Downgrading is replacing hardware or software with older or less capable versions or equivalents. Going from Windows 7 to Windows Vista, for example, would be a downgrade. It is the opposite of [upgrade].

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I need to get XP back on my dell computer [on hold]

I have a dell XP. I upgraded to Windows 10. I am having so much trouble with it, I would like my XP back until I can afford a new computer.
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Factory reset on a laptop that has Windows 8.1 OEM and was downgraded to Windows 7

I have a laptop that originally came with Windows 8.1 and then I downgraded it to Windows 7. I need to do a Factory reset on it but want to keep Windows 7.... Should I go through the Recovery ...
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Downgrade User Profile from Domain to Workgroup

I'm doing some one-off IT maintenance for a very small business <15 employees I moved all their e-mail to Microsoft Office365, and all of their shared network files to Microsoft SharePoint Online. ...
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Get back my Windows 10 Product Key

My son's machine had Windows 8/8.1 Home and updated to Windows 10. Someone told him to use a random Windows 10 Pro key and he would get Pro for free. It didn't work obviously and now he see's a ...
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purchase a laptop to recycle windows product key

I need to activate Windows 7 ultimate x64 on my workingstation and I have to buy a product key. I'm considering opting for a solution with a greater value for money: purchasing a cheap used laptop ...
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Downgrade git on Ubuntu 14.04

I want to downgrade git to 2.6.5 with apt-get after accidentally upgrading to 2.7.0. How is it done?
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downgrade windows 10 pro to original edition

After upgrading to windows 10 pro on a tablet of mine that came preloaded with windows 10 home, I would like to downgrade it back to home. However, the tablet doesn't have a recovery partition and I ...
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After downgrading Windows 10 to the previous build, can I return to the newer one?

I've downgraded Windows trying to fix the problem with the start menu, but it made it even worse (previously the menu just didn't open, now it still doesn't plus I get error prompt) The problem is ...
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Windows 10 to Windows 7 downgrade interrupted due to auto shut down

A friend of mine tried to downgrade from windows 10 to windows 7. During the installation, his computer did an auto shutdown due to overheating. Now his computer displays the message "This ...
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After a good 4 months of W10, it has just started to restore to previous version. Why?

So I have been happily using W10 Home on my laptop for around 4 months and today I simply started it up, to find out a very warm christmasy welcome message saying "Restoring Windows to previous ...
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Downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 7

I have a brand new ASUS laptop that came with Windows 10 pre-installed. I would like to downgrade this to Windows 7. Do I need to get a valid Windows 7 key? If yes, how is this downgrade process ...
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Windows 10 Downgrade apps may be removed

I need to downgrade a laptop that upgraded itself from 8.1 to Windows 10 over the weekend. My only issue is that before I do this I need to know what apps I may have to reinstall. I have not installed ...
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Downgrading sony xperia Z sgp321 to kitkat using flashtool - “wait for flashtool” stuck

I m trying to downgrade from lollipop 5.1.1 to kitkat 4.2.2 because of overall performance issues with lollipop. I follow the instruction, install flashtool, install drivers - fastboot, flashmode, ...
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Windows 10-Windows 8.1 cant restore from backup

I had Windows 10 and decided to downgrade. I backed up my files to an external harddrive, which created a file names 'MediaID.bin' and a folder called 'DESKTOP-78NJS63'. Inside it has back up zips ...
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Will IE9 run on Windows 10?

I need to install IE9 on Windows 10, but cannot. I keep getting a message "Internet Explorer 9 is already installed on this system". I found an article on how to downgrade from IE10 TO IE9, but it ...
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Is it safe to remove unstable from sources.list after the system has been dist-upgrade'd?

