How To Downgrade From Windows 7 To Vista (Step-by-Step Guide)

We have already shown you how to downgrade from Windows 7 to Windows XP so that you can get back to your earlier Windows XP state from Windows 7.

downgrade from Windows 7 to Vista

This articles describes you how to downgrade from Windows 7 to Vista. The procedure is pretty much similar to that of downgrading to XP from Windows 7 guide.

1. Open your Windows 7 drive and make sure that you have Windows.old in the root of the drive. We use Windows.old folder to restore Windows Vista from Windows 7. So without Windows.old folder you can’t downgrade to Vista from Windows 7.

Windows old folder

2. Next make sure that you have enough free space on your Windows 7 drive (generally “C” drive) as your need to move all the contents of Windows 7 to a folder and then need to copy Vista contents from the Windows.old folder.

Jot down your DVD drive letter and also Windows 7 installed drive letter.

3. Insert your Windows 7 installation disc in the DVD drive and reboot your PC to boot into the recovery environment.

4. In the first screen, select your language, time and currency format and keyboard input method and click Next.

install Windows screen

5. In the Install Windows window, click Repair your computer option to launch System Recovery Options dialog-box.

repairyourcomputer_thumb

6. Select your Window 7 OS and click Next.

select Windows os

7. Here click Command Prompt to launch the same.

select command prompt

8. Now type following commands one by one and hit enter after each command to move all the contents of Windows 7 to a new folder (here “C” is your Windows 7 drive letter).

C:

Md Win7

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”

downgrade to Vista from Windows 7

9. In this step, you will copy the contents from Windows.old folder to the drive. Now type following commands one by one and hit enter after each command (here “C” is your Windows 7 drive letter & D is your DVD drive letter).

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:\

10. You are almost done! It’s time to restore the boot sector of your Vista OS by entering the command given below (again, “D” is your DVD drive letter):

D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 c:

11. Finally type exit and then reboot your PC to start using your Windows Vista OS. You can now safely delete the Win7 folder in the root of your “C” drive to free up disk space. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. Vista says

    Should you kill me after that? I am Windows Vista!
    Hope you sleep and I come to yo dreams and punch you in face for killing me in OS (Operating System). I guess I’m coming to see Win8.1 OS to help me out to get rid of you in night time…

    —————
    Microsoft,
    Windows Vista

  2. colin says

    i have no old folder which would mean i have win 7 home pre, fulling working copy on COD, NO inslution disc, look like new hd and inslution disc. thanhes,

  3. Billy says

    Everything is fine until I type “D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 c:”, and it tells me that “D:\boot\bootsect” is not a valid command. Any help?

  4. Ed says

    I need your help, everything was working fine until I got to this step in Step 9:

    move /y “c:\Windows.old\Program Files” c:\

    It said: Access is denied, so I can’t continue, what do I have to do?

    Thanks a lot

  5. nicolo says

    Excuse me i have problem with step 2 when i insert the windows installation cd for win7 it doesnt appear the selection of language and keyboard setup . It shows the license terms and agreement screen . Thats why i cant click the system repair tool pls help me :(

  6. Help says

    I couldn’t complete step 9. I exited command prompt n tried restarting now windows wont load. How do I reverse every step? Help me please.

  7. matthew says

    Do you still keep all your programs and files when downgrading or will stuff like microsoft office have to be reinstalled?

  8. matt says

    Do you still keep all your programs and files when downgrading or will stuff like microsoft office have to be reinstalled?

  9. Brandon says

    I installed windows seven my programs are uninstalled and I want to know if by downgrading I will still have to reinstall everything?

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