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My Windows 8 Mistake

  1. #11

    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 228
    Windows 8.1 x64

    This is why I aways have my disk with three partitions:

    C: (50 GB) - For Windows
    D: (200 GB) - For documents, photos, videos, software...
    E: (50 GB) - For trying other Operating Systems

    Plus I keep backups in the cloud and portable memories of every important file. My entire music collection for instance is on Skydrive (25 GB Free).

    I can hardly lose anything. I do clean reinstalls every few months just to get rid of garbage, possible viruses, something working wrong, system slowing down... It takes a couple of hours for leaving everything the way it was before.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 6
    Windows 7

    I did my Windows 8 installation wrong so it is not dual booting, it has intergrated into Windows 7. And my recovery/installation is on a partition on the hard drive. I need to do a custom install but Windows 8 seems to have made this harder. What are the steps that I should take to get my Windows 7 back ?
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  3. #13

    Posts : 21,860
    64-bit Windows 10


    Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window first to see what you HDD layout is, and what options you may have?
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  4. #14

    Posts : 6
    Windows 7

    Here is what I found over at Microsoft

    No. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC; typically DVD media. If you don’t have recovery media you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more information. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview: frequently asked questions

    and it because I did not use the virtual machine
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  5. #15

    Posts : 21,860
    64-bit Windows 10

    Yep, that's true. However, depending on your HDD layout, you might be able to dual boot with Windows 7 if you wanted to.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    I repeat - a screenshot of your Disk Management would be really helpful. Because you may have the option to shrink your C partition and create a new partition to where you can move your music. Then it would be safe from a new install.
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  7. #17

    Posts : 6
    Windows 7

    Problem solved, HP has there own clean install program so I used it without a problem. So I have my Windows 7 back. But I was starting to like Windows 8. Thanks for the help folks
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  8. #18

    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    You can shrink your HDD and create a second partition from within Win8 using Disk Manager (right-click Computer -> Manage). Transfer your music to this second partition along with other files you want to keep and make a clean install of Win7 on the first partition.
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