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    Default How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    I have noticed that there are some users want to revert windows 7 from windows 8 because they are not familiar with the new operating system. If anyone here who can help these users, please post your opinion and answer here, thanks very much!

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    Most Windows users who bought Windows 7 computers were given an opportunity to burn recovery media (around 3 to 5 DVD's), to restore their OS factory fresh, in addition to a Recovery Partition. I know however, that the majority of users didn't create this media.

    Not to mention that users should have backed up their computers prior to installing another OS. It's also a highly advised practice, just as running security scans are. I also know that many users didn't do this.

    There is also one place that has the authorized Windows 7 ISO's.

    Windows 7 ISO x86 and x64 Official Direct Download Links (Ultimate, Professional and Home Premium)

    Use the COA affixed to the computer to reinstall. A call to MS may be required for activation.

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    Thanks cat for the detailed and informative answer. It does help those users who want to revert Windows 7 from Windows 8.

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    Sometimes, if the computer OEM still has it in stock, the reinstall media can be ordered for a small cost (usually between $20 & $35). Make sure to have your model & serial numbers on hand for the rep that you speak with, sometimes it can be ordered online w/o speaking to anyone.

    Thought I'd add that in, because though the recovery disks will reinstall the crap back onto the computer, at least the OEM drivers will be there & as long as there's no hardware issues, it should fire right up.

    Just plan on a long day of updating, since Windows 7 was released, there's been a lot, much more so than with XP.

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    A system restore disk, by its very name should only restore the OS and not all the Crapware that comes with a new PC. That may not always be the case.

    So, the best thing to do is go ahead and set up the new PC, deleting all the crapware and getting the PC all tuned up and customized the way you want it. Then and only then, use a good quality Backup program like Ghost or Acronis True Image (there are others) to make a backup image of the C drive, to an external media, like an External Hard drive or DVD's.*

    * Make sure you have the Restore program on removable media too, (like a CD) that can boot up the PC in case of a Hard Drive crash. (having your backup/restore program on the C drive, when it has crashed is worse than useless)

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    The System Restore disks that we used to get, of which I still have a few of (the green Dell XP Pro ones) has no crapware whatsoever. Nor any drivers. I've also noticed most computers at Computer Geeks ships with this type, Win 7, Vista & XP ones. I actually prefer this type, as they allow for partitioning the space we need. The newer ones, as described below, are different.

    The ones of today, the ones that we ourselves has an option to create, & should be done ASAP after purchasing the computer, has the original configuration (usually 3 to 5 DVD's, 3 being the usual). Normally, the first two does nothing but formats the entire drive (unlike the older CD's I described above), the last ones restores the apps & in most cases, the Recovery Partition itself. Like shipped from the factory.

    This is why I always keep my first backup. To keep from having to go through this trouble.

    I second TM on the bootable media for backup app, though I do most of my backups/cloning by "PreOS" (an added boot option loads the WinPE manager for the app). Much faster than CD's, but useless on a crashed drive. Keep two of them on hand just in case of a defective disk. It's been known to happen.

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    For me, I think it is unncessary for us to revert windows 7 from windows 8, windows 8 is new and loaded with features, so why should we revert windows 7?

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    Some may want to because the changes are too much. Windows 8 represents the hugest change of Windows since Windows 95 was released.

    As for me, I dual boot, so I have the best of both worlds. Had most users who ran 8 RP upgraded the right way (from RP), they would have the same option.

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    Why should it even become a Question? Windows 8 plainly will not work with MUCH of the older hardware, not even counting all the printers, scanners, and other add-on options.

    Then there's the software that is not and will never be Win-8 compatible.

    It may be great for new users with New hardware, but for the old timers, with old hardware, it's a real piece of Crap.

    It's obviously NOT for everyone.

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    Default Re: How to Revert Windows 7 from Windows 8?

    That's very true on many older computers, the real snag one runs into in the lack of the "NX" feature of the CPU. Honestly, many users were given a false sense of hope with 8 CP, as NX wasn't enforced. The enforcement began on 05/31/12 with 8 RP, effectively crushing the hopes of many XP users that thought Windows 8 "would" run on most anything.

    The good news is, for many of these older computers (not ones that ran Win 2K, NT, 98), there's the chance of a CPU upgrade that is NX capable. Many are sold daily on eBay for under $20.

    I know, because I was told (falsely), not by anyone on this Forum, that a Dell Dimension 2400 was capable of only the stock CPU (a Celeron 2.4GHz piece of crap). But the fact is, any Intel Northwood CPU will run in it, & I found a Pentium 4 CPU (SL6EH) that woke that Dimension 2400 from the dead, for $7.49. I did consider the 3.1 (or 3.2) GHz HT option, but was told that I may run into heat/power issues. The 2.66 GHz P4 option was the best one available, & no modifications were made.

    ARK | Intel

    Removed & Washed Heat Sink, then removed old CPU, cleaned surface of new CPU, carefully placed it where the old was, applied the single dose of included thermal paste, reinstalled the Heat Sink & flipped the fan back down. Fired it up & it ran 4 to 5 times faster than when it was new. A decent XP box, but no NX.

    $7.49 turned what had became a footrest into a solid, dependable XP computer. Yes, $7.49. TM can tell anyone about a lot of these successful turnarounds. My only question, why did Dell cheap out on what was probably no more than $10 to them, brand new? They buy in bulks of tens of thousands, like Wal Mart does.

    The same can be done with MB's that can accept CPU's with more modern features, even those that are running XP. But not those that takes a Northwood CPU. These CPU's can be found all over eBay (with a Full guarantee of no DOA's), many for less than $20. Some of those P4's are really good ones (the HT models), many still outperforms the low grade AMD CPU's of today's computers, & some does indeed have NX capabilities, a major hurdle cleared to go straight from XP to Windows 8.

    Some apps may need changing, but Windows 8 has a LOT built in, most of what runs on Windows 7, does on 8. Even some apps that runs on XP (ImgBurn & CCleaner for two) runs perfectly on both OS's. There are many more that will do the same.

    As far as reverting from Windows 8 to 7, I've already explained that anyone who is still running Windows 7, & is dual booting with 8 RP, there is no sacrifice. I have them both on my desktop, & will soon have them both on my notebook. Only that one will cost me $15 instead of $40.

    I'll let you Google that one & figure it out for yourself, but it's legal, & I already have the discount code, straight from MS. Or for those who needs help....

    It's how you fill out this form that determines whether or not you get the discount.

    https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/Registration

    Hint: Date of Purchase (Mid September/early October), not June/July (your COA may be asked for).
    Hint: Retailer (Newegg)
    Hint: PC Brand (Other)
    Hint: PC Model (Something Current)

    Submit & get your Genuine Discount Code (to be used at checkout via the Upgrade Assistant in the proper box). The end product will be the same as the $40 one, & qualifies for the free Media Center. MS is simply extending you a discount.

    Get Windows 8, clean install it & be happy.

    There's more than one of us here with brains & knows how to use it.

    Cat

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