If you are being constantly reminded by Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10. But for some reason, you’re not ready to make the leap. There is a way for you to make that leap, and then switch back to Windows 7 or 8.1 and still keep your digital entitlement for Windows 10. Seriously, if you want to you can avoid having to pay the $119 fee that Microsoft will charge after July the 29th. And here’s how to do just that, all you have to do is follow the instructions.
How to Get Windows 10 and Switch Back
Before we go any further, this tutorial requires that you have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 running on your computer. Without that, you will not be able to take advantage of this tutorial.
At this point, you may be asking yourself “How is it possible that I can install Windows 10, roll back to Windows 7 or 8 and keep my Windows 10 license?” Well, the answer is a simple one!
When you upgrade to Windows 10, your computer receives a digital entitlement, and that means that your computer will always be eligible for Windows 10. However, it will only work on that specific computer and its hardware (Motherboard), so you can’t install it on a different computer or make major upgrades to the systems hardware. Hardware like RAM, Graphics cards, DVD drives can be upgraded and allow you to keep your digital entitlement.
Roll Back Method
There are a few different methods that enable you to get what I have explained. However, in this article, I am going to explain to you the easiest method. The method that won’t take long for you to complete and also does not require you have any pre-existing technical ability.
I feel at this point I should warn you as this method is not perfect. Some people that have undertaken it, have complained that some programs had been removed from their system during the process. So, before you start, I would advise you to back up any data and programs that you feel are too important to loose.
How to Install Windows 10 and Roll Back to Windows 7 or 8.1
Let’s get started: The first thing you need to do, is download the Windows 10 upgrade tool. Once you have it, run the software and agree to let Microsoft upgrade your computer to Windows 10.
After you’ve been and made yourself a coffee, twiddled your thumbs for a while and reminded yourself that the wait is worthwhile Windows 10 should finally be installed onto your system.
This next part is where we will check the digital entitlement and begin the roll-back process.
Next, you should find and click the “START” button and then select “SETTINGS”. Now you should look for Update & Security –> Activation. At this point make sure that you can see the following “Windows 10 on this device is activated with a digital Entitlement”. If you see that message, it means that your computer is registered and you can install the OS whenever you want to.
Once you have confirmed the activation of Windows 10, you can go to the recovery tab and start the rollback process. To beg
in, go to the recovery tab and click on the “Get Started” underneath the operating system that you want to roll back to.
And that is that! Congratulations you have just restored your Windows 7 or 8 installation and kept your computer eligible to re-install Windows 10 for free, even after July the 29th.