By Teresa / Last Updated March 9, 2020

Why need to restore Windows 7 backup to Windows 10?

Windows 10, came with amazing features, has been released for almost one year and a half. Many Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users have upgraded their OS to this new operating system to experience new technology. Nevertheless, good times don’t last long. Some of Windows 10 users find that it is not as stable as their pervious OS, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. In detail, splash screen, display words of third-party software falsified, some built-in programs fails to start etc. occurred now and then after upgrading to Windows 10.

Microsoft had a humanized strategy which allows to rollback Windows 10 to previous OS version in 30 days. A folder named Windows.old was created during the upgrade process. One can complete this by going Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Go back to Windows 7 in turn. However, after released for more than 18 months, the free upgrade and revert strategy has lost it efficacy by removing the Windows.old folder.

Surely, there are still some users has the thought that there is nothing wrong with Windows 10. So they want to restore Windows 7 and keep Windows 10 at the same time. Yes, this is so called dual-boot systems. For users who are still running Windows 10 and want to go back to Windows 7 or 8, that does not work anymore. If created regular backups of Windows 7 before, you can easily restore Windows 7 from Windows 10. It is important if you know where you stored the Windows 7 backup image.

How to restore to Windows 7 from Windows 10?


  • Device with Windows 7 backup on. If you backed up NAS or network shared, you can learn more in restore Windows backup image over network. If you backed up Windows 7 to another partition of the same hard drive, skip this step.

  • Backup & Restore software AOMEI Backupper Professional which supports file image restore, disk image restore and system image restore. This software also provides “Universal Restore” that allows you to restore system image to computer with dissimilar hardware.

1. Connect the storage device if any to your Windows 10. Download and install AOMEI Backupper. Start the software and it will auto detect the Windows 7 system backup. If not, go Restore > Select Image File to manually browse it.


2. Choose the right backup point. If you want to restore Windows 7 to another location instead of C drive, check Restore system to other location option and then pitch on backup point to continue.

Restore System To Other Location

3. Select the destination path. Restore Windows 7 to cover Windows 10, select C drive. Keep Windows 7 and Windows 10 as dual-boot OS, select D or another location as destination. All data on destination path will be overwritten.

Select Location

4. Click Start Restore.

Universal Restore


  • This solution also applies to recover Windows 7 backup to Windows 8.1 since AOMEI Backupper supports more than Windows 10.

  • If Windows 10 fails to boot, you can create a bootable media with AOMEI Backupper on a well-function PC and boot it to complete Windows 7 restoring.

  • If you restore system image to different computer hard drive, be sure to check Universal Restore box.

  • If the destination disk is an SSD, tick SSD Alignment box to gain peak performance.

It is quite easy to restore Windows 7 from Windows 10, isn’t it? Backing up Windows 7 for Windows 10 upgrade is prescient and this is appropriate for any generation of upgrading. If you have no Windows 7 backups, it is better to do a clean install.

But bear the importance of backup in mind because it really saves time and efforts. After restoring, you can keep AOMEI Backupper on your PC since it is an excellent alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore as well as File History in Windows 10.