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Several proofs and repots have shown that users have been enjoying Windows 10 since its inception, but if the occasion demands you to revert to old versions(switching to older or downgraded Windows operating system), you will learn how to easily do that in this article. Doing this will require you to back up your files and other necessary software to avoid missing. This information is prepared based on the concept of window 8.1, far back to the era of Windows XP. Also, be careful because new computers might likely have some features that were not around when Windows 8.1 or 7 were released. We have two ways of reverting back to old versions.
If you upgraded your operating system from 8.1 or 7 within the last 30 days, here is the easiest way to go. You will need to actually install an older version of Windows or switch to Linux in an attempt to uninstall Windows 10 without leaving behind a blank hard drive. First of all, detach all your files from the computer you want to work on to somewhere safe. External hard disk, cloud storage are good options. Microsoft doesn’t support Windows 8 anymore, only Windows 8.1, as it was part of an automatic update cycle.
Before you start at all, download drivers. Your components can easily be got back working because Windows doesn’t automatically select the right drivers, Motherboard chipset, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and graphics drivers. Store these drivers on a USB thumb drive for easy access once Windows is finished installing. Get the Windows installed. Microsoft provides a download service which enables you to get windows 8.1 on a new DVD or flash drive. Windows 7 can’t upgrade, install, or keep files when installing on a system already running Windows 10, the only way out is through a fresh install. Windows 8 process is much easier.
Reverting back to Windows 8.1
The moment you are done with the necessary things, Restart your computer and boot it from that drive. The Windows setup process will then begin. For Windows 8.1, you will have the access to select some things like language etc then Click “Next,” then “Install now”
Click “I accept the license terms,” then “Next” on the license screen. Choose “Custom” in the next screen – the Windows 8.1 installation system cannot upgrade from a newer version of Windows to an older one.
Select the installation drive or partition. In case your computer has only one hard drive or SSD, that is the largest partition available. Two options pop up for you here: Drive then next or format then OK. It’s better to format then OK to start fresh. Though the first option can serve as a secondary back up, the issue of permission and compatibility might come up. Wait for the primary drive to be formatted, and then click “Next.”
Then windows files will be copied and installation will begin. Your computer may restart on its own.
After a few minutes, you should see when your computer Windows 8.1 begins a boot up process. Follow the on-screen instructions, and Click “Finish.”
You can downgrade your software from Windows itself. This method is proven to be easier, but you are advised to back up your files. Though the option keeps some of your files safe, notwithstanding it is good to back up.
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Go to the main Settings menu in Windows 10, click “Recovery,” then click “Go back to Windows 8.1.” or “Go back to Windows 7” and follow the on-screen instructions. You will know maybe your files will still be there. Click “Go back to previous Windows” and wait as the system begins rolling back.