I have upgraded my system to KALI Sana 2.0 and kernel 4.0.0-Kali1-amd64. Previously I had the version kali-linux 1.1.0 and kernel 3.18-Kali1-amd64. The reason I want to downgrade is that Kali Sana 2.0 is giving me too many problems and doesn't launch the GUI. Please do not tell me to install a fresh version of Kali as I don't want to lose the data and Apps.

Please help me to downgrade my system to kali-linux 1.1.0 and kernel 3.18-Kali1-amd64.

  • You'd better make backup of your data, otherwise consider your data lost. Aug 27, 2015 at 10:44
  • I can do that, but how do I go about making a downgrade?!
    – dryleaf
    Aug 27, 2015 at 10:47
  • Short answer? You don't. I realize this isn't the answer you want to hear, but it's the only real one. Feb 21, 2022 at 12:29

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Downgrades are a lot more dangerous than upgrades. You would probably have to switch repository to older version, remove some packages and run dist-upgrade. However, from my limited experience of downgrading on Debian, I'd say it's a lot easier to just backup your data, and then install your programs again - especially if you don't know how to fix things. You might end up in dependency hell.

If you want to list programs installed by you, run command

aptitude search '~i!~M'

Actually this question has numerous answers adressing getting information about installed packages. This might come in handy.

Also, for future, you might want to create separate /home partition. This way you can reinstall OS all you want, and your data will always be there - just aplications will need to be installed, but that isn't a problem.

  • Which command can I use to get the list of gnome-menu applications?
    – dryleaf
    Aug 27, 2015 at 11:20
  • I guess that according to this page, you'd have best luck when searching in /usr/share/applications/. However, it holds more than just applications. Imho your best bet would be just writing down programs you want to preserve, and install them later. I use various programs, but the list does not exceeds 20 items, which isn't that much. If I forget anything, I can always install it when I need it. Aug 27, 2015 at 11:52

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