Windows 10: How do I revert back to an earlier Windows version
How do I revert back to an earlier Windows version
Since the upgrade to Windows 10 I have had continuous problems. Windows Live mail will barely function at all - just freezes every time I try to open it. IE 11 continually shows script errors despite disabling script debugging and I cannot print anything from the internet even though the printer works perfectly well.
To add to this the enter buttons on the keyboard stopped working and today two programmes have disappeared - their apps have gone from the desktop as well.
I am so fed up with Windows 10 - it's like Big Brother - how dare they decide what I can use, what I can't use etc. is there any way I can go back to my old windows programme?
Hi, if you bought a retail license and upgraded to '10 in the last 30 days, you should be able to restore the previous version from within Windows.
If more than 30 days, you will need to either
a. Clean install the previous edition (assuming you have a pertinent license)
or- assuming you are in the strongly recommended habit of using disk imaging and have kept relevant disk images
b. Restore your system using those disk images.
Naturally, if you now have a newish PC and wished to, say, reinstall Windows 7, you might not find all the necessary drivers are available.
Other than that, sorry your experience has been poor.. after a bit of a learning curve, mine's been fine. I avoid the universal apps and the Win 10 start menu, and rarely use Cortana.
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What OS did you originally upgrade from?
Originally I was running Windows 7 Professional.....it was preloaded on the computer when I purchased it so I do not have a disk.
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Windows 7 install media could be hard to find. Other here might have a source but I don't know of one. Also, you need the key from the COA sticker to activate. As mentioned above, If it has been less than 30 days since you upgraded from 7 to 10, you can do a rollback, other wise its a clean install. Or do a factory recovery, if the recovery partition is still there, and the key to activate it on boot still works.
I can still get a Windows 7 ISO from MSDN. If you want me to grab one for you, because you must supply a valid key to use it anyway, I can't see how that would violate the MS license. We'll have to figure out a way to make it available to you (Dropbox, perhaps?) because it runs from 2.1 to 2.4 GB in size.
PS: I just checked and I have the US-en version with SP1 in both x86 and x64 versions on my hard disk already.
You can get Windows 7 and later ISOs HERE. Make sure you get the same version you had before and the key on your CoA sticker should work, but personally I would image the system first in case you run into issues.
Last edited by Fixer; 28 Nov 2016 at 17:19.
Reason: link died
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Just keep in mind, the tool in the link Fixer posted, is not an official Microsoft Tool. Not as far as I know anyway. That being said, I have no idea where it actually gets the ISO's from? They may very well be safe, but who really knows for sure? Just so you know.
The download tool posted provides links to Microsoft servers for the ISO files. You can click on the buttons on the right to copy the links for the 32-bit and 64-bit ISO files and see where the ISO file is coming from:
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FYI, MajorGeeks.com is well known as a reputable website.
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