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5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, shame about Windows 8 but the laptop is great., 17 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Toshiba Satellite C55-1HN 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Pentium 2020M 2.4 GHz Processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Windows 8.1) - Black (Personal Computers)
Bought this for my wife to replacing an ageing Dell laptop at xmas. She was very pleased with it. It has a great piano black highly shiny surface that looks great. The screen is very vibrant and is great for movies too. The only downside has been the Fisher Price style OS installed (Windows 8) and whilst Windows 8.1 update tries to give you back some of that old Windows 7 style, it just wasn't what we were looking for, so still having a copy of Win 7 I decided to wipe it and install that instead... and I'm so happy I did.

The laptop seems to me and my wife to run much faster under 7 than 8.1

It comes with a hard disk that even I would take some time to fill (1TB -- my apple macbook air has only 256GB) and the CPU and memory are more than sufficiently fast for browsing the web, office documents or watching movies on the plane. Battery life is pleasantly surprising as I noticed one day using it for almost 5 hours unplugged without even noticing my power supply was unplugged.

My wife loves the keyboard with number pad too since small keyboards can make your fingers hurt a bit after a while, and number pads make crunching the numbers so much easier. All in all a very tidy laptop and a decent price, very impressed.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2014 00:02:32 BDT
stage_one says:
Hi,

Is it easy to 'downgrade' to Windows 7? Contemplating buying this laptop but not convinced by 8.1 at all in my limited experience using it.

I'm not especially tech savvy. I do have the old Windows 7 disc from my last laptop: how would one go about making the change? Do I have to mess around with drivers and things or is it simply a case of uninstalling Windows 8 and banging the disc in to install 7?

Mike.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2014 13:21:25 BDT
Matt says:
Hi

It is relatively simple yes. You need to boot from your Windows 7 CD and remove the existing partitions on the disk during the installation. You will need to download all the drivers yes however none are needed for installation so you can do this after installation. You could also buy a new hard disk to install onto then you have the option of both. I know I won't be using win8 so I wiped it.
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