How to uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview

If you have installed Windows 8 consumer preview, didn’t like the interface or some of your drivers aren’t working and would like to uninstall it, then this article is for you. We would explaining in details as how to uninstall Windows 8 consumer preview. Removing Windows 8 Consumer Preview depends on how you installed it.

Case 1: Upgraded from Windows 7

Case 2: Installed on separate partition

If you are comfortable with video, the view this video else follow the steps given below-

Case 1

There is no easy way to downgrade Windows 8 back to a previous version of Windows. You therefore only have a couple of options. If you have a full system backup taken previously then you could restore that. Otherwise, most manufactures provide an option to restore your computer to factory settings (this will remove all your files and programs).  A factory reset is usually achieved with a set of discs or a recovery partition.  You will need to follow your computer manufacturer’s instructions for your specific computer.

Case 2

If you have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a separate partition (as detailed in this article) then it is relatively easy to remove it in the following two stages.

Follow the steps below in your old version of Windows e.g. Windows 7  (the version of Windows you want to keep).

Stage 1: Remove Windows 8 Consumer Preview from boot loader

 You will need a free piece of software called EasyBCD available here.

Once installed, open the software (you will need to be an administrator). Click ‘Edit Boot Menu’ from the sidebar. Then select the ‘Windows 8 Consumer Preview’ and click ‘Delete’. Next tick the checkbox for your previous version of Windows to load that by default. Now click ‘Save Settings’.

Next, from the sidebar, click ‘BCD Backup/Repair’ and select ‘Re-create/repair boot files’ and then click ‘Perform Action’.

You should now have removed Windows 8 Consumer Preview from the boot loader. It is best to check this has worked by restarting your computer before you continue. If your computer makes no mention of Windows 8 Consumer Preview when starting up then you can move onto stage 2. If your computer still boots with Windows 8 Consumer Preview as an option DO NOT move onto stage 2.

Stage 2: Remove Windows 8 Consumer Preview Partition

Open ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’ (search for it in the start menu).  Then select and right hand click on the Windows 8 Partition. (Make sure you definitely have the correct partition selected, double check by looking at the side). Click ‘Delete Volume’ and then click ‘Yes’ to continue. Then right hand click on the free space and click ‘Delete Partition’ and then ‘Yes’ to confirm the delete. You should now see the space labelled ‘unallocated’. Select the Windows drive (usually C) and right hand click ‘Extend Volume’. Click ‘Next’, and assuming you want to take up all the unallocated space click ‘Next’ again and finally click ‘Finish’ to complete the operation. You have now completely removed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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About John Wheal

I'm a student studying for a degree in Computer Engineering and technology blogger for MyTechBlog. I have a YouTube channel where I regularly upload new videos on Windows 8.