Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip August 2015
This month's subject is the removal of Windows 10.
If you were using Windows 7 or 8.1 you may have upgraded to Windows 10 making use of Microsoft's free upgrade offer. If you would prefer to go back to your old version you can do so, but you must act within 30 days of upgrading to Windows 10.
As with all upgrades or downgrades, it is sensible to make a full back up of your data if you can before you start. These upgrades / downgrades don't usually go wrong, but it does happen ocassionally, so it is best to be prepared. Also if you are using a laptop it must be plugged in to mains power.
These notes are based on the Preview version of Windows 10 as available on July 27th i.e. very shortly before the formal release.
Go to the start menu and choose "Settings" - third up in left hand corner as in screenshot below
In the settings window that opens, choose "Update and Security", see below.
In the Update and Security Window that opens, choose "Recovery" as in the screenshot below.
The wording in the right hand pane for the "Go back to ..." messagewill reflect whether you upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Click on the Get Started button for this section (not the one for "Reset this PC"), and you will get a window as below.
After a short while you will get a series of other blue background screens such as the one below either asking for information or providing you with warnings.
Stepping through these screens will remind you not to be on battery power alone for a laptop, a final check you wish to revert, and a reminder that the previous Windows version will require whatever password you used with it (this is in case you have used a new password with Windows 10). Windows will go back to your old version and reboot - this proces may take quite a while.
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