Get ready for the turnaround
You’ve been a proud owner of the latest Windows 10 for more than a week now, but soon enough you found that the new operating system’s just not effective that much for you? The reason could be anything like a mission critical program doesn’t work right, or you hate the new Start menu, or maybe Cortana is giving you the skulk.
Didn’t get familiar with Windows 10?
If it is that’s the problem with you, it’s about time to downgrade back to your past operating system and try again later. If you’ve upgraded recently i.e. within the last month, it’s simple to uninstall Windows 10 and drive your PC back to its original Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. This leaves you with an open option to upgrade to Windows 10 again later, whenever you wish to.
You are very much eligible to reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC using fresh installation media and its product key, even if it’s been more than a month.
Downgrade Windows 10
During upgrade of a PC to Windows 10 (if you didn’t perform an all in all clean install, but just an upgrade), you have an easy option that allows you to go back to the previous version of Windows.
Using Windows Recovery for Downgrade
Ahead of using the rollback option, you should be sure to set a few things set up.
- First confirm that all your data is backed up on an external hard drive.
- Also keep your old Windows 7 or 8 product keys handy just in case you need them, you probably shouldn’t but still it never hurts to be careful. You won’t need to save your Windows 10 product keys as they are manipulated in a different way than in previous versions of the OS.
The keys for your previous operating may `be available on a sticker on the back of your PC or included with the system discs you got with your PC.
After organizing all this, it’s time to get started with the reverse operation.
- It can be accessed by opening the Start menu and selecting "Settings".
- There click on the “Update & security” icon and select “Recovery.”
- Now go down to the option “Go back to Windows 7″ or “Go back to Windows 8.1″ option.
- Click the "Get started" button, just in a matter of seconds a process will start to get rid of your Windows 10 install and bring back your last Windows install. You would be asked by Microsoft the reason for your going back.
One thing to keep in mind while you prepare to downgrade to your older operating system is that you still should have your Windows.old folder at C:\Windows.old. If you deleted that folder after upgrading, or you’ve done a post-upgrade clean install of Windows 10 then you can't downgrade.
Because if a month has passed — or if you’ve run the Disk cleanup tool and detached the “Previous Windows installations” files or deleted the C:\Windows.old folder by hand, you have lost this option. After a month to free up space, Windows 10 appears to automatically remove the old Windows installation files
After you have got your old OS back in place, you need to fiddle with it a little to get right your setup. Like reinstallation of older programs. If you had a different password on the previous OS then you had on Windows 10, you’ll have to sign-in with the older one.
If the 30-day grace period has passed and you want to go back to your last operating system, you’ will have to get recovery discs created from your original Windows 7 or 8 machine to get done the clean installation of your older OS or have a system image backup put away somewhere.
If none of this works for you, as the last resort you will have to install Windows 7 or 8.1 in a virtual machine on your Windows 10 system—if you find a product key and the older system discs. It’s painstaking, but a VM will work surprisingly well for those times when only Windows 7 or 8.1 will do.