There is a way to go back to Windows 8.1/8, 7, Vista or XP if you’re not happy with Windows 10.
All the privacy issues surrounding Windows 10 may have you dissatisfied with your new operating system. While you can take steps to ensure the drivers to your system hardware, software and devices are compatible with Windows 10, you may still want to revert back to what’s comfortable and familiar — your old operating system.
Whether you encounter a software failure on a manual or in-place upgrade to Windows 10, other software incompatibility or you just don’t want Microsoft tracking your every move, you can easily boot into the operating system you had installed prior to upgrading to Windows 10 — with your important files and applications in their most recent state (that’s their most recent state after running Windows 10 for a while — not their state at the time you upgraded — so you don’t lose any updates/edits to your data — yes, it’s possible!) but the catch is you must have taken this step prior to upgrading to Windows 10 in the first place.
How to Go Back to Your Old OS After Upgrading to Windows 10
The majority of our customers are running Windows 7 (followed closely by Windows 8/8.1 and then Windows 10) but you can snapshot any Windows operating system, including XP and Vista, and revert back to that OS from Windows 10 using the same instructions.
If you simply want to check out Windows 10 and don’t plan to use it for long before deciding to revert back to your old operating system, then use this easy 3-step prep:
1. Take a snapshot of your current system with InstantRecovery (for this example, let’s say you’re running Windows 7). You can even do this using InstantRecovery’s free 15-day trial and revert back to Windows 7 during the trial if you find you don’t like Windows 10 during the remainder of your 15-day trial period (or if something goes wrong with your upgrade to Windows 10):
- Download InstantRecovery
- Be sure to follow InstantRecovery’s instructions to Data Anchor all the files you want available to you in your Secondary (Recovery) Snapshot if you ever revert back to Windows 7. You can specify certain folders to Data Anchor all the files in that folder – My Documents, My Pictures, My Downloads, My Music, My Videos, etc. – if you have important files saved to your Desktop you may want to include Desktop. (Do NOT anchor user, program or system files since a failure in one of these files would affect all your snapshots).
- InstantRecovery allows up to 5 snapshots in our Home Edition (and 10 snapshots in our Business Edition). If you want a simpler solution that will automatically Data Anchor the My Documents, My Pictures, My Music and My Videos folders for you, try InstantRescue instead. InstantRescue is a basic solution that gets the job done as well as InstantRecovery but it only allows one original snapshot (called the Original Area) and one recovery snapshot (called the Rescue Area) at a time.
2. Install and run Windows 10.
3. If you aren’t happy with Windows 10, the next time your restart your PC, hit F1 at the boot screen for InstantRecovery and boot into your Recovery Snapshot of Windows 7 to revert back to Windows 7 with all your important files and applications available in their most recent state.
Have you upgraded to Windows 10 or do you prefer your older OS?