What are the actual steps of downgrading from 2012 R2 to 2008 R2? I'm finding plenty of information on how the licensing works for that, and I understand it all, but can't seem to find any information on the actual downgrade process.


There are downgrade rights, but not a downgrade path. In other words, wipe and reinstall.

  • Well, that's probably why I couldn't find any information on downgrading. Thanks – Moses May 16 '16 at 18:48
  • Has there ever really been a downgrade path from a newer version of Windows back to an older release? – Andrew Medico May 17 '16 at 0:57
  • @AndrewMedico : I believe the answer is: Yes. There was a Windows 3.11 to 3.1 downgrade, which was useful for the "OS/2 for Windows" version of the OS/2 2.1 release, which didn't initially work for Windows 3.11. The downgrade was made by Microsoft, likely due to some sort of contract with IBM. – TOOGAM May 17 '16 at 2:59
  • @AndrewMedico Does the downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7/8 count? – duskwuff May 17 '16 at 3:25
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    @duskwuff That's not really a downgrade in this sense; rather, the previous version of Windows is backed up, and the "downgrade" restores the backup. – Michael Hampton May 17 '16 at 3:28

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