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Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1, 8 or 7

With the emerging of the latest version of Windows, the 10, many users have implemented it into their daily life. Despite few bugs, forced updates, and several other cons, the majority of users prefer it due to its lightness and user-friendly interface. The version takes significantly less time to adjust to, and this is also a plus.


Why the Need to Downgrade

Many users feel that the latest installment by Microsoft does not suit their needs. The main reason for this for some advanced users turned out to be the lack of control during the updates, even though now there is a solution to stop them.

This is what drove us to create simple instructions to help you, the user downgrade swiftly to your older Windows version which will help use.

Switching Back to an Older Windows Version

In case you have decided to switch back to your older Windows version, you should bear in mind that Windows gives the possibility to downgrade through their Settings only up to 30 day period after you have made the upgrade. This is why we have separated the instructions in two methods.

Method I – Downgrading from Windows 10 if You Used It Less Than 30 Days

Step 1: Before Downgrading Backup Your Data

You may move or copy your data to an external drive, like a USB stick a disk but in some situations is may prove to be too much. This is why, for huge sizes, we strongly recommend using an online backup service with unlimited storage, like SOS Online Backup, which has a free trial for several days:

Step 2: The Downgrade Process

After you have successfully taken care of your important files, let’s start the downgrade:

Substep 1 – Click on the Windows 10 Start Menu to open it.


Substep 2 – Open Settings.

Substep 3 – From Settings, click on Update and Security.


Substep 4 – By now you should see a categories menu on your left side. From there, click on Recovery.


Substep 5 – From the Recovery menu under the “Go Back to Windows…(8.1/8/7)” locate the button and click it.

Substep 6 – After you have managed to do this, your device will restart and enter the Downgrading process.


Substep 7 – At this point, you should be in the Downgrade menu. From there, click on “Next”, choose a reason for your downgrade and click “Next” again do download and install the software.

N.B. Make sure you have a stable internet connection, and your computer’s power cable is plugged in.

Method II – Downgrading from Windows 10 if You Used It More Than 30 Days

Downgrading to older Windows versions using this method may be more tech savvy, but it is in no way difficult. Before beginning it is imperative to follow Step 1 from Method I in order to back up your data before reinstalling Windows via the below mentioned methods. We have set up two types of instructions in case you lack a Windows Installation disk and in case you have such at your your disposal:

Variant 1 – In Case You Do Not Have a Windows Installation Disk or Drive

If you do not any mean to install an older version of Windows, you should make sure to read these two steps. However you should skip them if you have it and proceed with installing Windows.

Preparation and Information
Downloading Bootable Making Software for External Drives.

Important note – Before begging to install Windows, you should set your BIOS settings first to boot from external drive. To do this, restart your PC and as soon as your screen blacks you start tapping F1, F2, F3, ESC, DEL. (depending on your device). This will open the BIOS menu. From there, change the settings of your BIOS menu to boot from a removable drive or an Internal CD/DVD depending on how you Install Windows. A correctly set up BIOS menu should look approximate to the following:


Variant 2 – Installing Windows in Case You Have a Windows Installation Disk or Drive

After you configured the BIOS press F10 to save and restart your computer. Now you can proceed with installing Windows.

Install Windows 7
Install Windows 8 and 8.1


There are few more things that you should know, and one of them is that it is a lengthy process. You should be patient and keep an eye on the screen. Also, after you downgrade, you should make sure you:

  • Install all the drivers for your computer.
  • Employ an antivirus and anti-malware software to protect you from cyber-threats in real-time.
  • Update your OS as soon as the newest critical updates are out.

If you carefully follow these instructions, and you keep a security-oriented browsing behavior you can be sure that your OS’s health will be good for a long time.

Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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