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Windows 7: How can I re-install Windows 7 after installing Windows 8

11 Jun 2013   #1
illmatic

Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
How can I re-install Windows 7 after installing Windows 8

When Windows 8 came out it was around 30-something dollars. It was a good deal and I upgraded rather ignorantly. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. I loved Windows 7.

I installed it and then burned it into a DVD. It gave me some options, I think only 2. Either keep files or custom install. I chose custom...

So is there a way to go back? I really don't know how, but I do have the CD my original computer came with for Windows 7, not sure how to go about it. Any detail help would be good.

C'mon brahs, Another member to the windows 7 community! >_>


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11 Jun 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

What do you mean by your "original computer"? Do you mean your previous computer? Is it a Windows 7 installation DVD? If so, then is it an OEM copy? Or is it a Retail copy? If it's a Windows 7 installation DVD that came with your previous computer, then it's likely an OEM copy which means that it cannot be used on a different computer. If it's retail, then you can install it on a different computer as long as the previous computer is no longer using it.

So anyway, if it's a retail installation DVD for Windows 7, then all you have to do is use it to install Windows 7 in the same way that you installed Windows 8, only this time you'd boot to the DVD and choose the Custom installation.
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11 Jun 2013   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Just install Windows 7 as normal and activate it using the product key on the Windows 7 COA sticker. Use this guide:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden
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11 Jun 2013   #4
illmatic

Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
What do you mean by your "original computer"? Do you mean your previous computer? Is it a Windows 7 installation DVD? If so, then is it an OEM copy? Or is it a Retail copy? If it's a Windows 7 installation DVD that came with your previous computer, then it's likely an OEM copy which means that it cannot be used on a different computer. If it's retail, then you can install it on a different computer as long as the previous computer is no longer using it.

So anyway, if it's a retail installation DVD for Windows 7, then all you have to do is use it to install Windows 7 in the same way that you installed Windows 8, only this time you'd boot to the DVD and choose the Custom installation.
I bought my computer and it came with a Windows 7 CD. I then installed windows 8 on that computer. I still have the same computer and I still have the windows 7 cd. I just keep hearing on forums that it's not possible to go back. But if it's as easy as just using the CD again and follow the steps, what about the whole "installing drives" thing I'm ignorant about doing and other things that I must do (If I have to do it). Im kind of lost on that one
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11 Jun 2013   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Read the tutorial posted earlier.

Regards,
Golden
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11 Jun 2013   #6
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by illmatic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
What do you mean by your "original computer"? Do you mean your previous computer? Is it a Windows 7 installation DVD? If so, then is it an OEM copy? Or is it a Retail copy? If it's a Windows 7 installation DVD that came with your previous computer, then it's likely an OEM copy which means that it cannot be used on a different computer. If it's retail, then you can install it on a different computer as long as the previous computer is no longer using it.

So anyway, if it's a retail installation DVD for Windows 7, then all you have to do is use it to install Windows 7 in the same way that you installed Windows 8, only this time you'd boot to the DVD and choose the Custom installation.
I bought my computer and it came with a Windows 7 CD. I then installed windows 8 on that computer. I still have the same computer and I still have the windows 7 cd. I just keep hearing on forums that it's not possible to go back. But if it's as easy as just using the CD again and follow the steps, what about the whole "installing drives" thing I'm ignorant about doing and other things that I must do (If I have to do it). Im kind of lost on that one
It's possible to go back as long as you boot to the installation DVD and perform the Custom installation.
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12 Jun 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

I'd use the latest official installer with SP1 and media refresh provided in Step 1 of the tutorial. If you'll stick with the steps you'll end up with a perfect install.
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12 Jun 2013   #8
illmatic

Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I did a clean install but when i got to the partitions part there was system reserved and primary. One had like 100mbs and the other had more. I watched a video on Youtube whether to delete or format where this guy says that if you delete Windows will format things by itself. So I did delete both System and Primary and then click next. I had a problem with connecting to the internet afterward, And then I remembered I had a Cd for drivers. I reset the computer after installing the Cd but it got weird so I just re-inserted the CD, and installed the drivers by opening the CD through explorer. I have done windows software updates but there's like 15 out of around 150+ updates that were failed and I can't seem to fix. Not sure if I did it right but everything seems to be running ok now.
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12 Jun 2013   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Keep updating and rebooting when requested. The system will sort itself out once the updates have been completed.
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12 Jun 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

Did you even read the tutorial? It explains how drivers are handled in Win7 which is not at all like you did them. Perhaps you should read it again.

Why would you ask for help here and then ignore the tutorial which shows you exactly how to get a perfect reinstall, even after it was referenced three times?
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