How to Restore Windows 8 from Windows 10 without Losing Data

Posted by @Ada

March 30, 2018

After upgrading to Windows 10 and only to find it is not the desired Operating System, then you may wonder how to restore Windows 8 from Windows 10.

Why do you want to restore Windows 8 from Windows 10?

According to some users feedbackup: after upgrading to Windows 10, they found they are not used to Windows 10 Operating System, or they are not satisfied with wINDOWS 10. And they want to restore Windows 8 from Windows 10.

Windows 10 is the latest and advanced operating systems, And it provides some fantastic features and functions. But it’s far from flawless. Since its launch, some people have encountered issues – after upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1.

Some people complain about its unstable function, and some are not satisfied with the old-fashioned interface. All in all, Windows 10 doesn’t suit everyone and not every issue can be fixed. In this case, they would like roll backup Windows 10 to previous data. And this article will introduce how to restore Windows 8 from Windows 10.

How to go back to Windows 8 from Windows 10 within 30 days?

Whenever you upgrade Windows 10, a copy of your old installation is stored in the Windows.old folder. This automatic backup is your return ticket to your previous Windows version.

                                             

Windows.old Folder

With Windows.old folder, you can roll back to Window 8 using the native Windows 10 recovery tool.

Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app, then head to Update & Security > Recovery. Click the Get started button under Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1.

Roll Backup From Recovery Tool

This method has some limitation. The rollback option via Windows.old is only available for a maximum of 30 days. After 30 days, the Windows.old folder will be deleted automatically by Windows, and you cannot downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8 with this method.

Expand the 30 days rollback limit

You can choose to expand the 30-day rollback limit, however, this operation only works when the downgrade option is still available, that is to say within 30 days. Go to File Explorer (Windows key + F) and under This PC go to your system drive (typically C:).

First, make some hidden folders visible. Select the View tab and click Options to access the Folder Options window. Here, switch to the View tab, check Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and uncheck Hide protected operating system files. Click Apply to save your changes and OK to close the window.

Or you can change the name of Windows.old folder so that Windows will not recognize it, and the folder will not be deleted after 30 days.

If you do not set to expand rollbackup limit within 30 days, then, how to downgrade from windows 10 to windows 8 after 30 days?

How to restore Windows 8 from Windows 10 after 30 days

After 30 days, you have missed the opportunity to roll back from Windows.old folder. Then how to restore Windows 8 from Windows 10 after 30 days and without losing data? Next, this article will introduce 2 ways to restore Windows 8.

Do a clean install

Without doubt, doing a clean install can bring you back to Windows 8. Just remember, Backup all your important data before you do a clean install. Of course, a clean installation is kind of complex and time-consuming, but it is still a reliable option for you if you are out of the 30-day time period.

If you do not want to get in all this trouble, you can choose another method, that is restore Windows 8 from a backup.

Restore Windows 8 from a Windows backup

If you have kept a Windows 8 system backup, things will be much easier for you if you want to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8.

Go to Backup and Restore and find your backup and click Restore my file. This operation will bring you back to Windows 8.

However, what if you do not have a Windows 8 system backup? In this case, you have to do a clean install. But it is time-consuming and you will have to reinstall your windows and programs. Therefore, i'd like to give you some tips on Windows upgrading.

Tips on Windows upgrading

Befroe upgrading your system to Windows 10, you’d better create an system image backup with a professional backup and restore software. Windows built-in tool is OK, but it has some limitations. You cannot use to create incremental backup and you cannot use the backup created by built-in tool to restore to a dissimilar hardware.

You can use AOMEI Backupper, one of the best backup and restore software in the market. It is flexible to backup system, disk, partition, files and folders, incremental and differential backup. You can backup your data to NAS, external hard drive, internal hard disk, etc. The following picture is its backup interface, tidy and clean.

To backup Windows 8, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download the software and launch it. Click Backup, and select System backup

AOMEI Backup

Step 2. It will automatically choose the souce for you, you only need to choose another location as destination path.

Step 3. At he botton, there are Backup Option, Schedule, Scheme that you can click to have more advanced settings. After setting, click Start Backup.

The the system image backup created by AOMEI Backupper, you can easily restore Windows 8 from Windows 10. The best part is, you can use it to restore to a dissimilar hardware. Also, there is no need to worry about the time limit. The following picture is restore interface. It only takes you several steps to complete this operation.

AOEMI Restore

AOMEI Backupper is also an awesome system and disk clone software. You can make an exact copy of the hard drive. If you want to upgrade disk, you can clone hard drive to SSD.