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How to Downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8

Updated by Daisy on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Tracy King

Common System Downgrade Doubts

Speaking of how to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8, many of us may wonder will we lose any important files? Will we lose apps, personal settings, and other important files? What if you haven't updated Windows 8 to 10, what you will do in case that one day you want to downgrade back to 8 and keep all previous settings? 

It's very common and ordinary to have these doubts when we are facing system downgrade or upgrade issues. Does there exist a method that can help to remember all personal settings so as to help us easily downgrade systems?

Tip: Do remember to back up the system first. Let the system remember your previous settings so that one day you can directly downgrade Windows 10 to 8 without any worries.

Solution 1. Apply system rollback software to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8

EaseUS Todo Backup is available now with a high capacity for helping users downgrade their computer systems such as return or go back to Windows 8 from Windows 10. It offers an excellent plan for users and it's a perfect system setting recorder that users can use to back up the system within one click. You'll be provided virus clean circumstance to upgrade or downgrade the system when necessary.

It will perfectly remember all your previous settings of your Windows 8 or other OS and keep all applications and files for you to downgrade to previous systems from the new system. Let's see how to use this system rollback software now:

1. Download and launch EaseUS Todo Backup.

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Choose System Backup to allow the program to remember your system setting before updating to Windows 10.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer, and click Create Backup on the home screen and then hit the big question mark to select backup contents.

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Step 2. To back up your Windows operating system, click "OS" to begin the backup task.

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Step 3. Your Windows operating system information and all system related files and partitions will be automatically selected so you don't need to do any manual selection at this step. Next, you'll need to choose a location to save the system image backup by clicking the illustrated area.

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Step 4. The backup location can be another local drive on your computer, an external hard drive, network, cloud or NAS. Generally, we recommend you use an external physical drive or cloud to preserve the system backup files. 

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Step 5. Customiztion settings like enabling an automatic backup schedule in daily, weekly, monthly, or upon an event, and making a differential and incremental backup are available in the Options button if you're interested. Click "Backup Now", and the Windows system backup process will begin. The completed backup task will display on the left side in a card style.

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The system backup file and image can be found by clicking the link at the interface after backup.

2. When you need to downgrade Windows 10 to 8, launch this system recovery software again. Choose Go Back. Yes, just one click. You'll downgrade Windows 10 to 8.

Solution 2. Using Windows 10 Rollback Tool

1. Open the start menu by clicking the icon and choose "Settings".

2. Click "Update & Security" in the dialog box.

3. At last, choose "Recovery" and click "Go back to Windows 8 or 8.1".

Shortages of Windows 10 rollback tool.

The shortcoming of the Windows 10 rollback tool is that it only allows users to roll back to the previous OS within just 1 month. After that, you'll never have a chance then. And not all settings and apps can be kept by this method. This is why EaseUS Todo Backup comes out. It's designed to offer you a second chance to safely downgrade the system whenever you need and keep all your previous settings.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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