Windows 8 Downgrade Rights and How-To
If you have Windows 8, you may have downgrade rights. You can downgrade under the following circumstances:
- Your system comes with Windows 8 Professional. You can downgrade for free. The catch is that you need to have a Windows 7 Professional disk.
- Your computer came with Windows 7, you upgraded to Windows 8, and then you decided you didn’t like it. You can revert back to Windows 7.
- Your computer came with Windows 8, but you have a retail version of Windows 7 lying around, you can always install Windows 7 over it.
Scenarios 2 and 3 are pretty straight-forward procedures. Just make sure all of your documents, email, etc., are backed up first.
Scenario 1 is a bit trickier. It must be a downgrade from 8 Pro to 7 Pro. You cannot, for example, downgrade to Ultimate.
The How-To Geek has an article on that particular scenario at “How to Downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7”.