Windows 10: Rollback install from windows.old or help with EFS file recovery

Discus and support Rollback install from windows.old or help with EFS file recovery in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Yesterday, my Windows 10 installation became completely unstable. After trying a few methods to fix it, I decided to just reinstall from scratch.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Chris47, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Chris47 Win User

    Rollback install from windows.old or help with EFS file recovery


    Yesterday, my Windows 10 installation became completely unstable. After trying a few methods to fix it, I decided to just reinstall from scratch. Windows and Office are both reinstalled and working correctly now, however, I had used the Advanced Attributes in File Explorer to 'Encrypt contents to secure data' of one folder. Now, all of the files in this folder are inaccessible.

    Is there a way I can roll back to the bad version of Windows10 to extract these files? Alternatively, can I somehow use the user information in windows.old to access/unlock these files?

    :)
     
    Chris47, Sep 25, 2016
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  2. Linney Win User

    Unable to downgrade to Windows 7 Professional from Window 10 Pro

    Windows.old Folder will automatically delete after about thirty days since installation. If you wish to remove it earlier than the 30 days you need to use the Disk Cleanup program.

    You only need it if you wish to return to the older operating system.

    How to: Rollback to a previous version of Windows from Windows 10

    How to: Rollback to a previous version of Windows from Windows 10


    Retrieve files from the Windows.old folder

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/restore-files-upgrade-windows-old

    How to rollback Windows 10 after 30 days limit

    How to rollback Windows 10 after 30 days limit

    Most new machines come with a recovery partition allowing you to go back to the time of purchase, you will have to check your user guides (or the manufacturer's Web Site) for instructions. Choosing that path requires you to save all valuable data first.
     
    Linney, Sep 25, 2016
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  3. WINDOWS 10 PRO INSIDER PREVIEW EVALUATION COPY BUILD 10162

    On the Windows.old. This is where Windows stores the files from the previous Windows build. This may or may not be your Windows 8.1 depending on if you installed more than one Insider build.

    If you go into Windows.old and look at the date on the Windows folder, you can get an idea of that was about when you installed the Insider build, which would mean that it is Windows 8.1.

    To try to rollback select:

    Settings -> Update & security -> Recovery -> Go back to Earlier build

    If that doesn't work I really don't know any other procedure.
     
    A_User_Here, Sep 25, 2016
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  4. bro67 Win User

    Rollback install from windows.old or help with EFS file recovery

    If you are encrypting files. Not decrypting them before a refresh will not allow you into them.
     
    bro67, Sep 25, 2016
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