Step 3: List Apps, Back Up Data
Migrating from Windows 8 to Windows 7 is destructive; the Windows 8 hard drive is erased and reformatted in the process. While most people will remember to back up critical data, apps and drivers that aren't part of the Windows installation will have to be reinstalled. The list of non-Windows apps will likely be short since Windows 8 has only been out for a few months. Still, making a note of your most important apps will save some time later on. Also, you'll need to say goodbye to any apps acquired from the Windows Store; these so-called Metro apps won't run anywhere else. Use Windows Backup or another utility to copy personal data to USB, CD, DVD or the cloud. Don't forget to include local mail folders.