So you downloaded Windows 10, played with its new features, but realized that this is not the operating system for you. What should we do now? Well, you can always downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or any other Windows version. If you need help getting back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, here’s a guide to help you get there.
Windows 10 is here, but you probably shouldn’t upgrade yet
Depending on how you upgraded to Windows 10, the downgrade to Windows 8.1 or older option may vary for your computer. Below you’ll find all the different ways you could upgrade to Windows 10, and the related process to downgrade to an older version of Windows. Select the correct option for your computer and follow the procedure. But before you start doing that, make sure you save all your important files to a flash drive (or hard drive), or an online storage service like Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.
You have upgraded from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using Windows Update
If you have upgraded your Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers to Windows 10 via Windows Update within the last 30 days, the company is giving you a quick option to rollback to the older version.
If you use this method, you should be able to downgrade ‘in place’, which means all your data should remain intact. However, we still strongly recommend that you back up all your data, including pictures and work-related content, to an external drive before downgrading.
- Open start menusearch and open more Adjustment.
- In the Settings app, find and select Updates and Security.
- to select recovery.
- to select go back to windows 7 either Go back to Windows 8.1.
- to select get started button, and it will revert your computer to the old version.
During the transition, Microsoft will also ask you why you are going back to Windows 7/Windows 8.1. You can choose any one of the pre-mentioned reasons, or provide feedback. Once done, click next switch.
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If it has been more than 30 days since you upgraded your computer to the new operating system, the above procedure will not work for you. This is because Microsoft saves all the important data from your previous operating system in a folder named “Windows.old” on your hard disk. Once the 30 day period expires, the data is deleted to free up space.
These users will now have to manually erase the Windows 10 operating system from their hard-drive and install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on it. Here’s how you can do it.
You did a clean install (used DVD/thumb drive) to update to Windows 10 (or Windows 10 Technical Preview).
If you’ve done a clean install of Windows 10, or if it’s been more than 30 days since you upgraded to Windows 10, or if you just want to make a fresh start, you can always use the following method: can install. Make sure you back up All Before you start your data, because doing a fresh installation involves deleting/formatting a partition which means you will lose everything on this drive.
Note that when we talk about downgrading your Windows 10 install to Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1, you can also use this method to go back to Windows XP, if you really want to. want.
- Find a bootable DVD or disc of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. If you don’t have one, here’s how you can create a bootable disc for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
- Insert the Windows 7/Windows 8/8.1 disc into the DVD/USB drive and restart/switch on the computer.
- You need to make sure that you change the booting process. This is because you do not want your system to boot from your hard-drive (the default booting arrangement) and instead boot from a DVD or USB drive. Depending on your motherboard manufacturer, the key to change the boot menu may be different. This is usually F2, F8 or F9. You can also change it by entering the BIOS settings.
- When prompted to press a key to enable booting from your DVD or USB drive, press any key.
- On the following screen titled “Install Windows,” select your preferred language, time and time zone, and keyboard or input method. Once done, click next switch.
- In the following screen, you will be asked to choose between Upgrade and Custom option. If you were upgrading from Windows XP or an earlier version to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you may have selected the Upgrade button. In this case, we need to select custom alternative.
Follow the rest of the setup steps, including formatting the partition containing your current Windows 10 install. Note that if you chose to delete or format a partition, you will lose all data on it And not only Windows 10 system files. Make sure you have backed up all your data as we reminded you in the very beginning.
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Once you’re done with setup – note that you’ll need to re-activate your copy of Windows – you’ll have a fresh Windows install and you’ll need a lot of work to make sure everything works as expected. The drivers that came with your system may need to be installed. Copy data back from backup – We are sure you have backed up your data (we cannot stress this enough).
How was your experience upgrading from Windows 10 to an earlier version of Windows? Let us know through comment. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.