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BUY A WINDOWS 7 DISK AT EBAY
I had the same question as you posted here, and found out thru HP that Windows 8 can't be downgraded to Windows 7 without possible damage/harm to the pc.
Since my Vista has never given me any grief what so ever, just minor hiccups that I fixed myself, and I did not want to invest in a new desktop of Windows 7, since I'm not sure if the nightmare Windows 8 platform will be the only thing available several years down the road, I chose to purchase a new Windows 7 disk.
Best Buy, and even HP are not selling Windows 7 disks anymore, so I went to EBay and there I found many of them for sale. I just purchased the Full Windows 7 32 and 64 bit disks, with License and certificate of authenticity from EBay. I didn't want to do the bidding war thing, so I offered $100 for the set of 2 disks and the seller took my offer.
If your not an EBay person (I wasn't either until just 2 months ago, and so the W7 disk is the 2nd item I've purchased at EBay with no problems), then Walmart Online is still selling Windows 7 disks. The Windows 7 Full 32 & 64 bit that I bought at EBay for $100 are selling for $174 at Walmart, but they also have cheaper versions available.
If you want to buy Windows 7 disks, then I suggest you start your search for the disks NOW. EBay still has the 32 bit for sale, the 64 bit for sale, the Full version, and even the Pro versions. Some sellers want a "fixed" price for their disks, and some do the bidding thing. If you do decided to go with EBay, be careful and read the FULL DESCRIPTION of the item. I almost bid on what I thought was the Full version, only to read that it was not the ENGLISH version. Make sure the item has the license and certificate of authenticity, and I would recommend to NOT buy any "used slightly" or any "open" items.
The disks I purchased came in the usual Windows 7 box, and still had the shrink wrap on them, and I bought from a person living in the USA. (yes, I have trust problems) Also make sure the seller has a track record of excellence.
I just received my W7 disks this past Monday in the mail, and with Turkey Day and shopping, I haven't had time yet to prepare my Vista for the transition. But I'm excited to get on with it.
One more thing... Best Buy has no, none, zip, nada, zero, Windows 7 computers at all, but HP Online still does. Best of luck to you! and Happy Holidays! Mary
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