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I am going to get a laptop with Windows 8 however i dont want windows 8. Can i erase the main partition and install windows 7 and be able to reinstall windows 8 from the recovery partition if necessary?
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    Normally yes, as long as you leave the recovery partition alone/intact.  Usually the recovery partition is a 10 - 20 GB partition at the end of the drive.  I recommend studying your disk's layout in Disk Management (press [Win]+[R], type "diskmgmt.msc" and press [Enter]) first to get an idea of what partitions are there before installing Windows 7.

Here is a typical partition layout:
    100 MB - 1 GB: System Reserved
    XXX GB: Windows
    10 - 20 GB: Recovery

    You would select that large partition to install Windows 7 on.

    P.S. I hate Windows 8 too. biggrin.gif Just got stuck with another Windows 8 preinstalled computer, and I'm already being reminded of all the reasons I hate it.  It's so slow compared to Windows XP or 7, I'm stuck with UAC (programs that don't know how to request elevation run as standard user even with UAC disabled), and so many things are harder to get to! mad.gif
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Just as an alternative solution, if you have an extra hard drive you can use, you can run Macrium Reflect Free. You can take an image of your Windows 8 install before you move to Windows 7. With that, if you run into any problems or have any doubts about keeping the recovery partition intact, you'll have an image to fall back on. thumb.gif
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