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Windows 10 is great, but sometimes you may not want the automatic upgrade due to the requirements of certain software or purely for the fact that you don’t like change. Luckily, if the automatic upgrade has just happened (within the last month) you can roll back the upgrade easily and uninstall Windows 10, so you’re back on Windows 7 or 8.1.

rollback-1Rolling back to Windows 7 is fairly easy and painless. Firstly click the Start Menu and then click Settings, then click the Update & Security option and then head down to recovery. There should be an section titled “Go back to Windows 7” or “Go back to Windows 8.1” if you were using Windows 8.1. If this option is not there, it has been over a month since the upgrade has taken place or you have run the Disk Cleanup tool or deleted the Windows.old folder located on your C:\ drive. Windows 10 automatically removes these old files to free up space.

As soon as you click the “Get Started” button Windows will ask you why you are downgrading and you can select any option and then the downgrade will take place, just be patient as it takes a little bit of time. It is also important to remember that anything you installed after the upgrade took place will not be there when you downgrade, so it is important to backup any files you want to keep safe.

win7As soon as the downgrade has taken place, you’ll be back to what your computer was like before the upgrade – but if you want to ensure the upgrade never happens again you can download a tool called Never10 (direct .exe link). It’s a small lightweight program that allows you to easily disable the Windows 10 upgrade and also remove all of the Windows 10 files that have been downloaded onto your system, once this has run you are all good to go!

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