So You Upgraded Windows,
BUT Now You Want to Know How to Go Back to Windows 7
Maybe you have a computer that was on Windows 7 and heard about how much greater Windows 10 is supposed to be. Naturally, you decided to upgrade. Or maybe you experienced it and Windows 10 seemed pretty cool at first. Perhaps you decided Windows 8 or 8.1 wouldn’t be so bad since it was built off of Windows 7. This is unlikely after all the bad PR, but it could have happened. You realize it was a mistake. Now you want to know how to go back to Windows 7 and run away from the supposed “latest and greatest.”
Perhaps you bought a new PC with one of the previously mentioned operating systems and don’t like the differences. It wasn’t your fault, you had no idea what you were getting into. You couldn’t have known how different Windows 10 or 8 really is. You were forced when it came with the computer and now you want to downgrade to Windows 7.
Not all situations are simple, but it is usually possible to revert back to Windows 7. The worst case scenario would be to either get your hands on some Windows 7 install discs. You can also download it and get a proper product key and start over. A preventable solution in many cases, but necessary in others.
Reminiscent of Vista
Many people like Windows 10, but it becomes more and more apparent that it is handling quite a bit…much more than most of us want it to. In fact, after some time, it almost seems like it was someone’s attempt to revive Windows Vista, which actually gained favorable reviews when it first came out and then the problems began to occur. Things like slowness and taking up system resources, along with lack of drivers for the hardware.
Is it Spying?
Others are starting to consider if Windows 10 is actually just blatant spyware. In the beginning, free upgrades did track data, with no way to really turn it off. That was the trade you made. New paid versions gave you the ability to turn some of those things off, but not many of them and now, we really don’t quite know what it is doing and that alone can make someone want to know how to revert back to Windows 7.
How do you even use it?
Then there was Windows 8. It seemed like a good idea at the time. This is back when Nokia phones were being made with Windows. One OS, whether it was a phone, a tablet, or a PC. EXCEPT, they seemed to forget about the mouse. No classic Windows Start menu we have all become accustomed to.
Windows 8.1 came out and at least gave a us an easy icon to open the start menu, but it was still too different. Besides, the damage was done with Windows 8.0 and no one wanted Windows 8.anything. Many immediately wanted to know how to go back to Windows 7.
And what happened to Windows 9???
Which brings us to another point. Was there EVER a Windows 9? No, there was not. Apparently Microsoft wanted to distance themselves so far from Windows 8 that they decided to skip 9 and go straight for 10.
Can’t we just go back to Windows 7?
Luckily, in most cases, YES, we can. Many of us feel like Windows 7 got it right. Simple and stable. Windows XP was the most popular Windows OS of all time and 7 came in second. It was a breath of fresh air after such travesties of Windows ME (which took advantage of the Y2k scare where nothing happened) and Windows Vista, which was already mentioned.
This site is small and focused to make it easy to find your solution. Whether you have Windows 10 or Windows 8 or 8.1, you will find the straightforward solutions to get you back to Windows 7. You may need a more detailed guide, but it will point you in the right direction and give you the different options available.
If you just want the familiarity back…
However, if all you want is the classic Start Menu back, maybe you do not need to know how to go back to Windows 7. There are small plugins and downloads that can help, such as Classic Shell. For the record, I would have been perfectly happy with Windows 8.1 while using Classic Shell if it weren’t for the fact that I had a bare bones laptop system (see my story with Windows 8.1) and resources that the OS hogs.
There are easy ways to revert back to Windows 7, provided that your upgrade was recent. Depending on the machine, you have between 10 and 30 days. You will still most likely have a way back after 30 days, even if you bought a computer with the offending OS.
Warnings Before You Go Back to Windows 7
If you haven’t noticed, it seems like every other version of Windows is a complete flop. Luckily Microsoft takes customer feedback very seriously and things usually improve in the next edition. In the case of Windows 10, it was an improvement over 8, but the fact that you are here means that they did not quite do the job.
1. Support for Windows 7 has ended.
Mainstream support for Windows 7 stopped in January of 2015 (Windows 8 in January 2018) and this means:
- Security issues. Your computer may be open to attack from viruses and hackers.
- Updates of software you use may stop and upgrading to new versions may conflict with your OS.
Hackers focus on Windows because the majority of computer users are on Windows. If they are going to cause mass hysteria and hijack computers, they are going to go for the bigger population. While Windows 10 is the newest and Microsoft is pushing to have 1 billion machines on it by July of 2018, many people will not move away from Windows 7. In fact, some industries use software that will not work if they leave Windows 7. This means a significant amount of people still will still be using the older OS. That will make it a target of hackers while security issues may go ignored by Microsoft.
Computer manufacturers AND software companies focus on the newest OS. This is partially due to mandates from Microsoft as part of the deal that third party providers make. This means that support (upgrades and issues that arise) in using your “go to” applications may stop. This also means (somewhat rarely since Windows 7 isn’t obnoxiously old) that buying newer software may not run on the older OS.
2. There may never be a Windows 11
The other problem is that you may decide to go back to Windows 7 for now and wait it out for Windows 11…which may never come out. There has been nothing 100% solid to confirm or deny this, but there may be strong evidence to support the theory that Windows 10 will be the last edition of Windows ever created and will be updated for as long as Microsoft is around. This of course would mean you will either have to get used to Windows 10, or find an alternative OS.
Again, this is just a theory, though it could be the most probable scenario. Some tech sites claim that Microsoft has stated this and others claim that Windows 11 is definitely in the horizon. Even Microsoft’s own site says that mainstream support for Windows 10 will end in the year 2020, which doesn’t really confirm or deny anything.
Sound Like Too Much Info or Too Complicated?
Well, if all else fails, you can still buy a computer with Windows 7 pre-installed on Amazon. Click here to see your options. Prices range from $120 to $900 and include name brands. These may be brand new and some are refurbished.