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    imaran is offline Junior Member
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    Revert from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7

    How many of you guys have upgraded to Windows 8.1 and are yet happy? Well, i am getting sick day by day since i upgraded my well running Windows 7 to 8.1 Preview. I decided to go with this update just because of the introduction of Start Menu but after upgrading i came to know that there is only Start Button but not the start menu. Damn. Also no antivirus suites seems to be working with this operating system. There are many more such problems that annoy me every day. hence finally i decided to revert back to the best operating system Windows 7. Can anyone please tell me how can i do this? Let me know asap, i just dont want to work anymore on Windows 8.1.


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    There are two ways of reverting back to earlier version of windows (in case you upgraded the operating system). First is take backup of all your important data from My Documents and Desktop. Insert the installation CD of windows you want to install, format the C drive and install the one you have on the disk.

    Secondly, if you have system reserved partition and Recovery disk, simply insert the disk and run the setup. It will re-install the windows with which the system came at the time of purchase.

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    I did the same successfully recently but in my case it was Windows 8.1 upgraded from Windows 8. I reverted back to w8 by Resetting the system to factory restore. But as we know the factory restore comes only in Windows Laptops and tablets, you may not get this option on your desktop. In such case, just follow this step and see if it works:
    • Go to PC Settings from the Charms bar and click General.
    • You will see a option here saying “Remove everything and reinstall Windows”
    • Simply click on the ‘Get started’ button and follow onscreen instructions.


    This step works 100% from Windows 8.1 to Win8, but I am not sure whether this will also work for Windows 7.

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    peace is offline Junior Member
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    Your steps are correct Samar but as you said, it only work for windows 8. Those steps wont work for XP, Vista or 7. See what Microsoft has to say in their Windows 8.1 FAQ:

    “If you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you can't uninstall the preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don't have recovery media you might be able to create it before you update from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more info. After you install Windows 8.1 Preview you won't be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.”

    So, the correct method to revert back to Windows 7 from 8.1 is by doing a clean install. There is no way to uninstall 8.1 preview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peace View Post
    So, the correct method to revert back to Windows 7 from 8.1 is by doing a clean install. There is no way to uninstall 8.1 preview.
    I think you are correct, guys. I tried those steps by I am just unable to complete those process. It may because I updated directly from 7 to 8.1. Anyways, I have the Windows 7 installation DVD with me. Will be doing a complete clean re-installation tonight.

    Thank you very much for your helps.

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