Windows 10: Unable to rollback W10 to W7 even though windows.old is on C:\ Solved

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 (for now)
       27 Oct 2015 #1

    Unable to rollback W10 to W7 even though windows.old is on C:\


    When I try to rollback W10 to W7 I get the message "Sorry, you can't go back. Files we need were removed." I have removed nothing and the 3 files I've found in forums that are needed, Windows.old; $windows.-BT; and $windows.-SW are on my C:\ drive and their properties show them to be complete. What else do I need?
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  2.    27 Oct 2015 #2

    Win7 installation dvd? just back up your files and start afresh, it could be a mess if you go back.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 (for now)
    Thread Starter
       27 Oct 2015 #3

    install DVD


    All I have is an old W7 repair disk
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  4. Posts : 3
    Dual Boot 10 Pro v1607 10 Pro rs2 build 14971
       27 Oct 2015 #4

    Was it more that 30 days since you installed windows 10? If it was that would explain why you cannot roll back. This is a link to the sister site Seven Forums. Use the tutorial to burn a new installation disk. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...load-tool.html . You will need your product key also. Copy your personal files so they don't disappear when you clean install.

    The other thing you could try is a repair/ in place upgrade of windows 10. This is from the tutorial forum: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade . Don't know why you wanted to roll back, but if it was because of things not working, this might help.
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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 (for now)
    Thread Starter
       27 Oct 2015 #5

    broken promise


    I installed W10 yesterday. I don't like W10's instance on my setting up user accounts, etc., nor do I care for them inserting advertising (solitaire game over screen, among others). In the dozens of promo pop-ups I endured before finally deciding to try W10, it was repeated many times that if I didn't like it, I could return to "what I have now". It turns out that I can't return, through no fault of my own, which, in my opinion, constitutes false advertising. I only want MS to keep their promise. Perhaps the solution is to dump Windows and switch to Mac.
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  6.    27 Oct 2015 #6

    philbert048 said: View Post
    I installed W10 yesterday. I don't like W10's instance on my setting up user accounts, etc., nor do I care for them inserting advertising (solitaire game over screen, among others). In the dozens of promo pop-ups I endured before finally deciding to try W10, it was repeated many times that if I didn't like it, I could return to "what I have now". It turns out that I can't return, through no fault of my own, which, in my opinion, constitutes false advertising. I only want MS to keep their promise. Perhaps the solution is to dump Windows and switch to Mac.
    You are right with most you are saying. Anyway, even if you believe that what Microsoft does is false advertising (Microsoft's intention will not be to bring people back to their old OS and also they are not responsible for every possible error), this won't bring back your old system.

    If the PC came with Windows 7 preinstalled, then it would be a major help, if you got the repair discs, which the manufacturer gave to you. They will most likely contain advert junk again, but on the plus site: You have all the drivers, Windows will be activated without trouble and it will be a clean installation and not some broken upgrade/downgrade stuff.
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  7. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 (for now)
    Thread Starter
       27 Oct 2015 #7

    The problem's solution isn't for me to have to rebuild my system, it's for MS to get it right for a change. The necessary files are on my main drive, but apparently rollback doesn't recognize them. MS didn't promise "broken upgrade/downgrade stuff" in their promotions, they said I could go back to where I was before I upgraded. "Sorry" doesn't cut it. If MS doesn't stand behind their advertising claims it still constitutes false advertising, regardless of their intent at the time the ad was put out there.
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  •    27 Oct 2015 #8

    You are annoyed. We know that. Do you want a solution for your broken system? Or did you only want to say how annoyed you are?
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  • Posts : 5
    Windows 10 (for now)
    Thread Starter
       27 Oct 2015 #9

    Yes, I am annoyed, and yes I do want to get it fixed. I just don't want to rebuild 7 yrs. of accumulated data when I was told I wouldn't have to. The stuff is on my computer (the windows.old file is over 27GB) but I can't access it without rollback working. It is MS's responsibility to come up with a fix and it's places like this forum that could eventually force them to step up to the plate. If I have to rebuild my system, it won't be in Windows.
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    Dual Boot 10 Pro v1607 10 Pro rs2 build 14971
       27 Oct 2015 #10

    The easiest method is to simply go back to your last full backup.
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