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Manually Downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10 Upgrade


Manually Downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10 Upgrade

Manually Downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10 Upgrade
[mod] Serious problems might occur if you modify the Windows system files/folders incorrectly. I cannot guarantee that problems resulting from wrong modifications of the Windows system files/folders can be solved. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Downgrade to Windows 7 at your own risk.[/mod]

System image should be created before downgrading to Windows 7.
Creating a Windows Backup Image

With this tutorial i will explain how to manually downgrade to Windows 7 from upgraded Windows 10 after time limit for downgrading to Windows 7 has expired. After upgrading to Windows 10 you'll be able to go back to an earlier version Windows OS by going to Settings --> Update & security --> Recovery . The time you have to go back depends on what version of Windows 10 your PC is running after the upgrade. For example, if your PC is running Windows 10 Version 1511, you have a month to go back to your previous operating system. If your PC is running Windows 10 Version 1607, you have 10 days to go back. (To see what version of Windows 10 your PC is running after you upgrade, select the Start button, then select Settings --> System  --> About .

To manually downgrade to Windows 7 you will need Windows.old folder those who have not backup the Windows.old folder may have trouble following this tutorial because Windows 10 deletes some or all of the content of the Windows.old folder after 30 day downgrade time limit expires.  

Any live bootable rescue media can be used but i will be using FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD to boot my computer into MiniXP Enviroment.

1. From MiniXP Enviroment open Windows Explorer and navigate to partition where Windows.old folder is stored.

2. You will rename Windows folder to Windows.bak and rename Recovery folder to Recovery.bak.

3. Copy or move Windows folder and Recovery folder from within Windows.old folder to the root of the Windows installed partition, basically you are replacing Windows.bak and Recovery.bak folders you have renamed.

4. Replace the NTUSER.DAT file located at \Users\UserName folder with the NTUSER.DAT file stored within \Windows.old\Users\UserName\ folder.

5. Restart your computer normally.

When you restart your computer it will take few minutes or more to login to Windows 7 Desktop. If the screen stays black for long period of time press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager and from Users tab select your user account and click Log Off button. After you have log back in you may be ask to activate Windows 7.

Open the Command Prompt by clicking Start Menu --> All Programs --> Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, and open it as an administrator. Execute following command:


Sfc /Scannow

Restart your computer after SFC command finish repairing any corrupted Windows system files.

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