Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 (GUIDE)

Majority of tech people do not like Windows 8 nor Windows 8.1 interface or way it behave.  Even if Windows 8 is not so popular, computer store ship their new computers with Windows 8 pre-installed.  So what to do if you want to downgrade to Windows 7 ?  First of all, make sure you own a license and that your computer’s drivers are available for Windows 7 on their website (sometimes it isn’t the case, so beware before doing the following procedure).

This tutorial involve deleting partitions and data, so first of all make sure you backup everything you want to keep from favorites to documents.

Here’s a quick checklist you could use when backuping your data :

  • My Documents
  • Desktop
  • Favorites
  • Personal folder on C: drive?
  • iTunes Library or any other MP3 folder

You can also make a list of installed applications, it make it easier to get back at working state when Windows 7 is installed.

 

What do you need

– Windows 7 boot disk

– Verified and valid backups

 

How to downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

1. As we wrote before, make sure you have a backup as we will be deleting partitions and files.

2. Boot your computer from Windows 7 boot disc.

Windows 7 Boot Disc Loading

3. Select default options at first screen.  You can also select your own language there, this is for the downgraded Windows 7 installation.

Windows 7 Language Installation

4. On the next screen you need to click on ‘Custom (advanced)’ installation.  This menu will allow us to play and change Windows 8 partitions for our downgrade.

Windows 7 advanced custom install

5. On the next screen you should see all available partitions from all disks.  Click on the following text link : ‘Drive options (advanced)’.  Enabling this will allow us to have more options to act on current partitions.

Win 7 Installation Drive Options Advanced

6. Next step is to delete all partitions from our Windows 8 disk.  If you have multiple disks here, make sure you WON’T select it, if you do it, you will loose all your data.  When you are 100% sure, you have to click one time on the partition and then click on ‘Delete’ then on ‘Ok’.  Doing so will delete selected partition.  Do it for all partitions on same disk.

Win 7 Boot Disk Delete Partitions

7. When all partitions from boot disk are deleted you can create a blank one for our Windows 7 installation.  Select ‘Unallocated space’ partition and then click ‘New’ and then ‘Apply’.  This will create our partition.

Win 7 new partition unallocated space

8. Windows 7 installation will create by default 2 partitions : 1 system reserved (do not mind about this one, leave it there) and the other one is for Windows. Select second partition and click ‘Next’.

Win 7 Select installation partition

9. Windows 7 is now installing.  You have successfully downgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 7.  Note that this can also be done from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7.

 

Conclusion

Like it or not, Windows 7 is a better OS than Windows 8 in my humble opinion.  Most people from IT world love Windows 7, that’s why most of them downgraded to it from Win 8.  Also, always make sure you have accurate backup when playing with partitions like this.

 

 

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