If your computer is freaking out after you installed a Windows 10 update, here’s how to uninstall the patch and return to an earlier version of the operating system.
Windows updates often bring bug fixes, security patches, and new features to your PC, but they can also backfire—introducing problems like performance degradation or even panic-inducing data loss. If you’re noticing some quirkiness after installing an update, you can roll it back to try and get things working again.
There are two main kinds of Windows updates: Quality Updates and Feature Updates. Quality updates include security patches, bug fixes, and other small tweaks inside those regular “Cumulative Updates” you’ll see on the Windows Update page in Settings. Feature Updates are larger, and come every six months or so packed with new features and major changes. Each of these can be rolled back through different methods.
How to Uninstall Quality Updates
If a smaller Windows update has caused some odd behavior or broken one of your peripherals, uninstalling it should be pretty easy. Even if the computer is booting fine, I generally recommend booting into Safe Mode before uninstalling an update, just to be on the safe side.
Open the Start menu, click the Power button, then hold Shift as you press Restart—that should present you with Windows’ recovery menu when your computer reboots. (If Windows won’t start up at all, you can hold the power button as your computer’s booting (Opens in a new window) to invoke the recovery menu the next time you turn it on.)
In the recovery menu, head to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart. Once your computer restarts, you’ll be presented with a list of options, and you can press the number 3 on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode.
Once you’re in Safe Mode, head to Settings > Update & Security > View Update History and click the Uninstall Updates link along the top. Windows will present you with a list of recently installed updates, complete with links to more detailed descriptions of each patch alongside the date you installed it.
If you can remember when your problems started happening, that install date should help you determine which update to remove. Select the update in question, then click the Uninstall button that appears above the list. It’ll take a moment, but once it’s finished, you can see if your problems persist.
Note that once you uninstall an update, it will try to install itself again the next time you check for updates, so I recommend pausing your updates until your problem is fixed.
If that Uninstall button doesn’t show up on this screen, that particular patch might be permanent (Opens in a new window) , meaning Windows doesn’t want you to uninstall it. I’ve heard tales of unsupported trickery (Opens in a new window) that gets around this, but I haven’t tested myself. Instead, Microsoft recommends using System Restore or a system backup to roll your computer back to a previous state. (You do have a backup, right?)
How to Uninstall a Windows 10 Feature Update
Smaller quality updates come to your PC on a pretty regular basis, but Windows 10 Feature Updates are different. Twice a year or so, Windows will prompt you to download one of these major versions, like the May 2020 Update. Microsoft tries to avoid issues by testing these updates on many different hardware configurations, and only rolling it out after your setup is deemed suitable. Still, problems happen, so Windows offers a rollback option.
There’s one catch: you can only uninstall a major update within 10 days after installing it, so act fast if you think the update may have borked your system. After 10 days, Microsoft removes the old files to free up space on your hard drive, and you can no longer roll back.
To uninstall a Feature Update, head to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery, and scroll down to Go Back to the Previous Version of Windows 10. Click the Get Started button to start the uninstallation process. If the button isn’t clickable, it’s possible your 10 days are already up, or you removed the old files with Disk Cleanup and it can no longer roll back. If you have a system backup, now would be the time to use it.
If Your Computer Won’t Boot Into Windows at All
If, after installing an update, you can’t even boot into Windows to follow the above instructions—even through Safe Mode—Windows should automatically attempt to roll itself back. If that fails, however, you have one final option (before restoring from that backup you definitely have).
Hold the power button as your computer’s booting (Opens in a new window) to turn it off, then turn it back on. This should bring you to Windows’ recovery options, just like when you boot into Safe Mode. Only this time, head to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options and choose Uninstall Updates. This will present you with the option of uninstalling the latest Quality Update or the latest Feature Update, which will hopefully allow you to boot back into Windows safely again.
It doesn’t present you with a list of recent updates the way Windows’ Control Panel does, so we still recommend trying the steps in the above sections if you can. However, if all else fails, this recovery option is a last-ditch effort.
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How to go back ro windows 10 1903 version
How to revert my windows 10 to version 1903?
I just updated my version to windows 2004.
However, It is not compatible with some of the existing app in my laptop.
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When a computer is upgraded, the previous version of Windows is retained on the hard drive for approximately 10 days. This feature allows a user to revert back to the previous version of Windows for any reason. After 10 days the old version of Windows is removed to free up space on the hard drive.
If you didn’t delete Windows.old folder in C partition and upgraded less than 10 days, go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and then selecting Get started under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.
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Sometimes you need an immediate fix if you pulled the trigger and borked your system.
Major Windows 10 updates aren’t always smooth sailing . And if you own Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, you’ll probably be a bit annoyed to know that you can’t update to Windows 10 version 1903, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s operating system, thanks to a bug with Nvidia GPUs.
To be fair, errors like this are bound to crop up when a company pushes updates for an operating system installed on PCs with wildly varying hardware configurations and capabilities. Microsoft is usually quick with patches to fix some of these issues, but sometimes you need an immediate fix if you pulled the trigger and borked your system.
How to roll back a Windows update
If you act fast, you can fully undo major Windows updates. You only get a 10-day windows after installing the latest version of Windows, so act quickly if your system starts having major issues..
- Open the Windows 10 Settings Menu by clicking the gear icon in the Windows Start menu, or by pressing “Windows+I” keys.
- Click “Update & security”
- Click the “Recovery” tab on the sidebar
- Under “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10,” click “Get started.”
- Follow the remaining on-screen instructions to complete the rollback.
While Windows 10 notes that you probably won’t have to back up your files before initiating a rollback, it never hurts .
Note: This article doesn’t apply to MSI versions of Office.
By default, installations of Microsoft Office are configured to automatically update your Office installation when new updates are made publicly available. Occasionally, you may have to revert to an earlier version or build of an Office installation. For example, an automatic update may introduce unexpected behavior by one of your Office applications. In this case, you may want to revert to the previous version until a new version is released that addresses the issue you experienced.
Important: This article provides a list of recommended steps to revert to an earlier version of Microsoft 365, Office 2019, or Office 2016 that is installed by using Click-to-Run. This article doesn’t apply to MSI versions of Office.
Consider the severity of the issue
Before reverting to an earlier version of an Office installation, weigh the severity of the issue that you’re experiencing against the benefits of having the security, performance, and reliability improvements that are included in the latest update.
Revert to the previous version of Office
Follow these steps to revert to the previous version of Office.
Important: The Office installation is streamed from the Internet. Make sure that your connection to the Internet is reliable and persistent.
Step 1: Set a reminder to enable automatic updates at a future date
Before you revert an Office installation, you should disable automatic updates. To make sure that you don’t miss future updates, set a reminder to manually check for future versions. When a new version becomes available, and if the new version doesn’t exhibit the same issue that you experienced earlier, then you can re-enable automatic updates.
Create a reminder to re-enable automatic updates. You can do this in Microsoft Outlook, on Outlook.com, or by using another application that has a calendar.
For more information about Office updates, see the following article:
Step 2: Install the previous version of Office
To install the previous version of Office, follow these steps:
Determine and note the previous version number. Use the following Microsoft website to find the update version that is previous to the current version:
Download and run the self-extracting executable file from the following Download Center link. This file contains the Office Deployment Tool executable (Setup.exe) and a sample configuration file (Configuration.xml):
Start Notepad and copy the following XML. Then, save the file as Config.xml in the same file location as the Setup.exe file from Step 2.
Note In the XML, 16.0. xxxxx.yyyyy represents the full version number that you noted in step 1.
Open an elevated Command Prompt window. To do this, click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator. Switch to the file location for the Setup.exe and Config.xml files.
Run the following command:
Start an Office application (such as Excel), and then select File > Account.
In the Product Information section, select Update Options > Update Now.
Note If you are prompted to activate Office again, enter your Microsoft account and password. This step does not add your computer to your account a second time.
Step 3: Disable automatic updates for Office
This step is very important. Office automatically checks for updates on a regular basis. To prevent Office from automatically installing new updates, follow these steps:
Click File, and then click Office Account.
In the Product Information column, click Update Options, and then click Disable Updates.
As more and more people give Windows 11 a try, there’s bound to be a portion of early adopters eager to make the transition back to Windows 10. Considering that Windows 11 is still only part of the Insiders Program and won’t be officially out until early 2022, it’s understandable why you’d want to move back to a more stable OS like Windows 10.
