Switching back to Windows 7 from Windows 8

Written by: Uttam Shrestha - Published: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - Comments

Switching back to Windows 7 from Windows is easy and instant. In this tutorial, we are showing you how to switch back to Windows 7 from Windows 8.

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Dual-Booting Windows 7 and 8

If you have installed Windows 8 on the same partition as Windows 7, there is unfortunately for you no way to switch back to Windows 7 without re-installing it.

How to confirm that? Open the Windows Explorer (pressing Windows key + E) and then go to C:/ – if there is a folder called Windows.old then you can’t simply switch back. If there isn’t such a folder it’s probable that you installed it on a different partitio as recommended.

Please read our tutorial how to create a partition in Windows 8 to fully understand how you can dual-boot both Windows 7 and Windows 8!

Installed Windows 8 On A New Partition? Good, You Can Easily Switch Back

1. As mentioned above, you should have already installed Windows 8 on another partition or drive along with Windows 7. You can only switch between Windows 7 and Windows 8 if you have both OS’s on your computer.

While you are in Windows 8, restart your computer. To restart Windows 8, open the Charms by moving your mouse pointer over the lower-left cornor of your screen. Click on Settings.

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2. Next, A sidebar opens on right-side of the screen. Click on the Power button. A pop up opens, click on Restart.

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3. Next, you will see the OS Selection screen. Select Windows 7. That are the complete steps to switch back to Windows 7 from Windows 8. Note, If you do not select Windows 7 then by default, you will boot into Windows 8 after 30 seconds of inactivity. To change the default to Windows 7 click on the ‘Change defaults or choose other options link’ and select Windows 7.

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To get the OS select option you must install Windows 8 on another partition or drive along with Windows 7.
If you have done it but still could not see the choice to switch then you should do research on modifying the boot manager and or consider getting help on user forums

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Written by: Uttam Shrestha
Uttam is a technology enthusiasts and Microsoft student partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. He's currently studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer.

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