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    Default revert back to windows 7 !

    Hello, Can anyone tell me how to go back to windows 7 from 8? i brought my laptop with windows 7 already installed.
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    Default Re: revert back to windows 7 !

    You better hope there is a recovery partition. Never install a beta OS directly over a good activate OS. Always set up a dual boot scenario in a different partition. If you still have the recovery partition you should be able to go to the manufacturer's site and explore how to recover to factory install.

    If you do not have a recovery partition in your PC, and do not have an installation disk, you can't go back. You overwrote the Win 7 install when you installed Win 8 CP. You will have to borrow someone's DVD and use it with your original key.

    There is one other possibility. You can download the original Win 7 iso file including SP1 from Digital River. (This will be a generic version without any of the manufacturer fluff, but IMHO that is a good thing) You would then have to update all updates after the iso was created. Download the iso and burn to DVD, then boot to the DVD and install. Your original key should work although there is a chance you will need to call MS to activate.

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    Default Re: revert back to windows 7 !

    Every time I have said this, I get a long list of reasons why "I can't do that, because........"

    But in the perfect world of Computing, doing OS testing should always be done on a spare computer or at the very least a spare hard drive on your main PC. Every PC (a real PC, not a laptop) has some way to accept another hard drive. If I could post a picture, I could easily show you how easy it really is.

    So my rule #1 is to never muck around with your main OS drive when testing another OS. Always use a second hard drive.
    Rule #2 expands on rule #1 to say, "when you are working on a second hard drive, unplug the main drive so it can't be accidentally reformatted or written over by the new OS."

    For instance, it's a commonly accepted fact that if you have windows XP running on one drive or partition and you have Windows 7 or 8 on a second drive or partition, XP will erase all the restore points from win 7 or 8.

    That bug just bit me on the rear, recently. Not nice.

    I tried a dual boot system years ago and the drive became so corrupted that I had to reformat it and start over.
    Never again!*
    * Old Railroad saying...."never the trains shall meet!"

    Cheers mates!
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    Default Re: revert back to windows 7 !

    Just hope your product key isn't tied to an OEM as that would mean it would only work for the original version of windows as installed I suspect. The slipstreamed version Ted mentions is also available direct for free from MS but requires a valid product key too.

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    Default Re: revert back to windows 7 !

    It seems like there's a lot of misconception about what constitutes a "Legal" windows install.

    Any Windows install disk is legal, as long as it's for the same version of windows that was already installed, or a lesser version. The key on the sticker on the back or bottom of the PC will still be legal.
    So beg, borrow or st*** a windows Cd and do your re-install.
    You will still have to track down drivers for your hardware and get all the MS Updates, by Auto Update. But it's all very do'able.
    I do it here, for my customers all the time, like when they loose a hard drive.
    Only one person out of 10,000 might actually have a backup of their C: drive, that's less than a year old.

    That's what any reputable Computer Repair shop will (can) do for you, if you ask.
    I have copies of every version of Windows XP and Win-7 here in my own shop and I will re-install any version for my customer as long as they have the legal registration KEY.

    Cheers Mates!
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    Default Re: revert back to windows 7 !

    Does what you say apply to pre-installed OEM versions where the licence is different to a retail copy though?

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    Default Re: revert back to windows 7 !

    I have had people tell me the downloaded iso file worked with their OEM key. If it does not a simple call to MS to explain the situation is all that is needed. MS is not the ogre they are pictured as being. They understand people make mistakes. As long as you have a valid key they will help reactivate if that key does not automatically activate with the downloaded iso file. Try the file. What's the worst that might happen. You lose the time it takes to download and burn it to DVD and have to call MS.

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