uninstalling windows 8

  ryan kent 04 Nov 11
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I'm a bit confused on how to uninstall windows 8 the only way i know is reinstall windows 7 but i would have thought there would have been an easer way as it's only a trail so please help

  ryan kent 04 Nov 11

don't worry i found anothor form saying it can't be unistaled

  woody 04 Nov 11

It depends how you loaded win 8.

I have used it with "virtual" and as dual - it is easy to uninstall. If it is loaded/installed as the only OS i think you have to reload your other OS and do a clean install.

  johnathann 08 Nov 11

format the c: hard drive and install the new form of windows 7 as it is the best solution to your problem.

  Forum Editor 09 Nov 11

Microsoft makes it very clear on the Windows 8 download page that the software cannot be uninstalled.

  dms_05 11 Nov 11

FE that isn't strictly true. If you loaded W8 as the only OS then of course you can't un-install it but if you chose the Dual Boot option then you can return the PC to the solo OS state it was before. However if you have a dual boot then it's simpler to set the W7 dual boot option to boot in 1 second and then you barely see the W8 option and most people don't miss the 20GB partition set aside for W8!

  paddysmith 02 Mar 12

What you need:

  • Windows 7 Installation DVD or USB drive

The Steps:

1.Boot your computer to the Windows 7 DVD and click on Install now as shown below:

  1. Select your language and click next

  2. Click the button for "Use recovery tools" and choose the Windows 7 installation.

  3. Select "Command Prompt".

  4. Prepare your keyboard to write the below :P

  5. Let's Activate the primary partition, let’s start with the following commands:

    Diskpart Enter

    Select disk 0

    • (In-case your preferred windows is on the primary disk) Enter

    List partition Enter

    Select partition 1

    • (In-case your preferred windows is on partition 1) Enter

    Active

    • (That will make the selected partiation active) Enter

Okay, we are done making the required partition active using... Let’s quite:

Exit
Enter
  1. Using the bootrec command, we have to fix the MBR:

    bootrec.exe /FixMbr Enter

  2. And now we going to use bcdedit command to restore the system's boot list but first let's backup the old bcdlist:

    bcdedit /export C:\BCDBackup Enter

    c:\ Enter

    cd boot Enter

    attrib bcd -s -h –r Enter

    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.bck Enter

  3. Now we have to rebuild the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) list on the primary drive:

    bootrec /RebuildBcd Enter

    * Scanning all disks for Windows installation. * Please wait, since this may take a while... * Successfully scanned Windows installation. * Total identified WIndows Installation: 2 * [1] d:\Windows * Add installation to boot list? Yes/No/All:

    Note that is the Windows 8 installation, so note the drive letter in-case you have installed Windows 8 on the local disk (D) and just write: N Enter

    Now, Bootrec will display the Windows 7 installation which will be c:\Windows

    * [2] c:\Windows * Add installation to boot list? Yes/No/All:

    Select this installation:

    Y Enter

  4. Finally, using bootrec, we shall fix the booting record to the primary disc:

    bootrec.exe /FixBoot Enter

  paddysmith 02 Mar 12
  1. Prepare your keyboard to write the below :P

  2. Let's Activate the primary partition, let’s start with the following commands:

    Diskpart Enter

    Select disk 0

    • (In-case your preferred windows is on the primary disk) Enter

    List partition Enter

    Select partition 1

    • (In-case your preferred windows is on partition 1) Enter

    Active

    • (That will make the selected partiation active) Enter

Okay, we are done making the required partition active using... Let’s quite:

Exit
Enter
  1. Using the bootrec command, we have to fix the MBR:

    bootrec.exe /FixMbr Enter

  2. And now we going to use bcdedit command to restore the system's boot list but first let's backup the old bcdlist:

    bcdedit /export C:\BCDBackup Enter

    c:\ Enter

    cd boot Enter

    attrib bcd -s -h –r Enter

    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.bck Enter

  3. Now we have to rebuild the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) list on the primary drive:

    bootrec /RebuildBcd Enter

    * Scanning all disks for Windows installation. * Please wait, since this may take a while... * Successfully scanned Windows installation. * Total identified WIndows Installation: 2 * [1] d:\Windows * Add installation to boot list? Yes/No/All:

    Note that is the Windows 8 installation, so note the drive letter in-case you have installed Windows 8 on the local disk (D) and just write: N Enter

    Now, Bootrec will display the Windows 7 installation which will be c:\Windows

    * [2] c:\Windows * Add installation to boot list? Yes/No/All:

    Select this installation:

    Y Enter

  4. Finally, using bootrec, we shall fix the booting record to the primary disc:

    bootrec.exe /FixBoot Enter

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