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Can you uninstall a Windows 8 upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by JamesEB, Jan 20, 2013.

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  1. JamesEB

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    I have been asked if Windows 7 Professional is upgraded to Windows 8 can the Windows 8 upgrade be removed if not liked (as is likely).

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  2. raybro

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    Simplest way to do that is to create a full backup image of the Windows 7 installation (I recommend Acronis True Image). then go ahead a do the upgrade to 8. If it is not liked (???), Just boot into Acronis a recover to the previous configuration. The process will automatically erase the win 8 installation.
     
  3. JamesEB

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    Thanks but that does seem a bit complicated for me.

    Does your (???) suggest that Windows 8 would be liked? No-one I have spoken to seems to like it.

    Thank you for your help.
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    After I changed a few things to make Win 8 a bit more functionally like Win XP and Win 7, I like it just fine. Its stable, fast. As with any new OS, there are things to learn, but once the learning curve flattens out, its a very intuitive system.

    I recently installed a SSD and now it boots up in 16 seconds, shuts down in 6 seconds. I like that. Even before the SSD, it was faster than any system I've had. Boot times were less than a minute.
    Regarding complexity... Backing up a hard drive is not a complicated thing to do. Certainly, there are some things that need be understood and some hardware considerations, but even if you do not try the Win 8 upgrade, backing up the hard drive is an important thing to consider. Hard drives fail... that is a given. It's just a matter of when. As has been said many times here on TSG.. "Data you do not back up is data you do not care about" (or something like that).

    The implication of you original question and your response to my post lead me to think you would like to know if you can simple revert to the original configuration after giving Win 8 a test drive. Not that simple. You basically have to reinstall the Win 7 OS. This requires the system disks or, in some cases, use of a Recovery partition on the Hard drive created by the computer manufacturer. My personal preference is to recover to a known good backup which contains all installed programs and files created by the user.
     
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    Yes. Depending on your "get the pre-installed Windows back" media you install Windows 7 with the installation DVD or "recover to factory defaults" with the set of Recovery DVDs/CDs. You probably will not be able to boot to the Recovery partition after installing another OS (which destroys the special MBR).

    Some people would prefer the quicker way to just "revert" to the current state of the Windows 7 as raybro originally posted. I use Macrium Reflect Free for my backups (there are lots of applications available and I only posted that one to give one of the free alternatives).
     
  8. JamesEB

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    Thanks for replies

    The whole story is that my machine with XP on it has died and I am being provided with a new machine. Only Windows 8 machines are being supplied. Most of what I have read says that Windows 8 is not liked at all.

    As an alternative I could have a new machine with Windows 7 64-bit and it would be left to me to upgrade it to Windows 7 Professional so that XP mode could be run on it. I could if I wish upgrade to Windows 8 later and uninstall the upgrade if I did not like it (hence my question).

    As I have said, I do not know much about it and I have actually not seen Windows 7 or 8.

    Logic tells me I should go for the Windows 8 machine and look forward with the new technology but on the face of it I would probably be more comfortable with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and XP Mode (with the option to upgrade to Windows 8).

    They are both brand new up-to-date machines and I really do not know what to do.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated

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    Regardless of how you approach it, it appears you are going to have to learn a new system. Either Win 7 or Win 8. Of the two, I think you will find 7 less intimidating as it still retains the familiar start screen and start button in the lower left corner. The Start menu is a little different from XP, but not radically so.

    The Start screen for Win 8 is radically different from any previous MS OS. That can be changed pretty easily, but Win 8 still has some peculiarities. Terminology and location of various programs and features are different and take time and effort to understand.

    IMHO... Your intuitive choice of Win 7 Pro is probably the least heartburn for you.
     
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    Do you need XP for some application or device? If so, you can also consider a used or refurbished XP machine.

    If you are going to "jump" from XP I'd advise to go with the newest--Windows 8 Pro. Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 will each require you to learn some new ways of doing things. Those slow you down, but you can figure them out or boil them down to simple questions or web searches. I prefer Windows 7, but since you do not have a good feel for either system there is little reason to go with Windows 7. There are many tutorials on the web for Windows 8, including my thread Taming the Windows 8 DESKTOP GUI.
     
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  12. JamesEB

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    Thanks raybro for your very good advice and I am sure I would feel happier with the Win 7 option. However, I am conscious of doing almost the same thing when I did not open the box of my new XP PC until XP was almost being discontinued so I decided to grip it this time and I have bought a Win 8 PC.

    Thanks for help
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    Thanks TerryNet.

    The reason I need XP is because I am still a firm follower of Outlook Express and haven't found anything to change to. I needed another PC because my great XP machine suffered at the repairers.

    I have decided that the newest technology really is the only sensible way for me to go so I have bought a Win 8 machine.

    Thanks for help.
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    You're welcome. :) Hope your new machine works reasonably well for you.

    Thunderbird is a far better email client than Outlook Express, but some OE users have been satisfied with it. By default the menus are hidden, as in far too many of the "improved" programs, but they can be made visible. Have you given it a try?
     
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    Also note that "Outlook Express " is not available on a Windows 7 or 8 machine regardless of using the "XP mode".

    So, either way you WILL be going to a new email client.
     
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