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Any Tech Boffins know the answer to this one.... When I downloaded Win 11 I got a folder called Windows.old which I guess is my Windows 10 setup. I can stop it deleting after 10 days with DISM. I just wondered if a, If I rename it will it stop Win 11 deleting it and b, if I ever want to go back to my old set up can I rename it back to Windows.old and restore it using Settings>Restore the same as I could for the first 10 days as I don't want a clean install. Thanks
 

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No it will not work. You should have made an image backup before upgrading.
 

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No it will not work. You should have made an image backup before upgrading.
Thank you, I do have have one, that was just a thought of a quicker way of doing it
 

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No it will not work. You should have made an image backup before upgrading.
Hi, Just realised it is not a image backup I have, it doesn't matter, I am not changing.
For future use can you tell me how to create an Image backup or suggest a web tutorial Thanks Cereberus
 

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Oddly, my Windows bootup still gives me the option to roll back to my previous version of Windows. I have the choice to continue logging in or to roll back. Is this unusual?

Really, it doesn't matter, though, since I don't plan on returning to Windows 10 and have a image backup of it if I did want to go back. I just thought I'd check.
 

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Oddly, my Windows bootup still gives me the option to roll back to my previous version of Windows. I have the choice to continue logging in or to roll back. Is this unusual?

Really, it doesn't matter, though, since I don't plan on returning to Windows 10 and have a image backup of it if I did want to go back. I just thought I'd check.
Mine doesn't do that, It just goes straight to Windows 11, however, I do have password less login enabled using netplwiz.
 

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    Chrome and Firefox
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You will usually have a 10 day window to revert to your previous version of windows if you Upgrade/Update using the windows update route. This will apply to either a regular Feature update, minor update and also to an upgrade of the OS version ( in this case from 10 to 11).

Saying this this is not always the best way to trial a new OS as it will be in a prerelease state, and could also damage all your data should anything serious go wrong, which is a possibility.

I myself only run a prerelease OS via a Virtual Machine or in the case of Windows 11 a Windows to go install, ( which gives you a trial of the OS on "real hardware", that I can just run from an external SSD
 

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You will usually have a 10 day window to revert to your previous version of windows if you Upgrade/Update using the windows update route. This will apply to either a regular Feature update, minor update and also to an upgrade of the OS version ( in this case from 10 to 11).

Saying this this is not always the best way to trial a new OS as it will be in a prerelease state, and could also damage all your data should anything serious go wrong, which is a possibility.

I myself only run a prerelease OS via a Virtual Machine or in the case of Windows 11 a Windows to go install, ( which gives you a trial of the OS on "real hardware", that I can just run from an external SSD
I only use 11 on my spare machine . I increased the number of rollback days from 10 to 30 with DISM. so if it does go horrible on me my first machine is good on win 10
 

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You will usually have a 10 day window to revert to your previous version of windows if you Upgrade/Update using the windows update route. This will apply to either a regular Feature update, minor update and also to an upgrade of the OS version ( in this case from 10 to 11).
Virtual Machine or in the case of Windows 11 a Windows to go install, ( which gives you a trial of the OS on "real hardware", that I can just run from an external SSD
I thought that at first. However, I've had the ability (or so they say) to roll back to the previous OS since I installed Windows 11 in June. Maybe I have some setting that brings this up? Any idea?
 

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Hi, Just realised it is not a image backup I have, it doesn't matter, I am not changing.
For future use can you tell me how to create an Image backup or suggest a web tutorial Thanks Cereberus
There are many image backup programs, free and paid. I am using Macrium Reflect v7 and find it easy to use. It can backup your system partition to the same HDD, and external HDD/SSD or an connected network device. The image copy of my C: drive (internal SSD) to an attached SSD takes about 10 minutes, and 25 minutes to my Desktop PC over wifi. The time to restore from the SSD takes less time. The time will be longer if you have data on the same partition.
It is so quick and reliable that last weekend, after an image copy, I did a clean install of the official Windows .ISO for 22000.132, explored the process and features, and then restored my image copy.
 

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I use Aomei Backupper Pro,

Speaking to them yesterday they stated that the current versions of their software should work without issue, with Windows 11

They did add that if anyone notices any issue, however small, to let them know as they have not closed their testing yet
 

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    Dell XPS 17 9700
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    i7 10750H
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    Stock
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    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
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    Stock 4 speaker
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    3840 x 2160 HDR touchscreen
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    2TB M2
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I use Aomei Backupper Pro,
Seems pretty good. I use Acronis True image and back up my whole system drive and work drive to another SDD in my box.
 

