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Steve Paglia
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After upgrading to windows 8, can windows 7 be restored using the restore partition?

I upgraded Windows 7 Home Premium x86 to Windows 8 Pro x86, and I was wondering if it was possible to restore back to Windows 7 using the restore partition. 

Thanks

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Philip_Yip
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Re: After upgrading to windows 8, can windows 7 be restored using the restore partition?

Once you have manually installed the OS and/or changed partitions the internal restore partition usually no longer functions.

You will likely need to clean install follow my Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 7.

Dr Philip Yip
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Steve Paglia
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Re: After upgrading to windows 8, can windows 7 be restored using the restore partition?

Thank you, your guide is very helpful!

As far as I know, I haven't changed the restore partition at all, unless it was changed by the Windows 8 installation.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: After upgrading to windows 8, can windows 7 be restored using the restore partition?

Normally it doesn't work when the OS is upgraded or manually installed.

Installing the latest version of Dell Backup and Recovery may help you however: http://www.dellbackupandrecovery.com/en-us/Index.html

Its meant to have some fixes over the previous version of software. If it can access the recovery partition you may be able to use it to create a bootable USB recovery media to restore to factory settings. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqkmekfcDbQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlwJF2Nnv8w and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f17jCKpxcE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPK2V_CbuUM

 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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