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Windows 10 to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Downgrade – How To?


Microsoft has released the Windows 10 OS on July 29, 2015 and since then, many Windows 7 and Windows 8 users decided to upgrade their license to the new software for free. However, it seems that there are a lot of users who realized that the new operating system is not running as smooth as they’ve expected on their computers.

This is when the problem comes and when the users are trying to figure out how they can downgrade back to the older operating system. It is good to know that Microsoft allows you to drop the Windows 10 within 30 days and restore your machine back to the state it was before the update was done. With other words, you will not lose anything and the old operating system will get re-installed on your computer.

However, before we tell you the steps that you will need to take in order to downgrade your computer to the old operating system, we remind you that in case you use a laptop/notebook, you should plug it into a power source in order to make sure the battery doesn’t run off during the downgrading/uninstalling process.

Downgrading/Uninstalling Windows 10

First of all, you will need to go to Settings via the Start button or by using the Windows Key+I buttons. After that, you will need to select Update & Security->Recovery.

Here, you will need to look for an option called “Go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1”. Once you see it, click on the “Get started” button in order to start the downgrade process.

HINT: Keep in mind that this option is available only for 30 days after you’ve upgraded to Windows 10! If the 30 days have passed, you will not see this option anymore! If the 30 days have not passed yet, but you still don’t see the downgrade option, that’s because you’ve probably used the Disk Cleanup utility and you’ve erased the Previous Windows Installations.

After you click on the “Get started” button, Microsoft will ask you to give them some feedback with the reason why you’re downgrading back to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. Once you give them the feedback, click on the “Next” button and follow the on-screen prompts and instructions.

HINT: If your old Windows was protected with a password, you will be asked for the password to authorize the downgrade.