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Downgrade from Microsoft Windows 8/8.1: What is Eligible? - ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, 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
  • 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

  • Alias ID: SF13-D0076
  • Document ID: HT077446
  • Last Updated :10 Feb 2015
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