If you installed Windows 10 and would like to revert back to the previous Windows version due to
system issues, you are able to do so within 1 month. Microsoft does not provide
support for those downgrading past this deadline, although it may still be possible to downgrade
using other means.
Please note that the option to downgrade is not available if:
- You installed Windows 10 and used Windows Update to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1511
(build 10586) (!)
- You performed a clean install of Windows 10
- You are an Windows Insider and used an early build of Windows 10 (you can still revert to a
previous build but not Windows 7/8)
- You (or an application that you may have) used the DISM tool to delete the previous Windows
- The previous Windows installation files are corrupt, damaged or missing
Note that if you installed the RTM build 10240 ahead of the official Windows 10 release on July
29th 2015 then you have 30 days (from installation) to downgrade.
If you are not eligible and cannot play the PC edition of Minecraft, you may still be able to
play the Windows 10 Edition. Details
on how to redeem your copy can be found here.
Issues with the Windows 10 Edition may be resolved by contacting Xbox support.
Before you downgrade, you should be aware of any potential damage that may occur to your
PC. You, as explained in the Windows 10 EULA, are liable for any damages that may occur to
your files if you downgrade. If you encounter issues with the downgrade, you should contact
Microsoft or ask for assistance on answers.microsoft.com. Applications that may depend on
Windows 10 such as “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” or other apps distributed with the
Windows Store will cease to work. In addition, other applications may have issues following
To initiate the downgrade, search “Recovery” at Cortana and select “Recovery options” under
“System settings.” Alternatively, right click the Start menu, select “Run” and type in
“ms-settings:recovery” and press “OK” to open the Recovery section of the Settings app.
You should see a header stating “Go back to Windows 8.1” or “Go back to Windows 7” – under it
select “Get started.” You will be asked why you are downgrading, enter your reasoning and press
Once you have done so, your PC will restart and will begin the downgrade process. It cannot be
interrupted once it has started.
For further assistance, ask on answers.microsoft.com
or contact Microsoft support directly.