It has been some weeks since Windows 10 first rolled out. A few days back we had described how you can upgrade your old operating system to Windows 10. However, if you have done so and now you are feeling that your old OS was much better, don’t despair yet! You have got one month to roll back to your old version of Windows 7 or 8.1.
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In this blog post, we will discuss about the steps that you need to follow if you want to downgrade from Windows 10.
- Take a backup of any information that you currently have on your device and want to keep it after downgrade. You can either use cloud storage to back up data or use any external drives.
- If any user accounts have been added after upgrading, you have to sign out of them. Remove the accounts from the main account before downgrade.
- A point to note here is that you can only downgrade if you have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1. You won’t find the option to go back if you did a clean install of Windows 10. You have to either reinstall Windows 7 or 8.1 from scratch or you have to use a recovery disc.
Using the Update & Security settings
- The old version of your OS is stored in a folder named Windows.old, when you upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC. This might take up space of around 30GB, but its helps you to restore the older version using Windows 10 itself. Open the Windows Start menu with a click on the icon that comes in the screen’s bottom left. Select Settings from the menu.
- Click the option for Update & Security
- Click the Recovery option from a list of options given in the next page. You will get different choices. Select ‘Go back to Windows x’, where x represents the version of your old PC, i.e. 7 or 8.1.
- To start the process, click ‘Get started.’ If you are using a laptop, you will need to connect it to a power source.
- You will get a screen asking you the reason for downgrading. This tool lets Microsoft understand the user experience of Windows 10. When you are done, click Next.
- Before the process starts, you will get some opportunities to cancel the downgrade. You will also get a notice that you have to reinstall some programs and apps. You will get a reminder that if you had a password on the earlier version; you have to use it once the process ends. Click on Next to start the process.
- Your roll back process will start and you will get the older version of Windows 7 or 8.1 as it was before the installation of Windows 10.
A note: Some people are finding that even with the presence of Windows.old folder, Microsoft is giving an error message that the files required has been removed. If you have yourself deleted the folder, you will not be able to get back your favorite version of PC.
To check if the downgrade is successful, launch all the programs you use regularly. See whether they are working properly and make sure all the documents and files are present. If they are not working, copy them back from your backup location.
Are you liking Windows 10? Do you want to roll it back to your old OS? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.