the disk and will try your tip to find my Windows 8 product key. I have 5 backup disks that were created by the previous owner for this laptop I am pretty sure that is all I need to reinstall Windows 8 and dont need the original Windows 8 disk.

    Im still a little unsure of creating dual boots so some help there would be useful - have 1TB of hard drive so not best sure how to partition probably 750 W7 and 250 W8 as I will be using the w7 to process and store video clips on and W8 just for web browsing and basics.

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    I have managed to install Windows 7 on this laptop but cannot find a chipset driver for Mobile Intel® HM76 Express Chipset for Windows 7. What chipset driver did you find to use? There only seems to be one for Windows 8 not sure if I should install that one?

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    I could really use some help on my thread:

    Win 7 on a Win 8 Laptop

    Please help, thanks.

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