Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Recently i upgraded my laptop to Windows 8 from Windows 7. I am not happy with the performance of windows 8 and I want to downgrade it to windows 7.

I have a Windows Image Backup in my D:\ Drive and want to restore my laptop from that Image of windows 7, Is there any way of restoring my c drive from that image. Can I make a bootable hard drive from that Image which can be used to Re Image my laptop to windows 7.

The size of my Windows Image is 63 GB.

share|improve this question
If it's an actual Windows image Backup made under Windows 7, then why not just restore it by the regular methods (boot from the Windows 7 disk, or repair disk you made with the Backup utility, and "repair your computer")? If it's not, then how did you make the image? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 22 '13 at 16:07
What you want is not possible. The only way to move from Windows 8 to Windows 7 is to install Windows 7 on the Windows 8 partition. If you want to save the recovery partition that is a seperate task. Unless that image is from the same computer of course. Perhaps its how you describe what you want, I would, clarify your question. – Ramhound Aug 22 '13 at 16:08
I am unable to boot from my Windows 7 disk because i created it on a seperate partition in my hard drive and in my BIOS in booting options i only se my Hard drive and those partitions are not visible thats why i want to copy the the backup to an external hard drive, and i want to boot from that hard drive but i dont know how to copy my backup from my partition to an external hard drive – Siddharth Jain Aug 22 '13 at 16:16
You can transfer the image file. Its not clear what your trying to restore from ( at least from my perspective ) – Ramhound Aug 22 '13 at 17:22

Using Symantec Ghost 11 software you can reload your image for Windows 7

Copy Symatec Ghost 11 to a usb drive and locate the your image file through the cmd prompt. Select image to disk

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.