How to Use the Rollback Function in Windows 10 1709, 1703 and Earlier Versions of Windows 10

Technical Level : Intermediate

Summary
NOTE: Please be aware the Windows.old folder located at the root of the local disk where Windows 10 is installed will be deleted after 10 days automatically. The Windows.old folder is used to facilitate the rollback. So please perform any rollback within 10 days or this option will no longer be available. Otherwise, create a backup before upgrading to Windows 10.

Details

See links to resources about backing up by clicking the link for the respective version of Windows you are running: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1

If your Windows 10 installation is outside of the 10 day window, please review instructions for reinstalling Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 manually:

How to: Reinstall or Restore your original Windows installation after evaluating the Windows 10

 

Manually Downgrade to an older release of Windows 10:

If its been more than 10 days since upgraded, you will need to manually downgrade to your previous version of Windows 10.

Step 1: Download Windows 10 1607 - see instructions in the following article how download and create a bootable copy:

Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 ISO Files Now Available for Download

NOTE: If you need to downgrade to earlier versions of Windows 10 such as 1511 or 1507, see instructions how to obtain those versions:

How to Download ISO Files or Reinstall Files for Older Versions of Windows 10

Step 2: Perform a custom install:

Step 3: Block the Creators Update and future releases from automatically installing:

How to Block a Windows 10 Feature Update and Why You Might Need To

With Windows 10, it seems Microsoft has listened and has provided a welcome option to its recovery tools to make it easy to uninstall Windows 10 and go back to your previous version of Windows. This option can be handy for diagnostics purposes, trial and error or to simply go back to a previous version of Windows that works better with your PC.

Please keep in mind, this only works with Windows 7 and later. Because prior versions of Windows such as Windows Vista and Windows XP can only migrate to Windows 10 through a custom install, the command line operations remain your best choice if you do decide to go back. Also keep in mind, if you do a custom install over Windows 7 or later, the Rollback option is not available. This only works if you had done an in place upgrade from Windows 7 or later.

Start by opening Settings – Click Start > Settings or type Settings in the search bar and click it or press Windows key + i

Click Update and Security

Click Recovery then click Get started under Go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (depending on the previous version you running)

Here you can make multiple selections why are going back to your previous version of Windows along with additional details or you can choose just one and click Next.

As noted, any configurations made to Windows 10 since upgrading will be lost, so if you installed new programs or hardware drivers or made personal settings, those will be deleted.

Click Next

Make sure you have your password ready to sign into your old version if you had been using one. Click Next

The process can take a while depending on the amount data, applications and settings. Click Next

Click Go Back to begin the process.

Windows 10 will Restart

This will be your screen throughout the recovery process.

When the process is complete, you will be booted into your previous version of Windows environment.

If you cannot load the Windows Desktop, you can initiate a Rollback using the following method:

Log out
At the Sign In screen, hold down the shift key on your keyboard while clicking the Power button on the screen
Continue to hold down the shift key while clicking Restart
Continue to hold down the shift key until the Advanced Recovery Options menu appears

Click Troubleshoot

Click Advanced options

Click Go back to the previous version of Windows

 

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yes but how do you stop them installing again?

Thank you for this and hey ho I am back to a build that works all I need to do now is ensure MS DO NOT foist this upgrade on me again.

Thank you.

So - when I press the "get started" button, I get "This won't take long" which then closes after a few seconds, nothing more.

How do I go back to the previous build? The current one is slow, hesitates constantly, intermittently refuses to allow selections from pop-up menus, causes executables that used to work smoothly to lock up or run like overweight tortoises.

Technical Level : Intermediate

Summary
NOTE: Please be aware the Windows.old folder located at the root of the local disk where Windows 10 is installed will be deleted after 10 days automatically. The Windows.old folder is used to facilitate the rollback. So please perform any rollback within 10 days or this option will no longer be available. Otherwise, create a backup before upgrading to Windows 10.
Details

See links to resources about backing up by clicking the link for the respective version of Windows you are running: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1

If your Windows 10 installation is outside of the 10 day window, please review instructions for reinstalling Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 manually:

How to: Reinstall or Restore your original Windows installation after evaluating the Windows 10

With Windows 10, it seems Microsoft has listened and has provided a welcome option to its recovery tools to make it easy to uninstall Windows 10 and go back to your previous version of Windows. This option can be handy for diagnostics purposes, trial and error or to simply go back to a previous version of Windows that works better with your PC.

Please keep in mind, this only works with Windows 7 and later. Because prior versions of Windows such as Windows Vista and Windows XP can only migrate to Windows 10 through a custom install, the command line operations remain your best choice if you do decide to go back. Also keep in mind, if you do a custom install over Windows 7 or later, the Rollback option is not available. This only works if you had done an in place upgrade from Windows 7 or later.

Start by opening Settings – Click Start > Settings or type Settings in the search bar and click it or press Windows key + i

Click Update and Security

Click Recovery then click Get started under Go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (depending on the previous version you running)

Here you can make multiple selections why are going back to your previous version of Windows along with additional details or you can choose just one and click Next.

As noted, any configurations made to Windows 10 since upgrading will be lost, so if you installed new programs or hardware drivers or made personal settings, those will be deleted.

Click Next

Make sure you have your password ready to sign into your old version if you had been using one. Click Next

The process can take a while depending on the amount data, applications and settings. Click Next

Click Go Back to begin the process.

Windows 10 will Restart

This will be your screen throughout the recovery process.

When the process is complete, you will be booted into your previous version of Windows environment.

If you cannot load the Windows Desktop, you can initiate a Rollback using the following method:

Log out
At the Sign In screen, hold down the shift key on your keyboard while clicking the Power button on the screen
Continue to hold down the shift key while clicking Restart
Continue to hold down the shift key until the Advanced Recovery Options menu appears

Click Troubleshoot

Click Advanced options

Click Go back to the previous version of Windows

You will only have 10 days to go back to the previous version of W10! 

yes but how do you stop them installing again?

You can only defer them for 35 days.

You can slow them down but you can't stop them like you could in W7.

We have about 150 Windows 10 computers in our domain and I would say 50%+ do nothing when you use the get started option on restore so I have to use the CLI command "systemreset" What is the option to roll back?

why? why? why? windows 10 is soo freaking complicate ?

why we can't have all the windows 10 builds ISO files in one microsoft web page

like you can see in the linux distros websites ????????!!!

so if something bad happen LIKE 1709 did

we can just get our previous windows 10 iso files 

why microsoft insist with the mandatory windows update

when the 1709 build disaster had show is a totally a bad idea??!

it's microsoft trying to totally kill windows 10? well is working..!!!!!!

and what the **** windows insiders are doing?

they suppose to be the ones to test the crap before is been release to the general public

in order to avoid a Worldwide disaster like the 1709 is basically doing right now!!!!!!!!

so where is the **** logic to have those windows insiders morons around?!!! just for the title near their **** names?!!

PLEASE can someone give me ONE SINGLE link where I can **** download the damn windows 10 1703 build ISO files?

it's this the best the microsoft software engineers can do?

unfuckingbelievable...!!!!!!! 

where the **** is the windows 10 link ?????????????????????????

I'm **** PISSED if you cant tell

I find one

and I'm getting one ISO **** files from there

Windows ISO

This is what happens when you outsource microsoft to other countries for development. No responses, no support, and forum people that just want to close the ticket to say they did something when they didn't. The only thing people know here is how to link someone elses tutorial and how to tell you to format.

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