Rollback Windows 10 to your Previous Operating System
Here is a short tutorial on how to rollback Windows 10 to your previous operating system if you have had installed for less than one month. If you have upgraded to Windows 10 less than a month ago, all the files needed to restore your computer to its previous state will still be on your computer. Most people I have talked to really like Windows 10, but some customers for whatever reason want to rollback Windows 10 to their previous operating system. Since it has been out, I have only had to rollback Windows 10 on two customers’ computers. One was because it really slowed their computer down, the other was because they just didn’t want to learn a new operating system
To rollback Windows 10, hit start or the Windows key. Select “settings” from the menu, just above the power icon. This will open your settings page. From here select “update and security”, usually the last icon on the page. Once selected this will open the update and security tab. Select the recovery tab on the left hand side. You should then see an option to “go back to Windows 8.1”, or whatever your previous operating system was. (If you don’t see that option, chances are that it has been more than a month and the files have been deleted. Now to rollback Windows 10 without these files will involve restoring from your recovery partition if you have one, or reinstalling from a operating system DVD).
Once you click the go back button, you will be presented with several screens giving you other options to try. There is a warning about backing up your files first. This is always a good idea whether you are wanting to rollback Windows 10 or not. External drives are cheap nowadays and spending a few minutes a week backing up your files can save a whole lot of problems and heartache in the future. It can also protect you against things like ransomware too, see this article.
Another warning will tell you that, if you had a password to get into your previous operating system, you will need to know it. If you don’t then you will not be able to log back in once you rollback Windows 10, unless you know how to remove a windows password. ( I will be doing an article about this in the future). Once you are ready and have backed up your files, hit next. You will be presented with a window thanking you for trying Windows 10. Hit the “go back” button. This will start the process to rollback Windows 10. You will be presented with a dark screen that says “Restoring your previous version of Windows…”. Don’t interrupt this process. The computer I was working on took about 45 minutes to an hour to complete, yours may take less or more time depending on you processor and number of files etc. Once complete your computer will reboot to your previous operating system and your rollback Windows 10 will be complete.
Remember, back up those files just in case!!