I want to switch back to Windows 7.

i upgraded to win10  now want win7 back,, is the original win 7 still on my computer,,,somewhere?

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Last updated April 12, 2019 Views 70 Applies to:

You only have a limited time to use this method:

Go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Support


If that option is not available you have to follow this path:

You can also borrow the exact same edition of Windows 7 Retail DVD and use your Product Key on the COA sticker to reinstall the operating system.


Or you can use this for preinstalled OEM or Retail Licenses

Download the correct ISO file and make your own disk and use the Product Key that is on the COA Sticker.


Download: Windows ISO Downloader.exe
Version: 6.00
Release Date: 11 April 2018
Requirements: Windows 7 or newer, .NET Framework 4.x, Internet Explorer 8 or newer.

Important: As of Version 6.00, we're adding back an experimental feature to generate links for Windows 7 and Office 2010. Generation of new links for these products is throttled, and not every download is always available in every language. New links are generated on a first come first served basis, with users who enable the idle resource donation getting preferential treatment. If you have further questions, please use the WinCert Forum to get in touch, so that other users can also benefit from the discussion.

And here are instructions on how to burn ISO images to disk:


You change the Boot Order in the BIOS to be able to boot from your installation media:

How to Boot Your Computer From a Disc or USB Drive

Then do a clean install:


The COA sticker is either on the underside of the Laptop or in the Battery Compartment.

With a Desktop it is either on the side, rear or top of the Computer Case.

Using the downloaded ISO file Method may require phone Activation.

If it does require phone Activation, do not follow the Auto Prompts, but hold on for a real person to explain to as to what has been done for re-installation purposes

"How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone"


The above method also will require you to go to your Computer Manufacturer's website > Support and Downloads Section > locate your Model Number and Operating System > then download and install the latest Drivers for it.



Using the USB method in conjunction with the above Windows 7 download:


"How to Get and Use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool"



And this is very good and easy to use:

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way



Bill Smithers - Microsoft MVP July 2013 - June 2020

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