When I turn on my computer running Ubuntu 16.10, I only see my name with the Unity 8 symbol.

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When I type the password it directs me to Unity 8 desktop environment.

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How can I return to the regular Ubuntu desktop environment?

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    Additional to the answers, really make sure when trying Unity 8 that you have automatic login disabled, otherwise you need to manually edit lightdm's config files to switch back to your normal desktop environment again, because the current Unity 8 preview still lacks a logout button. Been there... – Byte Commander Nov 28 '16 at 22:51

Click the Unity 8 symbol, and you'll get a list of installed DEs, for example:

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From there you can select your preferred DE.

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Click on the little 8 in the login screen and select Ubuntu (Default). Then log in line you always do and you're back at Unity 7.

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