Thank you but your link refers to downgrading a Windows 8 machine to Windows 7 which is not what I was asking.
Regarding complexity... Backing up a hard drive is not a complicated thing to do. Certainly, there are some things that need be understood and some hardware considerations, but even if you do not try the Win 8 upgrade, backing up the hard drive is an important thing to consider. Hard drives fail... that is a given. It's just a matter of when. As has been said many times here on TSG.. "Data you do not back up is data you do not care about" (or something like that).that does seem a bit complicated for me.
Yes. Depending on your "get the pre-installed Windows back" media you install Windows 7 with the installation DVD or "recover to factory defaults" with the set of Recovery DVDs/CDs. You probably will not be able to boot to the Recovery partition after installing another OS (which destroys the special MBR).My question was that if a Windows 7 Professional machine is upgraded to Windows 8 can the Windows 8 upgrade be removed?
Simplest way to do that is to create a full backup image of the Windows 7 installation (I recommend Acronis True Image). then go ahead a do the upgrade to 8. If it is not liked (???), Just boot into Acronis a recover to the previous configuration. The process will automatically erase the win 8 installation.
Thanks raybro for your very good advice and I am sure I would feel happier with the Win 7 option. However, I am conscious of doing almost the same thing when I did not open the box of my new XP PC until XP was almost being discontinued so I decided to grip it this time and I have bought a Win 8 PC.Regardless of how you approach it, it appears you are going to have to learn a new system. Either Win 7 or Win 8. Of the two, I think you will find 7 less intimidating as it still retains the familiar start screen and start button in the lower left corner. The Start menu is a little different from XP, but not radically so.
The Start screen for Win 8 is radically different from any previous MS OS. That can be changed pretty easily, but Win 8 still has some peculiarities. Terminology and location of various programs and features are different and take time and effort to understand.
IMHO... Your intuitive choice of Win 7 Pro is probably the least heartburn for you.
Thanks TerryNet.Do you need XP for some application or device? If so, you can also consider a used or refurbished XP machine.
If you are going to "jump" from XP I'd advise to go with the newest--Windows 8 Pro. Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 will each require you to learn some new ways of doing things. Those slow you down, but you can figure them out or boil them down to simple questions or web searches. I prefer Windows 7, but since you do not have a good feel for either system there is little reason to go with Windows 7. There are many tutorials on the web for Windows 8, including my thread Taming the Windows 8 DESKTOP GUI.
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