Go Back to Windows 7 from Windows 10

Regretting your Windows 10 upgrade? Here are four ways to go back to Windows 7.–PC Pitstop.

Go Back to Windows 7 from Windows 10

By Leo Notenboom

I’m not sure I’d call it hype – Windows 10 is getting good reviews from many people, though of course, not everyone.

While my recommendation is to stick with Windows 10, I realize that’s not a choice everyone is willing to make. So I’ll show you the four most effective ways to go back to Windows 7, assuming that’s what you were running before you upgraded to Windows 10: restore, revert, restore, or reinstall.

1. Restore from a backup

By far the simplest, quickest, and most effective way to go back to Windows 7 is to restore your machine to the backup image you took immediately prior to upgrading to Windows 10.
Best “undo” ever.

It’ll be like Windows 10 never happened on your machine.

Now, to be fair, it’ll also be like any work you did on your machine after you upgraded will also never have happened, so you might want to back up your Windows 10 installation, or at least your data files, prior to restoring your machine to Windows 7.

You didn’t take a backup image prior to the upgrade? Well, then your most recent image backup before upgrading will do. If you’re backing up regularly, that should be perhaps only a day or two prior.

You’re not doing image backups at all? Well, two things, then:

This option is not available to you. Given how easy it would have been, hopefully you’ll now see the value and ….

Start backing up!

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19 thoughts on “Go Back to Windows 7 from Windows 10

  1. when I first buy my laptop it came with windows 7 and at that time 7 had issues major issues as time went on 7 got better Microsoft will edvance with windows 10 and as many will see 10 will be a better version, since microsoft won't make another version, so they say, so my peoples like anything we get in life somethings need to be iron out to get better this is one of them don't be so quick to judge in time you will love it as you did with xp, and 7 there is no one company that is pefect that encludes Apple

  2. Upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Biggest mistake ever. Chrome,Firefox not working(Internet Explorer Edge won't allow it), Printer not working( terrible problem to get it going), HP Personal Media Drive not working( tousends of music files, photos, documents wiped out), copying and printing articles from web sites not possible or not allowed, tried to print music sheets from musicnotes.com( not possible) because the using Chrome or Firefox.A lot of hassle to get anything going. Wasted a lot of time and money to get Windows 10 going in some way, but I can only say: Crapp!!!!!!!! don't even waste time on upgrading !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My next computer will be an Apple !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. By the way: I revertet to Windows 7 and no problem, only I have to download my lost files again.

  3. Jim, I knew I could get at least one rightie to take the bait…. lol…. FYI, I'm not a Hillary supporter, and if you surely haven't seen any positive changes in this country lately, you're voluntarily blind as a bat.

  4. I have vista can’t get it to do anything is there a free trial or anything for another is I need help its the only way I have to talk to my kids any advise would be gr8

  5. Steve Prestek , I went several years without a blue screen. It only recently came back along with messages XP no longer supports certain web sites and applications. XP Professional was the best. MS had to get rid of it, no money if they can't come out with a new OS every few years. Kind of like taking away the steering wheel on your car after you break it in. News flash for MS, NEVER buying another mS product. The first MS product I bought back in 1984 was junk and that has never changed.

  6. Jim Kelley and I keep wondering and wondering why anyone should have to pay extra for something to protect their computer from another vendor???? Doesn't make any sense. Any version of Windows should be capable of preventing malware, viruses, etc on its own. Enough of this BS because MS software engineers are too lazy to fix the product to begin with. If it says MS on the package I don't buy it anymore.

  7. Jackie Sherwood Winows 7 is better crash protected than XP. Simple as that. I run a graphics somputer and with 7 the Blue Screen of Death was a thing of the past and when a program did freeze, it didn't take down the whole machine. Windows 10 is even better yet. And it looks good too. Plus thee is a slight perfromance improvement.

  8. Tried out the Windows 10 version for 6 days before deciding to go back to Windows 8.1. I will give a shout out to the P.C. Matic people, been a wonderful product & very happy with the $150 lifetime Evergreen package…thanks guys! Happy to be able to purchase a rare AMERICAN product, keep up the good work!

  9. Spoken like a true retired government worker there Craig, what does the politics of an individual have to do with Windows 10? Already bitter over the flying, lying witch getting tripped up in an e-mail scandal? I surely haven't seen any positive changes in this country lately.

  10. I LOVE Windows 10. The only person that would prefer Win 7 (or any other Windows version), would be a head-in-the-sand conservative that cannot accept positive change for the better..

  11. Jackie Sherwood really! what ever happened to beta testing software and working the bugs out of it before making it public like right? OH NO! not micro$oft. they're so eager to make their millions that they just throw it out there as is, bugs be damned.

    they want to get this os out to as many people as possible so they can start charging them later on for updates or charging them yearly fees or some shite. why ELSE would they be giving away free copies of something they used to charge $200+ for.

  12. I still have XP Professional on my computer. Starting to get messages web sites no longer support XP and older versions of Windows. I'm sick and tired of viruses, malware, etc. and paying extra to protect my computer only to have to pay for garbage replacement OS full of bugs every few years. When I can't run XP any more my next computer will be a MAC, no more microsoft anything for me. If other people do the same thing we might put a stop to the BS from microsoft.

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