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Rolling back from Windows 10 to Windows 7 / 8

Hmmmm... Bad Microsoft Bad Microsoft... I am a big fan of Microsoft and their products but, do not approve of their recent cheekiness.

I think this time they have crossed the line by forcefully installing Windows 10 without the user's consent.

But, no need to panic about it. There is a way to roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (whichever you were using before)

If you are using a laptop, please make sure to connect the power lead and DO NOT do this process in battery power.

You can roll back to the previous version of Windows at two different stages.

  1. At the end of Installation process
  2. After the Installation

At the end of Installation process

Let it finish its downloading and installing process. DO NOT interfere during the installation. At the final stage, when it asks you to Accept the Terms and Conditions click on Decline and the rolling back process will start. Just follow the instructions on the screen.

After the Installation

Microsoft gives you 30 days from the day you upgraded to Windows 10 to roll back to your previous version of Windows. If Windows 10 has already been installed, follow below steps

Step 1: Backup backup backup...

Before you do so, however, it's a good idea to back up your data, even though it will remain intact.

Step 2: Open Settings App - Click Start Menu, click on Settings.

 Windows10-StartMenu

Step 3: Click on Update & Security

Windows10-Settings

Step 4: Click on Recovery option on the left side and then on "Get Started," under "Go Back to Windows 7" OR "Go Back to Windows 8"

Windows10-Settings1

Step 3: Select a reason why you want to roll back and click Next.

GoingBack

After a couple of warnings / confirmations, the rollback process will start. The process could take anything from a few minutes to an hour depending on the performance of your computer.

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After roll back process

  • Use the log-in password for the previous version of Windows since the password for Windows 10
  • Check if your anti-virus software is working if not reinstall it.
  • You can re-upgrade to Windows 10 at any time. Windows 10 is free until the end of July. After that it will be about £110.
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Comments

Guest - Christie on Friday, 03 June 2016 00:05

Thanks Yogi, I'll do it tomorrow as I'm not happy that it installed automatically without my ok. I really don't like the layout and find it difficult to navigate around. You're a star! :)

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Thanks Yogi, I'll do it tomorrow as I'm not happy that it installed automatically without my ok. I really don't like the layout and find it difficult to navigate around. You're a star! :)