Windows 10: Cannot Rollback to Windows 8.1 Solved

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  1.    05 Aug 2015 #1

    Cannot Rollback to Windows 8.1


    I installed the Windows 10 free upgrade on July 29th when it automatically downloaded. It installed with no problem but still has not activated. I have made no changes since the installation but the rollback feature will not work. Screenshot is shown below.

    Is there any way around this to return to Windows 8.1?

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  2. Posts : 20,859
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       05 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello Blaughon,

    Did you delete the Windows.old folder? If so, that would be why.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  3.    05 Aug 2015 #3

    No, Windows.old is still there. I checked that first.
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  4.    05 Aug 2015 #4

    Windows.old folder


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  5.    05 Aug 2015 #5

    By any chance did you create a windows 10 repair disk ? If so ? You can boot off it and there an option within to install prior version or roll back
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       05 Aug 2015 #6

    sn00ker said: View Post
    By any chance did you create a windows 10 repair disk ? If so ? You can boot off it and there an option within to install prior version or roll back
    I'm afraid that a System Repair Disc won't help if the rollback files have been removed from the PC by something.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       05 Aug 2015 #7

    Blaughon,

    I'm afraid that you may need to clean install Windows 8.1 if you don't have an image to restore.
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  8.    05 Aug 2015 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    files have been removed from the PC by something.
    That's so true Brink but do we know for sure that's the case . I'm curious blaughon were you activated with your 8.1 copy ?
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  9.    05 Aug 2015 #9

    I was just hoping it would be easier. I knew better than to expect easy.

    If it has not activated in a week, do you think it ever will, as the support people have been taught to quote: "it will automatically activate in 24-48 hours".

    If I had confidence it would activate I would stay with 10.
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  10.    05 Aug 2015 #10

    Yes, I was activated with 8.1.
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