I added unstable to my apt sources to perform some testing (QEMU and chroot environments). I also perform apt-get dist-upgrade regularly. I'm now finished with the testing. Is it safe to remove ...
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Windows 8.1 won't shutdown after downgrading from Windows 10

My sister downgraded her laptop from Windows 10 to 8.1 and now it no longer shuts down. According to her description, the screen turns off but the lights stay on and she can hear the fan. She ...
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How can I understand what happens to my laptop?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS which was recently upgraded to 14.04.03. With that upgrade came a new kernel (i.e. 3.11.0-18-generic) that breaks my X server. If I select a previous kernel version (i.e. ...
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How to downgrade from windows 10 to windows 8.1 by windows 8.1 disc?

I upgraded from windows 8.1 to windows 10 and I want back to windows 8.1, but I can't use recovery method because I deleted windows.old folder from my drive. I have original windows 8.1 (setup files) ...
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Downgrading Windows 7 Enterprise x64 to Windows 7 Professional x64 or Ultimate x64

Is it possible to downgrade Windows 7 Enterprise x64 to a Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate x64 installation? Can this be done without doing a clean install? I am aware that a different license is required ...
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Windows 10 revert to Win8 to reset key activation

I am currently in a computer crisis. I just updated my PC to Windows 10. The problem occurred during the activation of the Windows 10 Pro and Family key. Microsoft Support tells me what are blocked ...
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Cannot refresh windows 8.1 after downgrade from windows 10

The computer started off as running windows 8.1 out of the box. When windows 10 was officially released, the computer was upgraded using a usb drive with windows 10 installation media, rather than ...
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Windows 10 downgrade bootloop

I downgraded to Windows 8.1 according to this answer's advice. Now, whenever I start my computer I am stuck seeing a bootloop of a black log-on screen. I can also see my mouse cursor which moves back ...
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Downgrade From Windows 10 after Changing Administrator Password

After installing Windows 10, I changed my Administrator account password, losing my EFS-encryption on some system files according to this fine print which I didn't read in my haste to make sure I had ...
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Windows 10 downgrade option missing, have windows.old directory

In upgrade&security->reccovery, I don't have option to revert back to windows 8.1, but I do have windows.old directory and its contents. My question is is there anything I can do at this point ...
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Downgrade Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Professional

How I can downgrade Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Professional? If I downgrade my Windows succesful can I Update to Windows 10 normally?
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Rollback Kernel Ubuntu 14.04.2

I have looked at many answers on here but no matter what it doesn't seem to work. Fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04.2, trying to install an older kernel. I only have SSH access no GUI etc. What i have ...
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Can I install Windows Home Premium over Windows 7 Professional? [duplicate]

Some context: I have been tasked with repairing a PC which is running non-genuine Windows 7 Professional. The PC does come with an OEM license for Windows 7 Home Premium, and I will be offering to ...
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Can you downgrade Windows 8.1 to an older 8.1 version?

I recently upgraded an old Windows 8.1 version to a newer December 2014 DVD using the Upgrade Setup assistant, some bundled updates in this version introduced errors. I'm unable to remove these ...
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Downgrade Windows 8.1 Pro RETAIL (a new box, NOT preinstalled) to Windows 7

If I buy a Windows 8.1 PROFESSIONAL retail box, and NOT a PC with pre installed Windows 8, can I still exercise my downgrade rights to downgrade to Windows 7. ( I have a Windows 7 ISO and I will use ...
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Downgrade Windows 8 with Ubuntu installed

I have a legal Embedded Windows 8 Industry Pro on my Lenovo Z510 laptop but I don't like it at all. I also installed an Ubuntu next to Win8. I have lots of data and I don't want to loose it. Obtaining ...
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Downgraded Windows 8 to Windows 7 - Activating with license stored in BIOS? [duplicate]

I'm having a few issues regarding a downgrade I am attempting. I've recently bought a Lenovo M30-70 from our supplier, this laptop came with Windows 8 Pre-installed. I've installed Windows 7 on the ...
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Missing Ethernet driver after downgrading to Windows 7

I've recently installed Windows 7 on a Lenovo M30-70 Notebook. It came with Windows 8 as default. I delete all partitions when I downgrade/upgrade. My main issue is that I am missing multiple ...
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Windows XP 64-bit Conexant Pebble HD Audio Driver

