Windows 8 customer Preview to Windows 7 Home Preview

Hi, I just installed Windows 8 customer Preview since I noticed that my new laptop only had the Windows 7 Starter. I wanted to postpone buying the Windows 7 Home premium for a few months. But now I noticed that it doesn't run that well on my computer so I was wondering if I can still go back tot the Windows 7 starter and when I want to buy the Windows 7 Home Premium, can I still buy the anytime upgrade or do I need to buy the full program? Please help me, I'm getting confused.
 

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I was wondering if I can still go back tot the Windows 7 starter and when I want to buy the Windows 7 Home Premium, can I still buy the anytime upgrade or do I need to buy the full program? Please help me, I'm getting confused.


To buy an Anytime Upgrade you first have to reinstall Windows 7 Starter.




In addition to reinstalling Windows, you could also try attempting this if you have the Windows.old folder to restore your previous Windows installation:
 
Reverting back to a previous Windows system using Windows.old:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760
Note: if you had Windows 7 installed, follow the instructions for Vista
 




Please note: You can not uninstall the Consumer Preview. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to backup your personal files, then reinstall Windows from the recovery or installation media, and reinstall your programs.
 
For more info - Windows 8 Consumer Preview FAQ:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/faq
 
 
 
Reinstalling Windows
 
Reinstall Windows Preinstalled On Computer
When Windows comes installed with the computer, OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows - your computer should have included either a recovery partition on your hard drive, or Windows install/restore disks. Most computer manufacturers also have a feature to make your own install disks.
 
If the recovery partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows. There is usually a prompt when you first start the computer telling you what key to press to start the restore? - check your manual if you're not sure how to. Or if you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. 
 
If you restore it to factory condition, it will be like it was when you first bought it - all preinstalled programs will be installed. Anything you installed after buying it must be reinstalled. This will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
 
Preinstalled Windows - if you don't have the recovery partition or install disks:
Contact the OEM computer manufacturer and ask them to send you an install disk for your computer - they may charge a small fee. Contact information for the manufacturer of your computer can be found here: 
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/oemphone/
 
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