Windows 10 is the newest darling of the windows’ rollout. Just like every other update, it has received rave and critical reviews from both ends of the spectrum; critics commended Microsoft efforts for providing a desktop-oriented interface similar to other earlier versions of Windows, Xbox Live Integration and the seamless functionality of personal assistant Cortana, and the final replacement of Internet Explorer with Microsoft edge.
However, Windows 10 has received criticism for mandatory update installation, privacy issues over data obtained by the OS for Microsoft.
If you belong to the clime that does not find Windows 10 as impressive as the earlier versions of windows, welcome home. We will walk you through a step to step guide on how to reinstall windows 7 if you are on windows 10.
THE JOURNEY BACK TO WINDOWS 7
If you upgraded your PC to Windows 10 without a “clean install” operation, then your journey is back is quick and seamless. There is a quick fix that enables you to revert to your last version of Windows. To get started – Open the start menu and click “settings.” Select the “Update & security” icon and click “Recovery.”
A “Go back to Windows 7” prompt will appear. At this junction, you know you are doing the right thing. Select the Get started button to begin the uninstallation process and restoration of your previously installed Windows 7. Microsoft will ask you why you want to go back. If you have been operating on Windows 10 for over a month or if you used the Disk Cleanup tool and removed the “previous windows installation” files or deleted the C:\Windows.old folder — the “Microsoft will ask you why you want to go back” option will no longer be available.
While the not so good-not so bad angle is that Windows 10 automatically removes the old Windows installation files after 30 days to free up memory space.
1. USING THE WINDOW.OLD FOLDER METHOD
This option works directly in line with Windows ability to store the old Windows installation in the “C:\Windows.old” folder on your PC. You can find the folder in File Explorer. You can also surf the Windows.old folder and restore the files from it.
Manually storing every single file from the old Windows installation takes a chunk of space. You can avert that process by opening the Disk Cleanup application to know how much space has been consumed. Click the Start button, input “Disk cleanup” to search for it, launch it, and click the “Clean up system files” button.
You will find “Previous Windows Installation in the list and see how much space has been consumed on the hard drive.
Find ‘Previous Windows installation(s)” in the list, and you’ll see just how much space it’s consuming on your hard drive. If you’re sure you don’t want to go back to your previous version of Windows, use Disk Cleanup tool to remove those files and immediately free up space.
2. DOWNGRADING TO WINDOWS 7 WHEN WINDOWS 10 DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE OPTION
a. If you have an Old PC that you upgraded to Windows 10 but had Windows 7 on it, this means the PC came with a product key that allows you to use Windows 7 on it. Getting back to the older version means you will have to do a clean install of windows.
Luckily for us, Microsoft now offers direct downloads for Windows 7 ISO files. You can download the Windows Installation media and burn the ISO file to a disc or copy it to a USB drive using the Windows USB/DVD download tool.
The next step will be to boot it and reinstall Windows 7, instructing it to overwrite the Windows 10 system on the hard drive. It is imperative to ensure you have the backup copies of all your important files from your Windows 10 computer before proceeding with this action.
Then search for your PC’s product key on the sticker (certificate of authenticity) usually on the underside of your PC.
b. If you have a new PC that came with Windows 10 and still want a to downgrade to Windows 7 then you have your work cut out for you. The legitimate method will be to purchase a Windows 7 license and install it, inputting the product key gotten from the Installation.
Windows 10 is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea. Getting back to Windows 7 or later versions is as easy as the steps recommended above. There are many ways to bell a cat – or reinstall Windows 7. If you have more suggestions on how to reinstall Windows 7 if you are on Windows 10, we would love to hear it in the comment section.
Written by Demi Oyewole.