Windows 10 -Save back to windows 7 capabilities after beyond one month

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #1

    Windows 10 -Save back to windows 7 capabilities after beyond one month


    Hi,

    I'm new to the forums.

    I would like to know if is there a possibility to keep Windows 7 restore point/backup after upgrading to Windows 10, before losing the option to revert after one month of using Windows 10.

    I would really want to keep myself that backup and not being forced by Win 10 to decide on which on I'd like to stay.


    Many thanks in advance!
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  2. Posts : 45
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #2

    You will need a third party disk image program like Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium Reflect Free
    .

    Use that to create an image of your Windows 7 boot drive and you can return to it at anytime.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Mc Ruff said:
    You will need a third party disk image program like Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium Reflect Free
    .

    Use that to create an image of your Windows 7 boot drive and you can return to it at anytime.

    hey, thanks for the reply.

    I already upgraded to windows 10 so it won't help me. I know I can make a image at any given time, it's not what i'm looking for.

    I'm looking for a tweak to freeze the timer or option that tells windows it been more than 30 days and it's time to wipe out win 7 installation so I could keep it as long as I want.
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    10 pro 64
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    What kind of computer do you have ? custom or brand name > ( dell, hp, sony ) ?
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  5. Posts : 141
    windows 10
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    After you upgrade to Windows 10 you may notice two folders on your System or C Drive named $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS. These folders are hidden and are created by Windows, during the upgrade process. To see them, open Folder Options, and set Windows to show hidden and operating system files and folders. You will then be able to see them.


    These $Windows.~BT, $Windows.~WS and Windows.old folders are required by the system to perform the rollback operation. After 30 days, Windows 10 automatically deletes these folders during Automatic Maintenance. After 30 days, you may not see the option to Rollback in the Settings app.


    What you can do is rename these folders, as soon as you upgrade, and definitely before the 30 day period.


    Rename $Windows.~BT to say Bak-$Windows.~BT, $Windows.~WS to Bak-$Windows.~WS and Windows.old folder to Bak- Windows.old.


    When you do this, Windows 10 will not be able to delete these folders as you will have changed their names.


    If you decide to rollback after 30 days, rename these folders back to their original names and visit Settings > Update & Security > Recovery to Go back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.


    Note: If you have Image Backup software installed make a backup of Windows 10 after you have renamed the 2 folders. When and if you choose to recovery / roll back to Windows 7 or 8.1 should something go wrong with the rollback process just restore the backup and try again.

    Edit: i think this guide on microsoft forum is useful and detailed:

    How to extend the 30 day limit to go back to your previous version of - Microsoft Community
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  6. Posts : 46
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       #6

    You can go back to Seven any time. But if you do you probably can't come back to 10.
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  7. Dude's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64
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    @Whatphoeb good stuff, never thought of trying that. @Gary if the op activated the W10 install, he can go back and clean install.
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  8. Posts : 46
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       #8

    Dude said:
    @Whatphoeb good stuff, never thought of trying that. @Gary if the op activated the W10 install, he can go back and clean install.
    I said he can go back to Windows 7 anytime even after the 30 day limit. It does not matter if you activate 10 or not.
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  9. Dude's Avatar
    Posts : 15,077
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #9

    Maybe I misunderstood, you said he probably can't come back to 10 is what I was replying to
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  10. Posts : 46
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
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    Dude said:
    Maybe I misunderstood, you said he probably can't come back to 10 is what I was replying to
    Oh, well can you? I didn't think you could after going back to 7 unless you buy it.. I don't really know.
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