Just upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and I hate it. How can I revert back to Windows 7 if my computer didn't come with the Windows CD.

I've been playing around with Windows 8 for a full 24 hours now and I absolutely hate it. I want to go back to Windows 7 but when I bought this laptop last month from Costco it did not come with ANY CDs so I can't just pop the old Windows 7 cd in and reinstall it. How else can I revert back even if it means completely losing all of my files. I'm that desperate...windows 8 is way too complicated...don't like it at all.

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On Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:50:17 +0000, JessicaRDH317 wrote:

I've been playing around with Windows 8 for a full 24 hours now and I absolutely hate it. I want to go back to Windows 7 but when I bought this laptop last month from Costco it did not come with ANY CDs so I can't just pop the old Windows 7 cd in and reinstall it. How else can I revert back even if it means completely losing all of my files. I'm that desperate...windows 8 is way too complicated...don't like it at all.


Almost no computer comes with Windows installation DVDs these days.
Instead they come with a recovery partition. You can follow the
instructions that came with the computer to reinstall from that, and
you should also follow the instructions to burn DVDs from it; in fact
that should have been the first thing you did when you got the
computer to protect you against a drive failure.

But "a full 24 hours" is way too short a time to learn how to use a
new version of Windows, and get accustomed to its differences and
improvements. What you do is up to you, of course, but I would
recommend that you continue to use Windows 8 for a month or two, and
learn how to use it, how to configure it for the way you work, what
third-party programs to add to it, etc.

Then, if you still hate it, that's the time to go back to Windows
7--not before.

By the way, I've been using Windows 8 for about two weeks now. I
wasn't crazy about it at first, but I continue to use it, make
improvements in its configuration almost every day, and like it better
and better all the time.

Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP

Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003

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You might be able to use a recovery partition that came with your computer.  Check you user manual to find the key combination to get into the recovery partition.
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I don't like how complicated it is. Took me forever just to figure out how to shut the computer off after I installed Windows 8. I don't want to have to go through four or five different screens just to find a shut down button.. I don't like how the apps take up the entire screen and makes it a huge pain to multitask... I have shut off the messaging function a dozen times and it turns itself right back on and continues to receive messages even though I've turned it off... None of my drivers work now that I've installed Windows 8... Windows 7 was so much simpler to navigate. Much more user friendly than this... 

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I agree with Ken... You'll get used to it.

Your drivers shouldn't be a problem, the kernel isn't that much different then Windows 7, you might need to install them though.
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That's the best answer you can give me? I say it's overly complicated and not user friendly and your advice is to just live with it? I think I'll search for answers elsewhere...

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if you want to revert to windows 7, you will have to use either discs or the recovery partition, each computer uses different keys to get into the recovery partition, so check your manual for more information.
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On Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:39:54 +0000, JessicaRDH317 wrote:

I don't like how complicated it is. Took me forever just to figure out how to shut the computer off after I installed Windows 8. I don't want to have to go through four or five different screens just to find a shut down button.. I don't like how the apps take up the entire screen and makes it a huge pain to multitask... I have shut off the messaging function a dozen times and it turns itself right back on and continues to receive messages even though I've turned it off... None of my drivers work now that I've installed Windows 8... Windows 7 was so much simpler to navigate. Much more user friendly than this... 

Your choice, of course. I thoroughly disagree with you, but I won't
try to convince you that I'm right.

Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP

Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003

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welp, something is different. I keep crashing and getting Driver_Portion_mustbe_nonpaged. there's nothing simple about that if you're not computer savvy. I look it up and it suggests a kernel debugger.....

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Hi,

I like a couple of things about Win 8, so I will play with it off and on.

You are right about being user unfriendly when it comes to installing it...it can be quite time consuming.

Purchasing a machine with it preinstalled would be somewhat easier, but there is still a rather steep learning curve. (I'm not suggesting you do that though)

 

If you are unable to figure out how to RECOVER your machine to AS NEW, repost with the make and model.

 

I will see what I can find out. It should be fairly simple if you find where to look.

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Alternative start menus which enable normal desktop use..

 

Free..

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

https://www.pokki.com/

 

Costs $5 but is just like Windows 7..

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

 

 

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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