I've recently bought myself a laptop (Asus N56VZ) last December. Everything was great, but it came pre-loaded with Windows 8, which I'd like to get rid off. And I will.
However, I'm a bit paranoid about problems, and while the laptop comes with a one-year warranty, here in my home country, retailers will do anything and everything they can to back out from it, which includes not honoring any hardware-related problems, because I "broke it when I installed Windows 7."
So comes my question. I've been reading about going back to Windows 7 here, and combined with my general knowledge of Windows 8, I've come up with the following:
- Pre-installed Windows 8 does NOT come with a Serial Number, sticker or otherwise. It's built into the laptop.
- There's an unusable hard drive partition (in my case, 3) that might have something to do with Windows 8.
- Windows 8 uses UEFI, so I kinda have to dig for settings to bring back the boot menu.
So, here are my questions:
- Would reformatting my hard drive remove this serial key? Or is it stored somewhere else accessible to Windows 8 only?
- What happens if I format the recovery partition? Can I use it for files? Does Windows 7 use recovery partitions?
- I kinda like the Windows 8's boot-up. It shows nothing but the manufacturer's Logo, then goes straight to Windows. No boot-screen, no press this for boot menu, just a clean screen. I assume this is UEFI at work. Can Windows 7 do the same thing?
Assuming I did reformat my hard drives, deleted the recovery partition so the previously unusable 20GB can now be used for files, and otherwise configured Windows 7 to work the way I want it to, do I just download an ISO image of Windows 8, burn it to a DVD, put it in the disc, boot from it and expect Windows 8 to work?
Thanks to any and all who will answer.