Ask CyberGuru: Is it possible to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after upgrading to Windows 10?

Ask CyberGuru: Is it possible to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after upgrading to Windows 10?

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Another popular question I’m being asked at the moment is, “Is it possible to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after upgrading to Windows 10?”.

If you have upgraded to Windows 10 and need to downgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft provides one month’s grace in which you can uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 or 8.1.

A backup is made upon the installation of Windows 10 within your computer allowing you to revert to your previous operating system. This can help you restore your computer as it was before the upgrade.

If it is beyond 30 days, then you will be unable to do without wiping the computer and reinstalling Windows 7 manually, along with your programs and files. This may mean Windows 7, along with your programs would need to be installed and updated, and your personal settings would need to be reconfigured.

If you wish to go back to your previous operating system, I would suggest you first backup all your files and ensure you have all of the software licences and discs available for installation. This process can be tricky so I would suggest you contact us to make an appointment.

Windows 10 now available for mobile devices!

Windows 10 now available for mobile devices!

Windows 10 MobileAs a Lumia smartphone user, I was excited to hear the news that Microsoft has finally announced selected smartphones running Windows 8.1 Denim can now be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile.

Unfortunately only a small number of smartphones are compatible, most of which have been introduced in the past year or so. You can check if your smartphone is compatible on the Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile website (link opens in new window). Fortunately, mine is one of those so I have taken the leap and upgraded to the latest version.

There are a few steps to follow in order to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, which are summarised this below:

  1. If your phone is mentioned in this list, then you can download the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app (link opens in new window), to confirm upgrade availability along with your mobile phone carrier suitability.
  2. If it is successful, you can then enable the upgrade and follow the steps on the Software update for Lumia with Windows 10 page (link opens in new window), particularly ensuring your device is backed up.
  3. Begin the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade process by following the prompts to accept the update. This can take some time to do, so I suggest a time when you are not using to need your phone as you are unable to use it whilst it is updating.

More information can be found on the Microsoft website (link opens in new window). If the upgrade is not successful, then you can use the Windows Device Recovery Tool (link opens in new window) to return the smartphone to the original operating system.

Having been an early adopter of the upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, I can see some significant improvements in the performance of my smartphone, although there are some issues in the process. If you do have a relatively new Lumia smartphone, it is worth considering the upgrade.

If you would like to know more or need assistance to perform the upgrade, please contact us today.