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    This topic contains 4 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Kirsty 1 week ago.

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    • #209429 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Anyone know a way to Completely clean Skype 8.27 off a laptop?   I keep finding odds and ends in strange places.   Control Panel- Programs & Features- Uninstall did nothing.

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    • #209458 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      I’m assuming this is on W8.1

      Have you tried re-installing the same version of skype then uninstalling it?

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    • #209460 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      Try this page:
      How to Uninstall Skype 8 and Get Back Skype 7 Classic

      It has listed:

      Skype 8 Annoyance/Missing Features

      No longer can set Away status
      Third-party call recorders will not work
      Can no longer increase text size
      Can not jump back in chat history.
      Lossing Skype Credits [very few users reported]
      Missing customisations and hard to navigate user interface

      Without a doubt, users want to go back to the old version of Skype 7 Classic, and it is still possible to do as of today.

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    • #209896 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      @microfix #209458  Yes win8.1.   No I just kept deleting all the files I could find related to Skype 8.x after I used control panel to uninstall it.  It disappeared from the list.

      @kirsty #209460   I looked at the three download options your link provided and chose https://go.skype.com/classic.skype.

      I then downloaded & installed Classic Skype 7.x there.  No problems; all my settings had been retained and the test call was o.k.

      There was a huge ad on the Skype homepage about updating to 8 now which I ignored and it vanished (I hope).    This download has no way to stop autoupdates!  I may go back to the other two downloads your link provided to see if those do.

      Thanks for all the help.

      • #210189 Reply

        AskWoody MVP

        One of the reasons I prefer off-line installers is that you have the ability to reinstall later to a known working version, that auto-update does not provide, or in case of hardware failure. I don’t believe you can rely on compatible software being available in times of crisis (or when an update isn’t usable).

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