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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       14 Aug 2015 #1

    I reverted to 8.1, next steps to try 10 upgrade again...


    Alrighty, so I upgraded my brand new laptop to 10 on launch day...and for the next week I experienced numerous problems with the OS unfortunately. I was forced to revert back to 8.1, which has been behaving flawlessly.

    I would like to try the upgrade to 10 again, but I have some questions/thoughts.

    -If for some reason, I again experience issues with Win 10, will I once again be able to revert to 8.1? Does 10 always let you revert to 8.1 in the first month?

    -To rule out any flaws in the Win 10 update download, I'd like to delete the whole thing off my computer and let it re-download the upgrade. How do I do this?
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  2. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,317
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       14 Aug 2015 #2

    Use MediaCreationTool to create a flash drive to use to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, which will activate okay since you have already done the upgrade and activation successfully.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       14 Aug 2015 #3

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Use MediaCreationTool to create a flash drive to use to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, which will activate okay since you have already done the upgrade and activation successfully.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
    Actually, one of the problems with my first attempt to upgrade is that it would never activate.
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  4. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,142
    W10Prox64
       14 Aug 2015 #4

    You could download the ISO from here (make sure you chose the correct version based on your W8 OS):

    Tech Bench

    Mount it from within W8, and do the upgrade that way. And yes, you must get an "activated upgrade" before you can clean install.

    I don't know if you will still have 30 days to revert or not.
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  5. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,317
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       14 Aug 2015 #5

    LotsofErrors said: View Post
    Actually, one of the problems with my first attempt to upgrade is that it would never activate.
    If that's true then you need to do the upgrade to 10 again.

    Disable anti-virus and any firewall you might be using other than the built-in Windows Defender and Windows Firewall,.

    Disconnect everything except mouse, keyboard and display (everything). For a laptop disconnect external mouse, use touchpad.
    Uninstall Classic Shell or Start8 or any other Start button software.

    Then follow this: Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,849
    Windows 10 Pro
       14 Aug 2015 #6

    If you make an image of your Windows 8 before you upgrade you are guaranteed to be able to revert back - even beyond the 30 days. I would never trust the revert option in Windows 10. Too many people have had it fail.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       15 Aug 2015 #7

    While I appreciate everyone's input here...we still have not addressed my two key questions.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,849
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 Aug 2015 #8

    LotsofErrors said: View Post
    -If for some reason, I again experience issues with Win 10, will I once again be able to revert to 8.1? Does 10 always let you revert to 8.1 in the first month?
    It is supposed to. That is no guarantee that it will. Hence, the suggestion to make your own backup image of 8.1 before upgrading.

    LotsofErrors said: View Post
    -To rule out any flaws in the Win 10 update download, I'd like to delete the whole thing off my computer and let it re-download the upgrade. How do I do this?
    On your C: drive there should be two hidden folders called something like Windows_BT$ and Windows_WS. Delete those. Also delete everything in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder.

    Then upgrade using the Media Creation Tool "Upgrade this PC now" option:
    Windows 10

    That will download a fresh copy of Windows 10 upgrade regardless of whether or not you have deleted the old traces of the upgrade.
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  9. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,317
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       16 Aug 2015 #9

    LotsofErrors said: View Post
    While I appreciate everyone's input here...we still have not addressed my two key questions.
    -If for some reason, I again experience issues with Win 10, will I once again be able to revert to 8.1? Does 10 always let you revert to 8.1 in the first month?

    Addressed here: I reverted to 8.1, next steps to try 10 upgrade again...

    -To rule out any flaws in the Win 10 update download, I'd like to delete the whole thing off my computer and let it re-download the upgrade. How do I do this?

    Addressed here: I reverted to 8.1, next steps to try 10 upgrade again...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  10. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,194
    Windows 10 IoT
       16 Aug 2015 #10

    How did you do the first upgrade? The more detail you provide the better. We may be able to figure out why activation failed.
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