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Reverting from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1

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  • I noticed, last night, that after the latest round of updates my start menu and computer search buttons had become unresponsive. I attempted to fix this on my own before finally deciding it was a lost cause and deciding to revert back to Win 8.1. Unfortunately, the computer informed me that it was unable to do so, stating that several important files were missing. This led to me redoubling my efforts to solve the dead start button issue, before finally giving up and doing a system restore earlier today. I was, however, rather dismayed to see my computer boot to Win 10 instead of the Win 8 I was expecting. After several minutes spent crying, screaming and asking for the sweet embrace of death, I decided to venture once more into the Win 10 settings menu to see if I could revert my OS from their. Unfortunately, for reasons unfathomable to man and God, the option to roll back the OS had disappeared from the recovery menu. If anyone knows how to bring it back, I'd be very appreciative.

    TL;DR: Want Windows 8.1 back! No option to do so. How fix?

    Sunday, August 30, 2015 5:10 PM

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  • Hi Martyn Bo,

    Thanks for your post.

    I'm sorry for your situation. You could refer to the article for trying to reverte from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/rollback-from-windows-10

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    And since it is Group policy forum, I suggest you could post in windows 10 forum for more support.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=WinPreview2014

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


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    • Marked as answer by Martyn Bo Monday, August 31, 2015 3:03 PM
    Monday, August 31, 2015 2:56 AM
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  • Hi Martyn Bo,

    Thanks for your post.

    I'm sorry for your situation. You could refer to the article for trying to reverte from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/rollback-from-windows-10

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    And since it is Group policy forum, I suggest you could post in windows 10 forum for more support.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=WinPreview2014

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    • Marked as answer by Martyn Bo Monday, August 31, 2015 3:03 PM
    Monday, August 31, 2015 2:56 AM
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  • Hi Mary,

    Thanks for the quick reply! I checked the link, and it was quite helpful. Unfortunately, I don't know that it will work in my case. One of the files necessary for the rollback, a $Windows.~WS, is gone. In it's place I have a $SysReset file. I've tried renaming the file to the $Win, but that did nothing.

    In either case, I'll gladly repost this in the appropriate area.

    Thanks again

    Monday, August 31, 2015 3:02 PM