How to uninstall a Windows 10 upgrade

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope
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Many, if not most users have recently updated their computer's operating system from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. If you prefer the previous version, you may be able to undo the installation of Windows 10. After completing this process, your computer will be reverted to Windows 7 or 8 depending on the version you had before.


The downgrading feature in Windows 10 is only available if you upgraded from a previous version of Windows and it is less than 30 days since you did so.

  1. Click the Start button to open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the Settings option.
  3. In Settings, click on the Update & Security option.
  4. Under Update & Security, select the Recovery option.
  5. Depending on the version of Windows you upgraded from, there will be an option to Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.
  6. Select the available option and follow the steps to complete the Windows 10 uninstallation process.

What if more than 30 days has passed since I upgraded to Windows 10?

If it's been more than 30 days since you upgraded to Windows 10, the only way to revert to the previous version of Windows is to restore the computer back to its original software. Unfortunately, the process requires a clean installation (unsaved data will be lost) and the older version of Windows on a disc or thumb drive.

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