Microsoft released Windows 10 a few months ago and it seems like the new operating system is causing a lot of problems for some people.
First of all, there are a lot of new features in Windows 10 that you might not be used to, such as the Start Menu replacement known as the Start Screen.
If you’re having trouble upgrading to Windows 10 or just want to downgrade back to your previous version of Windows, here’s how to do it!
What To Do If you’re Completely Unhappy With Windows 10
If you’re unhappy with Windows 10, there are a few things you can do to downgrade. Downgrading is a way to get back to the older version of Windows without having to install a new operating system.
To downgrade your Windows 10 installation, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Settings app from the Start menu.
2. Under System and Security, click on Update and Security.
3. Under Windows Update, click on Change Settings.
4. In the left pane, under Available updates, click on Get started (advanced).
5. On the right side of the window, under Download type, select “Windows Update offline update installer”.
6. Click on Next and follow the instructions on the screen to install the offline update installer.
7. After the installer finishes installing, restart your computer.
8. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1, skip step 7 and go straight to step 8.
9. After your computer restarts, open Microsoft Edge and enter “windows10upgrade” into the address bar (without the quotes).
How to ‘Downgrade’ or Remove Windows 10
If you are unhappy with the features or performance of Windows 10, or if you simply want to downgrade your copy of Windows 10, you can do so in a matter of minutes.
To downgrade Windows 10, follow these simple steps:
1. Open the Start menu and search for “Settings.”
2. Click on the Settings app shortcut that appears.
3. On the Settings page, click on “Update and security.”
4. Under “Update and security,” click on “Windows Update.”
5. On the Windows Update page, click on the link that says “Advanced options.” (If you are using a touchscreen device, tap on the magnifying glass icon to open the advanced options.)
6. On the Advanced options screen, under “Windows Update,” click on the link that says “Change settings for all devices.” (You may need to scroll down to see this link.)
7. In the Change settings for all devices window, under “PCs,” select “Refresh your PC with default settings.”
What Happens to Your Files and Settings When You Downgrade or Remove Windows 10
When you downgrade or remove Windows 10, your files and settings are saved on the device in a temporary location. The files and settings are moved to a storage location that is specific to the edition of Windows 10 that you are using. You can restore your files and settings after downgrading or removing Windows 10.
To downgrade or remove Windows 10
1. On your computer, open the Start menu and click Settings.
2. In the Settings window, click System.
3. In the System section, click About Windows.
4. Under Version, select Windows 10 (version 1703).
5. Click Change components now.
6. In the list of installed updates, click View installed updates for more details.
7. In the list of updates, click Microsoft Update for Businesses (KB3199854).
8. Click Install now. A restart may be required after this update is installed. If you have an Office 365 subscription, Office 2019 will also be installed.
9. After the update is installed, click Restart now to restart your computer.
10. After your computer restarts, follow steps 2-9to downgrade or remove Windows 10.
How to Reinstall Windows If You Make a Mistake
If you make a mistake when upgrading or downloading Windows, there are a few ways to downgrade your Windows installation. Downgrading is not recommended, but it can be necessary if you need to fix a problem with your original installation.
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To downgrade your Windows installation, first, make sure you have a backup of your files.
Then follow these steps:
1. Click “Start” and type “cmd”. This will open the Command Prompt window.
2. Type “cd C:\WINDOWS” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will change the directory to the “Windows” folder on your computer.
2. Type “cmd” and press Enter again. This will open the Command Prompt window in the “Windows” folder.
3. Type “dir” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will list all the files in the “Windows” folder.
4. Right-click on one of the files and click “Open with Windows Command Line Editor.” This will open the file in the Command Line Editor window.
How to Downgrade from Windows 10 if You Upgraded from an Older Windows Version
If you upgraded to Windows 10 from an older version of Windows, you may want to downgrade your computer back to a previous version of Windows. Downgrading is a process that allows you to go back to a previous version of Windows without losing your data or settings.
There are two ways to downgrade your computer: through the Windows Update system and through an installation disc.
To downgrade through the Windows Update system, first, make sure that you have installed the latest updates for your computer. Then, open the Windows Update system and select the “Update & Security” category. Select “Windows 10” from the list of updates, and then click “Check for Updates”.
If there are any updates available for Windows 10, they will be listed on the right-hand side of the window. Click “Install” to download and install them. After the updates are installed, select “Restart Now” to restart your computer.
To downgrade through an installation disc, first, make sure that you have an installation disc for your older version of Windows. The installation disc will usually have a different name than the current version of Windows.
How to Downgrade from Windows 10 if the Rollback Period has Ended
If you were one of the unlucky people who upgraded to Windows 10 and then decided you didn’t like it, there is a way to downgrade back to Windows 8.1 or 7 without having to spend time on the Microsoft website.
First, open the Start menu and click on “Settings.” Then, under “General,” click on “Update and security.” Under “Windows Update,” click on “Advanced options.”
On the next page, under “Windows Update for business,” click on “Select updates.” On the next page, click on “Don’t download updates from Windows Update.”
Now, under “Windows Update for business settings,” select the radio button next to “For business use only.” Click on OK.
Next, close all your open windows. Open Start and type Regedit in the search bar. Right-click on regedit and select “Run as Administrator.” Click on OK.