How to Rollback Windows 10 to Previous Version

When upgrading to Windows 10 from one feature update to next or Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The update process backups all your files on your primary drive or a place where you selected it; in case you have issues with the new version of Windows and you want to rollback, Windows 10 allows you to do it within 30 days of update.  In this post, we will share how you can rollback Windows 10 to the previous version.

Rollback Windows 10

Before going ahead, let’s look at some critical points:

  • All the files necessary to roll back are kept in Windows.old folder and a hidden folder Windows~BT.
  • If you have plans to go back, make sure these files are not deleted, either using system clean up or any third-party software.
  • Make sure you remember the password you had used in Windows 10.

The image below shows how it looks like when the option to rollback Windows is enabled.

Roll back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7

How to Rollback Windows 10 to the Previous Version

  • Go to Settings > Update and Recover > Recovery
  • Look for an option that says Go back to the previous version of Windows 10 or Windows 8 or Windows 7
  • Click on Get Started, and it will check for the requirement and ask you for reasons to go back.

Reason to roll back from Windows 10

  • Once you select a reason, the Next button will get enabled, and all you need is to click and sit back for it to revert automatically.
  • If you have installed this on a laptop, it will ask you to plug it into the power supply. It makes sure the process doesn’t get stalled in between.
  • Now setback and relax for the process to complete.

It should work, and in case it doesn’t, the only option will be to clean install Windows 10 using Bootable Media. So even in this case, make sure you have backed up all the files. It includes the Windows~BT folder and Windows.old folder. They contain all the files you have on your Document, Picture, and desktop.

Did you downgrade? If yes, do share your experience in the comments below.

Ashish Mohta
A die-hard fan of Windows, PC Gaming, and Xbox. He is a seasoned content writer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a specialist in writing about Windows, software reviews, troubleshooting Windows, and automation.


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