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Windows 8.1 downgrade back to windows 8

  1. #1


    Philippines
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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 downgrade back to windows 8


    I updated my windows 8 os to windows 8.1 via windows store and now my laptop slows up. Booting takes a couple of minute around 3-5 then loading apps also now takes a minute to load and in gaming i sometimes have fps drops which i dont have in windows 8

    And i find this "refresh" in the setting which says that it will refresh my laptop back to default. Does this mean that this will restore back the default os which my laptop comes with (windows 8 single language)?

    it also states that
    "GO TO STORE TO REINSTALL WINDOWS 8.1 and YOUR APPS" (does this actually mean that windows 8.1 will be uninstalled/ removed?

    here's that actual things that it says

    Last edited by Yves09; 15 Sep 2014 at 07:50.

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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can not use Windows 8.1 Refresh or Reset to downgrade to Windows 8.

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    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



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    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
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    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    How to make Acer Recovery disks.

    Using Acer Recovery Management to Restore Windows 8

    Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8


    Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
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    Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a User Created USB Recovery Drive - YouTube

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    or
    Acer | Recovery Media
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    https://store.acer.com/store?Action=...&SiteID=acerna
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Yves09 View Post
    And i find this "refresh" in the setting which says that it will refresh my laptop back to default. Does this mean that this will restore back the default os which my laptop comes with (windows 8 single language)?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yves09 View Post
    it also states that
    "GO TO STORE TO REINSTALL WINDOWS 8.1 and YOUR APPS" (does this actually mean that windows 8.1 will be uninstalled/ removed?
    Yes.

    Here is more info: -> link

    edit:

    Refresh

    1. The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    2. Windows RE scans the hard drive for your data, settings, and apps, and puts them aside (on the same drive).
    3. Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    4. Windows RE restores the data, settings, and apps it has set aside into the newly installed copy of Windows.
    5. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows.

    Reset

    1. The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    2. Windows RE erases and formats the hard drive partitions on which Windows and personal data reside.
    3. Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    4. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows
    Last edited by genet; 15 Sep 2014 at 17:33.
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  4. #4


    Philippines
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yves09 View Post
    And i find this "refresh" in the setting which says that it will refresh my laptop back to default. Does this mean that this will restore back the default os which my laptop comes with (windows 8 single language)?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yves09 View Post
    it also states that
    "GO TO STORE TO REINSTALL WINDOWS 8.1 and YOUR APPS" (does this actually mean that windows 8.1 will be uninstalled/ removed?
    Yes.

    Here is more info: -> link

    edit:

    Refresh

    1. The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    2. Windows RE scans the hard drive for your data, settings, and apps, and puts them aside (on the same drive).
    3. Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    4. Windows RE restores the data, settings, and apps it has set aside into the newly installed copy of Windows.
    5. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows.

    Reset

    1. The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    2. Windows RE erases and formats the hard drive partitions on which Windows and personal data reside.
    3. Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    4. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows
    thanks for the link i already bookmarked it thanks for helping me mate
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  5. #5


    Philippines
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yves09 View Post
    And i find this "refresh" in the setting which says that it will refresh my laptop back to default. Does this mean that this will restore back the default os which my laptop comes with (windows 8 single language)?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yves09 View Post
    it also states that
    "GO TO STORE TO REINSTALL WINDOWS 8.1 and YOUR APPS" (does this actually mean that windows 8.1 will be uninstalled/ removed?
    Yes.

    Here is more info: -> link

    edit:

    Refresh

    1. The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    2. Windows RE scans the hard drive for your data, settings, and apps, and puts them aside (on the same drive).
    3. Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    4. Windows RE restores the data, settings, and apps it has set aside into the newly installed copy of Windows.
    5. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows.

    Reset

    1. The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    2. Windows RE erases and formats the hard drive partitions on which Windows and personal data reside.
    3. Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
    4. The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows
    Hi this is the only things that shows up in my disk management, i think i dont have that "OEM partition"Click image for larger version
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  6. #6


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Not all computers have the "OEM partition" on the hard disk, so everything is alright.
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  7. #7


    Philippines
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Not all computers have the "OEM partition" on the hard disk, so everything is alright.
    Last question sir do you think that i should be fine by doing this? I already made a backup of my drivers since it says that all the drivers will be uninstalled and i must install in manually, So am I good to go?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    You are ready to begin.

    If you do a Refresh, please note the following:

    Which Settings will be Preserved

    Files in all users' C:\Users\(user-name) folders. (ex: Desktop, My Documents, My Music, etc...)

    Which Settings will be NOT be Preserved

    All installed 3rd party desktop programs (not Store apps). A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop after the refresh is finished to let you know which programs were removed.
    If you do a Reset, please note the following:

    5. If prompted, select if you would like to remove all files from all drives or only the Windows 8 drive. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You will only see this if you have more than one HDD or partition with a drive letter.

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  9. #9


    Philippines
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    You are ready to begin.

    If you do a Refresh, please note the following:

    Which Settings will be Preserved

    Files in all users' C:\Users\(user-name) folders. (ex: Desktop, My Documents, My Music, etc...)

    Which Settings will be NOT be Preserved

    All installed 3rd party desktop programs (not Store apps). A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop after the refresh is finished to let you know which programs were removed.
    If you do a Reset, please note the following:

    5. If prompted, select if you would like to remove all files from all drives or only the Windows 8 drive. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You will only see this if you have more than one HDD or partition with a drive letter.

    THANKS FOR HELPING ME now im back into windows 8. Hope you still help other peoples more blessings to come mate
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  10. #10


    If I may add my 2cents worth.

    As any old dog of Windows (98 on up) knows it's always nasty when you "upgrade' one version of Windows to another version
    of Windows. Windows 8.0 to 8.1 is no exception.

    For best results, if you would like to upgrade to Windows 8.1.....

    Make sure you have any apps you want to install that came with your system available (on CD or for a separate download)
    There are instructions in this forums for doing a CLEAN install of Windows 8.1 using an 8.0 CD Key.

    This should resolve your issues if you ever want to think in the future about upgrading to Windows 8.1.
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