Have you just upgraded your PC to Windows 10 but are not happy with it? Some devices you use for work no longer work and so are you looking for a way How to install windows 7 on preinstalled windows 10? Don’t panic, this is not a mission impossible.
Indeed, if less than 30 days have passed since you upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10. You can retrace your steps and restore the old operating system without losing data.
How to install windows 7 on preinstalled windows 10
Windows 10, in fact, keeps a copy of the old Windows installation and allows you to restore it within a month by acting directly from “PC Settings”, the new control panel introduced by Microsoft in Windows 7 (and maintained in Windows 10).
Alternatively, if 30 days have passed since installing Windows 10, you can format your computer’s hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 the “old way”: using the installation DVD of the operating system or a USB key.
This way you will lose all the data and programs on your computer but, never mind, this is the only way you can go. Then? Are you ready to get started? Below you will find all the information you need to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7. Choose the procedure that best suits your case and put it into practice right away, it won’t be difficult.
Go back to Windows 7 via direct downgrade
Have you installed Windows 10 for less than 30 days? In this case, you can directly downgrade to Windows 7 without losing your data. Some applications may be deleted, but in principle, everything should remain as is (except the operating system).
To return to Windows 7 via direct downgrade, go to the PC Settings menu and click on the Update and Security icon. Then select the Restore item located in the left sidebar and press the button To start which is located under the heading Back to Windows 7.
How to do
If you don’t know how to get to the PC Settings menu, simply click on the search bar located at the bottom left. Type the term impostazioniin the latter and click on the PC Settings icon that appears in the search results.
At this point, specify a reason for which you are abandoning Windows 10 (eg. My apps or devices do not work in Windows 10 ). And first, click on the Next button three times in a row and then on Back to Windows 7 to start the Windows 7 reinstallation procedure.
Within a few seconds, your PC will restart and the Windows 7 recovery procedure will start, which shouldn’t take long. During the procedure, a window will open automatically saying Cannot start the computer. Do not worry, It is normal, it is used by Windows to restore the startup files of the old operating system.
The first time Windows 7 starts, you should be asked to enter the product key to activate the operating system.
These folders are hidden, so to view them you must first enable the option to show hidden files and folders in the Explorer. Also make sure not to run the Windows Disk Cleanup utility and not to start Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool (the utility to create a USB key for Windows installation), which could alter the recovery files of Windows 7 making them unusable.
Return to Windows 7 by formatting the PC
If it’s been more than 30 days since you installed Windows 10. I’m sorry, but you are forced to do a nice “format” and reinstall the operating system deleting all the files that are present on the PC.
Actually, you could also partition the hard drive and install Windows 7 on a secondary partition. But if you don’t intend to create a dual-boot system. (i.e. if you don’t intend to keep Windows 7 and Windows 10 on your PC at the same time). It is much easier to format the drive. and reinstall everything from scratch. So here are all the steps you need to take.
Get a Windows 7 installation DVD or create a USB stick with Windows 7 installation files by following my tutorial on how to create bootable USB Windows 7. If you need to download a Windows 7 ISO image, connect to this page of the Microsoft website and type the product key of your copy of the operating system in the appropriate text field.
Follow the rules
- If you are using a recent PC (sold with Windows 10 pre-installed), enter the UEFI and disable the Secure boot function by following my tutorial on how to enter the BIOS. If Secure Boot is enabled.
- Windows 7 cannot be installed. It should also be noted that only the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 are compatible with UEFI-based PCs, the 32-bit ones can only be used after activating the BIOS Legacy mode in the UEFI.
- Make a backup of all data on your PC. I have already said it, but in this case, it is better to repeat it since you are going to delete ALL the data on the computer hard disk.
- Make sure you have the Windows 7 product key handy.
- Boot from the Windows 7 key or DVD and format the PC following the instructions in my guide on how to format Windows 7 PC.
Before returning to Windows 7, please be cautious and do the following.
- Data backup – make a backup of all data on your PC. It doesn’t matter if you have installed Windows 10 for less than a month and you can take advantage of the operating system downgrade function, caution is never too much.
- Windows 7 product key – make sure you have the Windows 7 product key (the key you need to activate the operating system) at hand. This code is usually found on the Windows packaging or on a sticker glued to the computer.
- Windows 10 activation – another operation you need to do is go to the PC Settings> Update and Security> Windows 10 Activation menu and check that the operating system is activated.
If Windows 10 isn’t activated, you won’t be able to reinstall it on your PC for free in the future. Why? I’ll explain it to you right away. When you take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10.
The operating system is activated using a standard product key (valid for all PCs) and associated with a special code. Linked to the hardware, which Microsoft uses to recognize the various installations of its operating system.
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