Can I downgrade Windows 7 Ultimate back to Windows Vista Basic?

aleeyu August 11, 2012
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I changed my Windows version from Vista Basic to Windows 7 Ultimate. I want to know whether I can change it back to its previous Windows version? If so, how?

  1. Adjei Kofi
    September 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    You can but that will require you to do a fresh installation.

  2. Amit Sinha
    September 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    no but you can install vista through BIOS

  3. Usman Mubashir
    August 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I think you better run win 7, but in any case, you must reinstall vista for this purpose.

  4. Reý Aetar
    August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  5. jrasulev
    August 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I have no idea, why do you need it, but you can dowgrade

  6. Declan Lopez
    August 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    you can reinstall from a vista disc

  7. Hanamichi Kurotsuchi
    August 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    that's easy, try to get a windows vista pack, then boot then install it on the same drive that has windows 7 on it. remember that this will format and wipe the data that you have on your drive ( that has windows 7 on it ) so I suggest to you to have a back up of all your data before you do this.

  8. Adjei Kofi
    August 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    That won't be possible. You'll have to perform a fresh installation with your windows vista cd.

  9. aliyu
    August 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

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  10. Erlis Dhima
    August 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Please read this posts:
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-downgrade-from-windows-7-to-vista-step-by-step-guide/
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/downgrade-from-windows-7-to-vista/e95a2e68-34b1-487e-aa56-3dadfea59a8b

    But there is a problem too.. If you have deleted the old windows files from system drive, the, I don't think you can turn it back.. Just check the posts above.. If it doesn't work for you, then the best way might be, formating it...
    Hope it helps...

  11. Timothy Liem
    August 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    yes you can, but you have to buy the license again. that's why Microsoft sucks!

  12. Allen Barnett
    August 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    echantrea suggested going back to XP rather than Vista.I respect echantrea's opinion and I agree 100% XP is so much better than Vista.That said keep in mind that after dometime in early 2014 you will not be able to get updates for XP. That would be very risky security wise.

  13. Allen Barnett
    August 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Uhhhh... why would anybody want to do that?

  14. echantrea
    August 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

    better go to XP OS than Vista.

  15. echantrea
    August 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Format 7 OS and fresh install Vista Basic OS.

  16. aliyu
    August 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Dear, friends Goodday!!! how are u all? i hope you are all fine. Firstly, i will like to thank you all for your responses and concerns regarding my question. I know it sounds odd but the main reason i want to downgrade my windows to vista basic is as a result of a problem i am facing regarding my facebook account. What happened was that i turn on the login approval in my privacy settings in my facebook account which means that it time i am using a new browser or i have changed my windows,,,i will have to login in to my account using a security code. The major problem here is that i added 2 mobile numbers in my facebook account,,,,,i have changed the first mobile number carrier which facebook have been trying to contact me with my security code and i have contacted facebook help care several times to try to explain to them that i dont longer use my first mobile number which they have been contacting me with and that they should use my second mobile number which i added in my facebook settings or they should send me my security code through my email address but they have not responded. This is the main reason why i want to return to windows vista basic inother to reclaim and access my facebook account.

    • Elijah Swartz
      August 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Changing your operating system wouldn't change the issue you are having with facebook's security. Both Vista and Windows 7 can the same browsers. Changing the OS wouldn't change anything. I would suggest that you keep contacting facebook and be patient. Perhaps, you could ask to talk to a supervisor to escalate your problem so that they fix it faster.
      I am assuming that English isn't your native language based on your wording. Perhaps the facebook staff are a little confused by what your problem is because of the way you write. You might want to find someone who is a better at writing in English and ask them to help you write your message to Facebook, so they understand what the problem is. Best of luck.

  17. Julie Kadas
    August 12, 2012 at 1:26 am

    A few questions:
    - Is your desire to downgrade due to streaming/xbox/ps3 issues?
    - Did you reformat your disk before you installed Win7?
    - Did you make a recovery disk prior to the upgrade?

    I ask so that I can give you the best answer for your issue.

  18. Elijah Swartz
    August 12, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I don't know why you would want to do this, unless you are going to use the Windows 7 key on a different computer.

    Anyways, yes you can. If you upgraded Windows 7 from Vista or XP, you should have a Windows.old folder. The information straight from MS can be found here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760/en-us

    The other method, which is what I would personally do, would be to start with a fresh install. Back up all of your data, boot to the Vista dvd, format the drive, and install Vista as you normally would.

  19. Francisco Fernández
    August 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

    That would be just as good as using internet explorer again! :P

  20. Carter
    August 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Yes, curious you would want to do that. Vista is not the best OS. I would go back to XP before Vista. Is there a reason for this? Something we could help you out with?

  21. Marc Vasquez
    August 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I'd imagine the use of the Vista re-installation disc would do the trick.

  22. Ruben Fitch
    August 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Why would you ever want to do that?
    Vista is vastly inferior to Windows 7.

  23. Vipul Jain
    August 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    If you still have your Vista disc, just boot with it and delete/format the partition with Win7.
    And install vista there. Though keep in mind that all data in that drive will obviously be deleted (which includes your downloads, libraries, desktop, basically everything in your OS partition)

  24. Bruce Epper
    August 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Going back at this point requires that you reformat the drive and do a fresh install of Vista Basic.

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