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!
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
How to uninstall Windows using the Windows.old folder:
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:
Note: Always use the slowest burn speed (4x or 2x) if offered a choice.
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
You can then recover your personal files from the Windows.old folder and reinstall all your applications and drivers.