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Downgrade from 8.1 to 8

  1. #1


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    Downgrade from 8.1 to 8


    My laptop came with Windows 8, which I HATE! After reading about 8.1 and that some of the features of win 7 would be available, I downloaded and install 8.1 from the win 8 play store. Well, it has slowed my laptop down, I have lost at least two apps that I know of, so far, it has wiped out my saved passwords, and a lot of other garbage that makes 8.1 worse than 8. Is there a way I can remove this 8.1 crap from my laptop and at least go back to win 8?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1


    Did you create the factory recovery discs?
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Yep, this is a MAJOR upgrade, almost a new OS. I will image/clone before I even think about doing the upgrade.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe this---

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  5. #5


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    David, please tell me if I'm stupid but couldn't he/she lose even more installed apps and documents by doing this?
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    There is no way (that I know of) where one can gracefully downgrade from 8.1 to 8.0 and not lose anything (but I could be wrong) so if someone posts otherwise, than I am stupid as well. Moreover, I'll go on record and state that I think you are going to lose everything! Now, since I have never tried it, I may be wrong again! If so, count me in on the stupid list.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Always best to backup first.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    Try the Refresh option. You will lose some apps, but files will be saved.
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  9. #9


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    David, please tell me if I'm stupid but couldn't he/she lose even more installed apps and documents by doing this?
    Maybe ignorant is a better word choice. I would rather be ignorant than stupid. I admit to being ignorant on many things. I don't think I'm stupid.

    I think the OP is going to lose in the long run. Another case for backup and imaging.
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    David, please tell me if I'm stupid but couldn't he/she lose even more installed apps and documents by doing this?
    If he wants to go back to 8 he will lose everything on 8.1 of course.
    He can save most of his stuff on a usb drive.

    He lost upgrading.
    He will lose downgrading.

    I keep everything backed up.
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