Microsoft’s prodigy; Windows 8.1 is a good software from a newbie’s perspective at least. On the contrary, if you were to ask a technical support guy, or a professional to choose between, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and any popular Mac OSX version, he’ll probably go for Win 7 or Mac.

The problem with Microsoft Windows 8.1 is related to its Uninstallation. I see a lot of tech products with Win 8.1 Ready stickers on them; from a newbie’s perspective who wants the latest software and hardware compatibility perks, these labels look enticing. Even if you talk about my Asus Maximus Formula V motherboard, there’s a Windows 8 Ready image at the side of the motherboard.

The reason I did not install this operating system yet, is because of several issues with it. Among technical bugs, I also did not prefer the OS because of the aforementioned issue. As far as the installation process itself is concerned, the entire thing is a breeze. I strongly advise you to make a drive image backup of your current OS installation, in case you end up disliking the 8.1 Windows OS upgrade for some reason.

Compared to the earlier version, the 8.1 edition is a dot release. It means that it is a minor upgrade and not exactly a mammoth shift. People say that once you have completed the installation of this software; there “is no going back.” Let’s see Microsoft’s verdict on this theory:

After you install Windows 8.1, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

On top of this chunk of alarming news, several people have reportedly complained about drive partition issues, and drive image recovery issues while running the Windows 8.1 OS. The result is a group of pissed off people who are not only creating grounds for filing a lawsuit, but are also in need of recovering their last operating system installation copy.

How do you Uninstall Windows 8.1 and Go Back to Previous OS Version?

In relation to the above Microsoft Windows 8.1 FAQ statement, the company also states that, “if you have upgraded from Win 8 Pro with Media Center option, you might be able to restore it back to  Windows 8 by refreshing your PC.

The refresh feature itself is not as easy as right clicking at your Desktop screen and selecting the “refresh” option. Nope, it is nothing like that. In fact, there is a dedicated version of how to refresh Windows 8.1 to previous operating system installation somewhere around the internet. If you want it, you can email me at techguy@infinarium.com. The reason I am not talking about the Windows 8.1 Refresh guide in this article is because it would then take the current article out of scope.

To refresh your Windows 8.1/ go back to your old OS, you have the conventional approach for the time being.

  • Have a backup of your original partition data.
  • If you don’t have the backup, you cannot perform the image restore process.
  • Go to your System BIOS interface and set Boot device priority to USB or CD/DVD Rom.
  • Insert your Windows 7 or preferred software OS disc/ USB.
  • Re install Windows and go for a Fresh/ New Install option.

Currently I have not run into any trouble by following the above mentioned process. However, if you are facing potential data loss, it is entirely another issue. CNET’s How to “experts” are also clueless at the moment, which is why their author had to write 2 posts on this topic. He is still looking for updates as to how to revert to an older OS after ending up disappointed in Windows 8.1.

Share your experience through the comments section below, or you can send me an email concerning anything related to this post at the above mentioned email address.