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Windows 10 upgrade 3 months ago. I want to revert back to windows 7 but recovery discs won't work

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I updated to windows 10 about 3 months ago from windoes 7, but my computer has become incredibly slow. I want to revert back to Windows 7 and I have both the Windows 7 software with product code, but it doesn't work. System keeps saying product code invalid.

I also have recovery discs but these are not being read by the computer.

How can I go back to Windows 7 since it is longer than 30 days?

I have spent the last 3 days, on all kinds of Forums, including Microsft but am going around in circles. 

I am not very Tech savvy, but I can understand step by step instructions.

Please someone help!!!!!

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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Hi,

 

How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1

 

Don’t like Windows 10? As long as you’ve upgraded within the last month, you can uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade your PC back to its original Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. You can always upgrade to Windows 10 again later.

Even if it’s been more than a month, you should be able to reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC using fresh installation media and its product key.

 Go Back to Windows 7 or 8.1
If you’ve upgraded a PC to Windows 10 — not performed a clean install, but an upgrade — you’ll have an easy option that lets you revert to the last version of Windows. To access this, open the Start menu and select Settings. Click the “Update & security” icon and select “Recovery.”

You should see a “Go back to Windows 7” or “Go back to Windows 8.1” option. Click the Get started button to get rid of your Windows 10 install and restore your previous Windows install. Microsoft will ask you why you want to go back.

If it’s been over a month — or if you’ve run the DIsk cleanup tool and removed the “Previous Windows installations” files or deleted the C:\Windows.old folder by hand — you’ll no longer see this option. Windows 10 appears to automatically remove the old Windows installation files after a month to free up space.

This Uses the Windows.old Folder
This works because Windows 10 stores your old Windows installation in the folder named “C:\Windows.old” on your computer. You can see this folder in File Explorer, though you shouldn’t attempt to delete it from here. You can also browse the Windows.old folder and restore files from it.

Obviously, storing every single file from your old Windows installation takes a lot of space. If you open the Disk Cleanup application, you’ll see just how much space it uses. Click the Start button, type “Disk cleanup” to search for it, launch it, and click the “Clean up system files” button.

Find ‘Previous Windows installation(s)” in the list, and you’ll see just how much space it’s consuming on your hard drive. If you’re sure you don’t want to go back to your previous version of Windows, use Disk Cleanup tool to remove those files and immediately free up space.

How to Downgrade if Windows 10 Doesn’t Give You The Option
Assuming you have an old computer you upgraded to Windows 10, that computer previously had Windows 7 or 8.1 on it. That means that computer came with a product key that allows you to use Windows 7 or 8.1 on it. To get back to an older version of Windows, you’ll have to perform a clean install of Windows — something PC geeks often do on new computers, anyway.

Thankfully, Microsoft now offers easy downloads for Windows 7 and 8.1 ISO files. Download the Windows installation media and burn the ISO file to a disc or copy it to a USB drive using Microsoft’s Windows USB/DVD download tool. You can then boot from it and reinstall Windows 7 or 8.1 fresh, telling it to overwrite the Windows 10 system already on your hard drive. Be sure you have backup copies of all your important files from your Windows 10 PC first.

You’ll have to find your PC’s product key if you do this. On a Windows 7 PC, examine your PC for a “certificate of authenticity” sticker with a key on it. They sticker may be on the underside of your laptop, in the battery compartment under a removable battery, or even on a laptop’s power brick. On a Windows 8 PC, you may not have to do this at all — the key may be embedded in your computer’s firmware and Windows 8.1 will automatically detect it and allow you to reinstall Windows 8.1 without even asking you to enter a key.

If you bought a new PC that came with Windows 10 and you want to go back to a previous version of Windows, that’s tougher. To do this legitimately, you’ll need to purchase a Windows 7 or 8.1 license and install it from scratch, entering the product key you purchased during the install process.


If an important program or hardware device you use doesn’t work on Windows 10, you’ll want to downgrade. If Windows 10 just seems unstable, you’ll want to go back to your previous version of Windows and wait a while longer before attempting an upgrade. Or, if you’d just rather hang onto Windows 7 for a while longer, you can downgrade.

Windows 10 will remain a free upgrade for the first year, after all.

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Windows 10 upgrade 3 months ago. I want to revert back to windows 7 but recovery discs won't work

AJ72

 

Unfortunately, some of the advice you're being given is unsound -- for the following reasons:

1) Revert back -- will NOT work because MS Windows Updates removes the files needed 30 days after the Win10 Upgrade

2) Download an ISO from MS and do a clean install -- will NOT work because the version you will get will be Retail and that will NOT activate using the OEM product key that came with your PC.

 

I presume you're entering the product key on the COA sticker, and that is not working, right?


Also, sounds like the recovery disks are damaged, as the PC is not reading them, or your CD/DVD drive is not working properly anymore.  You can confirm the latter by inserting a disk you KNOW works and seeing if the PC reads it.

 

There are a couple of recourses available.

 

First, since HP does not stock the Win7 PC recovery media any longer, you can check with these sites to see if they still have it:  http://www.computersurgeons.com/  and http://www.restoredisks.com/

 

If they don't have it, you can go to this site and download an OEM version of Win7 -- but there is no guarantee it will work: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

 

The second site stocks DVD images, so you would have to download the ISO file to a PC that can burn DVDs. 

 

To make a bootable DVD from it, you will need to download and install ImgBurn.  Once you have that installed, run it, select the option "Write image file to disc" and select the ISO file you downloaded, and point it to a blank DVD.


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Thank you for your detailed suggestion. I will let you know if it works.

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Hi,

I have a Windows 7 Cd that I purchased from a Retailer and Windows 7 was working fine before the Windows 10 upgrade. This is the Product key that I tried using  on the Microsoft site and it will not accept it. I was told once I have upgraded to Windows 10 , the previous Product key will no longer work.

 

I appreciate your assistance and will try your suggestions. Will let you know if they solve my probem.

 

Thanks 

 

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Win7 does not come on a CD -- it is too large to fit; instead, it comes on a DVD.

 

Regarding the Win7 product key -- I do not know why it does not work, but upgrading to Win10 does not invalidate the key.

 

Here is an alternative source for Win7 downloads that you can use -- be sure to select an OEM version if you want to use that to revert back to Win7 on your PC:  Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

 

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Thanks again for your help.  I am very appreciative of the time you have taken to assist me with this problem, and will let you know of the outcome.

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Hi there,

I followed your instruction and downloaded the Windows 7 ISO from the Microsoft site, and this time the product key worked fine. I  saved it to my PC,  then downloaded & installed Imgburn,  but when I selected the ISO file and pointed it to a blank DVD-R a window came up with the following message:

 

"The inserted disc is a DVD-R and is not empty or erasable. Please insert another disc in the drive."

 

Does this mean I should be using a DVD-RW disc and not a DVD-R? 

The disc I inserted was new, but the system formatted it. Would that be the reason that it showed as not empty?

 

Please bear with me as I am definitely not techi savvy. 

 

Thank you for your help with this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry, I use DVD+Rs all the time and have never seen that problem.

 

You might try another blank DVD.

 

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 I tried a couple of them with the same response. Anyway, thanks for your suggestion,  and I truly appreciate all the time you have taken to assist me.

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