downgrading

Can I downgrade to Windows 7?

 Windows 7

Episode 1567

Tom from Carson, CA

Tom wants to know if he can downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10 without it upgrading automatically. Leo says that after 30-60 days, that ability has been lost. It makes it really hard to roll back unless he decides in that time frame. The only option is to make a Windows 7 Image and keep going back to it.
Tom was going to buy the Motorola Moto G6, but the G7 came out. That caused the price of the G6 drop by $50. Is it worth buying the G7? Leo likes them. So will there be a huge difference? Not really. There's no need to wait for the G7 to be shipped.

Why can't I fix my Windows 10 problems?

Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1295

Andrew from Orange County, CA

Andrew is having so much trouble with Windows that he calls it the "10th circle of hell." He installed it so that he'd have the free upgrade before the July 29th deadline. His search has disappeared, the Start menu stopped working, along with other problems. What can he do to fix all this? The problem is that Windows 10 has architecture from previous versions going all the way back to Vista. It hasn't been built from the ground up. So because of its age, it has issues. Leo recommends downgrading back to Windows 7. It's mature, solid, and refined to the point where it's a better option.

Why did my computer upgrade to Windows 10 without my permission?

Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade

Episode 1290

George from Santa Monica, CA

George's Windows machine force upgraded to Windows 10. Microsoft says that upgrading to Windows 10 is "normal behavior" when Automatic Updates are turned on. That will update critical updates by default. There's also 'Recommended Updates' which is also set to automatic by default. Windows 10 was set to be a recommended update, which is why it happened on George's PC.

How can I downgrade from Windows 10?

Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1278

Stan from Colton, CA

Stan turned on his Windows computer today and discovered that Microsoft had updated his computer to Windows 10 without his permission. And in the process, data was deleted. Leo says if he's been backing up, he can get his data back by recovering it. Windows 10 shouldn't have deleted the data, though. So it may be that the data is there, but it's not being picked up by Windows. He should make sure that he's logging in with the same account as well.

Will I be able to use Windows 7 in the future?

Episode 1262

Laura from South Carolina

Laura wants to know if upgrading to Windows 10 will prevent her from going back to Windows 7. Leo says that she can go back within 30 days, and after that, she could just install over it with no problems. But next year, Microsoft is going to probably stop supporting it for newer hardware because of upcoming processors. She'd be able to use it on older hardware, but moving forward, Windows 10 is the way to go.

How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

Episode 1253

Julia from Milwaukee, OR

Julia upgraded to Windows 10 and she doesn't like it at all. She wants to downgrade, but the problem is that she is past the 30 day downgrade window. Leo says that at this point, the only thing she can do is get out her Windows 7 disc, wipe the drive, and reinstall. Her computer may not have come with one, which is common. She did make system recovery discs onto a DVD, however. So it should be a matter of running the install, formatting the hard drive, and getting back up. She may want to put that recovery onto a USB key instead. It'll last longer.

Can I downgrade to iOS 7?

Apple iPad

Episode 1134

Walter from Huntington Beach, CA

Walter wants to downgrade to iOS 7 but Apple says he can't. Leo says that's right. There's no going back. There used to be a loophole to restore to iOS 7, but it won't work because Apple stopped signing iOS 7 and he won't be able to activate it. Leo does recommend talking to a Genius at the Apple Store. They may know some "secret sauce." Otherwise his only option may be to jailbreak it.

How can I go to a previous version of Android?

Episode 1050

Brian from Thompson, MA

Brian has an Android phone and after an over-the-air update, it's running really slow. Leo says that it's probably due to a bad upgrade. He suggests doing a complete factory reset. If that doesn't work, downgrading is an option. Brian may have to root the phone and get a stock version of 4.2.2, though. Leo advises going to XDA-Developers.com. CyanogenMod is a good one. He should read up on this though, as not all mods work the same.