How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Roll Back to Windows 7 or 8

Did you enthusiastically upgrade to Windows 10 only to regret it? In this article, learn how to uninstall Windows 10 and roll back to Windows 7 or 8. As long as you’ve upgraded to Win 10 within the last month, you can easily uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade your computer’s OS back to its original Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Of course, you can again upgrade to Windows 10 at a later time. And if it’s been over a month since you upgraded to Windows 10, fret not! You can still reinstall the original version of Windows that came loaded on your PC using a fresh installation media and the product key.

How to downgrade Windows 10 and Reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

You have 30 days from the day you upgraded to Windows 10 to be able to roll back to your previous version of Windows (Win 7 or Win 8.1). But before you downgrade your Win 10, as always, it’s best to back up your data. Once you have done so, proceed to the following steps to continue with the Windows 10 roll back process:

Step 1: Click on Settings from the Windows 10 Start Menu.

From the Windows 10 Start Menu, click on Settings

Step 2: On the Settings page, click on the  Update & Security button.

Choose the Recovery option and then click on Get Started, under Go Back to Windows.

Step 3: On the Update & Security page, click on Recovery. Now from the Go Back to Windows X section (where “X” denotes the version of your previous Windows OS, prior to upgrading to Windows 10), click on Get Started.

Step 4: Finally, pick a reason for the rollback and then click Next.

Pick a reason why you want to go back and then click on Next

After the following warning and confirmation, the Windows 10 upgrade rollback process will start. The process may take as short as a couple of minutes to about half an hour depending on the specification and speed of your PC.

Once rolled back you can re-upgrade to Windows 10 at any time

In my experience, rolling back from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 7 was fairly quicker (roughly about 1/4th of the time) than my original Win 10 upgrade process.

Windows 10 Downgrade Works via Windows.old folder

Windows.old Folder

This works because Windows 10 stores your previous Windows installation in a folder called “C:\Windows.old” on your PC. You can view this folder in File Explorer, though you shouldn’t delete it from here. You can also browse this Windows.old folder and selectively restore files from it.

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