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Fazel
Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎07-17-2013
Location: england
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CAN YOU GO BACK TO WINDOWS 8 FROM WINDOWS 7 DOWNGRADE?

like if you downgraded to windows 7 cuz you hated windows 8, in the future can you go back to windows 8 if you changed your mind or something, if so how? will it just involve restoring the hardware and changing the bios settings?

thanks

Retired Support Specialist
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Registered: ‎04-22-2013
Location: Philippines
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Re: CAN YOU GO BACK TO WINDOWS 8 FROM WINDOWS 7 DOWNGRADE?

hi Fazel,

 

  The Windows 8 Product Key does not have a COA Sticker at the bottom so Before doing a Windows 7 Downgrade, make sure you extract the Windows 8 Key First maybe using Bellarc or the like to get the Product Key,

      Once you have the Windows 8 Product Key only then I would say it is ok to Downgrade, Because if you want to go back to Windows 8 It may ask for a Windows 8 product key.

 

Also Before Downgrading you can make a Windows 8 Recovery Drive. using this method so you can use it if you want to go back to Windows 8 .

 

Then other things are Yes. Hardware and BIOS Settings.

 

Hope this info helps

Cheers!



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jalormee
What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎03-19-2014
Location: singapore
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Re: CAN YOU GO BACK TO WINDOWS 8 FROM WINDOWS 7 DOWNGRADE?

Sorry to hijack, but I am already on the other end of the story. I think it is too late already, but I did not make a backup of my Windows 8; thus unable to upgrade back that I want to. Care to advice?

 

Whats worse is that someone formatted my the harddrive, and therefore removed the hidden parition made by lenovo. Now I have no idea how to recover my windows 8. How can I recover the stock default windows 8 OS? Drop by a local lenovo service centre?

LenBlazer
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Registered: ‎05-09-2013
Location: US
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Re: CAN YOU GO BACK TO WINDOWS 8 FROM WINDOWS 7 DOWNGRADE?

@jalormee: I think your only choice is to call techsupport and inquire about their recovery disc set for your unit. Be prepared for the price.

 

@ Solid_Cruver:

That link about the usb recovery media indicated that if you have a blank hdd you can use the usb recovery media to put back Win 8. Is this verified? 

 

The reason I ask is that I learned through other forums that you cannot use the usb recovery media to put a fresh OS into a blank hdd.

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