If you have been using the Windows operating quite some time, you will have no problem figuring out how to restore Windows 7 after installing Windows 8, right?
Not so fast! If you are among the more tech savvy, then you may be able to figure it out. However, not all Windows users are as savvy as the average Silicon Valley computer wizard. So if you are one of those who are proficient in using Windows, but find restoring Windows 7 on your system a bit challenging, the following instructions will be quite helpful.
If you have not installed or downloaded Windows 8 yet, there are a couple of important factors that you need to know and consider. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is an unfinished program and should only be installed by experienced or advanced computer users, as it cannot be uninstalled once you install it.
Second, since it is still a test product and not fully developed yet, you might experience some software problems like incorrect installation of antivirus programs and network access problems. It can cause even your computer to crash; therefore, it is advisable to create a back-up before installing. If possible, don’t install it on a computer where important files are stored.
Steps to Restore Windows 7
There are two ways to properly restore Windows 7 to your computer-automatically and manually. However, do not forget the basic rule of thumb when installing any new Windows software; back up your files first before proceeding to installation.
The easiest way to restore Windows 7 after installing Windows 8 is to use your retail install disks-if you have them, of course. The steps are simple. Insert the disk, restart the computer, boot from the start and wait for the reinstallation process.
However, if you don’t have the retail disks, you can restore Windows 7 manually by using the following steps.
- Step 1: Even though you cannot uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you can begin your restoration process by clicking “My Computer” first on the Start menu. Once you’re there, double-click the” Local Disk C: “and locate the “Windows.OLD” folder.
- If the ‘Windows.OLD” folder does not exist, you cannot proceed to Step 2. What you have to do is first create a back-up disk. Then you can transfer or restore your files into your old OS.
- Step 2: Once you have located the “Windows.OLD” folder, right-click it and choose “Properties”. This will help you determine how much free space the “Windows.OLD” folder has. If the free space of the “Windows.OLD” folder is larger, then you may not be able to restore Windows 7.
- Step 3: Insert the Windows 7 disk or USB and restart your computer when prompted to begin the installation process.
- Step 4: When you see the Install Windows Box. Select your preferred settings which include the language and time. On the left side at the bottom, you can see the prompt “Repair your computer”, click it.
- Step 5: Once the dialog box System Recovery Options appears, click Windows 8 Developer Preview and then click on Next.
- Step 6: After clicking on Next, you will see the Command Prompt. Click that because this is what you are going to use to restore Windows 7.
Restoring Windows 7 using the Command Prompt
Once you are in the Command Prompt, type the drive where you installed Windows 8. In most cases, you can find it in drive C. However, there are some cases where it is located in drive D. Just type this command: C:>d: and follow the steps.
Step 1: Copy or move the contents to the “Windows.OLD” folder and enter the following commands. Just a note: always press ENTER after each command.
move /y D:windows.oldwindows D:
move /y “D:windows.oldprogram files” D:
move /y D:windows.oldusers D:
Step 2: Go to the Windows 7 installation drive and scan which drive this is located. Once you determine which drive it is, type the following command if you are using Windows Vista – D:bootbootsect /nt60 c:
If you are using other versions of the Windows operating system, type this command: D:bootbootsect /nt52 c:
Step 3: After this, type the command bootbootsect /nt60 D: to restore the boot sector of the previous installation.
Step 4: To finish the restoration process, type Exit and then restart your computer.
Do not forget to take the disk out before restarting. By following the step-by-step guidelines above, you will be able to restore Windows 7 back to your PC in no time, even after installing Windows 8.