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Reverting back from Windows 10

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Lorie Zweifel

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Hello.  My laptop decided to upgrade to Windows 10 and it will not work for us.  I found instructions on your site how to revert back but should I be concerned about backing up the entire computer prior to doing this?

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Hi Lorie Zweifel, and welcome to our forums.


When performing any significant change to your computer it's important to check all your back ups, make sure they are all up to date, comprehensive, reproducible and with extra copies kept safe offsite and of course on removable media.


Making disc images using something like Macrium Reflect Free and creating bootable media at the same time is a good step to include in your overall back up strategy.


If you have any concerns that you may have something on your computer that you would not like to lose permanently, and that it may have escaped your back up routine then it would be wise to remedy that before reverting to a previous operating system.


If you are using the inbuilt Microsoft facility on Win 10 to revert to a previous operating system then time might be running against you.... That particular option only lasts for 30 days..... and the 30 day clock started ticking from the time you performed the switch from your previous operating system to Win 10.


The in built Microsoft facility to "revert"  within 30 days usually operates very well and is designed to preserve your data files.... however it is not unknown for things to go wrong, and if it does you may be faced with a complete reinstall of your operating system, your Applications, Programmes, and of course your data files, user names, passwords, downloaded executable files, software installation discs, Internet settings, email applications etc. Don't forget your product serial numbers as they are generally irreplaceable.


Post back if you need any amplification or clarification on any of this.



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