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How to uninstall Windows Developer Preview and get back to Windows 7?

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  • I've spoken to microsoft in Sweden but they couldn't help me. How do I get my windows 7 back? Because I have the product key but since Windows 7 was preinstalled on my computer when I bought it, I don't own a CD or likewise. Help, please.

    Original Title: How to undo this?
    Monday, October 17, 2011 1:00 PM

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  • I assume you have installed Windows Developer Preview over Windows 7 and want to ‘go back’ to Windows 7.

     

    Sadly, your only choice is to reinstall. As you don’t have a Windows DVD, download a free Windows 7 ISO image and burn it to DVD. It can be used to repair or install Windows, but as you’re installing, you may need to additionally download the manufacturer’s drivers for specific devices, e.g. a built-in webcam or Bluetooth adapter.

     

    Make sure you download the version that matches your existing installation, e.g. Swedish, Home Premium, 64-bit. Also decide if you want/need SP. Scroll down here http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/14-windows-7-direct-download-links


    Monday, October 17, 2011 1:23 PM
  • How do I get my windows 7 back? Because I have the product key but since Windows 7 was preinstalled on my computer when I bought it

    Revert Back To Previous Windows Version

    It is stated on the Windows 8 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.
     
     
    
     


     
    If Windows came with the computer - 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.

     


     
    You could also try attempting this:
    Reverting back to a previous Windows system:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760
     


    Monday, October 17, 2011 2:56 PM

All replies

  • I assume you have installed Windows Developer Preview over Windows 7 and want to ‘go back’ to Windows 7.

     

    Sadly, your only choice is to reinstall. As you don’t have a Windows DVD, download a free Windows 7 ISO image and burn it to DVD. It can be used to repair or install Windows, but as you’re installing, you may need to additionally download the manufacturer’s drivers for specific devices, e.g. a built-in webcam or Bluetooth adapter.

     

    Make sure you download the version that matches your existing installation, e.g. Swedish, Home Premium, 64-bit. Also decide if you want/need SP. Scroll down here http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/14-windows-7-direct-download-links


    Monday, October 17, 2011 1:23 PM
  • How do I get my windows 7 back? Because I have the product key but since Windows 7 was preinstalled on my computer when I bought it

    Revert Back To Previous Windows Version

    It is stated on the Windows 8 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.
     
     
    
     


     
    If Windows came with the computer - 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.

     


     
    You could also try attempting this:
    Reverting back to a previous Windows system:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760
     


    Monday, October 17, 2011 2:56 PM