Rolling back to Windows 10
Can I Roll Back to Windows 10 from Windows 11?
Yes, you can – Using the same System Recovery options menu that has been a part of Windows for years now. The trick is that you’ll only be able to roll back to Windows 10 only within the first 10 days of having the upgrade installed.
If you decide to roll back within this 10-day period, you will be able to roll back while keeping all the files and data you originally brought over from Windows 10 (think of it as a grace period)
Note: After the 10 day period, Microsoft will purge the old OS files making it impossible for you to do a hassle-free rollback to Windows 10.
How to Roll Back (Uninstall) Windows 11
Fortunately, Microsoft has made it very easy to make the transition back to Windows 10 if you’re still under the 10-day grace period. If you had enough of Windows 11 and you want to migrate back to the known waters of Windows 10, follow the instructions below to rollback via the Recovery menu:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Inside the text box that just appeared, type ‘ Accessing the Settings menu
- Once you’re inside the settings menu, click on System from the vertical menu on the left.
- Next, from the System menu, scroll down through the list of available options and click on Recovery.Accessing the Recovery menu
- Inside the Recovery menu, go under Recovery Options and click on the Goback button to begin the roll-back process. Rollback to the previous Windows version
- Next, complete the quick Microsoft survey when asked to do so and click on No thanks when asked if you want to check for any pending updates to Windows 11.
- Follow the remaining prompts until you finally see the option to click on Go back to earlier build.
After this process is complete, your computer will boot directly into the familiar Windows 10 interface. However, in order to prevent Microsoft from installing Windows 11 all over again, you’ll need to navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider program and disable the toggle associated with Stop getting preview builds.
Stop getting preview builds
I’m Past the 10 days, Can I still Roll Back to Windows 10?
If you’ve only decided that you want to roll back after the first 10 days have passed, there will be no option to take advantage of the easy Recovery rollback to Windows 10. However, you can still make the transition back to Windows 10 by clean installing Windows 10 (after backing up your data in advance).
If you find yourself in this unfortunate scenario, you should start by backing up your data in advance. After you do this, simply follow the instructions to clean install Windows 10 on your machine.
Note: The license key that you used for Windows 11 will work to activate Windows 10 again once the installation is complete.
Last Updated on November 15, 2018 by admin 6 Comments
When you upgrade from a previous version of Windows 10 to the latest version or when you upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10, Windows 10 keeps a copy of the previous version of Windows so that users can roll back to the previous version if they encounter issues with the newest version.
With default settings, Windows 10 allows you to go back to the previous version of Windows in the first 10 days (the roll back period was reduced from 30 days to 10 with Anniversary Update). That is, users have up to 10 days of period to go back to the previous version. In this period, one can navigate to Settings app > Update & security > Recovery > Go back to the previous version of Windows to begin restoring the previous version of Windows.
Windows 10 automatically deletes files of the previous version after 10 days, and you won’t be able to roll back after that. In fact, the Go back to previous version of Windows/Windows 10 doesn’t appear in the Settings > Update & security > Recovery page post the 10 days roll back period.
For most users, a 10-day window is more than enough. However, there are users who would like to go back to the previous version post the 10-day time period. This is especially true for users who use their PCs once in a while or if the particular PC is not their daily driver.
Although there is no option under Settings and Control Panel to change the default 10-day roll back period, there is a way out there to increase or reduce the default 10-day roll back period.
Increase roll back period from 10 days to up to 60 days
Here is how to change the default 10-day roll back period in Windows 10.
Step 1: Open the Command Prompt as administrator. To do that, type CMD in Start/taskbar search, right-click on the search result and then click Run as administrator option.
Click Yes button if and when you get the User Account Control prompt.
Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, copy and paste the following command and then hit the Enter key.
DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:30
In the above command, replace “30” with a number that you would like to keep the files of previous version of Windows. The maximum roll back period that you can currently set is 60 days.
NOTE: If you get “Error:3. The system cannot find the path specified” error, it is likely because there is no previous version of Windows files on your PC. Run the command again after upgrading to a newer version of Windows 10. We got the error when we ran the command on two PCs that didn’t have files of previous version of Windows. However, the error didn’t appear when we ran the command on a PC which was upgraded to the newest version of Windows 10 just two days ago. So, it appears that we need to run the command before the roll back period expires.
Please note the files of previous version of Windows take significant amount of disk space. To manually delete them, learn how to delete previous Windows files in Windows 10 guide.
Published October 21, 2020 · Updated November 3, 2020
Microsoft announced the newest version of Windows 10, called Windows 10 version 20H2, on 20th October 2020. It is the second major release of Windows in 2020, marketed with the name of the Windows 10 October 2020 update. There are a number of features introduced with the update as well. Although Windows 10 version 2004 and 20H2 share the same code, the update may not go well with some devices. This article discusses how to uninstall Windows 10 version 20H2. Please note, that you get only 10 days to uninstall Feature update if you want to.
To uninstall Windows 10 October 2020 update, execute as per scenarios:
- If you had version 2004, Uninstall update from Update and Security>View Installed updates
- If you had version 1903/09, Uninstall from Settings>Update and Security>Recovery.
Applies To : Windows 10
Scenario 1: Uninstall Windows 10 20H2 if you have version 2004
If you were on build 19041 i.e. Windows 10 version 2004, you need to uninstall the Windows update named “enablement package”. Here are the detailed steps.
- Go to Settings>Update and Security>View Update History.
- Click Uninstall Updates.
- Select “Feature update to Windows 10 20H2 via enablement package” right-click it and choose to uninstall.
- Select Restart now.
Scenario 2: If you had a release other than Windows 10 version 2004
If you were on a previous release other than version 2004, Windows updated like a full-fledged feature update. In that case, you need to roll back to the previous release. The steps are as follows:
- In Settings, go to Update and Security>Recovery.
- Choose go back to the previous version of Windows.
- Choose the reason and start the rollback.
These methods would help you to uninstall Windows 10 October 2020 update aka 20H2 update.
Last reviewed on September 27, 2021 38 Comments
Applies to: Outlook 365 (Win), Outlook 2019 (Win), Outlook 2016 (Win), Outlook 2013
A spate of recent updates caused problems in Outlook and the short-term fix is to uninstall the update; however, updates can’t be uninstalled from the Click-To-Run installations of Office, and almost all users have the Click-To-Run installation.
Instead, you will need to revert to an earlier version.
First, you need to disable Office updates. If you don’t disable updates, the problem update will reinstall itself. You can disable updates from the File menu in any Office application.
In Outlook (this is an Outlook help site after all), go to File, Office Account, Update Options and click on Disable Updates.
Next, create an appointment in your calendar for 30 days from now to remind yourself to check for updates. In many cases, the “bad” file will be removed or replaced with a corrected update, and you can allow Office to install updates without reinstalling “trouble” after a few weeks have passed.
Now you’re ready to roll back the click-to-run installation.
Windows 10: Start typing cmd on the Start screen in the task bar search field to find the Command Prompt then click Run as Administrator
Older Windows version: Right click on the Start button and choose Command Prompt (Admin). If you don’t see Command Prompt on the menu, you’ll need to type cmd on the Start screen to find the Command Prompt then right click on it and choose Run as Administrator
If you are using Outlook 2016, 2019, or 365, copy the following line, then right click in the command prompt window to paste it. Replace xxxx.yyyy with the build number you want to revert to. You can look up build numbers at Version numbers of update branches for Office 365 clients.
“C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\officec2rclient.exe” /update user updatetoversion=16.0.xxxx.yyyy
|July 2021||“C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\officec2rclient.exe” /update user updatetoversion=16.0.14131.20320|
|April 23 2021||“C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\officec2rclient.exe” /update user updatetoversion=16.0.13901.20462|
|March 30 2021||“C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\officec2rclient.exe” /update user updatetoversion=16.0.13901.20312|
Press Enter and the “update” will download and install.
Outlook 2013 users will change the directory to the path of officec2rclient.exe. To do this, in the command prompt window, type (or copy and right-click paste) the following if you are running 64-bit Office:
cd %programfiles%\Microsoft Office 15\ClientX64\
or this if using the 32-bit version of Office:
cd %programfiles%\Microsoft Office 15\ClientX86\
You’ll revert to a previous version of Office by running officec2rclient using a command line in this format, where 15.0.xxxx.xxxx is the previous version.
officec2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=15.0.xxxx.yyyy
The command line you’ll use will look something like this (this is the July 2014 build):
officec2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=15.0.4631.1002
Choose Online Repair. Once repair is complete you can check your version to verify it updated properly. Note: you’ll probably be asked to log in again and verify your license.
