how do I deinstall windows 8 and load windows 7? I had 7 before and with 8 I can't find my programs. :( 8 is not workig for my needs

how do I deinstall windows 8 and load windows 7?  I had 7 before and with 8 I can't find my programs.  :(  8 is not workig for my needs

 

Hi Calley,

 

Thanks for posting your query in Microsoft Community Forums.

 

From your description I understand that you want to downgrade to Windows 7 as you are unable to fulfill your needs with Windows 8.

 

 

Since you have mentioned that you want to downgrade to Windows 7 because you are unable to find your programs, I need to inform you that after downgrading or re-installing also, you will not be able to find the lost programs as you will lose all the programs after installing Windows 7.

 

 

However, refer to this article and check if it helps.

 

Understanding downgrade rights:

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx//lfbid=zlOxZGpp1k1#fbid=459_WnbboLO

 

 

Consumer versions of Windows 8 Pro that come preinstalled on PCs have downgrade rights to a previous version of Windows (example: Windows 7, Windows Vista).

 

Since you had Windows 7 installed on your computer previously you would not be able to downgrade.

 

Hence, you need purchase a copy of Windows 7 and install the same on your computer.

 

 

• Downgrade rights are only available for licenses obtained through OEM or Volume Licensing (VL) and not apply to Full version (FPP).

 

• OEM downgrade rights apply to Windows 8 Pro and allows for downgrades up to two prior versions.

 

• Software Assurance through VL (Volume licensing) provides the greatest flexibility, allowing for downgrades to all prior versions and editions besides Windows 7 Ultimate and Vista Ultimate editions. Without Software Assurance coverage, VL has downgrade rights to prior versions of Windows with the exception of Enterprise.

 

• It is not possible for a Windows 8 copy with multi-language function to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro as multi language function is exclusive to Windows 7 Enterprise edition and not available for Professional edition.

 

 

 

 

Hope it helps resolving your query, if you have any other query related to Windows or the issue still persist feel free to post. I will be glad to help you.

 

Thanks & Regards!

 

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Before you go down this route, try these utilities that will turn your Windows 8 into a Windows 7 look-alike:

Free:

http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ 

Small cost (currently US$5)

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

 

Secondly what do you mean by "I can't find my programs"?

 Assuming you upgraded your computer from Windows 7 to 8, did you re-install them?

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