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How To Downgrade From Windows 8 To Windows 7

Microsoft can't erase Windows 8, but you can by following these five steps.

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Stepping Back To Windows 7

Since you're reading this, you're probably thinking about -- or have decided to -- downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Your motivations might be similar to the 12 reasons IT will hate Windows 8 that we reported way back in September 2011, or perhaps more akin to the five things to love and hate about Windows 8 that we identified last fall. Even if you've had mixed feelings about Windows 8, the journey back to Windows 7 is not particularly challenging, and a few simple steps will all but guarantee a successful downgrade with all your data intact.

Before you take the plunge, it's important to note that Microsoft asserts that it's not obligated to support downgraded systems. Now that you know that you might be on your own afterward, let's dive in.

Read the rest of CRN's special report on why some VARs aren't selling Windows 8, but rather replacing it.

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