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Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

by SkipperRi / February 24, 2013 9:46 PM PST

Hi guys,

Is it possible to downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 without affecting my programs, documenst etc.? Windows 8 isn't so big problem for me, but on that OS my Nvidiga GeForce 8600 won't work with two monitors, so I must go back to Win 7? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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Re: downgrade
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 10:02 PM PST

No, it's a clean install. In fact, it only works if you fully erase the disk (with DBAN or KILLDISK) before starting. Note these programs erase all disks in the system, so be sure to disconnect the other ones.
So that means a reinstall of your programs and restore (from your backup) of your documents etc.

Are you sure NVIDIA doesn't have a Windows 8 compatible driver that works with 2 monitors?
Replacing the video card by one that does work is much less work. And you might find it better also; that 8600 is rather old.


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"No, it's a clean install."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 11:09 PM PST

I have not heard such from my friends about any issue with dual monitors. However the story about folk and drivers continues. That is, your average user does not want to learn about the old ways of Windows that are still with us.

You bring up a good point. Should Microsoft have tackled the driver hell issue?

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Repeating history
by Willy / February 25, 2013 12:24 AM PST

When moving from OS old to new or back, it's been common practice to install fresh. That way any prior problems and/or problems that arise are less or eliminated. In other words, you can't do what you want maintaining your data. Of course, you can back-up data and transfer or swap over after any pgms. are re-installed.

Win8 is not going to be friendly just because it worked in the old OS. This is a common issue as MS or maker no longer supports or has "orphaned" the device. For now there may not be a work-around or similar. basically, its just difficult to do or not at all. I don't see a fix here unless supported(nope for now).

tada -----Willy Happy

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