Has anyone tried downgrading AFTER the one month period?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by ToniCipriani, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. ToniCipriani

    ToniCipriani MDL Junior Member

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    I know the official answer from Microsoft is that you cannot downgrade after the one month period, as the system automatically deletes the old Windows files, but has anyone tried downgrading via restoring an old image or using their factory restore discs back to 7 or 8.1? Did the activation on the old copy still worked? I'm only sure for Windows 7 if it's an OEM SLP activation it will work since it doesn't involve Microsoft servers, but what about retail keys and Windows 8? Will Microsoft refuse the activation of the old version?

    Reason I'm asking is that I've upgraded my tablet (Asus VivoTab Note 8) to Windows 10, it had problems with the digitizer pen, so I had to downgrade back to 8.1, and that downgrade was not pretty, everything was corrupted. Was told the latest preview build fixes the pen problem, so this time round I cloned my 8.1 installation, and in case something happens I'll dump that back in. Only thing I'm not sure about is the activation if the one month expired. Answers are really mixed on this one, some say it will not activate.
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    If you once activated already, a re-activation should work with no problems!
     
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  3. ToniCipriani

    ToniCipriani MDL Junior Member

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    I'm not talking about the 10, I'm talking about the 8.1 and 7. There have been talks about after the one month period, your original 8.1 and 7 key would be "consumed" and no longer activate.
     
  4. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    I did some fresh install's of my old windows 8 8.1 and activated fine BTW ;) 2 days ago for the record
     
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  5. ToniCipriani

    ToniCipriani MDL Junior Member

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    OEM BIOS locked activation? Past the 1 month period?
     
  6. David34

    David34 MDL Member

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    I did upgrade from 7 to 10 month later wanted to downgrade and win 7 didn't work no more, called Microsoft and they simply were playing with me for hours in the end I gave up and used Daz loader
     
  7. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    I was hoping to get some confirmation here so I wanted it to be up to get more feedback.
     
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  8. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    Sorry for my late reaction but MAK key activation !
     
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  9. chinobino

    chinobino MDL Member

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    Win10 Pro Retail to Win 8.1 Pro Retail remained activated.

    I looked in the Win8.1 store and the activated machine was still there, so not surprised really.