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    Default How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    Hi,

    Does anyone know how to go back to windows 7 from window 8 consumer preview? I met many problem since I have upgrade. So many things don't work for me the way their supposed to. USB device cant work. Icon missed. And printer cant work. I know consumer preview is not perfect now and I can understand. So I decide to wait for the stable windows 8. But before it, can anyone let me know how to downgrade? Thanks.

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    If you installed your Win 8 CP directly into your Win 7 partition your only recourse is a reinstallation of Win 7 from scratch unless you took the precaution of creating an Image of your Win 7 installation prior to installing Win 8 CP.

    Too many newbies are trying Win 8 CP and destroying their PCs.

    Sometimes I wish MS would not do a wholesale release of a beta like this. There are a ton of people downloading Win 8 CP and trying to load it into VMs or Dual Boots that have no idea what they are doing, and they are destroying their host or primary OS without creating an Image first.

    For those of you contemplating trying this, PLEASE, read about Imaging FIRST!!!

    That way WHEN, not IF but WHEN you screw up you will be able to restore prior to your next attempt. I know this is a learning process. But PLEASE take baby steps and the first step is to CREATE AN IMAGE!!!

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    No Beta OS should ever be installed, except as, follows:

    1. On a spare machine
    2. Virtually
    3. As a dual-boot.
    4. Run from a USB stick

    Never as an Upgrade or replacement to an existing, current, non-beta OS. Never on a production machine.
    Nor, BTW, can one move from 1 Beta of an OS to the next or from Beta to RTM, etc... from Build to Build or stage to stage, except by clean installs.

    Programs & software must be installed, after a fresh OS install.

    Cheers,
    Drew
    Last edited by Drew; 04-04-2012 at 02:14 AM.

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    It would be nice if these new members would post back to let us know how they made out after they either Clean installed Win 8 CP or reinstalled Win 7.

    So many people tried to install this "new free OS" from MS directly over their existing Win 7 or Win XP OS because their present OS was not acting right. They did not do clean installs, but upgraded their existing OS's, keeping all the old problems in the "new free OS" without even realizing a couple of things:

    1) This is NOT a "new free OS" from MS, it is a BETA OS from MS!!!!! It is for testing purposes only!!!!

    2) If your present OS is acting up, upgrading to a new OS, even if it is a released OS is just going to transfer the problems into the new OS. It will NOT SOLVE the problems. To do that you have to wipe out the old system to install the new OS, then and most important.....

    CHANGE YOUR COMPUTING HABITS... so the new OS will not look like the old OS in a couple of months.

    End of Rant!

    I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but people have to realize what they are getting into when they leap into this. Switching OS's will not solve their problems, it will only add to their problems.

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    Ya know? In the Army, our 1st Sarg. had a saying, "Some people just don't get the word".
    That means they don't read, they don't listen, or they just don't pay attention when the Word is given.

    All the way back to the very first release, of the Developer Preview, we've been shouting it from the rooftops, "Don't let Win-8 install OVER your main OS". "There is NO uninstall for Win-8".

    I can sympathize, but that's about it. The only known recovery, if a person didn't make a backup of their C: drive before loading Win-8, is RE-FORMAT and RE-Load their main OS and basically Start Over.

    TM

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    I guess not TechnoMage, I guess not!

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    I desperately NEED to find another hobby!

    TM
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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    Don't you dare get a new hobby. We all need you to straighten out our batch files with the small errors in them.

    OK, I guess we need you for more than that.

    Attachment 369 Right back at ya my friend!

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    'TM', what's your name?

    Drew

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    Default Re: How to go back to windows 7 from windows 8?

    What's in a name?

    TechnoMage?

    That will do for now.

    A man with experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.
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