Downgrading to Windows 7

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  1. Posts : 4,092
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #11

    swarfega said:
    Windows 7 Extended support will end on 14th January, meaning no further updates from Microsoft leaving you vulnerable.
    End of support only means that there will be no more updates.
    Win 7 will work as it does today.
    I still have an old laptop with win XP. It works as it did before M$ support ended.

    I have already recovered a windows.old
    Does windows old has all files and folders of a win 7 installation? How big is Windows.old folder?
    If windows.old folder has all files and folders from your previous Win 7 installation, you can recover.
    - Backup all your data on an external disk.
    - Backup windows.old on an external disk.
    - Boot a Linux USB disk or Kyhi excellent tool. Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
    - With Explorer delete all Win 10 files and folders and with mini tool partition delete other partitions (like Recovery) leaving on only Windows.old folder.
    - Extract all files and folders from Windows old folder to C:\
    - Make sure the windows partition is set as Active.
    - Reboot. It should boot from your previous win 7
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  2. Posts : 11,211
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #12

    Megahertz said:
    End of support only means that there will be no more updates.
    Win 7 will work as it does today.
    I still have an old laptop with win XP. It works as it did before M$ support ended.

    I have already recovered a windows.old
    Does windows old has all files and folders of a win 7 installation? How big is Windows.old folder?
    If windows.old folder has all files and folders from your previous Win 7 installation, you can recover.
    - Backup all your data on an external disk.
    - Backup windows.old on an external disk.
    - Boot a Linux USB disk or Kyhi excellent tool. Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
    - With Explorer delete all Win 10 files and folders and with mini tool partition delete other partitions (like Recovery) leaving on only Windows.old folder.
    - Extract all files and folders from Windows old folder to C:\
    - Make sure the windows partition is set as Active.
    - Reboot. It should boot from your previous win 7
    Hi there
    having XP is fine for some legacy programs / hardware but it's not of much use if you want to access the Internet -- some sites won't even accept any version of IE at all, or some other browsers of releases a few back from where they are now.

    It's absolutely OK running as a Virtual Machine provided you are aware of security considerations. Same will be true of W7 after support ends.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. Posts : 7,711
    3-Win-7Prox64 3-Win10Prox64 3-LinuxMint20.2
       #13

    Megahertz said:
    End of support only means that there will be no more updates.
    Win 7 will work as it does today.
    I still have an old laptop with win XP. It works as it did before M$ support ended.

    I have already recovered a windows.old
    Does windows old has all files and folders of a win 7 installation? How big is Windows.old folder?
    If windows.old folder has all files and folders from your previous Win 7 installation, you can recover.
    - Backup all your data on an external disk.
    - Backup windows.old on an external disk.
    - Boot a Linux USB disk or Kyhi excellent tool. Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
    - With Explorer delete all Win 10 files and folders and with mini tool partition delete other partitions (like Recovery) leaving on only Windows.old folder.
    - Extract all files and folders from Windows old folder to C:\
    - Make sure the windows partition is set as Active.
    - Reboot. It should boot from your previous win 7
    Hi,
    Didn't Heidoc used to have an app to do this if windows.old folder still existed
    Can't find it anymore.
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  4. Posts : 25,085
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #14

    Didn't Heidoc used to have an app to do this if windows.old folder still existed
    Not that I can find, but Microsoft have instructions for manually restoring the OS from Windows.old. You'll need to have a recovery drive or an install usb so that you can boot to a Command Prompt to do it.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...windows-instal
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