Restore Windows 10 to old Windows version

The forced upgrades to Windows 10 are not to everyone's taste. Fortunately, there is a way to go back to your old Windows version. Here you can read how to do that.

It is clear that Microsoft wants users to upgrade to Windows 10. However, the recent move of the upgrade from optional update to recommended update has angered many people. For example, a little inattention - you will sometimes be asked whether you want to upgrade - can cause you to suddenly have Windows 10 on your PC or laptop. Fortunately, reversing is an option, if you act quickly. Also read: How to install the free upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is generally well received, but there are also some criticisms. For example, quite a few users complain about a less fast system. But the Consumers' Association has also expressed its concerns about the massive harvesting of personal data (including for Cortana) and the even deeper integration of OneDrive.

Back to your old Windows version

If you have installed the update on your old Windows installation and you don't like Windows 10 for whatever reason, Windows 10 has the option to go back to the old Windows version. You must have performed the upgrade for this. With a clean install, where you format your drive, it is not possible to go back.

To start this process you have to dive into the settings. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. In this window you will see the option to go back to your old Windows version. when you're on To work Press and confirm you start this process, which will take some time. Note: The option is available up to 31 days after upgrading to Windows 10.

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