Windows 10: Downgrade from Windows 10 to 8.1

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  1.    04 Sep 2015 #11

    Can't I use something like this? How to download the official Microsoft Windows 8.1 ISO - CNET
    Most settings/customizations should be comptible with win8.1.
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  2.    04 Sep 2015 #12

    I am not sure why you are now updating drivers in Windows 10 while you say that you already know that you want to go back to Windows 8.1.

    Since you have removed your downgrade files and if you do not have a backup, then there still are two possibilities:
    - Put the PC back to the state, which the manufacturer provided it in. That may be done with a recovery partition on your harddisk (if you have not also deleted that one) or with some other kind of recovery media like a set of DVDs, which the manufacturer provided or which you created with what the manufacturer provided. This will set your PC back to what it has been when you bought it; when that was a few years ago, then to the state from a few years ago. But it will leave all the preinstalled drivers and so in tact.
    - The final possibility is to download a Windows 8.1 ISO image from Microsoft and to install Windows 8.1 from scratch. After that process, you will most likely have to check the different websites of your PC manufacturer and of the manufacturers of the included hardware to get and install fitting drivers again.
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  3.    04 Sep 2015 #13

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link
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       04 Sep 2015 #14

    Unless you have very few programs and no backup image, I would stay with Windows 10 unless you are prepared for a clean install and a re install of all of your programs.
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  5.    04 Sep 2015 #15

    Joergi said: View Post
    I am not sure why you are now updating drivers in Windows 10 while you say that you already know that you want to go back to Windows 8.1.
    I constantly updated...
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  6.    09 Sep 2015 #16

    Hello!
    I'm about to downgrade. Can I move my user account somehow? I hate having to suffer with NTFS rights with a new account.
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  7.    09 Sep 2015 #17

    Just like with the upgrade, after a downgrade you will continue using your same Windows user account.
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  8.    09 Sep 2015 #18

    Joergi said: View Post
    Just like with the upgrade, after a downgrade you will continue using your same Windows user account.
    Not how it looks like.
    Apparently a clean install is the only way to downgrade.
    At first it seemeffd I could fool the installer, by starting it in 8.1 compatibility mode. But it failed when it tried to install.
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  9.    10 Sep 2015 #19

    I am trying to downgrade too.

    My experience with 10 has been a total nightmare!
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  10.    10 Sep 2015 #20

    avada said: View Post
    Apparently a clean install is the only way to downgrade.
    Settings > Updates & Security > Restore > Back to Windows 8.1 is the way, which Microsoft recommends to downgrade.

    Since this might for one reason or the other not work as expected and since I am not 100% sure that it will leave you with exactly what you had before the upgrade, my way to go back would be to take my system image of Windows 8.1 (the wise man makes provision for the future) and to play it back onto my C:\ drive.
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