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Windows 7: Booting with Windows 7 instead of 8 after installation.

25 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 8 x64 bit
Booting with Windows 7 instead of 8 after installation.

I have just installed Windows 8.1 and would like to know how I can boot with Windows 7. I have Windows 7 when I installed Windows 8. Is there a way to go back to Windows 7 with no re install?

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25 Dec 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

How did you install 8.1? To a different partition?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2013   #3


Unless you booted the 8.1 installer and installed to another partition, or ran the Sources>Setup file from the 8.1 installer from Windows 7, then it overwrote Windows 7. You should have been warned about this before you pulled the trigger.

If you think you might have Windows 7 in a partition still on the HD, post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image .

Otherwise you'll need to Clean Install Windows 7 either as a Dual Boot with Windows 8.1 or deleting all partitions if you dont' want Windows 8 after backing up all of your files.

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 8 x64 bit

Alright, thanks for the reply. Yes Windows 7 has been overwrote but thanks anyway. Will do a re install
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2013   #5


Always delete all partitions during install to get it cleanest, using the Drive Options pictured in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7.

Other tips to get and maintain a perfect install are the same as for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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