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Downgrading to Windows 7 from Win10

karrun 4,400 808 June 14, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Can I do this? I didn't like 8 very much (no touch screen so never saw the point in it, hated the Metro interface). I heard that Windows 10 was a big improvement so when I was offered the upgrade I went for it. It has gotten progressively worse as time goes on. I can't seem to get the classic start menu to work, Cortana doesn't work, neither does search, I can't find half my programs, and it is getting more and more frustrating to use. I just want my old computer back working the way it was.

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Going back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 [microsoft.com]

If it's been less than a month since you upgraded to Windows 10, you can go back to your previous version of Windows by going to Settings > Update & security > Recovery and selecting either Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1. This won't affect your personal files, but it will remove any apps you installed after the upgrade to Windows 10. Learn more.

If it's been more than a month, this option won't be available in Settings and you'll need to use a different recovery option.
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It has been longer than a month. Can you give me some more information regarding this different recovery option?
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Boboli is spit on. Which OS did you upgrade from? And some anti-virus programs have been known to cause problems with the rollback, which AV are you running?
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If you have windows 7 then you have a product key sticker on your system and you can back up your data and do a fresh install of windows and enter that product key to activate. Windows 8/8.1 is a little different, your product key is likely in your bios and technically Microsoft says that after 31 days your key turns into a Windows 10 one. Though from my experience you can back up your data and reinstall. If it doesn't activate you'll need to call Microsoft. Either way, a bit more work since your outside the rollback window.
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It came with Windows 7, but the key sticker is illegible now. I don't suppose there is any way to retrieve the key?
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It came with Windows 7, but the key sticker is illegible now. I don't suppose there is any way to retrieve the key?
Try http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Edit: Should have read you already upgraded to Win 10, so it will only give you what is installed.
Sorry
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Last edited by repitall June 15, 2016 at 04:48 PM
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a new install is the only way to go now. back up your files and reformat your pc.
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Quote from repitall View Post :
Try http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Edit: Should have read you already upgraded to Win 10, so it will only give you what is installed.
Sorry

Okay thanks. I do remember that I made a backup set of CDs when I first got the PC, so maybe I will be able to install from there.
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Something doesn't seem right here. Most of the things you are saying don't work, should work. Have you tried doing a "Refresh my PC" ?
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