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Windows 7: Downgrade back to vista?

05 Jan 2009   #11

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
Unless you have a *lot* of experience Beta testing Operating Systems, ***don't*** upgrade. Don't put this as your main OS on a production machine. Don't Think that just because it is being released to the public for *testing* that it is 100% stable.

I cannot stress these points enough. If you play with fire, you have to reasonably expect to get burned, no matter how good you are. If you install a Beta OS, you have to ***reasonably*** expect it to crash or muck up at some point.

If it were bug free, it would not be a Beta.

Like JG say never ever use it as a main system always on a different partition.

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05 Jan 2009   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Well, everyone knew it wouldn't be long before this question started getting asked.

A sticky wouldn't do any good; people never listen to warnings any way. Just like telling them not to mess with "D:/Recovery"; they could care less; "it's my machine, I'll do as I please".

Later Ted
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06 Jan 2009   #13

Windows 10 Pro X64 Insider Preview (Skip Ahead) latest build

Of course, for the hardheaded, there is always experience, the harshest yet best mistress.
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06 Jan 2009   #14

windows 7

Thats why I have a seperate Hard Drive with 7 installed. BTW, to me it has been rock solid. takes a biut to get used to some of the changes,, but this one is way better than vista beta1.
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06 Jun 2009   #15

windows 7

Hello everyone,,

I have a tricky question... I have a HP Pavilion that has 2 hard drives C: and D: .... I downloaded and installed windows 7 on my D drive and want to go back to windows vista which I had installed on my C: drive.... When I go to "computer" it shows that there is a win logo on my C and a win on my D: can any give me help downgrading back to windows vista ulitamate or am I screwed?? Is there any way to do this without loosing everything and having to spend tons of money buying a new OS???

Any help would be appreciated...

Nathan Baker
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06 Jun 2009   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi Nate,

Shouldn't be a problem.

Check in Disk Management that your Vista drive is showing as "System"

If it is , then you can just delete the 7 partition , and remove the 7 boot entry from msconfig.

If you are in any doubt, post a screenshot of Disk management, like this:

Downgrade back to vista?-diskmanagement2009-02-04_031947.jpg

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07 Jun 2009   #17


HAHA recovery partitions.
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07 Jun 2009   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

If you installed Windows 7 on a different drive then you should have dual boot options to use Vista as well, is that not the case?
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07 Jun 2009   #19

windows 7

Thanks for the advice, I have opened up my disk management and it says my

C: is my OS: system,boot,pagefile,crash,active,crash dump, primary partion.

D: (Where I installed Windows 7 from) says : healthy primary partition...So, do I just frag this drive and Windows Vista will restore? I dont know how to insert a screen capture to show you or else I would..

I appreciate the help very much......

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08 Jun 2009   #20

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900

i think 7201 is a great build to go fully production on a win7 machine. I have only a single program that isen't quite up to par, and that's utorrent. alot other programs can use the compatibily-mode to run XP Emulation. but so far, if it runs on vista, I've seen it run on win7 (few exceptions).

Re-iterating, win7 is good to go as of 7201 to replace a fully functioning production machine via upgrade.

(but do keep a spare DownLevel running somewhere, for compatibity testing)
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