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Will upgrading then downgrading W10 fix PC issues?

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#1 JimmyKarter


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 06:34 AM

I have W8 (8.1) and I simply hate it. Although, it may be because I made some registry modifications that aren't going so well anymore in the past. For some reason I got annoyed by some of the listings in the start menu and I removed them. That's not a big deal, but W8 isn't working the way I want it to right now anyways.


I've looked up ways to downgrade to windows 7, the default OS of this laptop I have, and I have NOT been able to find a useful guide that makes sense. Even the one on MS's page that tries to explain it.


Will upgrading to W10, then re-downgrading back to 8 fix some problems such as registry changes, and things like VERY specific, small and deep changes to my computer's settings (that I can't even dig back up)?


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 06:57 AM

Hi JimmyKarter :)

Basically, no it won't work. If you upgrade to Windows 10, it might fix the issues you're having, since it'll be a clean upgrade. If you downgrade however from Windows 10, it'll use the Windows 8.1 installation you had that will be saved in the windows.old folder, so the settings will be restored, even those which "annoys" you.

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:15 AM

To augment what Aura has said, it's basically not the right approach anyway.


By all means downgrade to Windows 8 / 8.1, but it will restore the settings you had before the W10 upgrade.

After the downgrade, you *may* be able to use System restore to go back in time to a point before the annoying settings were put in place.  I don't know what effect upgrading and re-downgrading will have on System restore.


Alternatively, you may be able to "refresh" the PC to restore it to all its defaults.  But be warned - if you can do this it will restore all the settings to their defaults, including those you don't want changed and be sure to take a full backup before you begin

Edited by Angoid, 13 August 2015 - 07:16 AM.

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 08:18 AM

If your computer was originally a Windows 7 computer and you have the 25 digit product key for the Windows 7 then you can reinstall 7.

See info here: Microsoft Software Recovery... Windows 7

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