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Windows 7: Roll back to XP

17 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7
Roll back to XP

After I install Windows 7, to go back to my original OS (Windows XP), do I have to do a complete wipe or is there a roll back feature so I don't have to wipe it clean and start fresh? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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17 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Hi Boceefus,

If you had xp and you reformatted your hard drive and installed 7 in it's place then no, you can't get your xp back like it was unless you had a complete backup of your xp made before you installed 7 over it. You could reformat again and install your xp back over your 7 install. Or if you had the xp installation disk you could install it over your 7 but it would be brand new of course.
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12 Jul 2009   #3

roll back windows 7 to vista

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12 Jul 2009   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Hello Boceeufs and judydotcom Welcome to the Se7enforums!

That's a good catch judydotcom provided the Windows.old saw the previous XP installation rolled up into it and not simply an empty folder created by the 7 installer. I've seen that a few times already where the primary was totally new and the folder was still created during the installation.

For the most part reverting back from 7 to Vista even would require a reformat and clean install to insure the best results unless an image was already made first from the previous XP installation as Airbot pointed out already.
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30 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7

******Sorry i posted on wrong topic***
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