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    Revert Win8 to Win7

    My friend installed Win8 from Win7 on his laptop. Now he prefers going back to Win7 or even WinXP Pro. Can I just format his hard drive, and then install either Win7 or WinXP Pro? Thank you for any assistance.

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    Tosim,

    You can definitely reinstall 7 since he upgraded from that. I'm not so sure about XP unless he upgraded to 7 from that. HTH
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    Formatting his drive during the install process would be the best way to do things.

    Be aware that everything on the drive disappears when you do that. Make sure that there is nothing on the drive that you want to save before you do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    I'm not so sure about XP unless he upgraded to 7 from that.

    The only upgrade path to Windows 7 was from Vista (not counting upgrades from Server editions). There is no upgrade path from XP to Windows 7, and the upgrade paths from XP to Vista are limited.
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    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    RG probably meant qualified upgrade path, not physical upgrade path.

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    Thanks to y'all for the replies. I was pretty sure that once I formatted the disc , I could install whatever WindowsOS I wanted.

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