I have installed Windows XP 64-bit on my HP Pavilion G60T-500 CTO notebook PC and along with installing a non-factory OS came the struggle of finding drivers. My audio device is a Conexant Pebble HD ...
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Windows 7 Pro with Windows 8.1 Pro license? [duplicate]

The company I work for will be replacing a group of computers with new. With the pending return of the normal start menu, I'd like to start looking to Windows 8.1 as a viable OS option for the ...
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Downgrade Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center to Windows 8.1 Pro

I built my own computer, and bought a copy of Windows 8 Pro about a year ago. Entered my product key and everything during setup, went smoothly. When Windows 8.1 came out I upgraded through the ...
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How to downgrade from Chrome 35 to 34 without losing data?

After upgrading Chromium from 34 to 35, the usability of Chromium went downhill. So I decided to downgrade Chromium. Fortunately, the previous version of Chromium was still somewhere on my disk, so ...
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Can I switch from Chrome dev to beta without uninstalling?

I'm on OS X 10.9 using Chrome 36.0.1976.2 dev. I want to "downgrade" to the beta track. Do I need to back up my user data and reinstall Chrome as outlined (for Windows but I get the gist) in this ...
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Is a downgrade from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 7 Professional reversible?

If I downgrade from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 7 Professional, can I change my mind later on and upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro for free?
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Why do drivers for windows change for each release?

from my experience it seems that comparability between windows versions is reasonably good, especially for the average home user, businesses not included. why do the hardware manufacturers have to ...
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restore rpm to default installed version on RHEL

Is there a way to restore one single package back to the original version shipped with the RHEL OS? A YUM downgrade just downgrades the package to the previous version located on the repository and ...
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After debian downgrade all packages are in local or obsolete

I have weird problem: because, after downgrading from Debian jessie (testing) to wheezy (stable) - by changing sources.lost. Apt-get don't want to downgrade packages, but they are in Installed (local ...
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Downgrade fedora 20 kernel

I want to downgrade fedora's 20 kernel (3.11) to version 2.6 because I have a package that only supports that kernel. I have looked everywhere for 2.6 kernel for fedora 20, but with no luck. If I try ...
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Can I downgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 8.1 using Windows 8 DVD?

I upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 without taking a system Image before the upgrade. And I'm pretty unhappy with the upgrade as my PC continuously keeps crashing and keeps showing some lame ...
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Ubuntu Server 13.10: How to downgrade kernel

Ubuntu Server 13.10 appears to be very unstable, I got random crashes of the system with no apparent reason and nothing is showing in syslog. This is screenshot from the console when the crash ...
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Pycharm community: how to revert to previous version (uninstall 3.0.2 patch which breaks Terminal plugin)

Is there a way to undo pycharm patch installtion and downgrade from 3.0.2 to 3.0.0 ? JetBrains web page under previous versions shows only 2.X branch and it's not clear where to get original 3.0.0 ...
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Downgrade to Win7 from Win8(Pro) [duplicate]

I've just bought new laptop, it's an HP Pavilion 17-e072nr. But it turned out it was a refurbished one, at least not an untouched one. But it is unused, plastic films still on it, smells new etc. The ...
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How can I downgrade Windows 7 Ultimate to Professional edition?

I’m trying to downgrade Windows 7 from the Ultimate edition to the Professional edition. I followed the steps recommended about modifying the registry, but they didn’t work. How can I downgrade?
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Can’t install IE 10 anymore, after uninstalling IE 11, 10 and 9

For a friend of mine, IE 11 was installed via automatic Windows updates. Unfortunately, the screen reader in use doesn’t support IE 11 (which freezes everytime after starting it), so I wanted to ...
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Microsoft Windows license - using Windows Upgrade License for downgrade [duplicate]

At the moment I'm using an old laptop that previously had Windows Vista OEM. I upgraded it to Win7HP using Upgrade Box bought at local retailer. Now I want to buy myself a new laptop, but the one I ...