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How to Uninstall Windows 10 – The Visual Guide – Most asked question of the Month

26/08/2015

The most asked question of the month is how to remove Windows 10.  The relief on most peoples face is a treat.  The only catch is that you have 30 days in which to revert…so the clock is ticking.  Here is the visual guide of how to remove Windows 10 and revert back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

http://www.pcsteps.com/3934-uninstall-windows-10-revert-old-windows/

The only thing we have to do to uninstall Windows 10 is go to

Start Menu -> Settings…

…then select Update & security.

There, we go to “Recovery” where we will find the “Go back to Windows 8.1” option (or Windows 7, if that was the case) and click “Get started”.

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Not everyone will be able to uninstall Windows 10 after an upgrade. We need three things:

1) To have upgraded to Windows 10 with an option other than “Nothing”

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The default option is to keep personal files and apps. If we changed it when we did the upgrade and selected “Nothing”, it is impossible to uninstall Windows 10.

2) To have kept the Windows.old folder on Local Disk (C:)

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This folder contains our previous version of Windows, and without it, we can’t revert to anything.

It’s not easy to delete Windows.old, it needs a specific procedure, so if you deleted it, you would remember.

3) To have an installation less than 30 days old

Since Windows 10 launched a couple of days ago, at the time of this writing, this won’t be a problem for anyone. If however you are reading this guide later, you only have 30 days to uninstall Windows 10 since the day you did the upgrade.

After the 30 days, the Windows.old folder is deleted automatically, and you can’t uninstall Windows 10 anymore. You will need to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

The only thing we have to do to uninstall Windows 10 is go to Start Menu -> Settings…

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…then select Update & security.

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There, we go to “Recovery” where we will find the “Go back to Windows 8.1” option (or Windows 7, if that was the case) and click “Get started”.

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Microsoft wants to know why we want to uninstall Windows 10. We can answer them honestly, make fun of them, or not answer them at all, it won’t affect our uninstallation.

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The Windows 10 uninstall process will recover some of the programs we had on the previous Windows installation, but it might not recover everything.

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There is also a reminder that we should remember our login information for the previous version of Windows.

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And this is the final step before we uninstall Windows 10. After this, there is no turning back.

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The system will restart, stay on the following screen for a few minutes – depending on our system’s and hard drive’s speed.

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And after that, we are back to our Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 installation.

Uninstall Windows 10 and Revert to Previous Windows 10

That’s it. We have now uninstalled Windows 10.

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Check out the pcsteps site for all “removal of Windows 10” features… it’s a great site.

http://www.pcsteps.com/3934-uninstall-windows-10-revert-old-windows/

http://www.pcsteps.com/4000-how-to-change-default-browser-windows-10/

http://www.pcsteps.com/4157-disable-bing-search-windows-10-google/

Microsoft are determined that you will use bing, and not privacy based search engines such as http://www.startpage.com or http://www.duckduckgo.com.  This article will get duckduckgo up and running for you. NEVER accept Bing, Google or Yahoo as your default search engine.  This is the first rule.

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Now you can all sleep again… we’re back to Windows 7.

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5 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

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  2. I haven’t loaded Windows 10, but there it lurks waiting for me to accidentally click on it.
    How do I rid myself of the update?

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  3. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for asking questions and leaving comments. The more questions I get, the more I can adapt the articles to what you’d like or need to know 🙂

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