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I have found that win8 does not work for me so want to revert back to win7, how do I do that.

I have tried booting to my win7 install disk but it just hangs there failing to load, I can do it via the setup file on the disk when running win8 but that does not give me an option for a clean install, I want to be able to format the disk to give a fresh clean win7 install, how do I do this. Or is it no longer possible.



I am considering the purchase of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $39.99. I would install it on my Dell laptop running Windows 7. If after using Windows 8 for awhile, I may decide I like Windows 7 better. How is it possible to revert back? I read that once you do an upgrade the license of the older OS is lost according to this reference:
which is quoted here:
"If I use a Windows 8 Upgrade disc/download to upgrade my Windows 7 computer to Windows 8, can I then use my old Windows 7 disc and product key to install Windows 7 on another computer?"

No. The Windows 8 Upgrade license replaces the previous Windows 7 (or Windows Vista or Windows XP) license.
To be clear: your old version of Windows that you upgraded from can no longer be used on your current, or any other, computer. Is this really true? If so, it sure doesn't seem to be widely publicized.

I want to go back to Vista Home Premium x64!
Windows 7 disappointed me and actually gave me a harder time than Vista did when I moved from XP to Vista.

I checked an instructions document out about how to rollback to Vista from an upgrade to Windows 7. By using the windows.old folder located in your main hard drive(usually C drive) and manuaully doing it. But I do not have a windows.old folder. Yet another computer in my house(my brother's) that upgraded does have the folder.

2 computers:
1 Vista Home Premium 32-bit (Brother's)
1 Vista Home Premium 64-bit (Mine)

He upgraded with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 32-bit,
as I upgraded with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit.

Why am I missing my windows.old folder but he has his? And is there any other way I can possibly revert back to my Vista Home Premium x64 without windows.old folder? Or is it there but just scattered and not thrown into a windows.old folder?

I seem to have a few folders that were in "hidden" that obtain older windows files and copy files that seem like they came from the previous Windows Vista. But no windows.old folder.
I have a USB Flash Drive that I can and do store my most important personal files on incase I ever need to clean install with a new OS. But I would really hate to have to spend $100-200 on a new Windows Vista Home Premium x64 just because Windows 7 told me that by upgrading instead of doing a clean install I could rollback to my previous OS version if I eventually wanted too.

Not to mention Vista is not worth re-buying. Both Vista and Windows 7 are a gamer's hell from my perspective AS a gamer.

Windows 7 Gamer Issues & My piece on Windows

-Windows Vista hogs up too much memory and forces you to need a NASA built next generation year 3000 super computer just to hardly reach 60 Frames Per Second(FPS) in a 120 FPS running game that could run easily on a lightweight Windows XP computer with not even 1/100th the specs of the other computer.(sarcasm)
-Windows 7 entirely destroys mouse acceleration, deceleration, accuracy and precision on desktop and in-game. Although it frees up some resources vs Vista, Windows 7 goes through more stalls, freezes, screen glitches and errors than Vista. (Yes I'm aware it's still a BETA). - But it makes it feel as though it really does not free up any memory usage.
And from personal monitoring of memory, and processor usage on comparing both Windows 7 Ultimate x64 vs Windows Vista Home Premium x64 they held practically the same memory and processor usages. I saw almost no difference in PC performance or game performance.

My computer:
Acer Aspire AX1700-U3700A Mini-Desktop PC,
2.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E2220,
640 GB Hard Drive,
SuperMulti DL DVD Drive,
Vista Home Premium x64 -Originally-

But I was horribly let down after I realized that Windows 7 destroyed mouse movement. I can not use either my G5 Logitech Gaming Mouse, MX518 Logitech Gaming Mouse, Razer Death Adder Gaming Mouse, Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse, or even Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 in any game with the proper, correct, and precise speeds, accuracies and precisions that they should be that both Vista and XP showed better accommodation towards.
As a gamer, I look for an OS that lets me customize my pc to my feel(home pc), as well as allow me to use my pc to its fullest(gaming). I got most of that from Windows XP. Windows Vista started to let me down in that performance, especially on the memory hog. And then Windows 7 simply killed it.

Not only do I have a hard time manuevering around a ..gaming mouse made for games on, but Windows 7 does not seem to stretch resolutions for me in-game. My monitor is 1920x1080(16:9). And I use 1024x768(4:3) in games which stretches to the full monitor screen. However, Windows 7 takes that resolution and literally forms it on the screen without stretching it to the full monitor size. So I play on this small 1024x768 square box in the center of my large monitor screen instead of using the full extent of my monitor.

