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First post in a long time so I hope Im posting this in the right section. My laptop (lenovo N585) has a small button near the power button that when pressed, opens up a menu that allows me to restore to factory state etc. Anyway, im considering downgrading from windows 8 to 7 for various reasons lol, and Im wondering if my restoration partition will still work assuming I dont touch it during the reformat. In other words If I replace windows 8 with windows 7, then decide to restore to factory state using the restoration partition, will it restore my system back to windows 8? Im hoping so. Thanks for any help!
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It depends how the "restoration feature" is done, hard to say without testing. I would make a full backup of the whole hard drive before I test. rolleyes.gif Windows 7 and especially Windows 8 are kinda picky about the partition layout on install, so it may break the restoration feature, if you can install windows 7 at all, without erasing whole drive. during the install where you select partitions, windows will say "Setup may create additional partitions to ensure your system works" or something like that, which actually means "I will refuse to install at all, and give a irrelevant error message if I cant make a garbage partition to the very beginning of the disk by myself" (found this when I was setting up windows 7 and linux into multiboot..). The only real way to find out is to test, and best would be if you took a full backup so that you don't lose anything critical there. rolleyes.gif
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from the laptop manual:
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OneKey Rescue system - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Introduction
The Lenovo OneKey Rescue system is an easy-to-use application that can be
used to back up the data on your system partition (C drive) for easy restore
when required. You can run Lenovo OneKey Recovery under the Windows
operating system, and the OneKey Rescue system without starting the
Windows operating system.

Attention:
In order to utilize the features of the OneKey Rescue system, your hard disk
already includes a hidden partition by default to store the system image file
and OneKey Rescue system program files.
This default partition is hidden
for security reasons and is the reason the available disk space is less than it
claims. The exact available hard disk space depends on the file size of the
mirror image file

There is another problem, downgrading from windows 8 to windows 7; on some windows 8 systems, you won't be able to boot at all from the media where you've put windows 7. If that's the case, you'll have to erase the windows 8 partition through some partitioning software, like hiren's bootcd for instance, which actually includes a lot of other utilities.
Another thing to take into account is the driver availability, you might not be able to use all the built in devices with windows 7 if it's not supported.
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There is another problem, downgrading from windows 8 to windows 7; on some windows 8 systems, you won't be able to boot at all from the media where you've put windows 7. If that's the case, you'll have to erase the windows 8 partition through some partitioning software, like hiren's bootcd for instance, which actually includes a lot of other utilities.
Another thing to take into account is the driver availability, you might not be able to use all the built in devices with windows 7 if it's not supported.

True. I had to erase whole disk from my Lenovo y510p to be able to put windows 7 and other "non windows 8" operating systems there without problems rolleyes.gif

Also, Lenovo seems to be having drivers for Windows7, 8 and 8.1 on their site, so driver support should not be an issue
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True. I had to erase whole disk from my Lenovo y510p to be able to put windows 7 and other "non windows 8" operating systems there without problems rolleyes.gif

Also, Lenovo seems to be having drivers for Windows7, 8 and 8.1 on their site, so driver support should not be an issue

Well, that is one less thing to worry about for him tongue.gif
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Great info! Thanks!
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