OEMs shouldn’t use this setting in imaging or manufacturing scenarios. This setting is for IT administrators.
Windows gives a user the ability to uninstall and roll back to a previous version of Windows. You can use DISM to:
- Find out how many days after an upgrade that an OS can be uninstalled
- Initiate an uninstall
- Remove the ability for a user to uninstall a Windows upgrade
- Set the number of days that a user has to uninstall a Windows upgrade
Run this command against an online image to see how many days after an upgrade that an uninstall can be initiated.
Run this command against an online image to revert a PC to a previous Windows installation.
By default, you’ll be prompted to restart the PC after running this command. You can choose to suppress the prompt by either specifying the /Quiet option, which allows the restart the happen automatically, or specifying the /NoRestart option, which will require the PC to be restarted manually.
The /NoRestart and /Quiet options are available starting in Windows 10 Version 2004. In earlier versions of Windows 10, seccessful execution of this command does not produce any output, and the PC must be restarted manually. Running the command again after it has already succeeded will result in ERROR_NOT_FOUND (1168), but the uninstall will continue to proceed once the PC restarts.
Run this command against an online image to remove the ability to roll back a PC to a previous installation of Windows.
Sets the number of days after an upgrade that an uninstall can be initiated.
- Value sets how many days after an upgrade that an uninstall can be initiated.
If value passes anything 60, the default value of 10 will be set
Easily Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10
After being in its beta stage for months, Microsoft officially released the latest version of its desktop operating system- Windows 11 to the public. We have already covered a detailed guide on how you can update your PC to Windows 11 easily for free.
While the software brings few subtle improvements with it, like enhanced animations, revamped UI, a centered taskbar, and more, it might not suit everyone’s preferences.
Since Windows 10 has been around for a few years now, many users are accustomed to it and might not like the new UI changes in Windows 11. Further, as this is a new major update, it is bound to have some bugs owing to which one might want to roll back to Windows 10.
Today, we have listed all possible ways to downgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 11 easily. So what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in.
Table of Contents
Using the Roll-Back Option
Microsoft has made it extremely easy to roll back to Windows 10 in the first ten days of installing Windows 11. Let us have a look:
- Click on the Windows icon and open Settings.
- Now choose Windows updates from the drop-down menu.
- Here, look for the advanced option and click on it
- Scroll down a bit and select the Recovery option
- Under Recovery, choose the Go back option, and follow the on-screen instructions. Boom, you have successfully rolled back to the previous version of windows.
Using Microsoft Media Creation Tool
If you want to roll back after the ten days are over, then alternatively, you can use the Microsoft Media Creation tool. The tool helps you install Windows 10 easily but do note you will lose your data.
- Download MediaCreation Tool
- Run the setup file and click on Accept.
- Now you are greeted with two options. Select Upgrade this PC option and hit next.
- The tool will now start downloading the latest version of Windows 10
- Once downloaded, hit next and accept the terms.
- Here, you will see the “Choose what to keep” screen. Make sure to choose the Nothing option here and click next.
- Finally, choose the install option, and your PC will start installing Windows 10.
Clean Installing Windows 10 using an ISO file
If you want to perform a clean installation, then ISO is the way to go. However, the process is a bit more lengthy and tricky compared to the method we mentioned earlier. So let us have a look.
- Download Windows 10 ISO
- A USB drive (minimum 8GB)
- Download Rufus
Make sure to take a backup of your personal files as they will get deleted during the installation process.
Steps to create a bootable USB drive
- Open rufus, which we downloaded earlier.
- After opening rufus, connect your USB drive to your PC. Please note- All the data on the USB drive will get wiped.
- Now choose your USB in rufus.
- Once that is done, just below devices, there is an option to choose an ISO file. Click on Select ISO and choose the Windows 10 ISO.
- Under the partition scheme, there will be two options – GPT and MBR. Now, this will depend upon your Disk. In our case, it is MBR, so we chose MBR.
- Hit start and wait patiently as this may take some time.
Steps to check partition (MBR or GPT)
As we saw in the steps above, it is essential to choose the correct partition scheme. If we choose the wrong partition scheme, then you will be unable to install Windows 11 on a PC. So let us have a detailed look at the steps on how you can check your partition scheme.
- Go to the start menu and search “Create and format disk partitions,” and open it.
- After opening, you will see all your drives. Here, click on the drive you will install Windows 11 on and right-click and select Properties.
- In the properties tab, click on Hardware and choose Properties again
- Look for the Volumes tab and select it.
- Hit Populate, and you will find the partition scheme under the partition style. Now, you can go back and continue making a bootable USB drive.
Setting up Windows 10 on PC after a clean installation
- Open BIOS settings on your laptop. That being said, the process to enter bios is different for different manufactures.
- After you have successfully entered bios settings, search for the boot preferences. Again, this differs from device to device.
- In the boot, preferences select USB drive as first boot priority and restart your device.
- Click start and start following the on-screen instructions.
- Once setup is complete, the PC will restart. At this point, remove your USB drive from the PC. Boom, you will now be greeted with the new Windows 10 startup screen. (The device might reboot a few times during this process)
- Once the device boots successfully, follow the new Windows 10 setup screen. Congratulations, you have now successfully rolled back to Windows 10 on your PC.
As you saw, downgrading to the previous version of Windows was a relatively simple and easy process. Do let us know your thoughts about Windows 11 in the comment section below.
By Zoe | Follow | Last Updated October 18, 2019
Windows 10 automatically update is a common issue among Windows users. As a Windows user, if you are not accustomed to using the newest version of Windows and you want to roll it back, you may wonder how to uninstall Windows 10 updates. MiniTool tells all.
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- What Is Windows Rollback
- Why Rollback Windows 10 Update
- How to Roll Back or Uninstall Updates on Windows 10
- Windows 10 Rollback Loop/Stuck, How to Fix?
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What Is Windows Rollback
Windows rollback (go back to a previous version of Windows) is the process of reverting your current Windows operating system to the previous version without the new installed updates.
Usually, when you turn on the computer, you’ll find Windows automatically installs updates. For those users who don’t like Windows update, Windows rollback can be a great help.
Why Rollback Windows 10 Update
Most of the time, Windows update is good to users, because these patches fix bugs, enhance the operating system stability, protect computers from attacks of the latest virus and security threats, and offer better user experience.
However, Windows update also could break your computer.
Recently, the latest Windows 10 updates have caused a series of problems. According to users, updates will greatly degrade some games’ performance and cause graphics and mouse issues.
Thus, if you’ve installed the latest version of Windows 10, and then noticed graphics and mouse issues, you are not alone.
Microsoft said the next update will solve this problem. In the meantime, Microsoft suggested affected users uninstall the latest updates to revert back to the previous version.
Why need to roll back Windows 10 updates? Some responsible reasons are listed below.
- Windows 10 won’t boot after update.
- Some apps and devices are not compatible with the new Windows version after the update.
- File loss and drive loss after the update.
- Blue screen of death after the update.
- Performance degradation after the update.
- Graphics and mouse issues after the update.
As you can see, installing a Windows update may bring you lots of trouble. To make things easier, downgrading to the previous version may suit you best.
How to Roll Back or Uninstall Updates on Windows 10
Step 1: Press ‘Win + I’ to run the Settings app, then click Update & Security to access its main interface.
Step 2: Navigate to Recovery from the left panel and then click Get started under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.
Step 3: The process starts and you will be asked a few questions. Mark your answer and click Next to go on. Please remember when you go back, you lose all changes that are available in the last updated version.
In addition, Windows 10 will offer you another chance to check for updates, please make your own choice. Besides, make sure you know the account password for your previous Windows version.
After rolling back Windows, you may find Windows still automatically update. If you are tired of Windows update and want to keep the current version of Windows, disabling Windows 10 update is your first choice.
Windows 10 Rollback Loop/Stuck, How to Fix?
While most of the time, you are able to go through the Windows rollback process successfully. However, many users also reported that their Windows 10 rollback stuck could happen.
In this point of view, I would like to share some useful solutions.