Anyhow, I just want to go back to my Windows Vista Home Premium x64. I've had my fun with testing Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I think I'm done with it. If anyone can help me with getting back to Vista I'd much appreciate it. There has to be some way.
Thank you~

I have 4 computers all converted from Vista to windows 7. I've reached my witts end trying to solve the very Slow internet connection speed on a cable netword. I read all 18 pages of the internet forum, Applied numerous suggestions to fixes and even tried all the windows solutions on how to optimized the IE:

Is there any way to revert back to Vista without having to do a whole system recovery on each computer?


My laptop ( no cd drive ) eee pc came with windows XP. I put windows 7 on it but now I want to sell the laptop, therefore want to put the XP back on it.

How can I do that? It didn't come with any discs.


Hello all.

I have had a good few searches but my problem keywords seem to be a bit generic.

My issue is that I recently turned on my PC and the desktop had reverted back to the standard Windows 7 background with none of the desktop files. On further inspection I found out none of my files within My Docs and C: were there, it was as if I had logged on as a new user. I am the only user on this PC.

I restarted and everything returned to normal. This has happened a few times now and to be honest, it's unnerving me a bit, I wonder if anyone can shed any light on this issue for me.

My machine is:

Novotech PC/NB
Intel Core i7 PCU 920@267GHz 266GHz
RAM 6.00 GB
64bit OS

Thanks in advance.


I have 4 computers all converted from Vista to windows 7. I've reached my witts end trying to solve the very Slow internet connection speed on a cable netword. I read all 18 pages of the internet forum, Applied numerous suggestions to fixes and even tried all the windows solutions on how to optimized the IE:

Is there any way to revert back to Vista without having to do a whole system recovery on each computer?

Hi all. I am new to the forums. I am having an issue with the latest 7 RC build. It keeps reverting back to 59hz after i manually set it to 60hz in both the monitor settings and Nvidia control panel. I am using a 9800gtx with latest Nvidia driver for my 64bit Windows 7 RC install. Any help would be much appreciated.

Hi all
Something is definitely changed in build 7201.
The Acronis True Image program no longer works -- blocked due to incompatability issues. (Even if you try and install it in VISTA SP2 compatability mode).

Incidently the "Upgrade compatability check" didn't flag this until AFTER the OS was installed and I tried to run the program.

Now this is a SHOW stopper for me with the amount of testing I'm doing -- I just create and restore images -- saves re-installing the OS and applications when bits of software don't work etc.

The bootable version of Acronis is still fine but too inconvenient to re-boot the system every time I want to make backups.

Reverting back to 7137.

7201 must have been the shortest time I'VE ever had a build on a computer -- not that its bad but my main backup program HAS TO WORK -- 100% showstopper in spite of everything else.



I have an evaluation version of W7Pro on my server, which has expired.

The system comprises of a single 100GB HD, which has the OS installed, and 2 x 500GB SPANNED IDE HD's holding data.

I need to revert back to XP Pro while keeping the SPANNED disks intact - is this possible?

I have just plugged the SPANNED disks into my main W7Pro PC - the BIOS only recognized a single HD (as 500GB), and the OS dis not recognize anything...

What can I do?


1) BIG BIG problem -- any time I try to connect to a WIRED LAN I get COMSURROGATE Error -- flashes too quick to capture it and then the network manager just shows the really helpful message "Unspecified error" - screen shot attached. I MUST have LAN so this is a Showstopper. Device manager shows network card driver is working fine.

2) If you do an IPCONFIG with wired LAN system loops -- never comes out of network manager until re-boot.

3) Wireless card -- works but gives very "jerky" screens when browsing the Internet (might also be due to graphics / chipset problem).

4) Wireless only shows 54 mbs when router is 108 mbs.

5) Random crashes with INTEL 965 chipset drivers.

6) WEI crashes at Video accelerator detection ( sure this is due to Intel chipset drivers).

I've had to revert back to build 7048 on the laptop.

(On a desktop 7068 X-64 works fine no probs encountered).

I probably could sort out the chipset drivers but the WIRED LAN problem is a 100% show stopper -- I MUST have a wired LAN connection working and can't always use USB / PCI express cards for this.


I'm running the RC build of the operating system, which is 7100. Whenever I reboot my system, the cursor set I've created and saved isn't preserved as the default mouse pointer. It always reverts back to the default Windows cursor, and it's irritating.

Any ideas? I'd appreciate it. =]

I am having a problem in Windows 7 Ultimate in which Windows keeps reverting to generic, low-res graphics. Windows seems to function just fine at 1680 x 1050 using my ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series graphics card UNTIL I do something that invokes UAC, like attempt to install some new software. As soon as the UAC prompt comes up, the screen reverts to the generic, low-res graphics. At that point, I have to go into the device manager and select "Scan for hardware changes" in order to make Windows revert back to using my graphics card.

