How to downgrade windows 7 from windows 8 without loosing data ???

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by ankithonda, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. ankithonda

    ankithonda MDL Novice

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    I have windows 8 installed in my laptop and i want to downgrade it ... i have some partitions as shows in pic. i want to keep safe data from some partitions and other partitions i want to delete. partitions.jpg

    please tell me the procedure ... i have Windows 7 ghost image and Windows 7 installation disc also.

    Deleting those partitions ( recovery,EFI , OEM ) is safe ????????
     
  2. leanduy

    leanduy MDL Novice

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    Run setup, choose keep personal file ....
     
  3. ankithonda

    ankithonda MDL Novice

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    Thanks for replies .... @im_bored ... i have fear that deleting EFI partition will remove my all other partition data ... thats why i am confused ....
     
  4. mohamedkamel

    mohamedkamel MDL Addicted

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    Use UpDown8 - Windows 8 Upgrade Downgrade Helper

    Note: I didn't try it myself.
     
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  5. urie

    urie Moderator
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    That won't work it doesn't downgrade from windows 8 to 7.

     
  6. im bored

    im bored MDL Member

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    #7 im bored, Aug 28, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
    You can delete what ever partition you want during Windows 7 Installation. I don't know where your read that deleting EFI partition will remove the others. But that's false. As I said before, during Windows 7 instal you will have the opportunity to choose what stays and what goes. As long as you don't delete (Old Data, Softwares, Multimedia) your self during the install it will still be there after install.

    And if your still afraid than I have a simple solution to your fear, MAKE A BACKUP of the data on these 3 partitions and than test the waters.
     
  7. Krutonium

    Krutonium MDL Senior Member

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    From what I know, it should be as simple as installing over 8.
     
  8. Oglon3r

    Oglon3r MDL Novice

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    Create a New partition on NTFS. Lets name it X. Try to get it at the end of your partition table
    Move all your information that you want saved to partition X
    Get Windows 7 install on USB or DVD
    Delete All other partitions except partition X and install Windows 7 on the unallocated space.
    Windows 7 installation will then do its thing.