How to Restore Previous Windows Version After Upgrading to Windows 10?
After launch of Windows 10 for public, we have covered a few topics such as upgrading to Windows 10, clean installation of Windows 10, etc:
- Windows 10 Now Available for Download and Free Upgrade
- [Guide] How to Free Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1
- How to Perform Clean Installation of Windows 10 with Activation?
Now lets talk about a different case! Suppose you upgraded your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 OS to Windows 10 but after upgrading, you don't like the new OS or you face some issues with hardware drivers, new features or some of your favorite programs are not working in Windows 10 and you decide to revert back to previous Windows version, then how will you do it?
How will you rollback or downgrade to previous Windows version from Windows 10? Here is the solution!
Windows 10 comes with a new feature which allows you to rollback to the previously installed Windows version but there are some conditions:
NOTE: When you upgrade to Windows 10, the previous Windows files and folders are automatically stored in C:\Windows.old folder. This folder is kept by Windows only for one month. After one month Windows 10 will automatically delete the folder. So you can restore previous Windows version only within one month after Windows 10 upgrade. Also if you run Disk Cleanup in Windows 10, make sure to uncheck "Previous Windows installation(s)" option. If you don't uncheck it, Windows will delete all files and folders present in C:\Windows.old folder and you'll be unable to rollback to previous version of Windows.
Now without wasting time lets start the tutorial:
1. Open Settings app from Start Menu and click on Update & Security icon.
2. Now click on Recovery section and there you'll see "Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1" option.
3. Click on the option and it'll ask you for the reason behind restoring previous Windows version such as previous Windows version was easier to use, was faster, etc. Just select any given option you want and click on Next button.
4. It'll ask a few more things and you just need to click on Next button.
That's it. Your computer will restart and will show "Restoring your previous version of Windows..." screen. After a few minutes, your previous Windows version will be restored successfully.
NOTE: If you can't access Windows 10 Desktop, you can use following alternate method:
1. Click on Power button on Login Screen, hold down SHIFT key and then click on Restart option. It'll open "Advanced Startup Screen" as mentioned here.
2. Now go to "Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options" and click on "Go back to the previous build" option.
It'll restore previous version of Windows within a few minutes.
Posted in: Windows 10
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