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Windows 10 has many features and changes, from a virtual desktop to Xbox streaming. We have been keeping an eye on what is tagged to be the best Microsoft operating system to date. Our post about this OS supporting Viber soon is also one interesting topic.

But if you want to go back to Windows 8 or 7, you can still do this. Perhaps you are like some users who did shift to the latest version of Windows but after some time realized they wanted to revert to the lower version.

Good thing, Microsoft is allowing users to give the new OS a try for a month and return back to Windows 7 or 8 in case they have a change of heart. It is easy as uninstalling Windows 10 by clicking “Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1” from the Recovery menu.

If you have been using the OS for more than a month, however, this requires a bit of work. No need to worry, though, since we will discuss here how to uninstall Windows 10. But first, it’s important for you to know that if you are using a newer laptop or tablet with components that are not included in the previous Windows versions, there might be driver issues you will encounter.

Back Up

Before doing anything else, you need to have a copy of all your files and data. You may use cloud storage or any other data storage device so long as it is separated or not connected to the computer or laptop you will work on. As for installing programs that will run on lower versions of Windows, using installers with serial keys might also be required.

When it comes to the drivers like graphic drivers and WiFi connection you might need, better download them before making any downgrading in case Windows will not be able to detect these drivers. These drivers can be stored in a flash of thumb drive.

Installation Guide

Your next order of business is to install the OS version you want to downgrade to. If you will be reverting to Windows 8, there is a download service provided by Microsoft that lets you transfer these installation files to a storage device. You can also create a bootable drive using your USB. Don’t forget to have the 25-digit serial key in handy when you install.

After everything has been backed up, insert the bootable drive or DVD and restart your computer.  The installation process works like any Windows installation but you have to select the right choices. Once you encounter the screen with the “Upgrade” and “Custom” options, choose the latter. Windows 8 installation cannot upgrade from a newer Windows version.

Just keep on going with the installation, entering your username and password and click on “Finish” when you encounter this option.

Using Windows

After the installation, you should have your new or rather old Windows version up and running. You can now check for any issues and install the drivers you need. Try your WiFi connection and restore the data you have previously copied on your storage device.

What’s nice about Microsoft Windows is that you have options. Who knows? Since we have a post before about Windows 10 Enterprise, you might opt to upgrade again.

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