Microsoft's Windows 7 Uninstall to XP
step by step Guide
Welcome to Microsoft's Windows 7 guide to restoring Windows
XP after installing 7 onto the same drive as XP, after
doing a custom install without formatting the Hard Drive.
The best way to see if you have this option is to check the
drive for a folder called "Windows.old", inside this folder will
be a "Windows" folder, a "Program Files" folder and a "Users"
Folder. If these are present then this process is possible.
You will need your Windows 7 DVD to complete this process.
Windows XP Recovery from Windows 7 Ultimate
- Insert Windows 7 Ultimate into DVD drive, and then restart
- When "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" appears, press
- Now Select language, time, currency and keyboard input,
click "Next" to continue.
- Now click on "Repair your Computer"
- In the System Recovery Options window you may get a pause as
Windows searches for operating systems, click the version of the
Windows 7 you wish to remove, and then click Next.
- Click Command Prompt
Move the Windows 7 Ultimate folders to a new Win7 folder
- Now Type the following commands and followed by the "ENTER"
Move Windows Win7old\Windows
Move "Program Files" "Win7old\Program Files"
Move Users Win7old\Users
Attrib –h –s –r ProgramData
Move ProgramData Win7old\ProgramData
Rd "Documents and Settings"
Now to Move the XP files out of the Windows.old folder
- Type the following commands and press ENTER after each
move /y c:\Windows.old\Windows
move /y "c:\Windows.old\Program Files" c:\
move /y "c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings" c:\
Now restore the boot sector
and boot.ini file (Windows XP will not boot without them)
- Type the following commands and press ENTER after
–s –r boot.ini.saved
Copy boot.ini.saved boot.ini
(NOTE: the letters DVD
represent our DVD drive, replace this with the drives letter, ie
D: , E: , F: , G: etc etc )
- Click Restart to restart
(NOTE: After you have verified that Windows
XP is functional, you can remove the C:\Win7old folder if it is not