Downgrade from Windows® 7 To Windows® Vista®
If you are trying to find a way to downgrade from Windows 7 to Vista on your PC, then simply follow the steps below and you will be able to do it all by yourself.
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Steps to Downgrade From Win 7 To Vista
STEP 1 – Locate Windows folder
The first step is to open the Windows 7 drive and locate the the Windows old folder in the drive. This is essential to change from Windows 7 to Vista and without it, this process would not be possible. Now you need to ensure that ample free space is available in the Windows 7 drive as all contents of Windows 7 is moved to a folder and the Vista contents from the Windows old folder is copied.
STEP 2 – Reboot your PC
Now it is time to insert the Windows 7 installation disk in the DVD drive. Once this is done, reboot your PC. When the first screen shows up select your language, time and currency format and keyboard input method and click the ‘Next’ button.
Step 3 – Launching Windows7
Now the Install Windows window appears. Simply click on the ”˜Repair your computer' option to launch System Recovery Options dialog-box. You now need to select your Window 7 OS and click the ”˜Next' button again. Now you click on ”˜Command Prompt' to launch it.
STEP 4 – Move Windows 7 folders
In the next step, you will type the following commands in a serial manner and hit 'Enter' after typing each one of them. This action moves all the contents of Windows 7 to a new folder.
Move Windows Win7\Windows
Move "Program Files" "Win7\Program Files"
Move Users Win7\Users
Attrib –h –s –r ProgramData
Move ProgramData Win7\ProgramData
Rd "Documents and Settings"
Step 5 – Copy Windows Vista files
Again the same process is repeated with a different set of commands that are given below and this ensures that the contents from Windows.old folder are copied to the drive.
move /y c:\Windows.old\Windows c:\
move /y "c:\Windows.old\Program Files" c:\
move /y c:\Windows.old\ProgramData c:\
move /y c:\Windows.old\Users c:\
move /y "c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings" c:\
STEP 6 – Restore the Boot Sector
You have to restore the boot sector of your Vista OS by giving the following command.
D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 c:
Finally type ‘Exit’ to reboot your PC.
We have used the installation CD for Windows 7 to downgrade your OS from Windows 7 to Vista as per your requirement. We recommend that you check the security settings of the newly installed Vista and install antivirus software to protect your PC from external threats.
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