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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       31 Jul 2015 #1

    Rolling Back From Windows 10 To Your Older OS Appears Problematic

    The only way to know if you like Windows 10 or not, of course, is to upgrade your system and give it a try. (Some 14 million people did just that in the first 24 hours of availability, Microsoft reported.) However, if you want to go back to your old OS, it appears that you're on a timer: Microsoft confirmed to Tom's Hardware that users will have only one month to decide if they want to continue with Windows 10 or not.

    A Month To Decide On Windows 10?

    A moderator on Tom's Hardware (darkbreeze) first discovered this issue, and when we reached out to Microsoft for more information, the answers we received raised some troubling potential issues.

    Our initial thought was that this "one month" business simply meant you couldn't revert directly back to an old OS from Windows 10, but what about rolling back by simply performing a clean installation of your old OS? When we asked about that specifically, Microsoft dodged the question.

    At this point, then, we aren't certain if you can return to your old OS by using a clean install, because it is possible that Microsoft will invalidate old activation codes after that first month. This would seem in some way to align with Microsoft's upgrade deal, as you can only get your free Windows 10 by upgrading from your old OS; you can't use an old activation code...

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  2.    31 Jul 2015 #2

    LOL, seems to me that, that free offer, comes with a bit of a hefty price, not sure many saw this coming. If I want Windows 10, I will just buy it and keep all my old software intact, thank you.
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  3.    01 Aug 2015 #3

    I did a restart of my PC and the windows old folder was gone, i went into recovery and the option to go back was no longer there. I don't even have a week
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  4. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       01 Aug 2015 #4

    Trust_No1 said: View Post
    LOL, seems to me that, that free offer, comes with a bit of a hefty price, not sure many saw this coming. If I want Windows 10, I will just buy it and keep all my old software intact, thank you.
    What do you mean by a "Hefty Price." It didn't cost me a thing. The Windows 8.1 was already three years old, and was an upgrade to Windows 8 which came with the specific Computer it was being used on. . .

    In a debate class they call this making a claim with no backup. . .
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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
    Posts : 165
    Windows 8.1.1 64-bit
       01 Aug 2015 #5

    Not wearing that. Combined with forced updates, it's a game-breaker.

    Rolling-back to 10162 as I type (I'm on the Win 7 machine while the big girl rolls back)
    then restoring 8.1 from an image while I sleep tonight.

    I like 10240, but not enough to sacrifice my licence for the vastly superior 8.1.

    Later I might throw a quick and dirty install of 7 on it, and upgrade over that.


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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
    Land of 10,000 lakes
    Posts : 10,346
    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       01 Aug 2015 #6

    After I ran the upgrade of W7 to W10, I ran DISM and SFC /scannow. Both scans showed integrity errors and component store corruption. I tried doing both a reset and clean install of W10 and that didn't take care of the errors. So I restored a Macrium image of W7 and it still says that W7 is activated, but I wonder if this will be true if you restore an image after a month of running W10.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       01 Aug 2015 #7

    As long as users have installation media of their original OS then nothing is stopping them performing a clean install, the key will still be valid and will install fine (provided the hardware is still the same in OEM cases).
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 175
    Windows 10 Pro
       01 Aug 2015 #8

    This reply makes the most sense to me.

    chrisloup said:
    if you are Using a retail win7, then no issue. if you are using an OEM win7, then you also do not have transfer rights to a new computer and a non same model motherboard upgrade probably violates that and will probably require your windows to be reactivated (although you could always call up microsoft after it fails activation and get it activated hopefully) then do the upgrade.

    (considering that OEM is half the price of retail at least where I am, I never buy retail versions, although considering win10 is the last os , maybe i should consider it over a 20 year lifespan)

    Windows 10 have a - Microsoft Community

    If you upgrade from a retail version, it carries the rights of a retail version.
    If you upgrade from a OEM version, it carries the rights of a OEM version.
    Full version (Retail):
    - Includes transfer rights to another computer.
    - Doesn't require a previous qualifying version of Windows.
    - Expensive
    Upgrade version (Retail):
    - Includes transfer rights to another computer.
    - require a previous qualifying version of Windows.
    - Expensive, but cheaper than full version
    OEM :
    OEM versions of Windows are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:
    - OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel
    - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on
    - OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard
    - OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system
    What happens if I change my motherboard?
    As it pertains to the OEM licenses this will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous base qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license. If the base qualifying license (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) was a full retail version, then yes, you can transfer it.
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  9. Joined : Jun 2014
    Posts : 424
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       01 Aug 2015 #9

    JoeShades said: View Post
    I did a restart of my PC and the windows old folder was gone, i went into recovery and the option to go back was no longer there. I don't even have a week
    I'm not sure I get that one as even if true of what's being speculated, the Windows.old folder would still (should) be there, its just that the PID for the old OS would be deactivated (presumably).

    Anyway as the old saying goes... There Ainít No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (TANSTAAFL).

    This is like a bar offering free lunches. You go to the bar for the "free lunch" but suddenly find youíre paying for the drinks! Sure, you got a free lunch, but you still paid something... TANSTAAFL
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  10.    01 Aug 2015 #10

    I am not going back to windows 8.1 anyway just found it odd that the folder was gone but i did get back alot of storage space
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