How can I downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7 with the original installation disc and key?

Harry Scorfield January 13, 2013

I upgraded my Windows 7 Home premium to Windows 8 Pro. But after trying it I did not like it and wish to revert to Windows 7. Although I have have my original installation disc and key, it will not reinstall. What can I do?

Thank you.

  1. Newell Fisk
    January 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Wipe your hardrive and install windows 7 back on

  2. Newell Fisk
    January 21, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Back up your files first, but then reset your hardrive..

  3. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Really nice links from ha14. First "like" from me. It's strange how few "like"s people give each other here. MakeUseOf should do something about it, because contributers, helpers don't get any credit for their efforts and time. I still haven't get my Commenter Level 1 even though I contribute. It's discouraging.

  4. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    January 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm
  5. Amit Sinha
    January 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Just Install Win 7 from BIOS by changing first boot device to DVD-ROM and second boot device to HDD delete the partition previously installed with and create a new partition and completele the installation on newly created partition.

    Must take backup of all your data you will not get if you going through above steps.

  6. pp potana
    January 16, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Nce links by ha14

  7. Andrew Orr
    January 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  8. Silhoutte james
    January 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    The Professional edition of Windows 8 comes with “downgrade rights.” If you’re not happy with Windows 8 on a new computer, you can downgrade it to Windows 7 for free – as long as you have Windows 8 Pro.

  9. Adrian Bagnato
    January 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

    If you have an external (or spare internal) hard drive, just copy files to it that you wanna keep, pop the windows 7 disc in, reboot and install from there.
    I dont think you can downgrade though...

  10. Ahmed Musani
    January 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    before you downgrade from the solutions presented by other friends, be sure to have a backup as a precaution to secure your data.

  11. Shankar C
    January 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    u can downgrade .Install and activate windows seve online once again

  12. Saurav Azad
    January 14, 2013 at 6:02 am

    refer to the link
    How to Downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7

  13. ha14
    January 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm
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