How do I go back (roll back) to the previous version of Windows?
- The procedure below will only work for 30 days after the upgrade to Windows 10.
- After 30 days the
windows.old folder is automatically removed, which will prevent the rollback from succeeding.
For a month after you upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll be able to go back
to your previous version of Windows from
Update & security>
Choose "Go Back to Windows 8.1" or "Go Back to Windows 7" as appropriate ( depending on your original operating system), and Windows will begin the rollback procedure.
This will keep your personal files, but it'll remove apps and drivers installed after the upgrade, as well as any changes you
made to settings. To go back, you'll need to:
Keep everything in the
$windows.~bt folders after the upgrade.
Remove any user accounts you added after the upgrade.
Know the password you used to sign in to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (if you used one).
Have the USB drive you used to upgrade to Windows 10 (if you used one).
- If you go back to Windows 8.1, some apps that came with Windows, like Mail and People, might not work anymore. To fix them, reinstall
them from the Store.
Source Recovery options in Windows 10
If you have problems rolling back because of an Administrator account that cannot be removed, please see Administrator account prevents Windows 10 rollback.