Are you facing issues after upgrading to Windows 10? If your answer is “yes” and you think Windows 10 is not a good fit for you, then you have landed at the right place. You can downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 within 30 days. But, after 30 days of upgrading, Windows 10 will delete previous versions of Windows.
First thing you should check is, Windows.old folder in your C drive. This Windows.old folder contain files of old version of Windows and it is automatically deleted after 30 days of upgrade. So, after 30 days, you can’t downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 or 7.
Downgrade your Windows 10 and Go Back to Windows 7 or 8.1
So, you need to have Windows.old folder in your C drive in order to go back to Windows 8 or 7. However, if you don’t have Windows.old folder, you can always perform clean install of Windows 7 or 8.1. But we are assuming that you have Windows.old folder in your C drive.
In this tutorial, we will downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7. But the process is same for Windows 8.1 also. So, let’s go through the steps.
Step 1: Go to Update and Security Settings
First of all open Settings and go to Update and Security.
Step 2: Go to Recovery and Initiate Downgrade
In Update & Security settings, select Recovery from left pane. After that click Get Started under “Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1“. This option helps you to go back to previous version of Windows.
Step 3: Provide Feedback for Downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1
Now, Windows 10 will take feedback from you, about why do you want to downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Select preferred option from the list and click Next.
Windows 10 may prompt you for running Windows Update, simply click on “No, thanks” button.
Next, Windows 10 will tell you about what you are going to lose after downgrading from Windows 10. Just click Next to continue.
Step 4: Start Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1
You must remember your previous Windows’ User Password. After downgrading, you will be using previous Windows user Accounts. If you don’t remember your old Windows 7 or 8.1’s password, you can reset it.
So, click Next on “Don’t get locked out” screen.
Finally, click on “Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1” button to start the process to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1.
Step 5: Sign in to Windows 7 or 8.1 after Downgrading
Now, your computer will restart and downgrade process will start. It may take some time. So, you can have a coffee in the meanwhile.
After successfully downgrading your Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1, you will see your old Windows. Simply login using the credentials for your old Windows 7 or 8.1. Finally, you will see desktop.
Go Back to Windows 7 or 8.1 from Windows 10
Finally downgraded back to Windows 7 or 8.1 from Windows 10. You can now use your old Windows. However, if you think of upgrading to Windows 10 or installing a clean copy of Windows 10, you can always do that. Plus Microsoft has ended the support for Windows 7 and 8.1. So, Windows 10 is a great choice.
Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to comment if you face any problems. You can also share your suggestions below.