How to downgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7 when my DVD drive is broken?

Adrian C January 3, 2014
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I installed Windows 8.1 on an old laptop which doesn’t have a UEFI BIOS.

How can I remove it and install Windows 7 again (USB Boot)?


Additional info:

  • HP Pavilion dv6-1355dx
  • DVD drive is broken

  1. Dalsan M
    January 6, 2014 at 3:07 am

    A few other ways to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 7 installation can be found here: This would depend on if you have the installation DVD or a Windows 7 installation ISO available (and another computer with a working DVD drive if you have the installation disc). Microsoft released a Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to do what you are wanting to do, especially since netbooks do not come with any optical drives, and many ultra-books do not, as well.

  2. Hovsep A
    January 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    • Adrian C
      January 6, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Your link is dead

    • Hovsep A
      January 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

      i just tried it, it works, clean your Browser temp files.

    • Adrian C
      January 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Malwarebytes was blocking the website
      thanks for the help