I upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. The blank screen came up (if someone could help me fix that, I would mark it as the accepted answer). Now I want to rollback.

I see the Windows.old directory contains a Windows folder. I'm guessing it was a backup of my Windows 8 system.

Can I replace the main Windows folder with the one inside Windows.old to effectively rollback the operating system?


P.S.: I am asking this question on Windows 7, which is on another partition on the same drive on the same computer as the Windows 8.1 installation.


Microsoft explained here in detail how to us Windows.old to restore Windows to an older version:

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder


You also have to fix other folders like Users and "Program Files". But I have never tried it.

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