Should something go wrong with the Windows 10 upgrade process; the upgrade completes but some things don’t function. Can’t connect to wireless Internet even after manually running Windows Update (Start / Settings / Updates & security) and rebooting. No video driver is available resulting in extra-large icons and display in general. You tried Windows 10, do not like it but the ‘Restore previous version of Windows’ failed leaving you with an unusable computer. More than 30 days have passed and the ‘Restore previous version’ option is no longer available.
Whatever the reason may be and you want to restore Windows 7 or 8/8.1 you can use the image backup you created prior to upgrade to Windows 10.
Note: If you have any newly created data files that you want to keep, copy them to an external Flash or USB drive before you begin.
1) Shut down the computer and insert the Emergency/recovery media and power on the computer. 2) Connect the external USB drive. 3) When prompted to “Press any key” or for UEFI systems you may need to select a boot device.
4) WinPE based recovery media takes longer to load so sit back and wait until Todo starts.
5) Click on the ‘Browse to Recover’ option.
6) Navigate to the external USB drive.
7) Expand the USB drive letter (E: in this example) to view the contents. You should see the backup folder you created.
Click the ‘OK’ button to proceed.
8) As shown below, place a check mark (click inside the box) to automatically select the image backup and “all” the partitions that were part of the backup you created and will be part of the restoration process of Windows 7 / 8.1 to your disk drive.
9) If you are restoring Windows to a Solid State Drive (SSD) don’t forget to select the ‘Optimize for SSD’ option located in the lower left corner. Then click ‘Next’ in the lower right corner of the screen.
10) The System partition needs to be restored back to its pre Windows 10 state in order for Windows 7 / 8.1 to boot and load properly. Click the ‘OK’ button to continue when prompted as shown below.
11) Click ‘OK’ to restore Windows 7 / 8.1
12) The recovery process will start; the estimated time to complete the recovery may not be entirely accurate, especially at the beginning.
13) When the process has completed (as shown below), remove the recovery DVD, for USB recovery media wait until you restart the computer and then during the restart (black screen) remove the external USB drive and USB Flash drive recovery media.
Your computer should now load Windows 7 or 8/8.1, If you saved any new data files while using Windows 10, now is the time to restore them.
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