If you do a factory reset with windows 10 on an PC that originaly was windows 7 will it reset to 10 or 7?

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It was an automatic change

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  • MIKE
    Lv 5
    5 months ago

    You have to use a 10 disc to reset a 10, or a 7 disc to reset a 7. If you use a windows 10 disc to reset a 7, or vise versa, it will give you an error saying something like " the software is not for this version of windows"

  • Andy T
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Let us give it a brand name, Dell. OK, simple, if the Reset tool is Microsoft; or otherwise within what Windows 10 provides, this trigger will revert to blank Windows 10. But a Dell tool may go all the way to Windows 7.

  • Dick
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    What is good about Win 10 is that it creates a Recovery file and if you haven't done it already you can normally still create a recovery disc or a recovery flash drive. In Win 10 right click on the Win 10 icon in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Click on "Search". In the small window that appears type in the word recovery and hit the enter key. This will take you to the Recovery utility. The top item Create a Recover Drive is what you need to click on and use to make a recovery drive (flash drive). Just follow the on screen instructions. It's all pretty simple. Good luck.

  • 5 months ago

    Microsoft gave the option when upgrading to Windows 10, to return to Windows 8, 8.1 or 7 if you didn't like Windows 10. There was a partition created on the hard drive for the prior Windows OS. So if you return to the original Windows OS, you'd lose the "free" Windows 10 OS if you upgraded for free, and would need to purchase a Windows Product Key if you ever wished to return to Windows 10 in the future. My computer still gives me the option of returning to Windows 7 and tells me that any re-install of Windows 10 takes away the Windows 7 possibility.

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  • 5 months ago

    It is possible that the factory reset will not work if that partition got deleted. If the partition still exists, it will factory reset to the original operating system because that is what was installed on that partition. If you attempt to do a partial restore, asking it to keep your files and settings, there is likely be a warning about the mismatch of OS's. The best thing to do if you do not want to restore win7 and save files is to backup your files on a different drive and simply do a fresh install of windows 10.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    So it was originally 7 and was installed over with 10. Resetting wasn't available with 7 and with 10, it will depend if the installer installed a reset option. Chances are there is none and if you wanted a do over, you would have to format the hard disk and reinstall everything from scratch.

  • 5 months ago

    It all depends on whether it has the OS partitioned on your hard drive. If you plan to use disks for reinstalling it the OS of those discs will determine which one is reinstalled. You should be aware that if you don't first save all your data on a disc or an external device you will lose all of it when you do the procedure. If you can take the computer to a repair center you can have them do it all for about $75.

  • Ron75
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    If you changed everything to Windows 10 and removed all of the Windows 7 stuff and your 10 is legal then it should reset to 10.

    Ron

  • 5 months ago

    You can't install OS over another OS

    In this case, Ilif you install a windows 10 on any PC, the previous OS (whatever it is) disappeares and all you have is windows 10.

    So if you reset it will still be win 10

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