Ending Flighting on a PC

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A question that has come up from time to time for some users who want to stop flighting on a particular PC (or sadly may want to exit flighting altogether) is how to go about doing this.  As it stands, there are two ways to go back to your prior OS version.

Option 1:  If you've enrolled a particular machine into flighting within the past 31 days (approx), you have the option to directly roll back to your prior OS through the Settings menu.

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Settings
  • Click Update & Security
  • Click Recovery
  • You will see the appropriate context to restore back to your prior OS (7, 8, etc.).

Special notes:

- If you used an external USB as added memory during your Win10 upgrade, you'll need access to that USB (and hopefully you didn't erase it!).

- If you've changed your password after you updated to Win10, you'll need to have your old password handy to do the OS restore.

- Programs installed or settings changed since upgrade to Win10 will be lost

- After roll-back, if you encounter issues with a Modern app, simply uninstall and reinstall it.

Option 2: If your machine has been flighting longer than 31 days (approx), you'll need to create recovery media and install the old OS directly to the machine.  Don't forget to back up your data and content! 

Special notes:

- You will need your original license key to follow the steps below.

For Win7 machines, follow the steps here:  (Windows 7 Software Recovery)

For Win8 machines, follow the steps here:  (Windows 8.1 Software Recovery)

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Your Option 2 only works if you have a retail copy of Windows 7/8.1, not OEM.

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But how can I close the preview update directly?

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But how can I close the preview update directly?

Go to control panel, Administrative Tools, Disk CleanUp, Run as Administrator, you will be asked to delete old versions of windows, clean system files. After this your latest version of windows 10 will become more stable. Currently we are on Build 10158 as of 01 July 2015. JAXXSTry this...

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I choice opt 2

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You know many of us are leaving because of the asinine requirement to use a Microsoft account.  I like Windows 10, but I'll stick with 10159 until RTM and then drop out of the program altogether.  This is simply a stupid thing for Microsoft to do.

It is almost like you guys do not know anything about how your own OS works.  Do you not understand what an impact switching to a Microsoft account has on a system that is connected to an internal network?  It won't hurt the folks that are running a single PC, but it seems like the people you really want testing your OS are those that are running more complex ecosystems.

Whatever...I was getting tired filing bug after bug on stupid **** (like being unable to set a static IP Address, duh) that should have been fixed before you dropped builds on the fast ring.

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Hello Insiders,

A question that has come up from time to time for some users who want to stop flighting on a particular PC (or sadly may want to exit flighting altogether) is how to go about doing this.  As it stands, there are two ways to go back to your prior OS version.

Option 1:  If you've enrolled a particular machine into flighting within the past 31 days (approx), you have the option to directly roll back to your prior OS through the Settings menu.

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Settings
  • Click Update & Security
  • Click Recovery
  • You will see the appropriate context to restore back to your prior OS (7, 8, etc.).

Special notes:

- If you used an external USB as added memory during your Win10 upgrade, you'll need access to that USB (and hopefully you didn't erase it!).

- If you've changed your password after you updated to Win10, you'll need to have your old password handy to do the OS restore.

- Programs installed or settings changed since upgrade to Win10 will be lost

- After roll-back, if you encounter issues with a Modern app, simply uninstall and reinstall it.

Option 2: If your machine has been flighting longer than 31 days (approx), you'll need to create recovery media and install the old OS directly to the machine.  Don't forget to back up your data and content! 

Special notes:

- You will need your original license key to follow the steps below.

For Win7 machines, follow the steps here:  (Windows 7 Software Recovery)

For Win8 machines, follow the steps here:  (Windows 8.1 Software Recovery)

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I am being directed to here even by clicking the "Fix Me" button.
The button "Fix Me" and the link "Stop compilations ..." points to the same page!

So I can not solve this problem.

I want to continue in the Insider program, I do not want to leave!

Any help?

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yeah... I don't want to quit either... please help!

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What I did to fix this is go to Settings, Accounts, and then click "Verify".  This verified my Microsoft Account.  Then, when I went back, it was good to go and download the next update. 

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I don't want to leave the insider program and am looking forward to 10, but fyi, the links given assume your using a retail version of windows.

The majority of people will actually be using OEM - ie preinstalled.   The problem as I see it is that most OEM machines don't come with a windows disc, and assume the user will create a recovery disc (which they wont), or use the recovery partition, which probably got binned during the 10 upgrade.

Surely if my pc has an OEM licence Microsoft can supply a valid iso to download?

either that, use a key exchange program - enter a valid licence (oem or retail) and get a valid windows 10 licence, eligible to install on one machine only).

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