Last updated: October 21, 2017
How to downgrade Windows 10 to a previous version
Are you still suffering from upgrader’s remorse? If you regret your hasty decision to upgrade to Windows 10, all hope is not lost. You may long for the comfort zone of the Windows 8 Start Screen, or the tile-free bliss of the Windows 7 Start button. The tears may have welled up in your eyes, but there is no reason to allow them to fall. In just a few steps, you can undo the trauma, and return to your Windows happy place. But hurry — you only have one month from the time you upgraded to Windows 10 to downgrade back to your previous Windows version.
Fortunately for you, as part of the Windows 10 upgrade process, your old operating system version was temporarily mothballed on your computer. Because it was stored instead of being removed, you can still roll back to the old version. If you are still intent on learning how to downgrade Windows 10 to a previous version, your first step should be backing up your computer. You likely backed up your computer before upgrading to Windows 10. That was a very good idea, and you should exercise the same ingenuity before downgrading to your previous Windows operating system version.
To begin, log on with an administrator user name and password. Click the Start button and click Settings.
In the Setting menu, click the Update & security icon.
In the left navigation of the Update & security screen, click Recovery. In the Recovery pane, locate the section called Go back to Windows 7 (if your old operating system was Windows 8.1, this will say Go back to Windows 8.1 instead). Click the Get started button under this section.
If you created any new user accounts since upgrading to Windows 10, you will need to completely remove them first before proceeding.
You may encounter a survey entitled Why are you going back? Make a selection that best suits your reason, and click Next to continue.
After some convincing arguments to discourage you from proceeding with the downgrade, click the Next button in the What you need to know window.
That’s it! Your PC will do the rest of the heavy lifting. When your computer next restarts, the hands of time will have ticked in reverse, returning you to an old version of Windows that you should consider upgrading.
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