Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


Problems reverting to Windows 7

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 Tom V

Tom V

  • Members
  • 6 posts
  • Local time:05:40 AM

Posted 10 August 2016 - 09:10 PM

I upgraded to Windows 10 three weeks ago, with assurances from the upgrade program that I could revert to Windows 7 if I didn't like it. I don't like it. Some of the web applications I use require "additional security steps" before I can use them with Windows 10, but they didn't with Windows 7. Those "additional security steps" require me to have a Microsoft account and use that account to log in to Windows 10. I want to continue to use a local login.


So, tonight, I decided to revert to Windows 7, but I am told that the files that are needed to revert have been deleted. I did not delete anything. I didn't use disk cleanup, or any third party application, that might have deleted them. And what's more, when I try to use system restore, there are no backup points. Did Windows not create a backup point before upgrading to 10?


And finally, Windows 10 screwed up my hard drive, so that my recovery partition is gone. I can't even return my computer to it's original factory state (which included Windows 7). Anyone have any ideas?

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 Niweg


  • Members
  • 802 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:US of A
  • Local time:04:40 AM

Posted 11 August 2016 - 01:35 PM

 The normal procedure within the 30 day period is to use the Windows.old file.  It sounds like something deleted that.  But I never make system changes without first making a full system backup to an external hard drive.  Maybe you should consider that in the future.


 Good luck.

Make regular full system backups or you'll be sorry sooner or later.

#3 usasma


    Still visually handicapped (avatar is memory developed by my Dad

  • BSOD Kernel Dump Expert
  • 25,091 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Southeastern CT, USA
  • Local time:05:40 AM

Posted 12 August 2016 - 04:02 PM

Not commonly known is the fact that there's installation stuff stored in temporary files (found this out today when using cleanmgr to clean out system files - it prompted me about this very issue).


The times that I've seen the revert function missing has been in older, well-used systems.
I'd suggest trying to boot from W10 Startup Repair media to see if the revert option is there.

If not that, then I'd suggest that you then try looking here: http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/how-revert-back-your-previous-os-after-windows-10-upgrade


Finally, here's my suggestions if you still can't revert (don't forget to backup your stuff before trying to install W7):

1)  Contact the manufacturer of your device and order recovery media (in the US:  http://www.carrona.org/recdisc.html ) , or

2)  If you have the W7 product key, download a copy of the same version of W7 and use it to install it.

3)  Purchase a copy of W7, or

4)  Stay w/W10

Edited by usasma, 12 August 2016 - 04:04 PM.

My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

- John  (my website: http://www.carrona.org/ )**If you need a more detailed explanation, please ask for it. I have the Knack. **  If I haven't replied in 48 hours, please send me a message. My eye problems have recently increased and I'm having difficult reading posts. (23 Nov 2017)FYI - I am completely blind in the right eye and ~30% blind in the left eye.<p>If the eye problems get worse suddenly, I may not be able to respond.If that's the case and help is needed, please PM a staff member for assistance.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users