Solution 1. Force Shut Down
According to the users’ report, when the rollback process is stuck, the hard drive indicator does not show any indicator. But after a forced shutdown, the hard drive indicator is active again and the rollback would continue.
Solution 2. Leave Your Computer Running for a Couple of Hours
Sometimes the rollback process can take longer. So, it is better to leave your computer there and wait for the rollback process to finish patiently.
Solution 3. Run Command Prompt
If Windows rollback loops, you might be able to fix it by running a couple of commands. And since you are getting stuck in the rollback process, you have to shut down your computer first.
Then follow the steps below:
Step 1. Restart your Windows 10 for several times while it is still booting to enter WinRE.
Step 2. When you are presented with a couple of options, choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.
Step 3. Run the following commands.
- chkdsk c: /f
- bootrec /fixmbr
- bootrec /fixboot
- bootrec /rebuildbcd
- bcdboot c:\windows /s c:
Solution 4. Reinstall Windows 10
If all of the above solutions are not help, you have to reinstall Windows 10. Since a complete reinstall will delete all your files in the C drive, I sincerely recommend that you should back up files in the C drive first.
Then, please follow this guide to reinstall Windows 10: Detailed Steps and Instructions to Reinstall Windows 10.
Reading here, I guess you already know: what is Windows rollback, and how to start Windows 10 rollback to return to the previous version if the new updated version does not suit your taste.
I also give you suggestions for Windows rollback loop. If you are getting stuck in rollback Windows 10 update, just give the solutions a try.
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When you install a new feature upgrade of Windows 10 on a computer or upgrade from a previous version of Windows to a newer one, you get options to rollback for a certain period of time.
Windows keeps the files of the old systems on the drive for a period of time to give users and admins options to roll back to the previous version. There are plenty of reasons for wanting to do so, from broken functionality or programs to removed or modified features.
The rollback period was set to 30 days initially but Microsoft reduced the period to 10 days with the release of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10.
Good news is that you can modify the period to increase it again or even decrease it. How that is done is revealed on Microsoft’s Doc website.
The following commands are useful in this regard. Note that you need to open an elevated command prompt and run the commands from there.
To launch an elevated command prompt tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Shift-key and Ctrl-key, and select the cmd.exe (may also be listed as Command Prompt) result from the list of returned items.
Change rollback period on Windows 10
The first command that you may want to run is DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow as it returns the current rollback period in days. Just run the command and check the value displayed after “Uninstall Window” in the output.
The second command, DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:30, modifies the rollback period. The command listed in the last sentence changes it to 30 days which means that you will be able to roll back to the previous version of Windows up to 30 days after installation of the new version.
You can change the value to a maximum of 60 days. Note that Windows will keep the files of the previous version of the operating system on the device for the selected period.
Microsoft’s DISM tool supports two additional commands that you may find interesting. The command DISM /Online /Remove-OSUninstall removes the previous version of Windows when executed so that the system cannot be rolled back anymore.
The commandÂ DISM /Online /Initiate-OSUninstall initiates a rollback from the command line.
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DISM /Online /Initiate-OSUninstall initiates a rollback from the command line.
Windows 10, in the Type here to search box, type: cmd then hold Ctrl and Shift with left hand and press Enter with right, launch command prompt in Admin mode.
I ran the commands on my Windows 10 Pro at work with no problems. Then I ran the same on my home laptop – also Windows 10 Pro – and got an error 87 “get-osuninstallwindow option is unknown”. In both instances, I simply cut-and-pasted the commands from your article and into the Administrator command prompt windows.
Entering “DISM /?” doesn’t show a “Get-OSUninstallWindow”. Hmmmmm
I also get error 87 option unknown in Win10 Enterprise 1709.
It appears that this options need at least version 1803.
Worked like a charm for me thank you.
“You can change the value with any other value, e.g. 60 or 90 days.”
60 is max. I had already set mine to 60 and decided to try the 90 but it reset me to 10 and had to run the 60 again.
Thanks Roger, corrected!
Back in May 2018 I did an upgrade to Windows 10 from a disk that I had made when Windows 10 first came out. After having it four days I clicked settings and went to the rollback to 7 but it wasn’t there. I had read you could do a rollback if your other Windows were still installed and it shows it is still there but one folder it showed to go to was empty but there were files in it that you could roll back but not now. There has to be one update on windows 10 that it seems you could delete so you could roll back at anytime. Microsoft doesn’t want people to roll back at all but make you stay with 10. A friend of mine that build computer starting from windows xp ran a check on every file and it shows up Spyware in a windows update that will not delete. That file is where they can spy on your computer and see everything you do and go online. I have 937GB’s of movies on my hard drive I do not want to have to delete if I only have a choice to format my HDD. Any other help to this matter?
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Server 2016 with Windows 10
- Click on the Start button, search for Windows Update and hit Enter.
- Go to View Update History and select Uninstall Updates. Click the update you are wanting to uninstall/remove. (Generally, these are the most recent installs.)
- When the installed update window comes up, you can see the updates by name, KB number, type of program, version, and even the date of installation.
- Select the update and choose Uninstall. Follow the on screen instructions.
- Depending on the update, there may be a need to reboot the server to complete removal.
- While you are still in the Windows Update screen, select the offending update and click Hide Update. ** Once the Update is fixed and it is safe to install, then you can go in and manually install it on your system.
Complete the removal of the update by rebooting the server.
Server 2008R2 and 2012R2 with Windows 7/8
- Go to the Start button and select Control Panel.
- Go to Programs >> Uninstalla program.
- Select the program and right-click to Uninstall.
- Select the update you would like to revert.
- Select Yes to uninstall the selected update.
- Select the Restart Now button.
- While you are still in the Updates screen, select the offending update and right-click, to select Hide Update. ** To re-instate the update you can manually install it on your system.
Complete the removal of the update by rebooting the server.
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Microsoft has started a months-long process of releasing Windows 11 to over a billion devices, but this doesn’t mean Windows 10 won’t be supported. The operating system isn’t only set to receive a major feature update in the next few weeks, but it will continue to receive cumulative updates until at least 2025.
If you aren’t thrilled about getting on board the Windows 11 train, you don’t need to. However, if you’d like to give it a try and see how things work out, Microsoft is officially offering you 10 days to do that. Upgrade to Windows 11, experience it for 10 days, and then choose to roll back to Windows 10 if you don’t like it without having to do data backups.
After this period, if you choose to go back to Windows 10, you will have to do a clean installation of the operating system as there won’t be an easy, OS-supported way to do the rollback. The company had explained back in July:
After you have installed the Windows 11 upgrade, there is a 10-day period where you can move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you.
How to downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10
If you want to do the easy rollback while keeping all the files and data, follow these steps within 10 days of installing Windows 11:
- Start >Settings (Windows+i) >System >Recovery.
- Click on Go Back under Previous version of Windows.
- Select your reason for uninstalling Windows 11 from the options given.
- The next prompt will ask you to check for updates; click on No, thanks.
- After a couple of “next” prompts, click on the Go back to Windows 10 button to downgrade.
This option will only work for ten days after installation. After that period, you won’t be able to click on the “Go Back” button under Recovery options, as it will show “This option is no longer available on this PC.”
Microsoft’s new generation of Windows has brought in several changes that have proven to be controversial among users. From a centered Start Menu to an updated Taskbar and widgets, adjusting to the new operating system might take a while. Users would have probably preferred a 30-day window (which Microsoft had offered with the initial Windows 10 release) since ten days are probably not enough to adjust to the new OS. However, at least there’s a way to perform an easy rollback.
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Here’s how to remove a PC from Windows Insider updates and reset it to stay on Windows 10. If you don’t remove unsupported devices from the program you’re going to be left in an unsupported state.
While it has its reasons, Microsoft’s decision to enforce new hardware requirements in Windows 11 remains controversial. It’s already affecting users in the Windows Insider program, blocking unsupported hardware from the most recent post-release builds in the Dev channel. While Beta channel users are getting cumulative updates up until next month’s release, they soon will have to decide what to do with their PCs once updates stop. Microsoft has been sending warning emails and displaying banners in Windows Update for devices that will soon lose access to the program.
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If you’re running the beta or dev Windows 11 releases on unsupported hardware, you’ll soon have to decide what to do. Unless you only recently decided to try out Windows 11, that’s likely to mean a complete reinstall, either from a recovery partition or using Microsoft’s own tools. While Microsoft is offering an unsupported way (using its Media Creation tool) to install the final release version of Windows 11 on hardware that doesn’t meet its strictest requirements, first make sure to unenroll your device from the Windows Insider program.
