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Windows 10: How to roll back to Windows 8.x or Windows 7 after the upgrade (video)

Here you'll find a video with all the steps to roll back Windows 10 to Windows 8 or Windows 7.

In this video you’ll learn how easy it has become to roll back to the previous operating system after upgrading to Windows 10.

One of the missing features on earlier versions of Windows was the ability to roll back to the previous operating system. For example, after upgrading to Windows 8 there wasn’t an easy way to go back to Windows 7. It was possible, but it required a number of steps and a tech savvy person to perform the task.

In Windows 10 things are changing, if you upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 and you didn’t delete the recovery files from your system, you’ll find in Settings > Update & security > Recovery, the “Go back to a previous version of Windows” option to roll back to your previous version.

The only issue is that rolling won’t carry over apps or settings you have configured in Windows 10, and you may also have to reinstall some programs to make all work back again, but the work is minimal.

The how to video, attached to this article will guide you step-by-step through the process. Don’t forget to share…

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.