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Posted on: 9th of February, 2017
By: Leadtec User


If you have decided to upgrade to Windows 10 or have had it forced upon you and aren’t happy with it, then there is an option to roll back to your previous version of Windows for 30 days after install.

If you have found compatibility issues with your Windows 10 upgrade or decided you just don’t like it’s functionality or features. You can quickly and easily roll back to your previously Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 by following the below instructions.

You can always upgrade again to Windows 10 in the future. However, after the 29th of July 2016, you will most likely be charged for the upgrade.

The whole process will take around 1 hour to complete depending on the speed of your machine. It is strongly advisable that you do not interrupt the process whilst it completes. If you are removing Windows 10 from a laptop or tablet you should always ensure the mains power supply is connected and turned on.

To roll back to the previous version:

Firstly, click the Windows start Icon bottom left corner and then select “Settings”.
The below window will open, now select “Update and Security”.

This will open the below window, you now need to select “Recovery” from the left menu.

As long as you have decided to roll back the Windows 10 install within 30 days of the upgrade, you should have the option as below to go back to Windows 7 or 8. If this option is available, select “Get started” to begin the rollback. The rollback will simply convert your machine back to the previous version of Windows, all your data and settings will still be available and not lost.

The next screen will ask you for a reason why you are rolling back Windows 10. It is worth feedback this information to allow Microsoft to improve its product.
Now click “Next” to start the process.

Once the rollback has completed your PC will load to your previous login screen. You will be able to login with your original username and password.