Since you are reading this, I am assuming that you have already installed the consumer preview version of Windows 8. The consumer preview is primarily the beta version of Windows 8 and it has very less features and user interface enhancements when compared to the final release. So once you are done testing, you may want to remove it from your computer. Unlike the relatively simple Windows 8 installation procedure, there are few things you need to consider before uninstalling the OS. Read through this article and you will find information regarding the same.
Instructions for uninstalling Windows 8
First you need to make sure that you have removed or disconnected your Windows Live account. Also create a back up of all the important files and folders to an external hard drive or any other storage media. Windows 8 installed on dual boot basics with Windows 7 running side by it can be easily removed by formatting the driver of Windows 8. After that, you need to manually remove the dual boot option from the advanced boot menu options.
- Start off by logging in to your Windows 8 OS and move all the critical files to an external storage medium. Once you have backed up your data, restart your computer and select Windows 7 from boot options. When your computer starts to load, you will be asked to choose the operating system, Windows 7 or Windows 8 developer preview. When asked, highlight Windows 8 using your arrow keys and press the Enter key.
- Once you have logged in to Windows 7, double click on the icon titled “Computer”, right click on the drive for Windows 8 (the drive where in Windows 8 is installed) and select “Format” from the given menu. Select the file system and default allocation unit size, click on “Quick format” and hit the “Start” button to begin formatting.
- Now that you have formatted your Windows 8 driver, the next thing you need to do is to remove Windows 8 from boot options. For this you need to use the “BCDEdit” command which will enable you to modify or remove Windows 8 consumer preview form boot options.
That’s all the information about uninstalling the Windows 8 consumer preview from your computer. Thanks for your time.