After doing this 500 times, its getting really old!!! Has anyone else run into this problem???


Hi there,

I installed windows 7 on top of XP, I noticed my XP is still in windows.old.
Is there anyway of reverting back? probably not i guess.... let me know thanks!

ps i love windows 7, i have it on my laptop, my main issue for my desktop is that it wont let you make the fonts that small!


I have a windows server that runs a program called SageTv and acts as my VM Server. I have the server exactly the way I want it. In a perfect world I want this server to act as an appliance and never change.

I have imaged it with Acronis and can revert back if needed. But I was wondering if there is any way to have windows 7 automaticly revert back to an image on restart.

Hi all,

I've made some lovely styles thanks to all the help I got on this forum!

Now I'm generating a TOC, which pulls on the lines within my document to which I applied those styles, and everytime I go back in to make a TOC reformat, the darned thing reverts back to Header 1,2, and 3. I have to click those off and reclick my styles on. Thanks MS, but I'm not interested in your plain old Headers.
How do I keep it the way I like it? thanks!

I have created a template where I have changed most of the buttons that are displayed on the standard and formatting toolbars and also created a new toolbar. It is saved correctly in C:documents and settingsusernameapplication dataMicrosoft Templates. I have also checked the file locations for user templates and workgroup templates and these are correct. The problem is with one particular user. Every time she creates a new document from 'File|New|General Templates' the template reverts back to the settings that are in the, ie my customisations to the standard and formatting toolbars are no longer there, although the new toolbar exists but is not showing. She then went into tools|templates and add-ins and checked automatically update document styles. This fixed the problem until the document was saved when it then reverted back to the Normal again. When she opens the document after saving and goes into templates and add ins, automatically update is still checked and the template is still attached. We use iManage as our document management system if this helps.

Hi All,
I'm looking for suggestions/options for compressing encrypted Microsoft Access 2007 back-end database files (.accdb).

Here's the scenario: I have two large BE files (about 1Gb each) that get distributed to a user's local machine during a refresh sequence. Some of the users are in-house connected to the network but many are remote... connected to VPN through WiFi or AirCard or Broadband, etc. In an effort to minimize the refresh sequence (specifically the download time)... I had previously zipped (using 7-zip) the .mdb BEs... downloaded that zip file... unzipped it locally and voila... all was well. But I wanted to take advantage of the better encryption available in Access 2007. However, due to the scrambling (which on the one hand is good)... now the .accdb BEs basically don't compress thus making the refresh time extremely unbearable (which on the other hand is bad).

Here is what I've thought of, tried and discarded:
1) Zip & download un-encrypted BEs to the local machine and then have the FE append the un-encrypted BE data into encrypted BE files. - This works but because of the massive amount of data... is still too long for the refresh times.
2) Zip & download un-encrypted BEs to the local machine and then have the FE programmatically encrypt the BE files. - This works but because of the massive amount of data... is still too long for the refresh times.
3) Export all the data to txt files. Zip & download the txt files. Import txt files into local encrypted BE files. - This works but because of the massive amount of data... is still too long for the refresh times.
4) Upload all data into Oracle tables. During local refresh... append data into local encrypted BE files from Oracle ODBC connection. - This works but because of the massive amount of data... is still too long for the refresh times.
5) Create hidden folder on the local machine. Download un-encrypted BE files to the hidden directory. - This works and is quick but leaves the data unprotected and some smart person would eventually run across the "hidden" folder.

At this point, I think I'm stuck with reverting back to .mdb files and using the much simpler database password option (which I don't like much for obvious security reasons but... I'm not sure I have any other options).

Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Hello everyone.. My company has recently upgraded to Outlook 2007, and I'm not a huge fan of the new menu structure...

I'll admit that I can appreciate the ease at which many "common" tasks can now be found, and the new menu structure itself doesn't bother me ... but I'm not a entry-level and get frustrated that the old keyboard shortcuts don't work anymore (ctrl-e, s for "paste special" for example) ...

Are there any ways to get Outlook 2007 to revert back to the "classic" menu structure, or for the "classic" keyboard shortcuts to work with the new version?

My company only moved Outlook forward to 2007, all other office apps are at the 2003 level..

thanks in advance!

A computer at work is no longer booting up properly, and continues to go to safemode. I know there is a way to make the computer look back and revert to the last good moment, start up, configuration, etc. How do I make the computer do this? Thank you for your help

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