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Does restoring windows 10 downgrade to 8.1 8 or 7?

by ABN171214 / July 7, 2015 7:34 PM PDT

While restoring the windows 8.1 upgraded from windows 8, the update wil deleted and windows 8 will restore. Does it is same in windows 10, after upgrading from wn 7, 8, or 8.1 while factory reset or restore does it goes back to previous version?

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Please explain what/how this restore is.
by wpgwpg / July 7, 2015 7:50 PM PDT

I can think of numerous things you might mean by restoring, so in order to give you a meaningful answer, you need to explain exactly which process you're talking about. E.g. if I make a backup of my 8.1 system to an external drive, then upgrade to 10, then restore from that backup, I'm back to 8.1. However that's only one of several interpretations of what you could be referring to.

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are you asking if....
by James Denison / July 11, 2015 12:50 AM PDT

you need to do a restore from windows 10 will it go back to the original operating system instead of 10?

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Restore partitian
by orlbuckeye / July 11, 2015 5:08 AM PDT
In reply to: are you asking if....

The partition on your hard drive that the OEM used to create restore disks won't be touched. It's also a good idea to download the ISO that will do a clean install to keep all options available.

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Re: restore
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 11, 2015 1:08 AM PDT

If you undo the Windows 10 upgrade, you go back to what you had before doing that upgrade.

Kees

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I mean 2nd one, remove every thing and reinstall windows
by ABN171214 / July 11, 2015 5:21 AM PDT
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It's not supposed to
by James Denison / July 11, 2015 1:15 PM PDT

do more than reinstall, with activation showing it's an approved computer, but no guarantees on that.

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Please referring the following article
by Joris903 / July 12, 2015 7:29 PM PDT
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Well I believe it depends.
by orlbuckeye / July 24, 2015 7:23 AM PDT

First when you did the Windows 8 to 8.1 it didn't modify the system restore partition so that will remain 8.0. Now if you did an image of your system after Windows 8 upgrade then you could restore that image. Your factory restore doesn't change during an upgrade. So if it's an OEM computer the restore partition will be the same as when you purchased that is if you or someone didn't delete it.

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Clone/image BEFORE win 10
by Lumpy95 / July 25, 2015 12:48 PM PDT

The safest way to protect yourself is to clone/image the HDD you now have to an external HDD so that you have a backup in case things aren't what you want/expect from win 10.
Example: I bought an HP ProBook G2 laptop expressly for trying win 10 when it is released ( I needed a new laptop anyway ). I bought a spare HDD at the same time. I setup the laptop the way I wanted it and then cloned it to the other HDD. I then pulled out the original HDD and replaced it with the cloned HDD so that if I don't like win 10, I just reverse the process to my original HDD and I am back where I started. I can always reformat the spare HDD if needed.
Hope this helps since I am not real clear on your question.

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