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Dec 27, 2012

If I'll be able to downgrade the Dell Inspiron i660s-3848BK to Windows 7?  It ships with Windows 8 in a bundle through Walmart. My workplace already has the software and several additional licenses available for Windows 7 Enterprise.

I've been reading about how the BIOS will need to be changed.  Dell Support doesn't show the i660s as one of those computers that can be downgraded.

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With that being said, do not jump straight to the "Did you turn it on and off again" questions. Here is what I have done so far:

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Software-Side: Checking if Windows was up to date --> Nothing to updateUpdating the motherboard's BIOS --> Not betterUpdating the LAN's drivers with the ones I found on the manufacturer's website --> Not better

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I have a Dell Inspiron One 2330, which had Windows 8 Pre Installed, one fine day it stopped booting windows 8...

No matter, I had the recovery media... I made a full system restore... and nothing... it still does not boot.

Black screen after windows logo.

Dell Diagnostics accused no trouble whatsoever, all the tests performed successfully.

After a lot of tinkering, I managed to go back to Windows 7, the system runs fine, but I am running a trial license of Win 7, as I have not yet bought a license (I actually tried restoring the system using the Dell generated backup disks AND the Windows 8 OEM Disk, provided after those did not work).

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