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    MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI
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    Proprietary
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    ViewSonic XG2530 25"/Benq XL2411P 24"/ Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 240Hz/144Hz/60Hz (based on monitor setup above)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB
    ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD
    PSU
    Thermaltake Smart 700W 80+ White Certified PSU
    Case
    Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, Gaming Case with Blue LED for Desktop
    Cooling
    Stock Ryzen 7 3700X Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech K840 (soon to be a Corsair K70)
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 (Bluetooth)
    Internet Speed
    120MB/s Download/ 10MB/s Upload
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    AMD FX Black Edition
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    Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
    Memory
    16MB DDR
    Graphics card(s)
    I forget, but it's old.
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    ACER LED 24"
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    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung SSD 3.5"
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    Corsair
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    Stock
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    Logitech
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    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    120MB/10MB
    Browser
    Chrome
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There are many image backup programs, free and paid. I am using Macrium Reflect v7 and find it easy to use. It can backup your system partition to the same HDD, and external HDD/SSD or an connected network device. The image copy of my C: drive (internal SSD) to an attached SSD takes about 10 minutes, and 25 minutes to my Desktop PC over wifi. The time to restore from the SSD takes less time. The time will be longer if you have data on the same partition.
It is so quick and reliable that last weekend, after an image copy, I did a clean install of the official Windows .ISO for 22000.132, explored the process and features, and then restored my image copy.
Thanks, I have downloaded it, looks simple enough to back up. I have one question....If I do a backup to an external drive then do a clean install, how to I restore my backup as the program would have been lost during the clean install? I hope that made sense. Many thanks... Rod
 

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    Alienware Area51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
    Samsung 2TB P981A
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
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    512Gb SSD
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I have used Macrium Reflect to go back to Windows 11 22000.176 , twice in the last week without any problems. I think I will stay on it till October 5th. and then do a clean install of 22449.1XXX on to my 2nd Nvme drive.
 

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    Digital Storm Velox
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    Intel Core i9-10940X
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    MSI X299 PRO (Intel X299 Chipset) (Up to 4x PCI-E Devices)
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    128 GB DDR4 3200 MHz Corsair Vengance LPX
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    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black
    Sound Card
    Integrated Motherboard Audio-Realtek
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    Dell S2419HGF
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    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)(Crucial)
    1x Storage (2TB Seagate
    1x Samsung 860 Pro
    1x 1TB Samsung 860 EVO External Storage
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    Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
    Case
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I have one question....If I do a backup to an external drive then do a clean install, how to I restore my backup as the program would have been lost during the clean install?
Open Macrium and select Other tasks > Create Rescue Media. Here you can create a bootable rescue USB that contains the Macrium software. Boot from the USB to to restore your system image.
 

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Open Macrium and select Other tasks > Create Rescue Media. Here you can create a bootable rescue USB that contains the Macrium software. Boot from the USB to to restore your system image.
If you do not have an available USB stick then use the process described above, but instead of creating the USB select the Windows Boot Menu and make sure the Current boot menu is selected. Then when the PC is booted you will have the option of booting from Windoes whatever or the MR Rescue environment.
 

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when the PC is booted you will have the option of booting from Windoes whatever or the MR Rescue environment.
The-Hive specifically asked how to restore after doing clean install. That would have wiped the boot menu along with everything else. Having Macrium recovery on the boot menu is a good idea in most cases, just not this one.
 

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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
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    8GB
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    Radeon Graphics
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    laptop screen
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True, but MR could be installed on the clean Win system, then create the MR Rescue environment for performing the restore. An alternative is to do a live restore from MR on the clean Win system. If all else fails get a USB stick and create the MR Rescue USB on another PC, and then boot fro m it and do the restore.
 

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    83B9 56.50
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    8GB
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Any Tech Boffins know the answer to this one.... When I downloaded Win 11 I got a folder called Windows.old which I guess is my Windows 10 setup. I can stop it deleting after 10 days with DISM. I just wondered if a, If I rename it will it stop Win 11 deleting it and b, if I ever want to go back to my old set up can I rename it back to Windows.old and restore it using Settings>Restore the same as I could for the first 10 days as I don't want a clean install. Thanks

The Windows.old can be used to reinstall windows and save files.
This is a custom install.
A custom install can be repeated as necessary creating new windows.old in the following form:
Windows.old
Windows.old.000
Windows.old.001

 

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The Windows.old can be used to reinstall windows and save files.
This is a custom install.
A custom install can be repeated as necessary creating new windows.old in the following form:
Windows.old
Windows.old.000
Windows.old.001

Thanks for help :)
 

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