How can I remove Windows 8 from my PC?

original title: How can I remove Windows 8 from my PC?  <removed for violation of COC>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The start icon when you can find it offers not anywhere near the options that were available on Windows 7. Internet explorer is way more difficult and way less user friendly then it was in Widows 7 I feel like I need a doctorate in computer science just to turn my PC on and off. HELP, HELP, HELP, HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Last updated March 26, 2019 Views 6,474 Applies to:

Hi RalphSimon,

To remove Windows 8, you will need to do a new installation of your previous version of Windows. See the following information below:


What if I change my mind? Can I just go back to my old operating system?

Not exactly. The version of Windows that you had on your PC before you upgraded won’t be there anymore. To get it back, you'll need to reinstall the previous version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC. Typically, this is on a DVD.

If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it before you upgrade 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. Be sure that you have this recovery disk before you upgrade, because after you install Windows 8, you won't be able to use the recovery partition to create a recovery disk. For more info on starting your PC from recovery media, see Boot from the media you created to install on another partition.


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