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Is there a way to get back to Windows 7 if I need to?

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    Is there a way to get back to Windows 7 if I need to?


    Hi,
    Not sure whether I am posting in the right thread, but I did an install from within Windows 7, so I assume that I have lost the option to revert to that OS. I am a total novice at this sort of thing, but being an android lover, I just merrily went along thinking I was downloading an App...turns out to be a rather large one!
    Question is...Am I now stuck with this, and only until Jan 2013, when I will no longer have a functioning OS?
    Is there a way to get back to Windows 7 if I need to?
    I have retained a backup of 7 on a separate external drive to my backup of 8.
    Luckily I don't mind Windows 8, and am liking it more as I become more familiar, and read your guides, but I realise now I should have done my research first and done a dual install. I gather it's too late for me now?
    Thanks for your advice,
    regards, Phil
    Last edited by Brink; 04 Mar 2012 at 22:54. Reason: Moved to new thread

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    As long as you didn't install OVER Windows 7, and did a dual boot scenario, yes, Windows 7 should still be there.

    But to be sure, check your C drive, is there a Windows.old folder that has your old user files?
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    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04


    If you haven't done a dual boot install, your installation of Windows 7 is gone.

    However, as Coke Robot has said in the post above me, there may be a Windows.old folder in your C: drive that may be able to help you out.
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    Window 8


    Okay, I have the Windows.old file but what am I exactly looking for in the file to install Windows 7 back?
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It is a bit fiddly - I posted it up somewhere a while back.

    Will see if I can find it. EDIT: No idea where that is.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I posted a load of screenshots about it.

    In November at a guess.

    Don't know what the thread title was.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I found the screenshots.

    See if you can follow it from those:

    You need to do it from outside of Windows - a pe disc, another o/s you have installed, etc.


    rolbkfrm8-new.zip
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    Window 8


    Thank you so much SIW2. I will let you know how it goes.
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