Choose Your Product
No Product SelectedSelect Product
Downgrade from Microsoft Windows 8/8.1: What is Eligible? - ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkServer, ThinkPad, Idea Tablet, IdeaPad, IdeaCentre

Instructions on how to determine what is eligible for downgrading from Microsoft Windows 8/8.1.

Affected configurations

The above symptom is associated to the following systems:

  • ThinkCentre
  • ThinkStation
  • ThinkServer
  • ThinkPad
  • Idea Tablet
  • IdeaPad
  • IdeaCentre

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1

The following are downgrade rights for Lenovo systems that are preloaded with Microsoft Windows 8/8.1:

Eligible for Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Downgrade Not Eligible for Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Downgrade

  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro to:
    - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    - Microsoft Windows Vista Business

(1): For select systems, a Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Vista recovery DVD's (RDVD's) set can be purchased from Lenovo. For more information, contact a Lenovo Support Center.
(2):Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro cannot be downgraded to Microsoft Windows XP.

  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Standard

To downgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, users must purchase a retail version of Microsoft Windows 7.


Additional Lenovo Support Information
Additional Microsoft Information

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please do try the following options:
1. Lenovo Assisted Search
2. Product usage and general troubleshooting tips
3. Lenovo Support Forum
4. Technical Support Call Centre

Country Availability
Alias ID : SF13-D0076
Document ID : HT077446
Legacy Document ID : SF13-D0076
Last Updated : 25 Feb 2014
Copyright © Lenovo 2013, all rights reserved
Was this page helpful to you?YesNo

Select Task
Drivers & Software  
Guides & Manuals  
Diagnose & Fix  
Warranty & Services  

Support Help Index
Technical Specifications - PSREF
Driver Matrix
Newly Released Drivers (RSS)
KnowledgeBase Featured Articles
Community KnowledgeBase
Community Forums
Lenovo EMC
Windows 8 Support