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How do I upgrade back to Win 8 after downgrading to Win 7?

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    How do I upgrade back to Win 8 after downgrading to Win 7?


    (Firstly, apologies if this is in the wrong topic)
    So this is probably a bit of an unusual problem...

    I purchased my HP Envy laptop a few months back - it came pre-installed with Windows 8.
    This ended up becoming problematic because as a gamer, a few of the games I wished to play were not compatible (even after scouring the net and researching a million ways to try get certain games to work).

    So to cut a long story short, I did a full partition backup of all the partitions my laptop and then reformatted everything into 1 single hard drive, which I then installed Windows 7 on to. While Windows 7 works well on this machine, I've lost a few functions due to some incompatible drivers (like the amazing audio my laptop used to have, the fingerprint scanner, etc). I soon came to discover that my laptop model was specifically designed for Windows 8 and could therefore not be perfectly compatible with Windows 7.

    So now, I would really like to restore how my laptop was beforehand (with Windows 8), although I am not sure how to go about doing this. I still have my full backup of my laptop's previous state. The program I used to back it up was EaseUs Todo Backup. This may seem like a bit of a dumb question, but I'm a little nervous to tamper with things I may not understand, like I did when I previously downgraded my PC to Win 7.

    Any idea where to start? I'm obviously not hugely knowledgeable in IT, but I have grown up with computers and learn little by little as I encounter problems and challenges.
    Thank you in advance

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    I would follow the directions for EasUs Todo Backup, and restore your hard drive back to where you created the Disk Image. I don't use that program but I'm sure they have directions on line and possible a Support Forum?
    Be sure to back up all your DATA since that data was not there when you created the disk Image
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    As Clint mentioned, I'm sure the backup program provides for this, although I don't use it myself either. People usually run into problems when they are playing around with installing different OS' to seperate partitions...and usually the problems would be when you are downgrading. But if you have Win 7 now, you should have no problem putting Win 8 back. If you're worried, just make sure the backup program does a format of the drive before you begin.

    But if you want my advice, and you have a Windows 8 install disk, (and since you're a gamer), I would definitely recommend doing a clean install of Windows 8 rather than a restore of all the proprietary bloat that comes with most laptops (esp. HP). Just pop the Win 8 disk into the machine, boot from it, format the drive, and install - get the system drivers from HP, and install only the ones you need. I think you'll find that your machine is at least 25% faster this way.

    If you need any specific instructions with that, post back, and I'll help you.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    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. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    You can order the Microsoft official HP/Compaq OEM Recovery disks from the HP/Compaq OEM manufacturer's website.
    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...09543&sw_lang=
    How Do I Order or Download System Recovery Software? - YouTube

    How to Make Recovery DVD
    Creating System Recovery Discs in Windows 8 for HP Computers - YouTube
    Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Support

    Using Recovery.
    Performing an HP System Recovery on an HP Notebook with Windows 8 - YouTube
    Performing an HP System Recovery on an HP Desktop PC with Windows 8 - YouTube

    To use the DVD's, first boot disk one.
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    @theog - the OP made a backup and wants to restore that....

    So to cut a long story short, I did a full partition backup of all the partitions my laptop
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeydawson View Post
    (Firstly, apologies if this is in the wrong topic)
    So this is probably a bit of an unusual problem...

    I purchased my HP Envy laptop a few months back - it came pre-installed with Windows 8.
    This ended up becoming problematic because as a gamer, a few of the games I wished to play were not compatible (even after scouring the net and researching a million ways to try get certain games to work).

    So to cut a long story short, I did a full partition backup of all the partitions my laptop and then reformatted everything into 1 single hard drive, which I then installed Windows 7 on to. While Windows 7 works well on this machine, I've lost a few functions due to some incompatible drivers (like the amazing audio my laptop used to have, the fingerprint scanner, etc). I soon came to discover that my laptop model was specifically designed for Windows 8 and could therefore not be perfectly compatible with Windows 7.

    So now, I would really like to restore how my laptop was beforehand (with Windows 8), although I am not sure how to go about doing this. I still have my full backup of my laptop's previous state. The program I used to back it up was EaseUs Todo Backup. This may seem like a bit of a dumb question, but I'm a little nervous to tamper with things I may not understand, like I did when I previously downgraded my PC to Win 7.

    Any idea where to start? I'm obviously not hugely knowledgeable in IT, but I have grown up with computers and learn little by little as I encounter problems and challenges.
    Thank you in advance
    Knowledge base did you make the recovery media Win PE boot disk? If you did all you need to do it boot it up and restore the image?
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