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Help getting back to Win 7?

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  • I was being dumb, and actually installed the dev preview over my Win 7 premium edition. But, it seems to have erased all my restore points, and I just recently bought this computer, and it didn't come with a Windows 7 disc.
    Is there a way to get back to my old windows 7? I would really appreciate some help...
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:06 PM

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  • I just recently bought this computer, and it didn't come with a Windows 7 disc.
    Is there a way to get back to my old windows 7? I would really appreciate some help...

    Reinstall Windows Preinstalled On Computer


    OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows if you buy a computer with Windows preinstalled - your computer should have included either a restore 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 restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows 7. 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. If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.


    If you don't have the restore partition or install disks:

    Contact the OEM computer manufacturer and ask them to send you an install disk for your computer - they may or may not do it. If they agree to send you one they may charge a small fee.

     

     

     

    It is stated on the Windows Developer Preview download page that you must reinstall the previous OS:

    Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview
    You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:12 PM

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  • Unfortunately no, there is no way to go back to the real win7.
    BUT you can refert windows8 to windows7 using a hidden feature:

    http://it-ca.net/blogdylan/?p=194

    Regards,

    Dylan Meeus


    0x2B |~ 0x2B Blog : www.it-ca.net/blogdylan
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:08 PM
  • What type of computer do you have? 

     

    Just wondering...may help me to answer


    I love testing out very buggy systems. Favorite OS: Windows Whistler (Win XP)
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:09 PM
  • I just recently bought this computer, and it didn't come with a Windows 7 disc.
    Is there a way to get back to my old windows 7? I would really appreciate some help...

    Reinstall Windows Preinstalled On Computer


    OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows if you buy a computer with Windows preinstalled - your computer should have included either a restore 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 restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows 7. 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. If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.


    If you don't have the restore partition or install disks:

    Contact the OEM computer manufacturer and ask them to send you an install disk for your computer - they may or may not do it. If they agree to send you one they may charge a small fee.

     

     

     

    It is stated on the Windows Developer Preview download page that you must reinstall the previous OS:

    Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview
    You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:12 PM
  • On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:08:37 +0000, Dylan-Meeus wrote:

    Unfortunately no, there is no way to go back to the real win7.
    BUT you can refert windows8 to windows7 using a hidden feature:
    >
    http://it-ca.net/blogdylan
    ?p=194

    You really need to stop telling people that this "referts [sic] Windows 8 to
    Windows 7" as it does no such thing. Although it disables all of the Metro
    stuff in Windows 8 there are still any number of Windows 7 features and
    functions that are not present in the Developer Preview of Windows 8 (the
    .Net 3.5 framework is simply one example) that this registry setting has no
    effect upon. Not too mention the fact that this also has no impact at all
    on the expiration date of this preview.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    You depend too much on computers for information.


    • Edited by Paul Adare Friday, September 16, 2011 11:15 AM Typo
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 11:07 PM