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

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

Downgrade Windows 8

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.

Published: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 Last Modified: September 28, 2011