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Downgrade ProBook to Windows 7

2 10 December 4, 2017 at 11:21 PM
Hello - I purchased a HP probook with a skylake cpu. It came with windows 10 pro, but was also sold with windows 7, so it's my understanding that this allows me to downgrade to windows 7 pro.

I have a windows 7 pro disc and can install it, but I don't know how to find a key that works. I believe windows 10 machines don't have a key, it's embedded in the BIOS, so how do activate windows 7? Is there a guide for this or can someone explain the finer points to me? Thanks for any help.

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Windows 7 also embedded the key in the uefi. There's a chance there's a sticker under the battery if it's removable.

Windows 7 extended support ends in just 2 years. Unless there's a reason you absolutely have to use windows 7, I'd make sure you give windows 10 a fair shake.
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Thanks for the reply. I've tried Windows 10 and I'm not a fan. That's why I asked how to downgrade. If Windows 7 key is also embedded, how do I find it? Thanks again.
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When extended support ends in two years windows 7 won't get any more security updates, which is kind of a big deal.
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When extended support ends in two years windows 7 won't get any more security updates, which is kind of a big deal.
Ya I agree, it's time to start using W10 and get used to it as it's really the only viable option especially if OP has a license. Unless they were running unique software or had a hardware requirement for 7 it's time to move forward. 10 isn't that bad.
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Thanks for the reply. I've tried Windows 10 and I'm not a fan. That's why I asked how to downgrade. If Windows 7 key is also embedded, how do I find it? Thanks again.
download and install classic shell...it will give you the w7 menus and start button...you wont be able to tell the difference.
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