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How touninstall Win 8 RP and reinstall Vista

  1. #1


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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

    How touninstall Win 8 RP and reinstall Vista


    My alumni asked if he could reinstall Vista beause he couldn't get used to Win 8. He wants his Vista back.
    It is not dual boot. His son did a clean install of Win 8 over Vista. His son is now overseas.

    Does he have to use the Vista DVD to do a clean install ?
    What if he does not have the dvd ( his Vista is a OEM version ) ? Can he ask his computer manufacturer for a set of Recovery disks and do a restore to factory state ?

    Thank you.

    t-4-2

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1


    If he doesn't have a DVD, he can use the official DigitalRiver disks: Dell Community (I think, wait for confirmation from someone with a higher forum rating than me)

    I'd recommend the burn to ISO instructions, because I'm not 100% sure if the standard installer will work when downgrading to Vista.

    But first: Does he still have his OEM Key? it should be on a sticker on the computer. And check of it's for 32-bit or 64-bit.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 152
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1


    Thank you.
    Question : why not order a set of recovery disks from the manufacturer ?

    t-4-2
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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Takes tine and money (usually a small fee for shipping). Othe than that nothing.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Takes tine and money (usually a small fee for shipping). Othe than that nothing.
    I haven't used recovery disks in years, but I believe that they don't have the full function of regular Windows installation disks.

    At worst, they'd re-install all of the junk that PC makers include with their OS installs.
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