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Revert to Windows 7 or 8 after 30 days


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#1 Vadrosaul

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 10:14 PM

Hello,

 

I realize that regular maintenance of Windows 10 after the thirty day trial will remove the Windows.old folder from the C: drive. This begs the question: If I copied the WIndows.old folder and saved it elsewhere, is there a way to trigger the downgrade after 30 days are up by putting back the Windows.old folder? Are there other key files needed to downgrade to 8.1 or 7?



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#2 MasterNe0

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 02:53 PM

It actually less then 30 days, around 10 days.

 

Supposely you USED to be able to downgrade it as long as you still have the Windows.old folder backed up/renamed but within the time limit.

 

However it seems once you past the 10 days, you can't downgrade it even if you have the windows.old folder as the option gets disabled in windows 10.


Edited by MasterNe0, 23 November 2016 - 02:57 PM.


#3 FreeBooter

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 04:31 PM

There is a way to downgrade using Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders but this is manual downgrade which is hard to achieve i myself never tried this process which i will do so and create tutorial for it soon.


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Posted 23 November 2016 - 05:20 PM

Legally all you need is the ISO and a license for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and you can "downgrade" anytime you want, even a year later. According to the terms of Microsoft's license, you can not use a single license to run more than one version of Windows at a time. This means that if you want to run Windows 10 this month and then switch to Windows 8 next month and then back to Windows 10 the following month, that is 100% perfectly acceptable under the terms of the Window's license.

 

Note: This is all perfectly acceptable and very easy to do as long as you do not have two versions installed simultaneously.


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#5 JohnC_21

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 05:28 PM

If the computer was pre-installed with Windows 8 or 8.1 the key is embedded in firmware. You could do a clean install of Windows 8.1 using the Media Creation Tool but you would first need to backup your personal data and you would need to reinstall your programs.

 

If the computer was OEM and Windows 10 did not delete the factory reset partition you could revert back to 7 or 8 depending on what OS the computer was installed but as with a new install you would lose all your programs and any data would need to be backed up before the reset.



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Posted 25 November 2016 - 06:32 AM

JohnC has very good advice for your situation. Back up all of your personal data files before you attempt to recover any previous OS.


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