Removing Windows 8 From Dual Boot Environment

Uninstall Windows 8

           Windows 8 help

If you have installed the Windows 8 operating system and found yourself wishing whether you could revert to Windows 7 or some other operating system, you can read ahead to know more on the steps to do this. You should understand that these steps apply in a dual boot environment only. If you have installed the Windows 8 operating system in a dual boot environment and kept your old OS around, it will not be hard to revert to the old OS. However, if you have installed Windows 8 over your old OS, you will have to install the old OS from scratch and it will take considerable amount of time to finish.

In the dual boot environment, removing Windows 8 will remove all the files on the Windows 8 partition. If there are important files that you wish to save, be sure to back them up before removing Windows 8. If the Windows 8 OS is installed in a dual boot configuration with the Windows 7 OS, you will have to boot into your old version of Windows to remove Windows 8 from your computer. If the computer is already in the Windows 8 operating system, restart the PC and then select your old operating system.

In your old Window 7 OS, press the Windows key, type in msconfig and hit the Enter key.

Windows 8 Partition

          Remove Windows 8

Select the Boot tab, choose Windows 8 boot entry, and then select the Delete button. After doing these steps, click on the Ok button to save the setting changes that you have made and then click on the Exit without restart option. You need not restart your PC yet.

These steps will prevent the Windows 8 OS from booting and the Choose an operating system screen that appears during boot time. The computer will boot directly to the old Windows 7 system. But the Windows 8 operating system is still installed in your hardware. You will have to press the Windows key, type in Disk management and hit the Enter key. In the Disk Management window, find out the Windows 8 partition, right-click on it and then select Delete Volume. After confirming the deletion, Windows 8 will be removed completely from your PC.

These are the steps to uninstall Windows 8 in a dual boot setup. If you wish to know more on the steps to uninstall Windows 8, you can contact our Microsoft tech support team.

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Freeware For Uninstalling Windows 8 Or Windows 7

Uninstall Windows 8

Uninstalling Windows 8

Nowadays, you see many people using multiple operating systems on a single computer for various reasons. This is mostly seen among web designers, as they want to view their work on various operating systems with native web browsers.

Others may use it for different purposes. For instance, if any one of the operating systems becomes unbootable, then it is easy to continue accessing the data on the computer using the other OS. Usually Windows 8 and Windows 7 are used together in a computer. But it often seems tricky to uninstall any of the installed platforms.

Uninstalling an OS from your computer

Now, for whatever reason you want to uninstall Windows 8 or the other operating system from your system, you can easily do it with the help of a freeware. NanWick Windows Uninstaller is an excellent program that helps to uninstall Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista from your computer. You can also uninstall previous Windows versions from your system using this freeware tool.

The best thing about this software is the fact that the uninstall process looks just like uninstalling any other installed program in a computer. This software deletes all the files related to operating system, which is followed by the removal of the platform’s entry from the boot menu. Actually, no other files present on the drive will be affected due the uninstall process. But, if you do not want your libraries and other personal data to be removed along with the operating system, you will have to backup the data.

Becomes Unbootable

How To Uninstall Windows 8

This tool works systematically. First, it takes up the ownership of the Windows folder located in the system root directory. Then it moves on to controlling the hidden files and folders in the system root directory such as Program Files, Users, ProgramData, $Recycle.bin, Recovery, Config.msi, Documents and settings, hiberfil.sys, pagefile.sys and config.sys. After taking the ownership of all the files mentioned above, it goes on deleting them individually.

Only the operating system documents are removed, after which, the tool will root out its trace from the boot menu. Finally, when the tool finishes its task, you will have the selected Windows platform completely uninstalled from your computer.

This is as easy as removing any application from the Control Panel. But, if you find it difficult to use the freeware too, or want further info on the tool, contact our tech support team right away.

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Uninstalling Windows 8 Developer Preview OS

Uninstall Windows 8

  About Windows 8 Preview

Before a full version Windows OS hits the market, Microsoft launches the preview editions for the same. This preview version will be available online for free download. Obviously, these preview versions will not have many of the functions and features as in the main version. However, such preview versions are a good way to experience what the new OS will be like. Users can then decide whether to upgrade to it or not.

About Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft releases Consumer and Developer previews of their operating system. As the name suggests, the Consumer preview is meant for average users, where as the Developer preview is for the software and app developers, with options for installing more developer tools online.

Such preview editions of Windows operating systems are actually very popular among users. According to the Microsoft tech support website, more than 500,000 users downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview within 24 hours of its release. Most of these users installed and used this preview version on their Windows 7 system, using the dual boot option.

When booting the system, the user can choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8 Preview to load. However, it is required to uninstall Windows 8 Preview version before they upgrade to the full version. Also, users can delete the preview and return to using Windows 7 alone, if they do not like the new platform.

To delete the Windows 8 Preview from your system, you will have to go to the System Configuration utility. In order to launch this function, open the Run command, either from the Start Menu or by using the Win + R shortcut key combination, and enter the command msconfig. This will launch the System Configuration utility on your computer. Here, go to the Boot tab to uninstall Windows 8 Preview.

Developer Tools

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Select the Windows 8 Developer Preview option shown in the wizard, and click on the Delete button. Now, select Apply and OK to save these settings. This removes boot option to the Windows 8 Developer Preview from your system. You can get rid of the all the Preview OS files in your hard drive by simply formatting the partition.

To do that, just go to that particular drive in your My Computer window, right click on it and select the option Format from the resulting menu. This will free up the hard disk space as well. Now, you can go back to using Windows 7 or upgrade to Windows 8 full version.

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Removing Windows 8.1 Using The Refresh Option

Uninstall Windows 8

                Windows 8 Reinstall

As far as OS updates go, Windows 8.1 fulfils the primary task – that of covering up cracks in the original, which in this case is Windows 8. But the downside to a total upgrade of any OS is that that there’s the chance of it being snagged by hidden software conflicts. Such wouldn’t happen from individual app upgrades, but those wouldn’t help a Windows 8 user anyway.

Granted there aren’t as many people looking to get rid of Windows 8.1 as to uninstall Windows 8, but if you want to, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get to. Turning back the Win 8.1 update can’t be done from the Windows Update Control Panel, never mind what the “point release” number implies, because this is not like other, minor updates. But answer to an FAQ says you can “refresh” your PC to get back Win 8, if that’s what it originally came with. If this were to work, it would be clean. It primarily reinstates your old Windows 8, or rather puts a clean copy in, with all the data you had, but no apps except the original ones. Also, you’d retain any apps you got from Windows Store.

How to use the Refresh option

  • Go to the bottom right of the desktop screen and right click there. Now click the Settings icon, and then click on Change PC settings.
  • Software Conflicts

          Rolling Back The Windows 8.1 Update

    On the next screen, select Update and recovery, and then select an option for the recovery. Follow the instructions from here on. There’s a system-recovery partition in your hard drive that the computer will use to restore itself to factory settings, except with your data also inside.

Problem is, this won’t work if you upgraded to Windows 8, and then updated it to 8.1. You’d have to recover Windows 8 in that case. A formerly prepared recovery flash drive is good to have at this point, or you’d have no way to go but to do a total reinstall. If your PC didn’t come with a system DVD, get or buy one from your vendor.

Windows 8 and 8.1 come with utilities that let you make recovery drives on a flash drive or a DVD. Make one before you start using the OS. You can later revert to the factory setting without having to uninstall Windows 8, say if you’re unable to boot into it, or there’s a virus infection you can’t dispose of. A recovery option is always good to have.

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