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Can I uninstall windows 8??

by Confusimo / October 31, 2012 5:14 PM PDT

If I upgrade on top of my windows 7 laptop to windows 8.

Can uninstall later if I feel like. Or is the install final.

Samsung nprv-515 a01us 320gb hd 8gb ram.

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Re: Windows 8
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 31, 2012 5:50 PM PDT

No, you can't uninstall Windows 8. Two things you can do:
1. Shrink the current partition, and install Windows 8 on a new one in a dual-boot configuration.
2. Make an image (with Acronis or Clonezilla) of your current setup on an external drive, so you can go back to that.


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by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 31, 2012 8:46 PM PDT

No. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC; typically DVD media. If you don't have recovery media you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more information. After you install Windows 8, you won't be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

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