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Unable to get back to Windows 7

I upgraded my computer to Windows 10 today. I had deleted some of the apps needed to get pictures from my phone, so thought I would use the reset option to get back to the original state when the upgrade had conpleted, not realizing it would delete all my programmes as these were termed 'apps'. I now don't have the option in 'recovery' to go back to Windows 7, nor the option in 'advanced start up' to reset to factory settings.

I want to get back to Windows 7 so I can use the system image and my back up, both on external HD, to reinstall all my programmes but can't think how I can do this.

Can anyone help?

Thanks

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Not really.

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The backup is done before you upgrade the OS. As to factory settings I never found that to put the machine back to work with say a phone (Android, iPhone or other.)

There is something worth knowing. If you opted for an email login it may look like the apps are gone but here I found then and put the shortcuts back where I wanted them.

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Not really

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Hi

Thanks for your response. I didn't initially opt for an email log in, but was forced to provide one after the reset.

I'm not sure where you found your apps - can you clarify - can't see any pictures or links.

Thanks for your help

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Well the only way that you don't

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have to install applications again is to do an image of your Windows 7 environment. Software like Acronis True Image or Symantec Ghost (those are not free but there are frees ones available). Backups just backup files (music, doc, videos). Applications when installed write to registry and sometimes writes DLL's to system folders so a mere backup can't be done.

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Well the only way that you don't

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Thanks for your response. I am now running Windows 10 and can't get back to Windows 7 to do an image of the environment. I do however have a Windows 7 system image on my external drive, but not sure how to launch and restore this in 10 or even if it's possible

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