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BISG-1081 asked MateusSpnola-9203 commented

Microsoft Whiteboard - back to previous version

Hi guys,

Is there any chance to come back to the previous version of MS Whiteboard via official MS channel?

I have found this solution below, it works, but I don't want to take a risk with the app from not authorised source



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For me the removal of insert a pdf file is the main problem.
This was the procedure I used to restore an old version:
Go to https://www.filehorse.com/download-microsoft-whiteboard/
Downloaded 21.10913 version. It's a AppxBundle file.
Didn't know how to install so I double clicked it and ask for a suggestion from Microsoft Store.
It suggested me an application from Microsoft called App Installer (in portuguese was "Instalador de Aplicações" which I guess is "App Installer" in English).
After install it I double clicked again on AppxBundle file and it opened the App Installer. It gave me a warning saying that Whiteboard was already installed and I choose the reinstall option.
After it finished I launch the app again and it was the old version.
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MIikolaj


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In my case whenever I restart my laptop it reverts back to the new version. So, each time I need to reinstall the old version. How did you solve this issue?

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Get the latest updates or reinstall it - it will rollback to previous version.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS INFORMATION!!!!

I was also upset with the changes in with the update!! I started trying to find how to get my pdfs in to my whiteboards and there didn't seem to be a way. I am so thankful that Microsoft has listened to their consumers and given us back the features we needed!!!!

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The same is happening to me (When I restart my laptop it reverts back to the new version). I can't find a way to stop the automatic update. I have windows 11. Help!
I hate the new version!

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Get the latest updates or reinstall it - it will rollback to previous version.

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DrewPucka-2170 answered AntoineHugueney-3394 commented

I understand your (presumed) frustration with the new version of Whiteboard. I hated it too.
For what it's worth, I rolled the version back with that exact same file. There's nothing wrong with it as far as I can tell.
I happened to already have App Installer (which is an official Microsoft sideloader from the Windows Store, if you were worried about that), so rolling the version back was as easy as opening the file like an executable.
My Whiteboard is back to normal and all of my boards still work flawlessly.

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The new version is a mere beta rollout.

  • On one hand, some features are now more modern, offer more ergonomics

  • On the other hand, some other features are simply missing!

  • not the least: pdf insertion

  • but we also miss some fine-grained, hard-to-beat pixel-wise drawing manipulation that made WhiteBoard a must in its freeware category.

  • A complete rethinking of the new version design can be advised.


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PaulBuckley-3136 answered BISG-1081 commented

I used this method successfully with no issues.
Does anyone know a way to rollback the ipad version ?

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Old version is back with the latest update from MS Store on Windows - according to MS it should be all back within one week - please try to check the update on ipad - or reinstall it - and let us know

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BISG-1081 answered

I only assume that it`s OK to use it on personal device - I`m looking for the option in the school environment, as I need the file from official channel and I cannot stop updates in the Microsoft Store - so far I know is that if you don't stop the updates in the Microsoft Store than Whiteboard will update automatically at some point and you will have the new version again.

I have seem some improvements on the Road Map coming this November / December, hopefully it will be updated to the point that we will do not need the old version.
At this point some teachers struggle to use it, and some are looking for alternatives ( Google Jamboard, etc... ) - well done MS Team!

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LimitlessTechnology-2700 answered BISG-1081 commented

Hi there,

Yes you can move to older version of your white board.

But the only way is to get the older version of the app and run it. Unfortunately you cannot get the older installer app from the Microsoft website as it has been replaced by the newer version.

So I suppose the method you prescribed above is the only way.



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Hmm, does it have to be instalation file, or can I replace a files in the folder?

For sure I cannot get instalation files anymore, but if I will search I have a chance to find computer with old version of MS Whiteboard.

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So far I`m aware it was never available from Microsoft website, only from Microsoft Store, otherwise I could have files downloaded long time ago, but never seen it was possible.

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Hi there,

Looks like this time MS heard our voice and it`s rolling back to the previous version of Whiteboard.

https://www.msn.com/EN-US/news/technology/microsoft-to-revert-whiteboard-to-an-earlier-version-following-complaints/ar-AAQReIV?ocid=FinanceShimLayer

It works now - you may either update the Whiteboard in MS Store app ( the update is 58MB ) or uninstall and install Whiteboard again from MS Store - I have tested in two ways and it works.
Somehow there is still info about new Whiteboard coming soon... strange.


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BISG-1081 answered

Well, and we have the new version again - any idea how to reverse again to the old version of Microsoft Whiteboard?

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JM-1087 answered

Yup, its back...

It's so BAD. Why do they keep pushing it on us? Just leave it as is, it's fine that way. There are literally no improvements. Or at least give us the option to "go back" if we want and opt out of the upgrade. Or have a vote somewhere where I can vote against the new stuff. Have a poll where I can give real feedback.

But no.

It loads super slow, RUNS slooooooooow, cant handle large whiteboards, has less features, less tools on the quickbar, is cumbersome to use, and MOST OF ALL - has significantly fine detail when writing. Is there going to be a premium version or something where we have to pay to have the higher detailed drawing?

It's literally all negative. All of it.


"HI, I'm gonna take a good product and try to constantly terrorize my user base by wasting all their time with fucking around and forcing unwanted degradation on them. Oh! I've got an idea! Instead of making actual improvements like having the app remember exactly where the the view was, let's make it run and articulate way way WAY worse, hahaha! We're so smart! And now our app is just as bad as everybody else's!"


STOP SMOOTHING MY HANDWRITING!!! If I wanted to type things out, I'd do that (I dont). I dont need to click and move lines that I've drawn, its a whiteboard, it doesnt need to be sophisticated, it needs to be a place for crazy people to write down crazy ideas as fast as possible, and expand on them to their imaginations content. This also means it needs to run FAST even when the whiteboard has tons of stuff on it. I'm tempted to just use ms paint, because this is outrageous every few months having to deal with them trying to push it on us again.

It cant even handle my EXISTING whiteboards. Incredible. It's like THIS is the alpha and we had the polished release before. Microsoft; please!!


So, now, instead of me just being able to log in and start using it, it's in an unusable state (thanks for the "update") and I have to go scour the web and try to find an alternative. This is going to take hours and I'll probably give up and just have to use mspaint from 1991.

Take note, Whiteboard decision makers: your "new version" is inferior to MSPaint.


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MateusSpnola-9203 answered MateusSpnola-9203 commented

So...
I uninstalled the actual version and downloaded the version 51 using the link https://www.filehorse.com/download-microsoft-whiteboard/ that someone put here (i think it was @BISG-1081 ) and disabled the automatic updates on Ms Store and now it's working fine, as it was before this fucking awesome upgrade – ironically speaking.

The problem now is that I need to manually upgrade every single app in the Store. But i think it worth the price to have the old version.

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The link doesn't work. can you please give another link or kindly give me the 51 version on mail.
gmail: hamim360net@gmail.com

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Here's another link: https://www.filehorse.com/download-microsoft-whiteboard/67690/download/
I hope it works. If it doesn't, reply me and I'll send you an email.

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BISG-1081 answered

It works fine now ( after upgrading from 8GB to 16GB RAM ), but the problem for my users is that the pen tools menu is at the top and cannot be moved down as it was previously - some users cannot reach that on the interactive boards.

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