How: Downgrade / Uninstall Windows 10 To Windows 8.1 / 7 Using This Guide

First of all this procedure depends on how you have upgraded to Windows 10 which is only a few days old, and while the general feeling is that the new Microsoft’s release has been a success, but still have problems when you try and push a new version of an operating system out to hundreds of millions of people. Admiting, Windows 10 may be a god release, but unfortunately it is not without its issues.

Once you found that Windows 10 to be particularly problemetic then you may have considered removing it completely in order to get back to the version of Windows you were using before that fateful update was completed. The whole guidlines of downgrading Windows 10 to the older versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 depends in betyween the 30 days, where it gives you thirty days to restore your machine back to the state it was in before the update was done, so all is not lost.

Before we begin the process following the steps, it’s worth mentioning that laptop/notebook users would need their machine to be plugged into a power source for being able to perform the downgrade/uninstall via this method. Here’s what you need to do.

How to downgrade or uninstall Windows 10:

Step 1: To start with, launch Settings (Windows key+I) and navigate to Update & Security > Recovery.


Step 2: Now look for the option called “Go back to Windows.x.x” – where ‘x.x’ is the version of Windows you were running earlier. Click the Get Started button to begin the roll back process. This method as aforemention should work just fine no matter which version of Windws you are coming from.


Step 3: Microsoft will definitely ask you to provide feedback as to why you’re choosing to downgrade. Once that’s done, click Next.

Step 4: Simple by following the on-screen instructions and prompts, as you’re told as Windows 10 is uninstalled from your system. If your old Windows was password protected, you will be asked for it to authorize the downgrade.

Sit back and experience the more familiar surroundings of whichever version of Windows you were using before updating to Windows 10.

Wait! Make sure you save all your important files on a flash drive (or a hard drive), or to an online storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive before you follow the procedure. In case it has already been more than 30 days since you upgraded your computer to the new operating system, the aforementioned procedure won’t for you.

Note: Important is that, if you don’t see an option to the old version of Windows while restoring, then it’s probably because you cleaned your system includiing Previous Windows Installations using the Disk Claenup utility. If that’s the case, then you’re definitely out of luck, and have to install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 once again uninstalling Windows 10 from your system.

The new version of Windows is probably a pretty good idea in the long run. You’ve got 30 days to initiate the restore, after all.

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