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After a week of its release, Windows 10 has been adored by most of the users. As always, there are exceptions also. If you count yourself among the unhappy lot, here is how to downgrade your computer to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.

Note: This downgrade option would be available for 30 days after downloading the Windows 10 update. So, read the procedure below and downgrade your system immediately.

Backup your device data before downgrading the system.

If Internet bandwidth is an issue, try taking a physical backup using an external hard drive or pen drive.

If you are having a fast and unlimited data connection, try any of the free cloud storages like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox.

While upgrading to Windows 10, your system takes a complete backup of the older version in a folder named 'Windows.old' to ensure you can also upgrade your system to Windows 10 whenever you feel like.


Click on the Start button and navigate to Settings>>Update & Security.

By clicking the Update & Security option, the system will take you to a window with multiple tabs. Click on the Recovery tab.

The Recovery tab offers various options like Reset your PC, Advance Start-up option and Go back to the previous version of Windows OS.

If your system was running on Windows 7, you can only get back to Windows 7 and if it was on Windows 8.1, you can revert back to it.

Make sure your system is plugged in to an external power source so that the battery won't die.

Clicking on the Go back to the previous version option will take you to a screen with multiple feedback options to tell Microsoft why you are downgrading the system.

Check the relevant option and click Next.

Note: Make sure you have your last version's administration password, which will be needed before completion. After downgrading the system, you also have to install a few programs, which are compatible with your OS.

[Source: PC Advisor]

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