Friday, August 14, 2015

So, You Installed Windows 10, But It's Not What You Thought. Let's Roll It Back.

Windows 10 has now been around almost a month and the reviews have been, generally, positive. For me it has been a good upgrade. Microsoft has successfully created a blend of the traditional Windows 7 features and the "Metro/Modern" tile interface. It works reasonably well on all form factors - Desktops, Notebooks, Tablets and Smarphones. As expected, there are many bugs that Microsoft will have to kill in the coming months. If you aren't the adventurous type, and you have not upgraded, you may want to wait.

Some folks jumped in and now have "cold feet". Perhaps you upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 because it was free, and now you want to roll back. Well, the good news is you can - if you do it soon and meet a few conditions. Here's how.


1. You only have 30 days from the time you upgraded to rollback.

2. When you upgraded, the process created a folder that includes needed to roll back. Generally, this folder can be found here: C:\Windows.old. Make sure you have it.

3. As always, before you make any major changes to your system, make sure you have a good backup of your data files. You should not need it, but anything can happen.

4. Open the Start menu or Notification Panel, select the Settings app, and go to Update & Security > Recovery.

5. You should see an option that says Go back to Windows 8.1 or Go back to Windows 7. Click on Get started and follow the instructions. The rollback, just like the upgrade, will take time to complete. In addition, you may have to do a little "tweaking" to get all of your settings exactly like they were prior to the upgrade.

Don't forget, if you change your mind, you have until July 29, 2016 to snag your free copy of Windows 10.