dealshp pavilion p7-1447c quad-core 10gb ddr3 1tb sata…

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I like this deal, but I have to use Windows 7 because of work ( telecommute). Does anyone know how complicated it would be to downgrade this to 7? Is it even possible? If I end up tossing it in the pond, it's not going to be a good deal!

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@nikkinu: Unfortunately I think HP only supports downgrading if you have Windows 8 Pro and this machine has W8 Basic. Luckily since you're buying a new machine, you won't really need to "downgrade." I use the term downgrading/upgrading when a computer has had an OS for an extended period of time, and is changing OS versions while keeping all of the personal files & settings intact. Since you don't need to worry about user files, etc; formatting your HDD and installing Windows 7 would be good enough.

Your issue is that you won't be able to find Win 7 drivers from HP for this model lineup. However I did a quick Google search and am able to piece together Win 7 drivers for the important hardware: chipset, network, video, sound, etc.

TL;DR: You'll be able to install Windows 7, but you'll have to find the hardware drivers on your own.

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@nikkinu: I purchased this exact model the last time it was offered. I did the process as outlined by @eraten. I was able to get up and running without issue.

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@nikkinu: There is technically no "downgrade". You would purchase Windows 7 separately, wipe the drive and start over from scratch. As eraten said, the biggest issue will be the drivers, which shouldn't be too hard to find since HP released dozens of similar boxes with Win 7 installed. The Windows 7 install will probably contain most of the basic ones and once you get the NIC driver working you can go get the rest.

The bigger question is what are you going to do with this machine? If you are just doing business-related tasks, by the time you buy this refurb, and a new Windows 7 license (if that is even available) you might as well get a new low-end Windows 7 machine from HP with all the drivers already installed and a 2 year warranty. ANY current desktop is more than adequate for everyday business use.

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How do they get 10GB of RAM in 4 DIMMS? There are no 2.5GB or 5GB sticks of RAM? Was this a typo of some sort?

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@spgmoose: That was the first thing I noticed when reading this, they must have mixed ram sizes like 2 4gb and a 2gb or something.

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@swagchris0: Yup that crossed my mind right after posting, I just hadn't finished my coffee yet.

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@spgmoose: Just because there are 4 slots doesn't mean they are all used. It's probably 4, 4 & 2 or maybe 4, 2, 2 & 2. Probably depends on whatever they have laying around.

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Not a bad deal, 3 things to get her to my liking though.
1) Dedicated Video Card w/ HDMI
2) PSU = 450w +
3) SSD for O/S

Then use that 1TB as a Slave and store all the pron you want on it!

Link to specs on HP's site: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c03518229&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=101&contentType=SupportFAQ&prodSeriesId=5295962&prodTypeId=12454

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This computer has a consumer version on Win 8. I know that this computer can't join a domain but I should still be able to connect it to a workgroup containing Win 7 computers, right? It's important that my computers can talk to each other so I'd appreciate anyone's feedback.

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picked one up lastnight. will feedback when it gets here.

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I bought one on it's already dead.... now HP is telling me it is out of warranty, and I've only had it for like 2 weeks. That's a bunch of bullshit.