Best way to to change my computer back to windows 7 pro from windows 10 pro

Best way to to change my computer back to windows 7 pro from windows 10 pro. I need to return 10 computer back to windows 7 pro from windows 10 pro. I need to keep all files and programs as there are at the moment on the windows 10 setup (all 10 are slightly different). What is the best way to with out losing information or programs.
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jodyreidIT ManagerAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
If that upgrade was performed less than 10 days ago, you can simply go back from control panel - restore.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Chances are that the upgrade is more than 30 days old, so you need to back up, format, install Windows 7 and recover your data.

It truly would be simpler to make a Windows 7 virtual machine (VMware or Hyper-V) on your Windows 10 host and use that when you need to.

Windows 7 is heading rapidly to demise.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Do you want to do this because of the difference in user interface? If so, instead of going back to W7, you could give Classic Shell a try. Here's an EE 5-minute video Micro Tutorial showing how:
Make Windows 10 Look Like Earlier Versions of Windows with Classic Shell

If you have the same issue on any W8 machines, it works for that, too, as shown in this other EE 5-minute video Micro Tutorial:
Make Windows 8 Look Like Earlier Versions of Windows with Classic Shell

If it's not because of the different UI, is it because a program that runs on W7 will not run on W10? If so, instead of going back to W7, you could try to run that program on W10 in W7 compatibility mode.

If it's not one of those two reasons, I'm curious why you want to go back to W7. Regards, Joe
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The user interface in Windows 10 has become dead simple to use.

Compatibility Mode may (but often does not) work. That is why I suggest a Virtual Machine.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> dead simple to use

Yes, but simple is not always better...at least, not for everyone. For example, some folks think that clicking the big tiles in the W8 Metro UI is dead simple. Fortunately, imo, it is just dead. :)  In many cases, the interface that you're comfortable with and have come to know and love, is the way to go. For example, in my case, to this day, I still prefer the W2k interface, and all my XP, Vista, W7, W8, and W10 machines are using the W2k UI (all via Classic Shell, except XP, where the W2k UI is built in).

> Compatibility Mode may (but often does not) work.

True enough!

> suggest a Virtual Machine

There are often many approaches to solving a problem. In this case, a VM is certainly one way to go, although it may be too complex for some folks. The Classic Shell download and install is a 5-minute process that pretty much anyone who uses a Windows computer can likely handle easily. Regards, Joe
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 10, Start, All Programs are small icons just as the old days and not tiles at all.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Windows 10, Start, All Programs are small icons just as the old days and not tiles at all.

Yep, got that...but a left-click on the W10 Start button displays a very different UI from a left-click on the W7 (or earlier) Start button...could be very uncomfortable for some users. Anyway, I don't want to hijack this thread any further, so I'm going to wait for feedback from Jody before posting more. Good discussion, though. Cheers, Joe
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nobusCommented:
i would like that jodyreid tells us why she wants to return to windows 7
that will eleiminate a lot of wrong suggestions
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jodyreidIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
We work in the health field and a lot of the programs are not working well with windows 10. We are spending too much time fixing problems with windows 10 so we are moving back to windows 7. Thank you.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update. Sooner (rather than later) your software needs to adapt to Windows 10. But Windows 7 is still OK for about 2 years still
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McKnifeCommented:
Jody, how long ago did you upgrade? If you upgraded from win7, you have 30 days to revert to win7 without problems.
(Initially, I wrote 10 - that was wrong. 10 days apply for reverting from a new win10 build back to the old build).
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jodyreidIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Most were upgrade around September and the rest came with windows 10 pro
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So you need to back up, format, and reinstall Windows 7.. Recovery from .OLD is long gone.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
...a lot of the programs are not working well with windows 10. We are spending too much time fixing problems with windows 10...
In that case, Classic Shell won't help, becasue it's just a UI on top of W10. Compatibility mode may (or may not) help on some of them, but since you're saying "a lot of the programs", it seems that going back to W7 is the right call. For that, there are people on this thread who are more qualified than I am to help you. Good luck! Regards, Joe
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nobusCommented:
you can also run windows 7 in a VM, on your win 10 PC
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
It has been more than 50 days since we last heard from the author, so it's time to close this. On the one hand, I was tempted to recommend deletion. On the other hand, there are excellent suggestions in here that could be helpful to other Experts Exchange members who are faced with the same, or a similar, issue. Thus, I decided to accept some posts as solutions, thereby keeping it in the PAQ. There is no "Best" answer, so I selected the first helpful post as the Accepted Solution and all the others as Assisted Solutions, but I split the points evenly among the participating experts. Regards, Joe
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