You just upgraded to Windows 10 thinking it would stand up to your wish or enhance your user experience on your computer. Unfortunately, the operating failed to live up to your expectation. Don’t worry at all as you can easily uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1.
If you upgraded to Windows 10 in the past 30 days, you will be able to go back to the prior version with utmost ease. And even if it’s been more than a month since the upgrade, you can downgrade to the previous version. Let’s dive across to find out how it works!
How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1
You Need to Know:
- The time you have to downgrade depends on which Windows 10 version is running on your PC after the upgrade. As for instance, if your PC is running Windows 10 Version 1511, you have a month to go to downgrade to your previous operating system.
- If your computer is running Windows 10 Version 1607, you will have 10 days to downgrade.
- To check what version of Windows 10 is running on your PC after you upgrade, select the Start button → Settings → System → About.
Note: Make sure to backup your computer before downgrading it to the previous version. You can use cloud storage like Dropbox, OneDrive or external drive to backup all of your data.
If you upgraded to Windows 10 in the past 30 Days…
You won’t have to go through too many steps to downgrade to the previous version if you upgraded to Windows 10 in the past 30 days.
Step #1. First off, open the Start menu and select Settings.
Step #2. Now, click on Update & Security. Then, select Recovery.
Step #3. Next up, you will have the option to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 as per your previous operating system.
Click on Get Started. You will need to give the reason why you want to uninstall Windows 10.
If It’s been More than 30 Days Since Your Upgraded to Windows 10…
If you had upgraded more than 30 days ago, you will have to perform a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to downgrade from Windows 10.
You will require an Installation Disc which came with your computer and Activation Code. You can find it on a sticker on your computer or with the installation media.
Note: If you don’t have activation code for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or you have bought a PC with Windows 10 preinstalled, you will have to buy a new activation code.
If you are unable to find disc, you can use the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ISO files.
To download the Windows 7 ISO, head over to Microsoft’s official Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files) website, enter your Windows 7 product key, hit the Verify button and download the ISO.
You will also require Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Download Tool. After you have downloaded this tool, it will let you download Windows 8.1 and make a bootable USB stick. Then, you need to restart your PC, boot from the USB stick, and reinstall Windows 8.1.
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