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Downgrading From Windows 10 To Previous Windows

On July 29 of 2015 Microsoft unleashed the free upgrade to their novel version of Windows – Windows 10 – which since have been transferring through this free upgrade program to all those who have reserved the free upgrade for their devices. The conditions are very simple and straightforward: You need to have genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 to obtain your free upgrade to Windows 10, and a compatible device for sure. The one year (and it is limited) free upgrade seemed a very wise move indeed but I guess not for all though. Many folks are still hesitant to experiment with a new Windows (well, after the drastic experience of Windows 8) and most of them are happy with Windows 7 or even with XP too (which officially has been retired). However, this article is geared specially towards those folks who likes to revert back to old Windows version if not satisfied with this latest one. So below are full details on the process of downgrading from Windows 10.


Downgrading From Windows 10

Downgrading From Windows 10

Important Information

Downgrading from Windows 10 can only be possible if:

You have upgraded from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 using Microsoft free Windows 10 upgrading scheme.

You downgraded from Windows 10 within one month of the installation date.

Additional Crucial Info

After downgrading from Windows 10 to your previous Windows, all of your current settings in Windows 10 will be lost.

It is recommended to create a backup before you start downgrading from Windows 10 as a precaution.

You might need to reinstall some of the applications again after downgrading from Windows 10 to your old version of Windows.

Before downgrading from Windows 10, ensure that you have “windows.old” folder intact still on Drive C.

Steps For Downgrading From Windows 10

Downgrading is a very convenient matter in Windows 10 and if you care to check the points mentioned above, be sure that your downgrading procedure will be a very smooth and comfortable one. So, let us begin now with the downgrading of Windows 10 process.

Click on the “Notification” icon and then “All settings”.

Now you will be at Windows 10 settings window. Choose “Update and Security” from there.

Inside the Update and Security panel, select “Recovery” option.

Inside the Recovery option menu you will see two signs: “Reset This PC” and “Go back to Windows ? (The version name will be shown from which you have upgraded)”. Click on “Get Started” under this heading.

Now you will be forwarded to the next screen which would ask you the reason for downgrading from Windows 10. You can put a check on the reason which you feel is responsible for pushing you to downgrade or just simply check on “For another reason” if you have no issues with Windows 10. Click next after that.

Now Windows 10 will show you some guidelines (similar warnings like I have mentioned above in “important information”). Read them again and click on “Next” to move on with the procedure of downgrading.

Another Windows warning will appear which is a serious to take. Now, in case you have had any passwords set on your previous Windows version then make sure you still have it or else you won’t be logged in after downgrading from Windows 10 to your previous version.

Finally, click on “Get back to Windows x?” and then wait till the downgrading procedure finishes up.

Once the downgrading process is finished you may log in your previous Windows and see if there are any changes to the old version that you can additionally reset. All the basic settings will probably be there but the most you will be liable to do is just to reinstall some of the software’s that you used to own before the upgradation and all will be set. Let me know if this article about downgrading from Windows 10 has helped you in your endeavor?

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