How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Return to Windows 7 or 8

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restoring previous version of windowsIf you've recently upgraded to Windows 10 but are now regretting it, we have good news for you. You can uninstall Windows 10 and roll back to Windows 7 or 8. This trick has a few requirements, but if you meet them returning to your previous version of Windows is relatively quick and painless.

When you uninstall Windows 10, your files shouldn't be affected, but you might have to reinstall some apps and any settings changes you made after the upgrade to Windows 10 will be lost. It's a good idea to back up your computer before proceeding.

Windows 10 offers this option to downgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 only if:

  • You did an in-place upgrade to Windows 10. That is, you didn't do a clean install but rather upgraded Windows while letting the upgrade wizard keep your files and programs.
  • It's been less than a month since you upgraded.
  • You didn't delete the Windows.old folder. That folder is created during the upgrade and some people delete it to save space on their hard drives, but it's needed for the rollback operation.

If you don't meet all three requirements above, you'll have to reinstall Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 instead of using this option. Otherwise, here's how to go back to your previous version of Windows.

1. Open Settings. You can do this from the Start Menu.

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2. Click Update & security.

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3. Go to Recovery and then click the Get started button under Go back to Windows 8 (or Windows 7)

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4. Check your reason for rolling back and click Next.

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5. Click "No, thanks" to skip checking for updates.

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6. Keep clicking Next to go through Microsoft's warnings screens about rolling back. They're annoying, but worth knowing:

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7. Click "Go back to Windows 8" to roll back.

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Windows will restart and restore your previous version of Windows. After about 10 minutes, you'll see your previous login screen.

 

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  • Ali Akber Says:

    Good Advice thanks
    but my laptop setup 2 windows
    1.windows 10
    2 windows 7
    My need Windows7 and I want removed windows10 l.How to posible removed or uninstill windows10?
    Please help me

  • Emile Talbot Says:

    I cannot download pictures to my computer and lost most of my game that I had with window7 and I would like to have my window 7 back.
    Emile

  • moazy Says:

    windows 10 wont let me get internwt on my sony vio it has been three months now I havent been able to use my laptop
    I followed the top instructions about gojng back tonwindows 7 but I get an error message saying startup repair cant fix rhis computer
    what shall I do?

  • Conniesav Says:

    I have an HP Notebook 662 pc. I upgraded from factory installed Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade. It was terrible. It slowed down everything. So I went to settings and clicked to remove Windows 10 and recover Wind7. Now I see a black screen with a window and a spinning circle of Dots. I don't know if it is stuck in a boot mode or if it's still taking out windows 10. I tried to shut it off and get into a safe mode, I could not do that. I hope you have some suggestions. I am just left with a window and a circle of that spending below it. I have backed up most of my stuff when an external hard drive, but I don't have enough room to back up your stuff. Any help that you can give me will be appreciated. I was going to go to bed but

  • Thomas M Says:

    I could write a book on this win 10 nonsense, (2) of my business laptops are unable to find either OS, both were auto upgraded and reversing didnt work, yet. Wait till we see what MS will do with LinkedIn, intent is mass mining profession
    Al's, of business data, personal, customer etc,

  • Cheryl Says:

    Going to revert to Win 8. Upgraded to Win 10 yesterday and now can't use my dance pad program. Dont like the appearance and can't wait to (hopefully) restore my computer. One step forward and two steps back!! No more upgrades for me

  • Lori Saunders Says:

    Unfortunately I updated to windows 10 last summer, but have not been on my computer much since switching from windows 8. I've been on it for a few hours today and I cannot handle all the problems that seem to be arising suddenly, now that I'm trying to do different things. I want to go back to 8 but I cannot find my windows 8 file anywhere! What can I do?

  • CharlenePatton Says:

    I do not want windows 10, Put me back to 7 or else !! Do it now ! I'm mad as hell .

  • Marty Says:

    I've stumbled upon a new OS for PC called Remix OS. Might give it a try on my tablet, I'm sick and tired of Microsoft products :/

  • Louise Says:

    I can't thank you enough for getting me back to windows 7. I was so bummed after allowing windows 10 to get into my computer thinking it was an update to windows 7. Following your awesome instructions. Thanks again

  • Charlie Says:

    Windows 10 switched on airplane mode and couldnt turn it off. Used the instructions here and went back to Windows8. Absolutely shocking. Will tell people to not bother with it.

  • jennifer Says:

    Thanks God and this instructions, I was able to unistall windows 10 a big nightmare the last 2 weeks, hate windows 10. Do not install windows 10 the worst ever.

  • gloria womack Says:

    I want to go back to window 8 I can do that better.

  • Teresa Says:

    I can use my anti virus, and it has erased all my apps and everything can't find my way around with windows 10. and can not restore windows 7, can't uninstall windows 10

  • Jbear Says:

    I'm really despising windows 10 right now. I don't have access to my cam without relinquishing my privacy rights to Microsoft, that is bullshit. They want to be in control of everything. I want to revert to windows 8 but I passed the time limit, now I'm thinking of starting fresh with a non Microsoft windows program like Linux or chrome. Microsoft is very very sinister

  • elizabeth storey Says:

    I was too late of uninstalling windows 10 now I'm failing in classes so if your reading this and you still have windows 10 uninstall NOW!!!!!!!!

  • Brian Says:

    I updated to Windows 10 three weeks ago. When I click on "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) in the Settings menu, I get a message saying "No usable drive was found...". Below that, it says "File History is off". Below that, there is a button that says "Turn on", but the button is grayed out and I can click it to turn File History on. I did verify that there are files in the Windows.Old folder on my hard drive. Can I return to Windows 7?

  • brokenbc Says:

    stay away from windows 10, No controle and makes a file on everything you do watch read or look at. just go back to 7.Do it!

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