How Can I Remove Windows 8 Release Preview And Go Back To Your Old Windows?

I have a question on the Windows 8 Release Preview. It's very important. Well, I recently downloaded it. The thing is, I didn't download it in a disc, I just upgraded it. Now, the problem is, I didn't read any thing about it. Not even the warnings or important things. I really love the preview a lot but, I don't want to keep it forever! I was just going to try it and that's it. I mean, I am thinking twice about it and telling myself that I can just wait and then buy the official thing when it comes out but, I would really be glad if I can just go back to my Windows Vista for now then I can buy Windows 8 again. The thing is, I don't mind having it but, it had crashed a few times which didn't use to happen to my old Windows. I would like for this problem to stop and that's why I wish I could go back to my windows. I do know how to reboot and save all my files but, isn't there another way? Please answer, I need help! 

*Please don't give me the windows website FAQ! I know about that already and checked. I'm looking for other way to remove it without a disc.
*A lot of people had also said you can't but, I'm just hoping for more answers.
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How to restore Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP

If you have a Windows.old folder at the root of the drive where Windows 8 was installed, you could try uninstalling Windows 8 using that folder. See the follow articles for instructions. They reference Windows 7, but the same principles apply when using Windows 8:

How to uninstall Windows using the Windows.old folder:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760

If there is no Windows.old folder there then that means you did a clean install.

If you have any critical data on the drive, try backing up manually to a external hard disk using copy and paste.

If you don't have any installation media, you can download a copy from the following link that corresponds with the edition of Windows 7 you download. You will need to have your Windows 7 product key ready to do the installation.

If Windows 7 came preinstalled on your computer, the product key should be attached to a COA sticker at the bottom of your computer (if its a laptop) or the top or side if its a desktop computer. If its a retail upgrade or full version package, check the Windows 7 package.

If you downloaded it from the Microsoft Store:

Find your Product Key if your purchased from Microsoft Store:

http://store.microsoft.com/Help/FAQ?err=t2#at2

COA Certificate of Authenticity:

http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?pg=coa

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What is the Windows Certificate of Authenticity?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-is-the-Windows-Certificate-of-Authenticity

Windows 7 (English) with Service Pack 1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) - X17-58996

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) - X17-58997

Windows 7 Professional (x86) - X17-59183

Windows 7 Professional (x64) - X17-59186

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)* - X17-59463

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)* - X17-59465


ImgBurn - In addtion to supporting the creation of CD's from .ISO files,
it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it's free.
(BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO)

http://www.imgburn.com/

http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurn


Note: Always use the slowest burn speed (4x or 2x) if offered a choice.

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Boot from the Windows 7 or Vista DVD
Click Install Now
Accept License Agreement
When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)

select the disk partition where you would like to install Windows 7 Click Next.

You will receive the following warning:

The partition you selected might contain files from a previous Windows Installation. If it does, these files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. You will be able to access the information in Windows.old, but you will be able to use your previous version of Windows.

(At all cost, do NOT click anything named Format or Delete or Partition. So even doing a custom install, your personal files are still preserved. Click OK

Setup will now start the installation. During the installation, your machine will be restarted several times.

When the installation is complete, you can complete the Out of Box experience such as selecting your laptop, create a username, password, your time zone. You can then proceed to download the latest updates for Windows and reinstall your applications and drivers.

You can then recover your personal files from the Windows.old folder and reinstall all your applications and drivers.

http://notebooks.com/2010/11/09/how-to-recover-documents-music-and-email-after-upgrading-with-the-windows-old-folder/

Best,
Andre
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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