Uninstall or Remove Windows 8 from Dual Boot System having Win 7 & Win XP
All we know that recently Microsoft announced their upcoming version of Windows ‘Windows 8′.It’s a totally redesigned OS from Microsoft, having lots of improvements w.r.t performance as well as UI. Metro UI making it more attractive.We already discussed key features of Windows 8 in our earlier post. Many people are using Windows 8 developer preview or consumer preview. Both are development release from Microsoft for checking further compatibility. Our recent Windows 8 post helped many people to dual-boot their systems with win 7 & win XP.We know that it’s not a stable release from Microsoft, that’s why many users facing incompatibility issues. So they prefer to uninstall Window 8 from their dual-boot.We also got lots of comments regarding ‘Win 8 CP removing process’. After doing some sort of research finally we found out the Safe-Remove process of windows 8, which will keep all your previous os. Before I discuss entire process, you must consider following points without fail.
You can uninstall Windows 8 CP/DP only if you have dual boot enable. i.e you must have Win 7 bootloader as default.Your Windows 8 is must installed on a separate partition.If you upgraded your win 7 to win 8 directly then downgrade to Win 7 is not possible. Don’t proceed if u have windows 8 default boot loader otherwise, you will lose all your OS & of course your data 🙁
To configure Win 8 dual boot with win7 boot loader kindly refer trailing section of our earlier post “Windows 8 Dual boot”, it’s highly recommended to do this !!! by following proper steps your boot loader look like this
After full filling, all above points, restart your system & Boot it into Windows 8 environment by login with administrator privileged. Now execute following steps:
#Removing Windows 8 from Boot Loader:
1. Navigate to Drive:WindowsSystem32 and open cmd.exe file in administrator privileges(Simply Right-click on cmd.ex & say “Run as administrator“)
2. You will see command prompt, in that execute this command
3. After executing this command you will get the set of os which is present in the current boot loader.Refer the following image.
4. Identify the Windows 8 bootloader by looking at description field and take a note of identifier string in win 8 section (Arrow in above image), Don’t copy it otherwise some malfunctioning will happen, type it manually !!!
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