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Can I downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7?

So I recently install Windows 8 and I would like to revert back to my Windows 7 install using my "Windows.old" folder that was created by the upgrade utility.

I need to be able to keep all my files and programs.

How can I do this?

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There's an article from Microsoft on this. It's for reverting from Windows7, but the idea is the same. Essentially, get an install disc, boot into the command prompt repair mode, move the Windows 8 system files to a new folder, then copy the Windows.old folder to your C drive. Then, restore the boot sector and Boot.ini file. By the way, the nt number is 61 for 32bit systems and 62 for 64 bit systems. (So D:\boot\bootsect /nt61 c:) for example. I believe you can do the same thing in a Linux live iso, although I've never tried it.

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