Will You Be Able To Downgrade From Windows 8 To Windows 7?

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - Comments

Someone asked me if it will be possible to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Here are some speculations.

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As of right now, Windows 8 is more or less Windows 7 with compatibility for mobile devices. Microsoft already confirmed that all Windows 7 applications will work on Windows 8. However, a downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7 might not be possible due to some compatibility issues between the two systems.

 

Recommended: Dual-Boot Windows 7 And Windows 8 Instead Of Downgrading

But it is not recommended to upgrade or downgrade operating systems. The recommended way is to dual-bot operating systems.

You can simply create a new partition to install Windows 8 on and then boot both operating systems from the boot manager.

To create a new partition for Windows 8 follow the installation as you normally would and when you have to select a hard drive you will be able to create a new partition. Or alternatively, you can do that during runtime.

You should now be able to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.


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One Response to Will You Be Able To Downgrade From Windows 8 To Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    wreckymek said:

    Have already bought a new laptop but find its loaded with windowws 8 which might be ok for someone who uses there computor as a toy but is useless as a tool
    Can I empty the computor and reboot from scratch with my old vista pro disc and code’s

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