How to Return to Your Old Windows Version

By Andy Rathbone

What if you upgrade to Windows 10, but decide later that you preferred your previous Windows version? Well, you can return to your older Windows version using another trick from the Windows 10 Recovery toolbox.

Head for the Settings app’s Recovery section:

  1. Click the Start button and choose the Settings icon from the Start menu. The Settings app appears.
  2. Instead of clicking the Reset option, choose Go Back to a Previous Version of Windows.
  3. Click the Get Started button to head back to your older, more comfortable Windows version.

All your familiar files and programs should be waiting for you, and all of Windows 10’s bundled apps will disappear.

Your timing is important, however: Thirty days after you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, this option disappears, and Windows 10 quietly disposes of its predecessor.