How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7

Okay so you may have been using your Windows PC or laptop and may have upgraded it to Windows 10 and necessarily, you may have loved Windows 10. So far, we can really say that Windows 10 has been a great operating system with great features and a sensitive personal assistant, Cortona.

But due to some reasons like lagging of your PC or laptop, you may be forced to revert to the original operating system you were using and you turned out to be lucky if you were over Windows 7 previously. 

So in this case, you should downgrade to Windows 7 without any hesitation. But do you really know how to do that? Do you know how to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10? If not, then don't worry. Today we'll tell you what to do in other to revert to Windows 7. 

1. Use ISO file
You just need to download the Windows installation media and burn the ISO file to a disc or copy it to a USB drive using Microsoft’s Windows USB/DVD download tool.


You can then boot from it and reinstall Windows 7 suggesting it to overwrite the Windows 10 system already on your hard drive. But, remain sure that you have backup of all your important files from your Windows 10 computer.

After this, you have to find your PC’s product key if you do this. On a Windows 7 PC, search your PC for a “certificate of authenticity” sticker with a key on it. 
The sticker may be on the underside of your laptop, in the battery compartment under a removable battery, or even on a laptop’s power brick. 

2. Use Windows 10 Rollback utility
This tool is provided by NeoSmart and it offers a one-click restore process to reverse an upgrade to Windows 10 from any old operating system that you have been using. The ISO file from NeoSmart can be used to create a bootable USB flash drive and works even if Windows won’t boot anymore.

NeoSmart, also for Windows 10 Rollback, offers basic recovery tools, including an automatic repair, a virus scanner, a tool to browse and back up your files, a partition editor, and an internet browser that undoubtedly will make you love its features.

However, Windows 10 Rollback depends over the recovery folders created by Windows which means that the rollback feature will only work for 30 days after your upgrade. 

3. Roll Back With Native Recovery Tools
Whenever you upgrade Windows 10 or initiate a fresh installation from within Windows, a copy of your old installation is stored in the Windows.old folder. This automatic backup is your return ticket to your previous Windows version. You can get to know about Windows.old from HERE.

To roll back using the native Windows 10 recovery tool, press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app, then head to Update & Security > Recovery. Click the Get started button under Go back to Windows 7.

You can use any one of the three methods given above to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10. However, we always recommend you to backup your files before trying anything new over your computers.

Taha Maknoo
Taha Maknoo is a passionate student and blogger. He usually spends most of his time over content writing and getting more information about the new tech launched to keep everybody updated (including himself!). He's a self confessed leaner and a tech enthusiast. He has the enthusiasm and the will to make everybody aware of the latest innovations in the world and new softwares released each day
How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 Reviewed by Taha Maknoo on 12/18/2016 11:24:00 PM
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