Regretting Windows 10 Download? Follow These Steps To Uninstall Windows 10, Reinstall Windows 7 Or 8.1
Yes, you can uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But only if you have not yet gone past 30 days after the Windows 10 download. When you go to “Update and Security” in Settings on the Windows 10 desktop/laptop, you can see the “Recovery” option.Advertisement
Microsoft, in the “Recovery” option, has clearly stated that going back to Windows 7 “is only available for a month after you upgrade to Windows 10.”
Uninstall Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7
Back-up is a must: In our article about downloading free Windows 10, we have mentioned that before you switch to this OS, you should make a backup of your data. This can be done on an external hard drive or via cloud storage. The backing up is the step you should not miss at any cost. When you uninstall Windows 10, the same is applicable.
Read more on how to protect your data during Windows 7 upgrade here.
Sign out from user accounts: After downloading Windows 10, if you have signed into any of the user accounts, make sure you sign out of them before you begin the Windows 10 downgrading process. Now, remove these accounts from the main account.
Once your files are safe on the external hard disk or cloud storage, go to Start Menu. From Start, go to Settings. This screen will appear.
Select “Upgrade and Security.” Another screen will appear. From the list on the left-hand side, go to “Recovery.”
As you select this option, you will be presented with three options:
- Reset this PC
- Go back to Windows 7
- Advanced startup
Hit the “Get Started” button below “Go back to Windows 7,” then follow the instructions to uninstall Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
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