What to Do If You Don’t Want Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Microsoft gave away Windows 10 as a free upgrade during its first year of release. As the deadline for the free upgrade approached, Microsoft grew more aggressive in promoting Windows 10. Messages appeared out of the blue, telling people to schedule their update. Some people upgraded to Windows 10 simply because they couldn’t figure out how to avoid it.

Many people love Windows 10. Others hate it, and still more simply wish Microsoft had made Windows 10 an optional, informed choice rather than something to wake up to in the morning.

If you’ve found yourself with an unwanted upgrade to Windows 10, here’s how to return to the charms of your previous Windows version:

  1. Click the Start menu, click the Settings icon, and, when the Settings app appears, click the Update & Security category.
  2. When the Update & Security page appears, click Recovery from the left pane.
  3. From the right pane, find the Go Back to a Previous Version of Windows section and click the Get Started button.

Your computer will grumble a bit before restarting. Eventually, after enough grumbling and restarting, you’ll return to your older, more familiar version of Windows. Your files and programs should be waiting for you, as well.

After 30 days, however, this option disappears. Once that happens, you’re stuck with Windows 10. Remember, though, Microsoft constantly updates Windows 10. It’s grown increasingly easier to use during the past year. You might learn to like it.