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My Windows 8 Mistake

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    Windows 7

    My Windows 8 Mistake


    I installed the consumer version of Windows 8, and after playing around with it, I decided to remove it. So I installed Easy BCD and com e to find out Windows 8 did not install on a separate partition. So in other words it is not dual booting. So I might have to clean install my Windows 7. But first I would have to buy a exsternal drive to store 35 gigabytes of music, that is the only thing that I am worried about is the music. I am a pro at clean installing. I really, really regret installing Windows 8 on my laptop. I did use Oracle VM VitualBox, now I am mad as hell. I did not use the virtual machine right

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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Hi,

    You can simply clean install and it will put all of your old files in C:\Windows.old

    Just don't format or anything while installing.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Spankondrums, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I think GMan meant to say to do a custom install instead since a clean install will wipe everything out. I would recommend that you backup anything that you do not want to lose to be safe though.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Yep, true Brink. Thanks for that. I always think of clean = custom (meaning the same thing to me, incorrectly) because you end up with a non-upgraded install (fresh OS-wise).
    I'll remember that for the future. Good catch.
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime mate. We're all here to help back each other up.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7


    Thanks guy's so if I custom install I can keep all my iTunes music, because otherwise 35 gigs of music is to much to be putting on a bunch of disks.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, but I would recommend to back your music up to another HDD or something just to be safe though. There's always a risk of data loss, say a power failure or some other serious issue popped up during the custom install. Best to be safe than sorry.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7


    Well all I see is system restore in Windows 8. I am trying to get back to Windows 7 restore. Windows 8 is not letting me get there. Windows 8's restore point is not going to take me there.
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    System Restore is not the same as a custom install. You will also not be able to revert back to Windows 7 with a restore point and system restore either.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    This is why I took a system image of my Win 7 Ultimate setup before upgrading it to Win 8.

    If it had failed (it didn't, BTW), I still had my complete Win 7 setup to fall back on.

    Image backup is one of the best features of Vista/Win 7, but it seems that MS want to get rid
    of it in the final release of Win 8.

    IMO, that's a fail.
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