First of all, it is worth noting that Windows 10 was the latest version of Windows before Windows 11 arrived a few weeks back.
However, it is also to be noted that Windows 11 will not arrive on older compatible PCs before early next year, that is Q1 2022.
This means that for the next few months, Windows 10 will still be the latest version of Windows OS from Microsoft.
What we are trying to say is that Windows 10 is new and latest while Windows 7 has become old now.
Microsoft has also ended support for Windows 7 PCs earlier this year and there will be no new feature updates to the PCs running Windows 7 going forward.
There will only be security updates to those PCs and that will also not come for much longer.
It is therefore recommended that you do not install Windows 7 on a PC that comes with Windows 10 preinstalled.
However, if you do want to install Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 PC or Laptop then here is the guide.
How to install Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 PC or Laptop
In order to install Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 PC, your best option is to dual-boot the PC because downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7 is not recommended.
The advantage of dual-booting is that you will have preinstalled Windows 10 on your main drive while Windows 7 will run on your secondary drive.
In this manner, you can take advantage of both versions of Windows at the same time.
How to dual-boot Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 PC
In order to dual-boot your PC, you will first need to download Windows 7 ISO file directly from Windows by purchasing the license.
It is worth noting that you can run Windows 7 without a license as well but you will not get even the security updates which are a must for an OS that is abandoned.
Rufus is the software that creates a bootable USB drive for your computer so you can either run or install Windows using the same.
Once Rufus is installed on your PC, open the application and insert your USB drive to the PC at that time.
Rufus will detect that a USB drive has been connected to the computer.
Now, pick the Windows 7 ISO file in the Boot Selection option and keep the other settings as they are.
Click on the Start button inside Rufus and now the process of creating your bootable USB drive will be started.
Once the bootable USB drive is created, Rufus will let you know that the process is complete.
After that, turn off the PC and start it again by pressing the power button.
Now, as soon as the PC starts to boot up, go to the BIOS menu of your device by pressing the F8 or the F10 button.
After that, select the option to boot from USB drive and follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 PC.
Make sure to select the secondary drive on your PC, apart from the C: drive, so that Windows 7 gets dual-booted.
That’s it. Once the installation is complete, you will get two options on the startup screen which is to either start Windows 7 or Windows 10.
It depends on you to start any of the operating system versions and enjoy the benefits of both.
In this manner, you can dual-boot your Windows 10 PC with Windows 7 as well.
Now, there are other ways to install Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 PC such as running a virtual machine instance or downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7 but we do not recommend anyone to do so.
The best way to install Windows 7 on preinstalled Windows 10 is to dual-boot the PC and that is why we have shared the only appropriate method with you.