Is it at all possible? Yes, it is, you can downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 7. The Windows 7 is far better in terms of usability and experience than the Windows 10. This realization came after Microsoft’s much hyped communication on Windows 10 as the very last OS upgrade and one of its kind. But the problem is, computer users are now more educated in computing and they do know what they need the most and what they don’t. Here are few quick steps in downgrading your Windows 10 to Windows 7.
The first way is to go to the Start Menu and select the Settings to open the “Update & Security” option for “Recovery”. There you will get the “Go back to Windows 7” option and click on it. The system will restore Windows 10. You can do it anytime as long you have not cleaned up your disk and removed the “Previous Windows Installation” files. Alternatively you search for the Windows.old folder in your system drive to check if the file is still there or not. It will take couple of minutes and restarting for the system to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10. And this method is only applicable if you have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 but if you have installed clean Windows 10 then this process will not work. Once downgrading gets complete you will have recovered disk space.
Alternative to above, one can use the Disk Cleaning tool to clean up the disk space and then go to the Previous Windows Installation option from the Windows.Old folder. Here you need to clean the Windows 10 files that you do not want to keep anymore. Cleaning the Windows 10 files will retrieve disk space. Once cleaned you need to restart your machine. In some instances, restarting the machine will need support. In that case you need the Windows 7 ISO file to boot the machine. You can have it from Microsoft’s website and download it and convert it into s bootable USB. Again, this is only doable when the machine has a history of two or more Windows OS versions upgraded. The method will not work on computers with direct Windows 10 installation.
For direct Windows 10 installation the shortcut method would be to uninstall and wipe clean the Windows 10 OS files from your computer, go to a shop, buy the Windows 7, install it and insert the product key and start using it. Bum, that’s everyone knows. New PCs or laptops with built in Windows 10 are all the same – tough to downgrade, take it to your vendor.
Lastly for older PCs with several history of updates, going back to Windows 7 requires downloading the Windows 7 ISO file from Microsoft. Burn the file to a CD or bootable disk and then overwrite the Windows 10. In this method there are chances of data loss, so make backup copies. This step is for clean install and once overwriting is done, insert the product key. That’s all.
But the key question still remains unanswered, why one would downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7. The answer is straight forward, many popular applications are not running on Windows 10 that easily worked in earlier versions. Talk about syncing, hardware and software bit platform variations – they are not working the same anymore. Prior to Windows 7, Windows XP remained its most popular OS while after XP Windows 7 is globally proved to be the best. If you think of downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7, you are one among those smart users.