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You were curious to try the Windows 10 so you’ve upgraded the moment it got released. After that, you had second thoughts and started to regret your decision, but you didn’t know if you can return to your old operating system.

Fortunately, you can downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1, but it depends on how you upgraded. Below, we’ll teach you how to downgrade to an earlier procedure, but you have to follow the exact steps.

If you upgraded using Windows Update

If, in the last 30 days, you’ve upgraded from Windows 7/8.1 to 10, then you’re in luck, because Microsoft added an option to roll back to the previous version.

Windows 7 vs. Windows 10

You will go to the Start Menu > Search > Settings > Update& security and select Recovery, then Go back to Windows 7/8.1. Click on the Get started button and you’ll be asked the reasons for your decision to switch back to Windows 7/8.1.

If more than 30 days have passed since you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, this method is no longer available, because after the period ends, the important data related to Windows 7, 8.1 that was saved in a folder called Windows.old will be deleted. This means that you will need to manually wipe out Windows 10 from your computer and install the old version.

If you updated to Windows 10 by doing a clean install or using a Windows 10 Technical Preview

Before doing a fresh install of Windows 10, you should back up your data, because during the installation, the partition where you’re installing the new OS will be formatted and you will lose everything.

Later, if you want to return to your earlier version, you will need to get your hands on a bootable DVD of Windows 7/8.1 and insert it into the DVD/USB drive (if you have a bootable USB flash drive). Then, restart your computer and boot from the DVD or USB drive. To enter BIOS and change the boot order, press F2, F8 or F9 key. To enable booting from DVD, press any key to continue.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10

Next, click on Install Windows and select the language, time and timezone, keyboard or input method and in the end, you will click on Next. When you will be asked to choose between Upgrade and Custom, you will choose the second option and you’ll follow the setup steps to complete the installation – including formatting the C partition. In the end, you will activate your copy of Windows 7/8.1 and that’s it.