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Just installed W8 Dev. Preview

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  • Greetings,

    I've recently installed Windows 8 Developer Preview, but now, I am experiencing an issue, which I need to resolve.

    The problem is, that I wasn't aware from the fact that when I upgrade my OS from Windows 7 to Windows 8, something was going to be deleted. So now, my Skype with all the chronology and stuff are gone. My programs are gone, too. So my question is, how can I solve this problem. I need my things back, they are very important. I tried System Restore, but unfortunately, it was turned off. Thanks in advance.



    Edit: I've solved the problem. Now all I need to know is how to return to Windows 7. :)
    • Edited by sngr Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:38 PM
    Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:07 PM

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  • Edit: I've solved the problem. Now all I need to know is how to return to Windows 7. :)

     

    It is stated on the Windows 8 Developer Preview download page that you must reinstall the previous OS:
     
    Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview
    You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.
     
     
    


    If you bought retail Windows 7:
     
    If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     
    How to replace Microsoft software
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/326246


     


     
    If Windows came with the computer - Reinstall Windows Preinstalled On Computer
     
    OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows if you buy a computer with Windows preinstalled - your computer should have included either a restore partition on your hard drive, or Windows install/restore disks. Most computer manufacturers also have a feature to make your own install disks.
     
    If the restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows 7. There is usually a prompt when you first start the computer telling you what key to press to start the restore - check your manual if you're not sure how to. If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     

    If you don't have the restore partition or install disks:
     
    Contact the OEM computer manufacturer and ask them to send you an install disk for your computer - they may or may not do it. If they agree to send you one they may charge a small fee. Contact information for the manufacturer of your computer can be found here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/oemphone/




     
    You could also try attempting this:
    Reverting back to a previous Windows system:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760
     

    Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:32 PM