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  1. #1


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1

    Roll back to Win7


    Is it possible to roll back to win7 from win8?

    I purchased win8 pro as an upgrade from win7 through Microsoft so I do not have a disc. I've looked at several vids on the internet and nothing worked.

    I have tried start up and recover, win8 is the only system available.

    I purchased my laptop with win7, so no disc or recovery disc.

    I also tried setting up a vhd and boot into that, it did not work.

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers

    Rob

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    1. You can try and restore from Windows.old folder - harder than it used to be .

    2. You can use the .wim ( or several split wims on the original recovery partition that your machine came with. Assuming you haven't deletd it.

    3. You can get a windows 7 iso download, do a clean install using the product key that came with your machine. It will be on sticker somewhere.

    Option 3 is probably easiest unless you are a geek.

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    Get it from here:

    Dell Community
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  3. #3


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    What SIW2 said. Although I'm not in the same predicament, I purchased a laptop with Windows 7 but it has no CD. I was able to download the ISO image to make a disk, and my laptop has the product key sticker on it. So I'm in business.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by kenrob2037 View Post
    Is it possible to roll back to win7 from win8?

    I purchased win8 pro as an upgrade from win7 through Microsoft so I do not have a disc. I've looked at several vids on the internet and nothing worked.

    I have tried start up and recover, win8 is the only system available.

    I purchased my laptop with win7, so no disc or recovery disc.

    I also tried setting up a vhd and boot into that, it did not work.

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers

    Rob
    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
    Most OEM's will ship Recovery DVD's for FREE, (may be a postage fee)



    Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key - Windows 7 Forums
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    What SIW2 said. Although I'm not in the same predicament, I purchased a laptop with Windows 7 but it has no CD. I was able to download the ISO image to make a disk, and my laptop has the product key sticker on it. So I'm in business.
    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    HP
    How to use HP Recovery:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...s&dlc=en&lc=en
    Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP® Support

    How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:

    Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista) | HP® Support


    How to make HP Recovery USB disk:

    Using the Downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk Creation Utility HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Support


    or

    You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
    Country-Language Selector | HP® Support

    Lenovo.

    Lenovo Recovery
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)

    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:

    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
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  6. #6


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks everyone, I'm afraid the .wim has me stumped. I'm trying for a backup version but HP wants me to buy one, and it's still under extended warranty. Evidently things like recovery disc are not covered under extended warranty, only under the normal one year warranty. That's a bit rich I feel. I bought extended warranty.

    Might just have to stick with Win8.

    Thanks again everyone.

    Cheers

    rob
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