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I am about to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional however I was wondering if I would be able to downgrade to Windows 7 if there are any compatibility issues and such forth.

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Make a backup first. – Zoredache Sep 15 '12 at 23:44

If you are upgrading a existing Windows 7 install you will still have your old license, you will need to re-install windows in the process of "Downgrading" so it will not save your settings like when you upgraded.

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In the past I have been able to downgrade by creating a system restore image when still in Windows 7.

Creating one can be done as explained here: Back up your programs, system settings, and files

Restoring it when you want to downgrade is explained here: Restore your computer from a system image backup

Note that restoring a system image will remove any changes made since the creation of the image. Therefor make sure to store important data on a different partition and back it up before proceeding with the system restore. Also note that it may take a while to restore your system. However, it will automatically restore your computer as it was before the installation of Windows 8.

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Note that this will destroy any files created/modified since the backup... – Bob Oct 27 '12 at 8:43
Thank you Bob. Because I always keep my data on a separate partition I had no problems with this. I updated my answer. – Wouter Oct 27 '12 at 9:52

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