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    Loz
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    Question How to uninstall windows 7 ultimate & revert back to windows 7 home premium

    My partner just upgraded his computer to win7 ultimate from win7 home premium. however he doesn't like it and wants to revert back to the win7 home premium. Is there any way of doing this and possibly getting back all his old files? He did not backup his files before doing it (I know, silly silly). Thanks!

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    You mean Vista or you actually mean going back from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 7 Home Premium? And out of curiosity, what exactly didn't he like in Windows 7 Ultimate compared to Windows 7 Home Premium?

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    Hi Loz,

    AFAIK, there is no way to downgrade from a higher version to a lower Windows 7 version. You will have to go for a clean install.

    But wait for a day or two to get some few more answers

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    Microsoft does not allow the downgrading of builds but there is a (hack) you can do that will enable you to downgrade. So yes according to this site it is possible, but I have not tried it personally

    Try this tutorial here

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    hmmmm,total bummer if he can't downgrade. I might try that Hack that someone mentioned, although could be a little risky. He didn't like Win7 ultimate primarily because he lost all of his files for his business. Will keep waiting to see if someone comes up with a miracle. Fingers crossed.

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    If you upgrade from Windows Vista/7 to Windows 7 you don't lose your files. Windows when upgraded creates a folder called Windows.old when you upgrade so all your files should be there.

    And here's a procedure to revert back, this will only work if there is a Windows.old folder afaik -- How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

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    Loz
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    Thanks imav. Have managed to find everything important through the windows.old file with the help of a knowledgable friend. Thanks again.

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    Why someone woulld move from the Ultimate to lower version ?

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    my question is what is ur friend going to do with that unused win 7 ultimate licence.. is he going to give it away

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    Come to think of it, there are some quite obvious reasons why a lot of people want to downgrade their Windows 7 Ultimate...

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