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Downgrading to Windows 7

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    Downgrading to Windows 7


    So my laptop came with Windows 8 preinstalled and I'm going to downgrade to Windows 7, but if ever I want to go back to Win 8 in a future, I'll need an OEM installation media as my license is OEM, discs were not supplied, however there's a recovery partition on my drive.

    My question is: are instalation media, recovery media, recovery partition and system image the same things as do they all work for installing and recovering windows?

    If yes does that mean that if I leave win8's recovery partition untouched, I'll be able to install win 8 from it later? Or I'll need to have done something else (created DVDs, system image or something)? Sorry but that's not very clear for me, if someone could explain a little the differences or give me a link to this I'll be very glad.

    And another question, in the drive there are the following partitions:
    OEM partition, EFI system partition, 1.44 GB recovery partition, 17.20 GB recovery partition, C: (OS partition), and D: (data).
    In order to install Windows 7, only C: will have to be formatted? or besides D:, what will have to be formatted and what will not?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can clarify that for me

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


    2) If Using a USB Pendrive on a PC with a uEFI BIOS.
    USB Pendrive need to be formated to FAT32 as in
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
    Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.



    Quote Originally Posted by snowy
    My question is: are instalation media, recovery media, recovery partition and system image the same things as do they all work for installing and recovering windows?
    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.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    If yes does that mean that if I leave Windows 8's recovery partition untouched, I'll be able to install win 8 from it later? Or I'll need to have done something else (created DVDs, system image or something)? Sorry but that's not very clear for me, if someone could explain a little the differences or give me a link to this I'll be very glad.
    If you delete any of the OEM partitions, the Recovery Partition will be unusable.
    You will need the OEM Recovery DVD's.

    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)
    (unknown OEM)
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    you laptop should have the option right now to create the recovery disk/thumbdrive for when you need it ,what is the make/and model # of the laptop
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    Windows 8 Pro


    It's a Vaio SVS151290X

    Then I could make a DVD with an ISO and it would work both for installing windows and recovering as well?

    The problem is I can only find ISO for retail version, last time I checked could not find for OEM. I'm not sure if Sony ships recovery disks, and even if they do, I'm not in the US right now, and don't think they would ship overseas.

    Could I make an OEM ISO somehow with the files on my computer, from the OEM partitions maybe? Or would the recovery disks I create with manufacturer's app also work for installing windows?
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hello, follow the instruction on this web site to create a recovery dvd
    How to Make a Recovery Disk for Sony Vaio Laptop | eHow
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    Windows 8 Pro


    ok, but can recovery discs be used to install windows 8 back after removing it?
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by snowy View Post
    ok, but can recovery discs be used to install windows 8 back after removing it?
    yes thats the reason you create the recovery disk
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Understood.
    So, just to be sure about the partitions, I only format C: and leave the others there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowy View Post
    Understood.
    So, just to be sure about the partitions, I only format C: and leave the others there?
    correct
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