How To Downgrade From Windows 10 To Windows 7 Or Windows 8.1

Have you downloaded Windows 10 and now you are clueless how to go about using it?

Also you have realised that it is not the operating system meant for you!! So what do you do? You can downgrade it to the lower version and go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Here is a guide to help you how to figure it out.

Subject to how you upgraded to Windows 10, the downgrade option could differ for your computer. Below you shall find the different ways you could have upgraded to Windows 10, and the parallel method to downgrade to an earlier version of Windows. Choose the correct option for your computer and follow the procedure. But before you do that, ensure you have a backup of all your vital files on a hard drive, or move them to an online storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.

 Use a DVD to update to Windows 10

  •  Look for the bootable DVD or disk of Windows 7 or Windows 8/ 8.1. In case you do not have once, here’s how you can make a bootable disk for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
  • Insert the Windows 7/ Windows 8/ 8.1 disc into the DVD/USB drive, and restart the computer.
  • Ensure that you change the booting process. That is because you do not want your system to boot from your hard-drive and instead boot from a DVD or a USB drive. Subject to your your motherboard manufacturer, the key to change the boot menu could differ. It is usually F2, F8, or F9. You could also change it by entering into the BIOS settings.
  • Press any key when you are asked to press a key to allow booting from your DVD or USB drive.
  • On the screen you will see “Install Windows”, select your preferred language, time and time zone, and keyboard or input method. Once done, click Next button.
  • Next, you will be asked to choose between Upgrade and Custom option. If you were upgrading from Windows XP or any older version to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you would have chosen the Upgrade button. But here, we need to select Custom option.

Follow the rest of the setup steps, including formatting of the partition containing your existing Windows 10 install. Note that if you chose to delete or format a partition, you will lose all data on it and not just the Windows 10 system files. Ensure you have backed up all your data.

 Upgraded Windows 10 via Windows Update

If you use this method, you should be able to do an ‘in place’ downgrade, which means all your data should stay intact. However, we still strongly recommend backing up all your data including pictures and work related stuff to an external drive before you downgrade.

  • Open Start Menu, and search and open Settings.
  • In the Settings app, find and select Update & security.
  • Select Recovery.
  • Select Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1.
  • Select Get started button, and it will restore your computer to an older version.

During the switch, Microsoft will also ask you the reason why you are switching back to Windows 7 / Windows 8.1. You can chose between any of the mentioned reasons, or provide feedback. Once done, click the Next button.

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by techtalks @TechTalks September 14, 2015 5:14 AM UTC


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