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    removing windows 8


    I want to remove windows 8 and go back to windows 7 [I have the windows 7 disc and key]

    Can I just insert the disc and enter the key? or how do I uninstall windows 8 first as it was a downloaded app?

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    You will need to do a clean install of Windows 7 - just put the disk in and install.

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    Can you not recover Windows 7 from c:\Windows.old?
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    Quote Originally Posted by machare View Post
    Can you not recover Windows 7 from c:\Windows.old?
    Hi there
    unfortunately not as it's just data --it's not a system image etc.

    In fact the whole point of Windows.old rather confuses me anyway --it doesn't seem to have any functional use whatsoever other than just consume disk space.

    If you have created a Windows 7 image with Macrium / Acronis etc then just restore the imahge from a bootable backup copy -- however if you don't have one then just follow the tutorial.

    You might also have the Windows 7 recovery image from the original purchase of your PC --however if you restore that you'll get all the Bloatware that came with the PC and you'll also have to re update all the fixes and ecurity updates.

    Cheers
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    In fact the whole point of Windows.old rather confuses me anyway --it doesn't seem to have any functional use whatsoever other than just consume disk space.
    Same here! Its why it was one of the first things I got rid of after running the upgrade.
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    I have recovered the documents, photos, videos and music folder from windows old. You will still need to install the programs to run those programs, but you can get the data files So I personally would not rid my self of those files even if you do have a good backup until you are sure that you have all of your data files with your new installation.
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    I have all my personal data saved on other HDDs, because it makes system imaging my C drive much cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    I have all my personal data saved on other HDDs, because it makes system imaging my C drive much cleaner.
    And a smaller SSD can be used! :-)
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    You should be able to recover from Windows.old - you could with previous o/s. That is ( or used to be ) one of the reasons it is there.

    However, I tried it and couldn't get it work at the first attempt - for reasons to do with the way win8 performs the upgrade - which I cbb to explain.

    That is a nuisance.

    I might have another go at some stage and work through the extra steps needed .

    For now - I think you may be better reinstalling tbh.
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    I have used the copy and paste function as well as drag and drop from Windows.old to the matching files in Windows and it has worked for me every time.
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