How to revert back to Windows 7

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  1. flroots

    flroots New Member

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    I am considering the purchase of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $39.99. I would install it on my Dell laptop running Windows 7. If after using Windows 8 for awhile, I may decide I like Windows 7 better. How is it possible to revert back? I read that once you do an upgrade the license of the older OS is lost according to this reference:

    which is quoted here:
    Is this really true? If so, it sure doesn't seem to be widely publicized.
    Pete
     
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    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    There are many different opinions and guesses about how some things work. The EULA says you cannot continue to use the Sacrifical OS after it has been used to install an Upgrade OS. That part is fairly easy to understand. So it follows, if you stop using the Upgrade, you are allowed to start using the Sacrifical OS again. And I don't mean switching back and forth, but a permanent install.

    I have read, the old License key is not deactivated, so you should be able to reactivate Windows 7 using the prior key. If you have problems, a call to Microsoft should allow for reverting back to the prior OS.

    But I have no official documents or instructions giving specific guidance.
     
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    If you create an Image of Win 7 before starting the Win 8 Installation, then reverting to Win 7 is easy. It takes about 10 minutes to restore from an Image.

    I use Acronis True Image 2013 and can easily revert to an earlier OS.

    Legally if you remove the Win 8 installation you can then start using the Win 7 OS again. But you can then not use Win 8 unless you replace a different qualifying OS.

    With some customizations you can use Win 8 very similarly to Win 7 with some added benefits that come with Win 8. I have added a tutorial here that will go a long ways toward making Win 8 feel more familiar.
     
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    Thanks. What you say seems logical and makes sense. I'll assume that I can revert back and if worse comes to worse, call Microsoft
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    Thanks. I've used Acronis True Image for years, but simply restoring from an Acronis backup does not keep you activated if Microsoft has invalidated it as part of the upgrade process. I believe that on the occasion of each Windows Update Microsoft verifies your license.

    Great tutorial. Thanks, I've bookmarked it.
    Pete
     
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    Yes, very true. This did happen to me once. I kept getting messages that my license was not genuine. I finally had to call MS to fix.

    Thanks Saltgrass and Medicted60 for your feedback. I'm satisfied that I can revert back to Windows 7 without problems if the need arises. Based upon what I've been reading about Windows 8 this would seem to be likely (although in fairness I intend to give it a week) :tickled_pink:
    Pete
     
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