I Hate Windows 10, What Can I Do?

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Over the last few weeks I’ve seen so many negative reviews on Windows 10 that I can’t help but wonder why I’m so happy with my version. I use two laptops for work – one is a MacBook Pro which now has the latest macOS Sierra, and the other is my older Windows 8.1 backup laptop that I upgraded to Windows 10.

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I haven’t had any of the issues people are complaining about like their printers dying out, Bluetooth and WiFi connection problems, computer freezing up and so on. So I decided to dig into it a little more and discover what it is that’s causing all these problems. What I came up with are ways to get a better experience with Windows 10.

A little further down the article I’ll show you what to do if you absolutely hate Windows 10 and want to get rid of it for good.

Please note, there are several expert advisors out there who can show you how to get the most from Windows 10, do a reinstall or even roll back to an older version.

Where possible, we’ve linked you to those trusted sources because, to be honest, we don’t really want to reproduce their work and take credit after all the effort they’ve put into those articles.

How to Get the Best out of your Windows 10 PC or Laptop

If your problem is a sluggish PC, it may not be because of Windows 10 at all. Over time, any Windows PC starts to gather gunk from the internet, whether it’s bloatware or malware or just temp files that have been sitting there for ages or maybe even apps that have never been used and will never need.

This is one of the simplest things to do, actually. Just download a utility such as CleanMyPC from MacPaw and the job will be done in minutes. It’ll also keep your PC clean from then on, removing unnecessary files on a regular basis. The best part is that it does a thorough job, and I don’t think anyone should run a PC without first installing something like this. It can completely clean your PC without the risk of deleting important files.

You can download it from here: CleanMyPC

But what if the Problem is with Windows 10 and not the PC itself?

Often, the provider of the operating system will have the best tools to optimize your computer. In this case, Microsoft offers the Windows Update Troubleshooter software for free. All you need to do is go to the link below, download the application and run it on your affected PC.

Download Windows Update Troubleshooter from Microsoft here: WUT

What to Do If That Doesn’t Work

If that didn’t do the job you may need to reinstall your Windows 10 from scratch. This is quite cumbersome as you can imagine, especially if you got it a while ago. It involves taking several types of backups, creating recovery media on USB and then restoring your original Windows 10 installation.

TechRadar has a very informative and detailed article on this, so that would be the best place to go.

Go to TechRadar article: How to reinstall Windows 10

Still Doesn’t Work?

Okay so you tried everything to get Windows 10 to behave itself but it just won’t. Now what? The only thing you can do now is to roll back to your older version of Windows, but you need the activation key. Don’t worry if you’ve lost the CD or USB that came when you bought it – you can always download that again. But you definitely must have the product activation key that you received initially. Hopefully, you haven’t thrown that away.

Here’s where you can get the installation files:

Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files): Microsoft Windows 7 Official Download Page

Download Windows 8.1 Disc Images (ISO Files): Microsoft Windows 8.1 Official Download Page

You’ll need this before you read the next section, which shows you how to get back your older version of Windows.

How to Roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 from Windows 10

The UK website PCAdvisor has a great article that shows you how to do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 after the 30-day rollback option expires on your upgraded Windows 10 machine.

Go to PCAdvisor article: How to downgrade Windows 10 after 30 days

Hopefully, we’ve covered the bulk of scenarios that you’d want to see as an unhappy user of Windows 10, from getting it to work right to throwing it out the door. Please feel free to comment and let us know if you need anything else, and we’ll be happy to dig it up for you.

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