How do I remove Windows 8 and return to Windows 7?

Windows 8 is a POS. How do I remove it and return to win 7?

Original title: Windows 8 is a POS. How do I remove it and return to win 7?

Put the win7 dvd in change the bootdisk to cd, boot from it. Format the hdd then reinstall it

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You didn't create an image of your drive before installing/upgrading? Tsk, tsk.

You'll have to do as Taupo Tech advised, or try the steps listed here:
http://pureinfotech.com/2011/10/10/how-to-uninstall-windows-8-developer-preview-and-restore-windows-7-step-by-step/

I have not tested that method, but if it doesn't work, you're back to doing a clean installation of Win7 anyhow.


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You didn't create an image of your drive before installing/upgrading? Tsk, tsk.

You'll have to do as Taupo Tech advised, or try the steps listed here:
http://pureinfotech.com/2011/10/10/how-to-uninstall-windows-8-developer-preview-and-restore-windows-7-step-by-step/

I have not tested that method, but if it doesn't work, you're back to doing a clean installation of Win7 anyhow.


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I'm running Windows 8 Pro and it is quite a poor experience. Using Media Center is almost impossible, especially when using a Media Center remote control and the overall ability to access the the things I need on my PC without having to access Start screen and then back to Desktop, and then back to Start screen, and so on, is very poor. I'm using a AiO, that came with W7. I ran thenW8ndows 8 Upgrade Assistance tool checks, all good apart from minor issues with needing to reinstall some apps... oh how I wish it was only that easy!!!

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I disabled the lock screen, the 1st screen, by using Gpedit. Then killed the login screen by typing the password in from netpl.wiz instead.

Saves a lot of time pressing this and typing that. Then installed classicshell. Saves me going to start then the desktop. Now, it goes straight to the desktop

Like it did with Win7

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Put the win7 dvd in change the bootdisk to cd, boot from it. Format the hdd then reinstall it

windows 8 will not allow me to change the boot to dvd to install win 7 .

How do I get into dos ?

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win 8 will not even allow me to boot from dvd !

how do I get past this ?

On start menu I don't even have ( all programs )

What a **** system, Help.  

 

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Hi Louie,

Thank you for the reply. Sorry for the delay.

As I understand, you want to downgrade to Windows 7 or re-install Windows 7. I am sorry to know that.

How did you purchase Windows 7, is it a retail copy or an OEM(came pre-installed) copy?

If you have installation disk, then you can refer to the section re-install Windows 7 and try to install it by going through the link below.

To get to Control Panel in Windows 8. Press Windows Logo Key+X. Then click on Control Panel.

Installing and reinstalling Windows:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7

If you are still unable to re-install Windows 7, then refer to the section" Using the Custom installation option and formatting the hard disk" in the above link. 

Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If issue persists, do get back to us. We will be happy to assist you.

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