How to install win7 over win10 without files getting deleted


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    How to install win7 over win10 without files getting deleted


    I deleted the win7.old folder is there another way to install win7 by removing win10 and still keep the files, since it's saying it will completely delete win10 and files and folders but I want to keep the files I have there
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Install Macrium Reflect Free and make an image of what you have now to an external hard drive. After you erase the hard drive and re-install Windows 7, you can install Macrium Reflect Free again, mount the image file you saved, and retrieve you documents and other data from it.
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  3. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
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    Or you can simply backup (copy) any file you need to another disk or USB flash drive and then format the disk and install Windows 7. No, there is no way to save your applications, you have to reinstall them again in Windows 7. It sounds like a lot of trouble, so I would rather fix my Windows 10 issues and keep Windows 10. Tell us what problems you have in Windows 10 and will be glad to help. If it is the ugly flat icons, don't worry! There are ways to fully transform Windows 10 into Windows 7 or 8.1 from icons, start menu, gadgets, anything. There is a tweak for everything, so you can make Windows 10 look as close to Windows 7 as possible. Just ask.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Hi, to move installed programs, including registry entries, from one OS to another, consider Laplink PC Mover (does a very good job) or perhaps Easeus Todo PCTrans.

    (I've not tried these with Win 10 but PCTrans was given away very recently).
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