Reverting to Windows 8.0: A Simple Procedure Explained

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How to Go Back to Windows 8.0

Hello, I am Tracy from In this easy-to-understand guide, we will explore the process of going back to Windows 8.0 from any newer version.

What You Should Know Beforehand

Before we dive in, I must point out that rolling back to an earlier operating system can be a risky process. You may lose some files, and not all applications will work as expected. Also, do note that Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows 8.0, which means it won’t receive future security updates.

Creating a Backup

The first step of reverting to an older OS is to backup your data. Follow these quick steps:
1. Connect an external storage device to your computer.
2. Open the ‘Backup and Restore (Windows 7)’ utility.
3. Click on ‘Set up backup’, select your external storage and click on ‘Next’.
4. Choose ‘Let me choose’ and tick all the folders and files you want to backup.
5. Click ‘Next’, then ‘Save settings and run backup’.

Obtaining Windows 8.0

Next, you will need a copy of the original Windows 8.0. You can get this from an old installation disc or a trusted online source.

Installing Windows 8.0

Once you have Windows 8.0, do the following:
1. Insert the Windows 8.0 installation media into your computer.
2. Restart your computer.
3. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Windows 8.0.
4. If everything goes well, you will be running Windows 8.0 after the installation completes.

Restoring Your Backup

After the installation, you can restore your data from the backup you created.

Simply reconnect your external storage device and use the same ‘Backup and Restore (Windows 7)’ utility to restore the files.

Final Thought

Thank you for reading this how-to guide on reverting to Windows 8.0. I urge you to weigh the pros and cons before proceeding. Remember, sometimes newer is better.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at

– Tracy


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