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  1. Posts : 76
    Win 10 Pro 64 & 7 Pro 64 on 2 HDD's
       06 Aug 2015 #20

    Brink wrote.
    Did you use Disk Cleanup, or any similar 3rd party program, that would have removed previous Windows installation files?
    I installed W7 around 5 years ago and have run CCleaner and Disk Cleanup many times over the years. Will this mean I will not be able to revert back to W7 at all?
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    Windows 10 gong back to Windows 7
       06 Aug 2015 #21

    Installed Windows 10 and then my display started flickering like a strobe light. Couldn't open anything, start menu was inaccessible, and couldn't click on anything. All I could do is Ctrl+Alt+Del. So I followed the directions on this thread and tried to go back to my previous Windows 7 build, but it's been 8 hours now and it's still saying restarting and the little circle of dots is still spinning around next to where it says restarting. And I can still move my cursor around. Did Windows kill my computer?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       06 Aug 2015 #22

    Trapper said: View Post
    Brink wrote.


    I installed W7 around 5 years ago and have run CCleaner and Disk Cleanup many times over the years. Will this mean I will not be able to revert back to W7 at all?
    Only if you clean install W7.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       06 Aug 2015 #23

    Gear29 said: View Post
    Installed Windows 10 and then my display started flickering like a strobe light. Couldn't open anything, start menu was inaccessible, and couldn't click on anything. All I could do is Ctrl+Alt+Del. So I followed the directions on this thread and tried to go back to my previous Windows 7 build, but it's been 8 hours now and it's still saying restarting and the little circle of dots is still spinning around next to where it says restarting. And I can still move my cursor around. Did Windows kill my computer?
    Hello Gear, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you still have hard drive activity, then it would be best to let it sit in hopes of it eventually finishing. Otherwise, you may need to clean install Windows 7.
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  5. Posts : 76
    Win 10 Pro 64 & 7 Pro 64 on 2 HDD's
       06 Aug 2015 #24

    Brink
    Originally Posted by Trapper
    Brink wrote.


    I installed W7 around 5 years ago and have run CCleaner and Disk Cleanup many times over the years. Will this mean I will not be able to revert back to W7 at all?



    Only if you clean install W7.
    Looks like I will not be installing Win 10 in the foreseeable future then. I may not be able to go forward or backwards. I have a W7 System Image but have this sinking feeling that overall I would be better to accept that old saying "If it ain't busted, don't fix it"!!

    I have W7 running well with no problems, I have a spare 279GB HD installed that I could install W10 on but then would not be able to run Office 2010 with only one license. I would also have to install all my other programs and settings and I still do not know it will all work.
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    Windows 10 gong back to Windows 7
       06 Aug 2015 #25

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Gear, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you still have hard drive activity, then it would be best to let it sit in hopes of it eventually finishing. Otherwise, you may need to clean install Windows 7.
    I really hope not. But I guess I got what I paid for :-/ It's what I get for thinking Windows could actually roll out an OS that wasn't junk. It's been 20 hours, what should I do? Should I just turn off the computer? How do I go about doing a clean install?
    Last edited by Gear29; 06 Aug 2015 at 16:00.
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  7.    07 Aug 2015 #26

    Did the blue screen that said restarting ever finish? Mine has been going on for hours now.
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  8.    07 Aug 2015 #27

    Gear29 said: View Post
    Installed Windows 10 and then my display started flickering like a strobe light. Couldn't open anything, start menu was inaccessible, and couldn't click on anything. All I could do is Ctrl+Alt+Del. So I followed the directions on this thread and tried to go back to my previous Windows 7 build, but it's been 8 hours now and it's still saying restarting and the little circle of dots is still spinning around next to where it says restarting. And I can still move my cursor around. Did Windows kill my computer?
    Did it ever finish restarting???
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  9.    07 Aug 2015 #28

    Khalilah28 said: View Post
    Similar issues with me. I'm on go back to previous build blue screen, with restarting still after 4-5 hours, should I try again or wait till tommorow morning?

    This is 2 whole days I havent been able to use my laptop, I don't why I installed windows 10, I just clicked on like a dummy!!! Lol
    Did the blue screen ever go away and did the computer ever restart?
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    Windows 10 gong back to Windows 7
       07 Aug 2015 #29

    No it did not, I had to turn it off manually. Then I turned it on and it finished the revert. Apparently something stops it from restarting on it's own so you have to do it manually. I am happily back to using Windows 7.
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