Seems M$ forced my neighbor to upgrade , even though she clicked NO all the
way thru . No I know it's been discussed in a previous thread , but I need
to know how to uninstall it for her .
Probably some interest , and a separate thread will make the info easier
to find ...
Using the Start Menu, open up "Settings"
Click on "Update & Security"
Navigate to the "Recovery" section.
There will be a "Go back to ..." heading
Click on "Get started" and follow the bouncing ball.
There is a limited window in which she can do this. I think it is
30 (or maybe 90?) days. Of course, the machine has no way of knowing
what day it is (or how many days have passed) unless it can talk to
something authoritative outside of itself (time server, MS web site, etc.)
OTOH, if you try to set the PC's clock backwards, it probably will
know (all it has to do is keep track of the most recent time while
it is running, then look at the current time and note if it precedes
the "most recent time").
This won't be an issue for her -- unless the clock is broken on
her PC (bad CMOS battery). But, in light of this, now would NOT
be a good time to "fix the clock" if it has been wrong all along! :>
And, for others reading over our shoulders, obviously you can't
roll back to an earlier OS if you didn't UPGRADE from an earlier OS!
I'd be curious to know how her "downgrade" experience goes!
[If you have the time/inclination and some NON-WINDOWS tools to do so
(you don't want windows watching you do it), you might want to image
her disk and make a note of the current time. That way, if she botches
something, you could restore the image, reset the PC's clock and try
The data she thinks she has "lost" is still there. It's just not
accessible via the same mechanisms that she was accustomed to!
I've seen a few of those upgrades crater. Doesn't happen very often,
but there is a risk in updating operating systems on the fly. A clean
install is generally better. Microsoft's actions in forcing, or at
least tricking, users into upgrading to Windows 10 are very reckless,
particularly when it comes to business users. (Apparently their latest
trick is if you simply dismiss the upgrade notice that is considered
accepting the upgrade.)
Roger Blake (Posts from Google Groups killfiled due to excess spam.)
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