Break Windows 10 Roll Back Limit - Roll Back to Windows 7/8 after 30 Days

Jean updated on Apr 12, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Are you feeling regret for having not created system backup image when you updated Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10? Now it's already 30 days later or even months later, you are unable to rollback to Windows 7 or Windows 8 again.

Don't worry. Here below, we'll provide you effective methods to help you roll back to Windows 7/8 after 30 days without losing any data. 

Backup Windows system and data first

To avoid unexpected or unwanted system failure or data loss problems due to Windows 10 downgrade issue, it's highly recommended for you to back up your present Windows system and important data. 

Professional Windows backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup can help you simply backup wanted data, partition or even system for free within 30 days. And just a few simple clicks will do all backup jobs. You can free download this software and start backing up data and system now:

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Todo Backup.

open easeus todo backup

Step 2. Click "System Backup" to backup your Operating System (Windows 10/8/7).

click system backup to back up your operating system

Step 3. Select the backup destination, the software will choose the most suitable location by default.

Step 4. Click "Schedule" option to open the Backup Scheme window, here you can create a scheduled backup plan to back up your OS later, daily, weekly, monthly or upon an event. Then, your OS will be automatically backed up.

click schedule to automatically back up your OS

Step 5. Save all of the changes. Click "Proceed" to start Windows 10 system backup.

When you finish the system downgrade task, you can use EaseUS Todo Backup to restore the data backups to Windows 7 or 8 and continue to use them again. So now let's see how to roll back to Windows 7 or 8 after 30 days limit.

Downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8 after 30 days

There are four methods available. Carry out the one best suited to your needs.

Method 1. Roll back to Windows 7/8 on 31 day

This is true that if you just happen to update to Windows 10 for a month if you start right now, you can still have a chance (which shall be your last chance) to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 7/8 directly:

Go to "Settings" > Tap: "Update and security" > Click "Recovery" > Tap: "Get Started" under Go Back to Windows 8.1 or Go Back to Windows 7.

Then all you need is to wait patiently and welcome the old Windows 7 or 8 come back to your computer.

Method 2. Change folder name within 30 days and roll back to the previous system after 30 days with ease

This method requires you to change some folder names within the 30 days after you update to Windows 10. And then you can roll back to the previous system such as Windows 7 or Windows 8 freely without any limits after 30 days limit.

Solution 1. Rename folders: $Windows.~BT, $Windows.~WS, Windows.old folder to Bak-$Windows.~BT, Bak-$Windows.~WS and Bak- Windows.old respectively.

Then Windows 10 will not be able to delete these folders since you've changed the names.

If you need to rollback after 30 days, you can rename these folders back to their original names and follow steps in below:

Solution 2. Go to "Settings" > "Update & security" > "Recovery" > "Go back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7".

You can also backup these 3 folders to an external drive with original names, when you need to downgrade system, copy these three folders back and then follow step 2 to downgrade.

Method 3. Uninstall delete Windows 10 after 30 days so to roll back to Windows 7/8

This method will suit for those Windows 10 users who have only update only once: from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10. If you have updated Windows 10 into many versions, this method may not help. But if you have just updated system once, you can uninstall and delete Windows 10 so to roll back to Windows 7 or 8 after 30 days.

Go to "Settings" > "Update & security" > "Recovery" > "Get Started" > Choose "Restore factory settings".

The Restore factory settings option will remove your personal files, apps, and settings, and even reinstall the version of Windows that came on this PC.

Method 4. Roll back to Windows 7 or 8 by performing a clean install

If you have updated Windows 10 into many builds or fail to roll back to Windows 7 or 8 by following the above-recommended methods, to perform a clean installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8 shall be your best chance.

You can directly go to Microsoft Windows page and download relative Windows 7 or Windows 8 ISO files or relative installing patches, then perform a clean install on your PC.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.