How to Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

In this tutorial, we will guide you how to downgrade from windows 8 to windows 7 with only a factory reset disk and still keep your files. Using this method, you will even have the user account you used to login with.


Step 1 – Restart your computer

Downgrading from windows 8 to windows 7 is not a difficult task.
For this tutorial, we have already created a bootable windows 7 dvd and inserted it in our CD rom.
With that done, let’s open up the run command and type shutdown –r to restart your computer.

Restart command

Step 2 – Continue with the installation

Once the computer restarts, you will see the following window on your screen. Simply press any key to continue with the installation.

Continue with installation

Step 3 – Select windows setup

Now you will see two options, Windows Setup (EMS Enabled) and X64 Recovery Mode (EMS Enabled) Select the first option and hit the enter key.

Windows setup ems enabled

Step 4 – Installation settings

Now you will see the windows7 installation window. Overt here, select the language, time and currency, keyboard input method and then click on the next button.

Set installation settings

Step 5 – Install Now

With that done, another window will open up and then click on Install Now.

Install Now button

Step 6 – Custom Options

Now another window will open up, asking you which type of Installation you want. Over there, click on the Custom (Advance) option.

Advanced options

Step 7 – Select partition

Now select the partition where Windows 8 was installed and then click on the Next button.

Choose partition

Step 8 – Where do you want to install windows

With that done, this will notify you that the partition you selected might contain files from a previous windows installations. Over here, click on Ok to move on with the installation. Once you are done the installation will get started. The installation will take some time but once completed, you will see the windows 7 login screen. In this manner, you can downgrade from windows 8 to windows 7.

Agree to the warning prompt

Step 9 – Existing user name

You’d notice that your user name has not changed. This means that this method has also saved your login credentials along with the rest of the data.

Old username still functional

Step 10 – Data still present

Here in the desktop, you will see that the folder which was placed on the windows 8 desktop is also present on here.
And that’s it. In this manner, you can downgrade from windows 8 to windows 7.

Existing data safe