How To Roll Back from Windows 10

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If you find yourself struggling with your system after the Windows 10 upgrade or are simply not a fan of the new features, there is a way to roll back your operating system to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. These rollback options are available within 30 days of upgrading your OS — after that, your system backup may no longer be available.

Before beginning, please note that rolling back your operating system may result in a loss of data. We highly recommend backing up any important files before proceeding.


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Using Advanced Settings

Depending on if you've made a backup of your system, the rollback options vary slightly.


To start, turn on your computer and press and hold the Shift + F8 keys. This will pull up the boot menu.

Using a Backup

If you have made a backup of your system, click Advanced Options, and then select Use System Recovery Image. With a little luck, you can restore Windows 7 or 8.1.

Without a Backup

If you do not have a backup, go to Advanced Options, and then click Go back to Windows 8.1/7. Windows 10 will then restore your previous operating system along with all of your documents.

Restore Your System After Windows 10 Upgrade

If you'd like to restore your system settings after your Windows 10 upgrade, this can be done from your Settings menu, provided that you have access to your desktop.

Go to Settings > Update and Security > Recovery Options, and then select Go back to an earlier build:


Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your system.

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