Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

Now that I finally was able to install Windows 10 by jumping the queue, I thought that I'd upgrade a desktop running Windows 7 to Windows 10. Big mistake. I had issues starting Edge, the all new web browser - it would open and immediately close. Control Panel would also crash in a similar manner, but worst of all, Windows 10 decided that one of the accounts on the computer would automatically login even time, even though auto-login was not enabled.

After trying to fix the issues with no avail, I decided to simply roll back and uninstall Windows 10. To my great relief, one of the things that Microsoft got right in Windows 10 is the uninstaller. You have a month since you installed Windows 10 to uninstall it and go back to your previous version, Windows 7 in my case.

To do so, open Settings from the Start Menu, then click on 'Update & Security', then 'Recovery'. Note that you need to do this as Administrator, the uninstall option is not available for standard users.

So since I was reverting back to Windows 7, my option was to select 'Get started' under the 'Go back to Windows 7' heading.
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The wizard interface is pretty straight forward, it asks you why you want to revert back, gives you some information and eventually lets you select 'Go back to Windows 7'.

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At this point the computer will restart. Many times. Then it will restart some more. I lost count after 7 restarts. You get a plain black screen that says 'Restoring your previous version of Windows', the process is automated and you don't need to do anything more.
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Eventually one of the restarts gives you the familiar old Windows loading screen, and everything is back to normal!


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One thing I noticed is that some apps lost some of their settings, e.g. Skype didn't log back in automatically and didn't have the account information, etc. Another thing I noticed is some of the files, like the screenshots created by Windows 10 were still available in my Pictures/Screenshots directory.

Enjoy!

-i

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