How ditching Windows 10 is being considered a viable option for older computers
Be Kind, Rewind: Being able to rewind from Windows 10 to 7 could be a short-term extension for your older machine. Image by Devenorr via Shutterstock.
On one hand, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 on newer PCs, whereas, on the other hand, it is extending the longevity of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on older machines. Lately, users in the former category have had Windows 10 foisted upon them, without their knowledge. For those unimpressed with their new arrival, there is an alternative.
Microsoft is giving users, who have had Windows 10 downloaded without their consent, a chance to revert to a previous version of Windows (7, 8 and 8.1). Though the latest version has support guaranteed till 2025, Windows 7 is supported till 2020, with 8 and 8.1 supported till 2023.
So, why would you want to ditch Windows 10? Firstly, you might have older peripherals, which you may have difficulty supporting. Secondly, due to its specification, it could hinder your PC’s performance, so you might wish to stick with 7, 8, or 8.1. Thirdly, you could be buying a new PC with a pre-loaded copy of Windows 10 which could be faster than your older model.
Fourthly, it is claimed that Windows 10 has significant privacy issues. Parts of the operating system enables it to spy on users. As per the operating system’s End User License Agreement, it states that:
“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.”
Unless you have already made your mind up, it is possible to change your privacy settings. There’s a useful tutorial on the Hackread website.
Ditching Windows 10 could entail resetting your PC to its original state, or using the copy of your operating system. Or you could consider changing from Windows to Linux. Whatever you do, please remember to backup your files!
For a limited period, Windows 10 offers a rollback option. With this, you are given 30 days to revert to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Window 8.1. Doing so is pretty straightforward. Do this by:
Go into Settings, then go to Update and security, and Recovery.
Click the Get Started link (seen underneath Go back to an earlier build).
Follow on-screen prompts. You should be back to good ole Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.
If you choose to rid your PC of Windows 10 after the 30-day deadline, there are other ways. For example, going into Factory Settings mode enables you to reset your PC to its original state on your purchase. Doing so sees your programs, your version of Windows, drivers and settings back to how they were. It also removes your documents.
Via a secondary program
You can also use a proprietary program like NeoSmart’s Windows 10 Rollback Utility. This is based on their award-winning Easy Recovery Essentials program, and it takes the heat out of a tiresome job. It is free to download, and you can add it to a CD-ROM or a USB pen drive.
Whether you choose to stick with 10, or downgrade to 7, 8 or 8.1, we at Tabard IT will support you along the way. Our years of Windows expertise is second to none, plus we are independent of Microsoft, other computer retailers, and manufacturers. Why not talk to us on 0131 339 9448 or send an email to us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be delighted to help you.