Windows’ own rollback and install policies make the decision complex. There’s no supported way to go back to Windows 10 and keep your applications and data (unless you’re in a very tiny window that only applies to recently joined PCs). But if you don’t remove unsupported devices from the program you’re going to be left in an unsupported state, with a build that’s likely to time out in a few months.
That last point is an important one that’s often missed: Windows Insider builds in the Beta and Dev channels are evaluation builds and have a hard-coded expiration date. If you continue using one without upgrading to a new release, it will time out and stop working. Because of that limitation you don’t have the option of staying on the last build you get from the Insider program when builds stop arriving for your processor.
So how do you get your PC back to a supported build of Windows?
If you’ve only just switched to the Beta or Dev channels from Windows 10 you may still be within the short window that lets you roll back to your previous build using the Windows.old file. You can’t roll back without this file, so if you’ve deleted it to save space, there’s no way back without a fresh install. You’ve got 10 days to do this, otherwise Windows will delete the file automatically to avoid using up all your disk space.
Before you attempt to run a roll back, make sure you’ve backed up all files, to a local disk or to OneDrive, and make sure you have a list of all software you need to install. Recovering a PC will only reinstall bundled software, and in many cases only includes the OS files.
There are two ways to roll back. First open Settings, and in System go to Recovery (you can also get here from the Windows Update section, via Advanced Options). Once here, choose Go Back to uninstall the latest feature update and return to Windows 10. If that doesn’t work, you may have been affected by an early Windows 11 bug.
If this is the case, you can still roll back. First, take a record of your BitLocker Recovery key as you may need to use this to unlock your hard disk. From System go to Recovery and then open Advanced Startup. Click Restart to open Windows Recovery. From here select Reset this PC, and then choose Troubleshoot. In the Troubleshoot menu next find an Uninstall Updates option. Select this and then select Uninstall Latest Feature Update. This will run any available rollback, hopefully returning you to Windows 10.
Resetting your PC
If neither of these options work, then you’ll need to completely reset your device, reinstalling Windows 10. If your device has a recovery partition you can use this, or alternatively you can download directly from Microsoft. Microsoft recently introduced a Cloud Recovery tool which allows you to fetch an install image from its servers. Make sure your copy of Windows is activated and linked to your Microsoft account if you want your fresh install to automatically activate. If not, be sure to have your original Windows key to hand.
Again, use Windows Recovery to get to the Reset this PC option. Choose Cloud Recovery or a local reinstall. Cloud Recovery will warn you that it will require at least 4GB of download, so may not be appropriate if you’re using a metered connection or have limited bandwidth. Even so, it’s worth attempting if your PC doesn’t have recovery data or if it’s corrupted. The Cloud download brings down the latest version of Windows 10, so any additional updates should be relatively small. A local recovery image will be the original version that came with your device, so may require a large set of updates if you have an older PC.
In some cases, your PC will default to resetting and reinstalling Windows 11, so your best option is to use the Windows Media Creation Tool to install Windows 10. You have two ways to install it, using it to download an installation to your PC or make an install image on USB or as an ISO file. This approach will completely wipe any files off your PC, so be sure to back them up before starting. If there’s enough space on your disk, choose to run the MCT directly, downloading and upgrading without having to create an installation device.
This process will take some time, and once it’s complete you have to go through the whole set up process from scratch, working through the out-of-box experience, connecting to Wi-Fi, and configuring your OneDrive. If you’ve moved your files to OneDrive this will simplify getting back to normal, as you’ll be able to use its files-on-demand feature to access all your data, only needing to reinstall applications as and when you need them (helping spring clean your PC!).
If you do want to use Windows 11 once released, most modern PCs which meet the base specifications will be able to upgrade using MCT. All you need is to be sure you have a 64-bit processor, UEFI secure boot, and TPM 2.0. Failing that, Microsoft will be supporting Windows 10 until 2025, giving you several more years with a familiar Windows.
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This article helps fix an issue where applications that use System.Diagnostics.StackFrame run slower than before after you upgrade to Windows 10 or Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1.
Applies to: В Windows 10, version 1803, Windows 10, version 1709
Original KB number: В 4057154
Starting in October 2017, after you upgrade to Windows 10 or .NET Framework 4.7.1, you notice a significant decrease in performance when you run .NET Framework applications that use the System.Diagnostics.StackFrame class.
Applications typically rely on StackFrame when they throw .NET exceptions. If this occurs at a high rate (more than 10 incidents per second), applications can slow down significantly (tenfold) and run noticeably slower than before.
This issue is fixed in the following Windows updates.
For Windows 10 Version 1709
For all other supported Windows versions
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
Workaround 1 (preferred): Use a different constructor for StackFrame that takes a Boolean argument
If application developers are able to make changes to their applications, call the System.Diagnostics.StackTrace.#ctor(Boolean) constructor by using a false argument to avoid capturing source information. This avoids the section of the code in which performance is decreased.
Workaround 2: Roll back the system version
Roll back the system to the previous version of Windows 10 or .NET Framework. To do this, follow these steps.
How to roll back to the previous version of Windows 10
Open Settings, select Update & Security, and then select Recovery.
Under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10, select Get started.
Select a reason for rolling back, and then select Next.
Select No, thanks to skip installing updates.
Select Next two times, and then select Go back to earlier build.
After you complete these steps, Windows 10 restores the previous version of the system.
How to roll back to the previous version of .NET Framework
Steps for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:
Open the Programs and Features item in Control Panel.
In the Uninstall or change a program list, locate and select Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1, and then select Uninstall/Change.
Select Remove .NET Framework 4.7.1 from this computer, and then select Next.
Select Continue to confirm uninstallation.
Select Finish after the uninstallation is finished.
Restart your computer if you are prompted to do this.
After you uninstall .NET Framework 4.7.1, your computer no longer has any version of .NET Framework 4 installed. You must reinstall a version of .NET Framework 4.
Steps for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows 10 Version 1607:
Open the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. To do this, type appwiz.cpl in the Search box.
Select View installed updates.
Right-click one of the following items, depending on your Windows version, and then click Uninstall:
- Windows Server 2012: Update for Microsoft Windows (KB4033345)
- Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2: Update for Microsoft Windows (KB4033369)
- Windows 10 Version 1607: Update for Microsoft Windows (KB4033369)
Click Yes to confirm uninstallation.
Restart your computer if you are prompted to do this.
For more information about how many .NET exceptions a particular application throws, see Exception Performance Counters.
For more information about how to measure the rate of exceptions for an application, see Runtime Profiling.
This issue does not change the number of exceptions that are thrown. However, it does significantly decrease the ability of applications to handle those exceptions. For more information about this issue, see this GitHub post.
Applications that use IKVM library are known to be affected by this issue if they probe for assemblies. Probing for assemblies is known to cause exceptions.
If after installing the latest Windows 10 version Update you are facing problems and issues with it, you can uninstall it and go back or rollback to the previous Windows version. Most of you may be familiar with the instructions, but for those of you who are not, this post will help you uninstall the latest Windows 10 Feature Update from your PC.
Uninstall Windows 10 version 21H2 Update
To uninstall this Feature Update, you will have to open the Start Menu. Next, click on the Settings link.
Having opened the Settings panel, click on Update and security and here select Recovery settings.
Next click on the Get started button under Go back to an earlier build section.
The process will start, and you will be asked some questions for information purposes, as to why you are going back to the previous build of Windows 10.
The options are:
- My apps or devices don’t work on this build
- Earlier builds seemed easier to use
- Earlier builds seemed faster
- Earlier builds seemed more reliable
- For another reason – Tell them more.
Do the needful and click Next to move on. If you wish, you have a chance to Cancel now.
You have to remember that when you go back, you will lose the settings changes or the apps you may have installed after you upgraded to the current build.
Windows 10 will offer to check for updates. Maybe some new fixes have been released!
Remember to note down your password or login credentials as you will be required to enter them after the process is completed.
Click on Next, and you will be thanked for trying out this build.
Once you are completely sure click on the Go back to earlier build button and the upgrade process will start.
Just to be on the safe side, you may want to also back up your data before you begin.
Once you have done this, you may want to defer installing Windows Updates on your Windows 10.
