Windows 10 – Go back to Windows 7

Windows 10 is now being pushed out as a recommended Windows update to anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

For most, the upgrade goes quite smoothly, but many are finding problems with drivers not being available for some older hardware such as printers, or have software compatibility issues.

As long as you are within 30 days of upgrading to Windows 10, it is easy to roll your computer back to your previous version of Windows.

Go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1


To do this, open the Start menu and select Settings. Click the “Update & Security” icon and select “Recovery”. If you are within the 30 day window you will see an option that says “Go back to Windows 7” (or 8.1). Click on this and follow the instructions to roll your computer back. This is a smooth process, taking only around 5-10 minutes.

Once the computer has rolled back to your previous version of Windows, you will need to follow the instructions below to stop it from automatically upgrading again!

If you have left it longer than 30 days, the only way to roll back your computer is to reinstall Windows. Contact us if this is the case!

Stop automatic Windows 10 upgrades

If you wish to opt-out of your free Windows 10 upgrade you can download and run a handy little program called GWX Control Panel which will allow to you to stop the “Get Windows 10” notifications popping up and prevent automatic upgrades in the future. Download and run GWX Control Panel from their website and after accepting the agreement, click on buttons 1 and then 2 as shown in the screenshot below.


GWX Control Panel allows you to prevent automatic Windows 10 Upgrades