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I want Windows 7 BACK!

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  • I downloaded Windows 8 and overwrote Windows 7... I have my product key and sticker of Auth if that will help me get Windows 7 back..

    PLEASE HELP!

    Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:58 AM

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  • There is no general/public download of Windows 7, the only way to download it is to buy it from the Microsoft online store.

     

     

    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 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 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
     

    • Marked as answer by Brett Young Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:25 AM
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:16 AM

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  • ... O.o ...

    You're going to have to reinstall. Nothing else you can really do.


    Thanks,
    Bobby Cannon
    http://sharpdeck.net
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:32 AM
  • How would I re-install... I don't have my Windows 7 Disc
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:36 AM
  • I don't want to give you to much of a hard time but you just installed a "developer preview" OS over a mature released product without a installation media to go back.

    You will have to download Windows 7 ISO and burn a new disc and then do a reinstall.


    Thanks,
    Bobby Cannon
    http://sharpdeck.net
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:10 AM
  • Okay... Do you have a link of where I can get the ISO?
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:50 AM
  • There is no general/public download of Windows 7, the only way to download it is to buy it from the Microsoft online store.

     

     

    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 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 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
     

    • Marked as answer by Brett Young Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:25 AM
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:16 AM