PS: The post has been updated for Windows 10 21H2.
The build was pushed by mistake to all insiders
Windows 10 build 18947 was released to Windows Insiders in all rings earlier today all by mistake, with Microsoft itself admitting that this wasn’t aimed at a broad audience.
In fact, this build was only supposed to be installed on internal devices for further validation, but due to what Microsoft calls “a configuration change,” it ended up on Windows Update for everyone enrolled in the Windows Insider program.
The build was accidentally released to both 32-bit, but as per our original report (linked above), some 64-bit devices received it as well.
Microsoft explains what happened in the following official statement:
“We actively test and validate each of our preview builds internally before sharing them externally, however a configuration change allowed this build to release to multiple rings simultaneously, including external rings. We have made the necessary remediation in our Flighting service and have implemented additional changes to help prevent from this happening in the future.
We apologize for any troubles this may have caused for affected Insiders and appreciate your assistance in bringing this to our attention so we could make the necessary changes as quickly as possible.”
Determine the build you are running
The first step comes down to determining whether you’re running this build or not. Although you should have noticed a new build installing, if you’re not sure what version you’re on, click the Start menu and type winver.
If you are running Windows 10 build 18947 (which is the one accidentally released by Microsoft), the OS build number should be Version 1903 (OS Build 18947). If you’re running a different version, you should either check if the update is pending in Windows Update, and if it does, skip to the next step. If it doesn’t, you’re good to go.
If build 18947 is waiting for installation
While there are several ways to remove an update that’s pending install, but for this particular case, Microsoft recommends users to just pause updates for 7 days.
To do this, head over to the following path on your PC:
Windows 10 > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Pause updates for 7 days
Reboot your device and then follow the same path and unpause updates. Your system should then check for updates normally, and the accidentally-released build should no longer be offered.
If build 18947 is already installed
If you’ve already installed this build, you just need to roll back to the previous version that was installed on your device. And doing this is easy, as Windows 10 comes with the necessary options to let you do this with just a few clicks.
The path to the option is the following:
Windows 10 > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go back to the previous version of Windows 10
Once you begin the process, you need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the rollback. Your system will reboot and then the previous version of Windows 10 will be restored.
If build 18947 is not installed and not pending install
In this case, there’s nothing you should do because your computer wasn’t offered this build. This means that you will get the new updates as part of the Windows Insider ring that you’re enrolled in when they become available with no action required on your side.
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Microsoft has learned over the years that many of the common Windows errors and issues are due to out-dated drivers. Since most users never attempt to download and install the latest drivers, Microsoft has automated the job of updating popular hardware drivers in Windows 10.
Unlike previous Windows versions, the new Windows 10 automatically downloads the latest hardware drivers via Windows Update and tries to keep installed drivers up-to-date.
While this is an excellent move by Microsoft, considering that most users never bother to manually update drivers, which are essential for optimal performance, at times, new drivers do come with their own share of problems.
At times, after updating a driver, your hardware might not function as it is supposed to. For instance, your touchpad might stop responding after installing the latest driver via Windows Update or manual method.
If you’re experiencing issues after installing a newer version of a specific driver, you can always roll back to the previous version of the driver with a few clicks without having to manually download the previous version of the driver.
Rollback to the previous version of a driver
Complete the given below directions to restore or roll back to the earlier version of a driver in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.
Method 1 of 2
Step 1: Type Device Manager in the Start menu search box and hit the Enter key to open the Device Manager window. Alternatively, you can type devmgmt.msc in Start menu search box or Run command box and then press Enter key to open the same.
Step 2: Once Device Manager is launched, right-click on the device you want to roll back the driver of, and click Properties. We are rolling back Synaptics driver in this guide.
Step 3: Switch to the Driver tab.
Step 4: Click the button labeled Roll Back Driver and click the Yes button when you see the confirmation dialog to restore the previous version of the driver.
And if the Roll Back Driver button is greyed out, it means that the previous version of the driver has been removed from your PC or the driver has not been updated. Please check Method 2 to manually install the last version.
In most cases, the rollback will be done in a couple of seconds. If you’re asked to reboot, please do so once.
Step 5: Once the previous version of the driver is restored, be sure to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading the newer version of the driver (which is causing issues on your PC) again by disabling automatic driver updates. Please refer to our turn off automatic driver updates in Windows 10 for step-by-step directions.
Method 2 of 2
Uninstall new and reinstall the old driver
If the previous version of the driver is not available on your PC and the option Roll Back Driver button is greyed-out, you need to manually uninstall the current version of the driver, and then download and install the previous version of the driver.
Step 1: Open Device Manager by typing its name in the search box, and then press the Enter key.
Step 2: Right-click on the device you want to uninstall the driver of, click Properties to open the same, switch to Driver tab, and then note down the version number of the driver.
Step 3: Right-click on the device you want to uninstall the driver of, and then click the Uninstall option. Please make sure that you have selected the right device.
Step 4: Click OK or Yes button when you see the confirmation dialog. If the dialog is offering to Delete the driver software for this device option, check the same before clicking the OK button.
If you’re asked to reboot your PC, please do so.
Step 5: Once the current version of the driver is uninstalled, head over to the manufacturer’s website, and download the previous version of the driver.
If the hardware manufacturer is not offering previous versions, a quick web search should help you in finding the download link from third-party websites. If you’re downloading from websites other than popular sites, please use the service of VirusTotal to make sure that the link and file are safe.
Step 6: Run the downloaded driver setup, follow on-screen instructions to get it installed. That’s it!
Adobe Flash, the multimedia software platform that powered so many pre-YouTube animated videos like Homestar Runner, is officially ancient technology. As of December 31, 2020, Adobe stopped supporting the software, and now Microsoft is telling every Windows 10 user it’s time to ditch it if they haven’t already.
A new Windows 10 update from Microsoft, currently available via its Update Catalog , permanently removes Flash from the operating system according to Windows Latest , but only for Windows 10 versions 1903 and earlier and several versions of Windows Server. The same patch will roll out over Windows Update over the next month or so, and will be available via the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) sometime in early 2021. (The update is also supposed to be available for version 1909, but it’s unclear why that version’s patch doesn’t appear on the Update Catalog page.) At first, the update will be optional, but then it will be moved to the recommended updates a few months after.
Applying the update will only remove the Adobe Flash Player that was installed by your version of Windows—not if you installed it manually from another source, says Microsoft . Once the update is applied, Adobe Flash will be removed from the Control Panel and Windows 10 users will not be able to roll back the update. Users can also uninstall Flash via Adobe’s website .
If you absolutely must re-install Flash again, you’ll need to reset your device to an earlier system restore point . If you don’t have a restore point, be sure to make one before you apply the Flash-removal update.
By the end of the month, Microsoft will have also removed Adobe Flash Player from the its new Edge browser. “Beginning in January 2021, Adobe Flash Player will be disabled by default and all versions older than KB4561600 released in June 2020 will be blocked. Downloadable resources related to Adobe Flash Player that are hosted on Microsoft websites will no longer be available,” said Microsoft .
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Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11 users should have received their last Adobe Flash security update in or prior to December 2020, as well. Google Chrome has already ditched Flash, along with Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. Safari stopped supporting Flash in September 2020 with version 14. If you try to download the Flash plug-in from Adobe’s website, your browser will now prevent you from doing so.
Additionally, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021 to “help secure users’ systems,” it says . Since macOS and Windows will no longer receive Flash security updates, it makes sense to do that considering it’s now a defunct piece of tech.
First developed by FutureWave before being acquired by Macromedia and then Adobe, Flash was the go-to way to embed fancy animations, video players, and videogames on websites during the late 90s and early 2000s. It paved the way for fully immersive, interactive websites that are the norm today. But the proliferation of bigger and better platforms like HTML5, OpenFL, and Unity slowly started to make Flash feel out-of-date. Adobe re-branded its Flash authoring environment as Adobe Animate in 2015 to expand support for HTML5 and encourage developers to build with new web standards instead of Flash.
The majority of what you come across on a website today isn’t Flash but HTML5 or another open standard that takes far less time to render webpages. Not only are modern authoring environments dramatically less CPU-intensive, but something like HTML5 doesn’t need a browser plug-in to work, unlike Flash. HTML5 works natively with all browsers, and it’s SEO-friendly, too.
