A question that has come up from time to time for some users who want to stop flighting on a particular PC (or sadly may want to exit flighting altogether) is how to go about doing this. As it stands, there are two ways to go back to your prior OS version.
Option 1: If you've enrolled a particular machine into flighting within the past 31 days (approx), you have the option to directly roll back to your prior OS through the Settings menu.
- Click the Start button
- Type Settings
- Click Update & Security
- Click Recovery
- You will see the appropriate context to restore back to your prior OS (7, 8, etc.).
- If you used an external USB as added memory during your Win10 upgrade, you'll need access to that USB (and hopefully you didn't erase it!).
- If you've changed your password after you updated to Win10, you'll need to have your old password handy to do the OS restore.
- Programs installed or settings changed since upgrade to Win10 will be lost
- After roll-back, if you encounter issues with a Modern app, simply uninstall and reinstall it.
Option 2: If your machine has been flighting longer than 31 days (approx), you'll need to create recovery media and install the old OS directly to the machine. Don't forget to back up your data and content!
- You will need your original license key to follow the steps below.
For Win7 machines, follow the steps here: (Windows 7 Software Recovery)
For Win8 machines, follow the steps here: (Windows 8.1 Software Recovery)