How to Roll Back Windows 10 Update (3 Methods)

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Introduction

There could be a number of reasons you may want to roll back windows 10 update. One common reason to roll back windows 10 update is if it breaks something in your computer.

No matter why you want to roll back or downgrade to an earlier update, this guide will help you.

This guide offers 3 methods to help you roll back Windows 10 update.

  1. Roll Back from Windows 10 Recovery Settings
  2. Restore a Previous Restore Point
  3. Roll Back from Windows 10 Recovery Environment
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Available Options to Roll Back Windows 10 Update

Here are the options to downgrade to a previous Windows 10 build:

Important
If you created a local user account after updating to the new build you will be required to delete the account before you roll back.

1
Roll Back Windows 10 Update from Recovery Settings

Use this option if you are able to boot and login to Windows 10.

Detailed steps:

  • Right-click Windows 10 menu and click Settings.
Right-click Windows 10 menu and click Settings
  • At Windows Settings, scroll down and click Update & Security.
  • On the left pane, click Recovery.
roll back windows 10 update
  • On the Go back to the previous version of Windows 10 section, click Get started. Then wWait for Getting things ready to load the next screen.
  • Then select the reason(s) you want to roll back Windows 10 update and click Next.
  • Microsoft will offer you the option to check for the latest updates. You can accept it by clicking Check for updates. To decline and proceed, click No thanks.
roll back windows 10 update
  • Read the implications of going back to a previous build. Then click Next.
  • Then read and act on this very IMPORTANT information. Click Next.
Warning!
If you changed your password since you updated to this build you are rolling back, note the password. You may NOT be able to log in if you changed passwords!
  • Finally, click Go back to earlier build.
roll back windows 10 update - click Go back to earlier build
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2
Roll Back to a Previous Restore Point

If you created a Windows 10 restore point prior to installing the update you now wish to roll back, this method may be a faster way to roll back.

We have another guide with details of how to restore to a previous system state. If you want to use this method, click How to Enable and Use System Restore in Windows 10.

The guide offers 2 methods – 1, if you are able to boot and login to your computer. 2, How to Use System Restore in Windows 10 if PC is not Booting. You can click one of these links to go straight to your preferred method.

3
Roll Back Update from Windows 10 Recovery Environment

Use this method to roll back if the latest update broke your computer to the point that it cannot boot.

Here are the steps:

roll back windows 10 update - Roll Back the Update from Windows 10 Recovery Environment
  • At the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced options.
  • Then click Uninstall Updates.
roll back windows 10 update
  • The Uninstall Updates screen offers two options: 1, Uninstall the latest quality update. 2, Uninstall the latest feature update. For this demo, I will click Uninstall the latest feature update.
Quality updates are minor KB updates, feature updates are major build updates like the recent May 2019 update 1903.
  • Finally, to roll back Windows 10 update, click Uninstall feature update.
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Conclusion

One of the 3 methods shared in this guide should help you roll back Windows 10 update.

It will be great to know the method you used and why. To provide a feedback use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page.

Want more Windows 10 fixes? Visit our Windows 10 Fix page. You may also read about Windows 10, version 1903 and known issues with the build.

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