Adobe will continue its support for Animate—and in case you were wondering, Homestar Runner is still alive and kicking . Also, the Internet Archive has already preserved over 1,000 flash items, including classics like Badger , All your base are belong to us , and Peanut Butter Jelly Time . I didn’t see Salad Fingers on the list, but there’s already a bunch of episodes on David Finch’s YouTube channel .
Here’s how you can roll back problematic Windows 10 updates!
The good thing about Windows 10 is that it provides users regular intervals. Just when you start to get bored with the operating system, Microsoft releases a new update. If you don’t know, Microsoft also has a beta channel for insiders that allows users to test the experimental features of the operating system. After passing the testing phase, the features get released to the stable build.
The problem with Dev, Beta, and Release preview channel builds is that they are usually full of bugs. Most often or not, users face issues while using the operating system. What’s worst is that it’s not easy to get out of the Insider program once new builds start shipping.
Microsoft provides you a ten-day time frame to roll back to the previous update. If that period is gone, there’s no easy to uninstall the problematic update. So, if you are also experience issues with Windows 10 updates, you need to find and remove the problematic update. Or else, you can roll back to an older build.
So, in this article, we will share the best method to roll back Windows updates. The process is a little complicated, but it works. So, let’s check out.
Steps to Rollback Windows Update (Including Windows Insider Builds)
In this method, we will use the Windows Settings app to roll back major Windows updates, including the Windows Insider build updates. Let’s check out.
Step 1. First of all, click on the Start menu and then click on the ‘Settings’ option.
Step 2. On the Settings page, click on the ‘Update & Security’ option.
Step 3. On the Update & Security Page, click on the ‘Recovery’ option.
Step 4. Now under the Go back to the previous version, click on the ‘Get Started’ button.
Step 5. On the next pop-up, select the reason for rollback and click on the ‘Next’ button.
Step 6. On the Check for Updates pop-up, select ‘No Thanks’ option.
Step 7. On the next screen, click on the ‘Next‘ button.
Step 8. On the Final screen, click on the ‘Go back to earlier build’ option.
Step 9. Windows 10 will reboot now and would start the rollback process. Depending on your Processor & RAM, the processor might take few minutes to complete.
Step 10. Once the PC boots up, press Windows Key + R button to open the Run dialog box. On the Run dialog box, enter ‘winver‘ and hit the Enter button. This will show you the current version of Windows, including the build you are using.
That’s it! You are done. Please keep in mind that this method will only work within the 10-day time frame that Microsoft offers for rollback. If the 10 day period has passed, you can’t roll back to the previous version through this method.
So, this article is all about How to Rollback major Windows 10 updates in 2021. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below.
With Microsoft’s major push of Office 365, more specifically Click-to-run (C2R or CTR), I think it important to briefly touch base on the entire update process.
Do note that the following also applies to the C2R versions of Access 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021+ the only difference being the build numbers.
While Office 365 will, unless reconfigured, automatically updates itself based on the Update Channel (you can learn more about Update Channel by reviewing Overview of update channels for Office 365 ProPlus) you have chosen to use (and yes, I too, never made any such choice and was automatically setup on the Deferred Channel). This, on the surface, sounds like a brilliant approach, but as we have recently seen (updates 1705, 1706, 1707) sometimes updates can introduce new bugs that are more problematic then the ones they are supposedly resolving.
With Office 365, much to most people’s dismay, one can no longer simply open the Control Panel to uninstall an update. Microsoft no longer offers a graphic interface to manage the updates and one must use the “DOS” command prompt to uninstall updates (or as Microsoft now refers to it as “Revert to an earlier version”).
You can read Microsoft’s instructions on uninstalling an update by using the following link:
Now let’s make a few corrections and additions to their article!
Not Limited to Only Uninstalling Updates
First and foremost, I think it important to point out that while this command can be used to uninstall an update and revert back to any build of your choosing (probably it primary function), it can also be used to perform an upgrade.
Version/Build, Even Microsoft Can’t Keep Things Straight!
In the article, they mention that you have to execute a command similar to the one below
and then later they explain
16.0. xxxx.yyyy represents the full version number
Yet, when you look at the Version and build numbers of update channel releases you’ll notice that the versions is actually a 4 character long number (1705, 1706, 1707, …). So in fact, the xxxx.yyyy does not represent the version number but rather the build number!
Whenever performing a reversion or upgrade, I’d urge you to take note of the current Version/Build No of your installation should the change not be beneficial and you wish to return back to the initial state.
How-to Update or Revert your Build No.
It is in fact very simple to do and takes but 2 command.
These are the steps to revert/update to a specific build number:
- Open a Command Prompt (as an administrator)
- Change into the folder that houses the officec2rclient.exe
- Run the officec2rclient.exe /update command indicating the exact build number you which implemented
A Concrete Example
That’s it! Simply replace the 16.0.8431.2094 with the build number you want installed on your machine. Remember to to disable automatic update should you wish to be frozen at this specific build.
Your Update Channel is Critical
Another thing to be aware of is that even though say 1708 is available in the current channel, but is not in the Deferred channel, if you are using the Deferred channel you cannot upgrade to 1708. You would first need to switch update channels to make that version/build available to your installation and then you could perform the upgrade.
To learn more about changing update channels look over How to ‘Switch Channels’ for Office 2016 ProPlus.
What Build Number Do I Want/Need?
One of the biggest issues is figuring out which version/build you actually want to implement. To determine this, I have found that you have to use the following pages:
Especially the latter can be useful to see exactly what each build implemented. Typically, if you suddenly encounter a new issue, I’d determine my current build number and then try reverting to previous build number. If that didn’t work, then I look to go further back, and so on. Also, you could see if there was a more recent build number available, and first try performing an update (moving forwards is always preferable than going backwards, no).
- January 12, 2022
- 10:40 AM
Update 1/17/21: Microsoft has released OOB updates to fix the Windows L2TP VPN connection issues.
Windows 10 users and administrators report problems making L2TP VPN connections after installing the recent Windows 10 KB5009543 and Windows 11 KB5009566 cumulative updates.
Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows updates to fix security vulnerabilities and bugs as part of the January 2022 Patch Tuesday.
These updates include KB5009566 for Windows 11 and KB5009543 for Windows 10 2004, 20H1, and 21H1.
Updates break L2TP connections
After installing yesterday’s updates, Windows users find their L2TP VPN connections broken when attempting to connect using the Windows VPN client.
When attempting to connect to a VPN device, they are shown an error stating, “Can’t connect to VPN. The L2TP connection attempt failed because the security layer encountered a processing error during initial negotiations with the remote computer,” as shown below.
The Event Log will also log entries with error code 789, stating that the connection to the VPN failed.
The bug is not affecting all VPN devices and seems only to be affecting users using the built-in Windows VPN client to make the connection.
A security researcher known as Ronny on Twitter told BleepingComputer that the bug affects their Ubiquiti Client-to-Site VPN connections for those using the Windows VPN client.
Many Windows admins also report on Reddit that the bug also affects connections to SonicWall, Cisco Meraki, and WatchGuard Firewalls, with the latter’s client also affected by the bug.
With many users still working remotely, admins have been forced to remove the KB5009566 and KB5009543 updates, which immediately fixes the L2TP VPN connections on reboot.
Windows users can remove the KB5009566 and KB5009543 updates using the following commands from an Elevated Command Prompt.
However, as Microsoft bundles all security updates in a single Windows cumulative update, removing the update will remove all fixes for vulnerabilities patched during the January Patch Tuesday.
Therefore, Windows admins need to weigh the risks of unpatched vulnerabilities versus the disruption caused by the inability to connect to VPN connections.
It is not clear what caused the bug, but Microsoft’s January Patch Tuesday fixed numerous vulnerabilities in the Windows Internet Key Exchange (IKE) protocol (CVE-2022-21843, CVE-2022-21890, CVE-2022-21883, CVE-2022-21889, CVE-2022-21848, and CVE-2022-21849) and in the Windows Remote Access Connection Manager (CVE-2022-21914 and CVE-2022-21885) that could be causing the problems.
Microsoft confirms bug, provides mitigation
Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that “Certain IPSEC connections might fail” and that they will fix the issue in an upcoming release of Windows.
“After installing KB5009543, IP Security (IPSEC) connections which contain a Vendor ID might fail. VPN connections using Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) or IP security Internet Key Exchange (IPSEC IKE) might also be affected.”
Microsoft states that it may be possible to mitigate the bug by disabling the ‘Vendor ID,’ if possible, on the VPN server.
