Windows 10 was received by most people, not least since it was free to upgrade to in the first year for PCs with Windows 7 and 8 installed. Not everyone is a fan, of course, and if you’re among those who have tried it and don’t like it, you might be wondering what to do next.
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Fortunately, it’s easy to uninstall Windows 10 and revert to your previous version of Windows. You should, however, make sure you have an up to date back up of your important files before you attempt the uninstallation. There’s no reason for it to affect your files, but that’s not to say it won’t. But think carefully about your decision, as the free upgrade period is now over. If you change your mind again after, you’ll have to pay a minimum of £99 to get Windows 10 back on your machine. Check out the video below to find out more about how to get rid of it.
- When you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8, your existing Windows installation is saved, rather than deleted. Those old files then stay on your PC for a month (unless you delete.
- This wikiHow teaches you how to delete user accounts in Windows 10, which is useful if you're selling your computer and want to delete your old user accounts. You can press the Windows key and i or you can click the gear.
How the Windows 10 upgrade works
When you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8, your existing Windows installation is saved, rather than deleted. Those old files then stay on your PC for a month (unless you delete them manually), after which Windows 10 assumes that you’re happy with the way it works and deletes the files to free up several gigabytes of hard drive space. These files are also used to restore your previous version of Windows if you want to uninstall Windows 10.
Check if you can uninstall Windows 10
To see if you can uninstall Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > Update & security, and then select Recovery in the left of the window.
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Start the uninstallation
Look in the right of the window and you should see an option for Go back to Windows 7 or 8. Click the Get started button below to begin the uninstallation process.
Wait while the uninstallation completes
Uninstallation will take a while and Windows 10 will ask why you’re removing it. After a couple of warnings, your PC will restart and Windows 10 will be uninstalled. This can take anything up to an hour, depending on your PC, but there’s nothing you need to do while it’s in progress.
Check everything is still working
When Windows 10 has been removed, you’ll be back at the Windows 7 or 8 Desktop. It’s worth checking that everything is working normally at this stage and that your important files are intact. You will also need to install any software you installed under Windows 10.
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