How to use Windows Insider Preview

PC

Backup and restore

If you want to go back to a previous version of Windows

You'll need to reinstall your version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don't have recovery media:

  • For Windows 7 or Windows Vista : Before you update, you might be able to create recovery media from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more info.

  • For Windows 8.1 or Windows 8: You might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive. If you didn’t create a USB recovery drive before you installed the preview, you can create installation media for Windows 8.1.

If you want to restore, reset, or reinstall Windows 10 on your PC

If you want to take Windows 10 back to an earlier point in time or just start over from scratch, see Recovery options in Windows 10.

Windows Insider Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.

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