Will You Be Able To Downgrade From Windows 8 To Windows 7?

Someone asked me if it will be possible to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Here are some speculations.

As of right now, Windows 8 is more or less Windows 7 with compatibility for mobile devices. Microsoft already confirmed that all Windows 7 applications will work on Windows 8. However, a downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7 might not be possible due to some compatibility issues between the two systems

Recommended: Dual-Boot Windows 7 And Windows 8 Instead Of Downgrading

But it is not recommended to upgrade or downgrade operating systems. The recommended way is to dual-bot operating systems.

You can simply create a new partition to install Windows 8 on and then boot both operating systems from the boot manager.

To create a new partition for Windows 8 follow the installation as you normally would and when you have to select a hard drive you will be able to create a new partition. Or alternatively, you can do that during runtime.

  • 1. Enter “Create and format disk” into the search bar on your start menu and hit enter
  • 2. Read our tutorial how to shrink a partition in Windows 7
  • 3. Read our tutorial how to dual boot Windows 7

You should now be able to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.