“To mitigate the issue for some VPNs, you can disable Vendor ID within the server-side settings. Note: Not all VPN servers have the option to disable Vendor ID from being used,” Microsoft explains in a new known update issue.
On January 17th, Microsoft released out-of-band updates to resolve the Windows L2TP VPN connections issues and multiple critical issues on Windows Server.
More information about these updates can be found in our dedicated “Microsoft releases emergency fixes for Windows Server, VPN bugs” article.
Update 1/13/22: Added update with more information from Microsoft.
Update 1/17/21: Added information about new OOB updates.
Brad Sams Senior News Editor Neowin @bdsams · Oct 6, 2014 11:08 EDT · Hot! with 18 comments
If you have installed the technical preview of Windows 10 and have an update that causes your machine to crash or perform some other undesired activity, there is an easy way to remove the updates. This will likely come in handy for some users as there are thousands of individuals running the OS and with it being in a preview state, the update process is more likely to go astray than a typical install of a stable Windows release.
In the event that your Windows 10 install is impacted negatively by an update, you can easily uninstall an update by holding down shift and then restarting your machine from the Start menu. By holding down shift, you are taken to a screen (shown to the right) that allows you to fix your machine. Once on this screen, click on the ‘Troubleshoot’ button, and then there is an option to uninstall an update.
We ran through the process and posted the screenshots below for those of you who don’t want to remove a file that has not caused you any issues but are curious to see the process.
The process is quite simple and a welcome feature – as we have seen with Windows 8, when an update causes issues, it’s not always an easy process for a novice user to take a step backwards to only remove that specific file.
Hello. Yesterday I received an optional update for Framework 4.7.1 noted as (KB4033342). There wasn’t much info on it, and it was optional, but I installed it anyway. I would like to uninstall or rollback this update – however, it is not listed in “uninstall a update”.
Is it possible to remove an optional update?
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Windows 10 has some great new features like Edge Browser, Windows Hello, Virtual Desktop, Device Guard, Antimalware Scan Interface, etc. but some people just can’t get past the habit and comfort of using their previous Windows versions. And then again, some may have messed up their upgrade and may want to get back to the stability of their previous Windows version, after using Windows 10 for a few days.
Thankfully Microsoft has kept an option of rollback, where unsatisfied users can uninstall the upgrade and rollback to the previous version of Windows – Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.
To roll back your Windows 10, go to your PC Settings, by typing Settings in the taskbar search bar, next to the Windows icon, and clicking on Settings. It will open the PC Settings. Select ‘Update and Security’.
Rollback from Windows 10
The Update and Security option opens. Here you will see options like Windows Update, Activation, Backup, Recovery and Windows Defender. Click on ‘Recovery‘.
This doesn’t solve the OP’s problem. It seems like a bot posted reply (lots of those in the Ask A Question forum recently).
If you regret installing Microsoft’s Windows 11, there’s an easy way to roll back to Windows 10. The caveat is you need to act quickly.
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Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11 , started its gradual rollout to compatible devices last month. (Note that it won’t be available to everyone until 2022 , but there is a way to skip the wait .) The OS has some new handy features and upgrades compared to Windows 10 , but if you’re unsure about upgrading you don’t need to install Windows 11 right away. You actually have until 2025 to make your decision, that’s when Microsoft says it’ll end support for Windows 10 .
If you make the leap and download Windows 11 — and then regret it — there’s an easy way out. That is, as long as you act quickly. You’ll be able to revert your system back to Windows 10 within a 10-day window (no pun intended) after downloading and installing Windows 11 . All the information stored on your computer will automatically repopulate on Windows 10, so you won’t have to worry about any files or (most) apps disappearing.
How to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10
Here’s how to do it: Start menu > Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Recovery > Previous version of Windows (you may see “Go back” instead). That’s it!
Once 10 days have passed, you can still go back to Windows 10, but it’ll be a little trickier: You’ll need to back up your data and perform what Microsoft calls a “clean install” of Windows 10 on your PC. Or, if you’re smart, you will have backed up your system before installing Windows 11 in the first place and can restore from that.
When you upgrade a PC to Windows 11, you have the option to hit a big Go Back button (Settings > System > Recovery) and restore your previous Windows 10 installation. But you only have 10 days to exercise that option; the clock starts ticking as soon as you finish the Windows 11 install, and when you reach the 10-day milestone, those rollback files are permanently deleted.
Windows 11 FAQ
Everything you need to know
What’s new in Windows 11? What are its minimum hardware requirements? When will your PC be eligible for the upgrade? We’ve got the answers to your questions.
My colleague David Gewirtz discovered this setting last week, and hoo boy, I am here to tell you he did not like it one bit. The 10-day limit is “bonkers,” he wrote, adding that it is “ridiculous and arbitrary [and] seems completely random.” And then he speculates as to the reason. “Why? Just because.”
Somewhere in Redmond, I am certain, the product managers in charge of Windows 11 upgrades are reading that and pounding their heads on a desk in frustration.
Is that default setting new? Nope. For more than five years, that’s been the rollback rule for every Windows 10 feature update.
Is it arbitrary? Of course, it is. There’s no right or wrong number of days, and you could probably make a case for extending the deadline to 14 days, or 21 days, or even 30 days (which is what the rollback period was for Windows 10 from its initial release in 2015 until the arrival of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in July 2016).
But is that really a good idea? As Mr. Gewirtz noted, “there may be reasons why a rollback from a major Windows upgrade might not be possible.” Indeed, with each day that passes after a major upgrade, the likelihood that a rollback will cause problems increases. You’ve installed new software, updated drivers, tweaked settings, and otherwise mucked about just enough to ensure that trying to go back to the status quo ante will be a less-than-positive experience.
Microsoft product managers hate it when their customers have an unpleasant experience.
And, of course, those uninstall files take up multiple gigabytes of disk space that you might need for other purposes.
As those poor, quietly sobbing Microsoft product managers will tell you, telemetry data confirms that the overwhelming majority of people who decide to roll back their upgrade do so in the first week or so. They quickly discover an incompatibility with a crucial software program or find a device that doesn’t work quite right or just decide that their cheese was moved a bit too far, thank you very much.
I assume we can agree that it would be absurd to allow a Windows user to try to roll back an upgrade after six months or a year or two years. That would probably end in heartache, right?
But here’s the thing. You, the knowledgeable Windows expert, the IT professional, and the snarky ZDNet pundit… you can extend that rollback period from its 10-day default to a full 60 days with a few quick commands. The magic happens courtesy of the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (Dism.exe), which is built into all modern versions of Windows.
Don’t take my word for it. It’s all documented in a dry, but authoritative Microsoft support article, “DISM operating system uninstall command-line options,” which explains its purpose thusly:
Windows gives a user the ability to uninstall and roll back to a previous version of Windows. You can use DISM to:
- Find out how many days after an upgrade that an OS can be uninstalled
- Initiate an uninstall
- Remove the ability for a user to uninstall a Windows upgrade
- Set the number of days that a user has to uninstall a Windows upgrade
Use this command immediately after completing the Windows 11 upgrade to make this magic happen. Start by opening a Command Prompt session as an administrator and running the DISM tool with the correct arguments. (If any part of that sentence confuses you, maybe just stop right here and ask a knowledgeable friend for help before you go any further.)
From that administrative command prompt, type the following command, choosing any number between 1 and 60 after the Value parameter:
DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:60
That command sets a value in the Windows registry that tells the operating system to delay removing the rollback files until the number of days you specified have passed. (You could also make this change using the Registry Editor tool, but there’s no reason to do that.)
That’s it. You’re done. You may now evaluate Windows 11 for a full two months, secure in the knowledge that you can exercise your right of rescission at any time.
Is the Windows 10 21H2 causing problems or you’re not ready for the new version? Use these steps to remove it from your laptop.
Windows 10 21H2 (November 2021 Update) is expected to be available soon. However, if after the upgrade, the new version is having problems due to unknown bugs or compatibility issues, it’s possible to uninstall it to roll back to version 21H1 or an older release. However, the process will be different depending on the release you were running previously.
If the computer was already running version 21H1, 20H2, or 2004, you could uninstall the update quickly using the Windows Update settings. On the other hand, if you had an older release like version 1909, you will have to use the built-in recovery settings.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to uninstall the November 2021 Update to revert to the previous version of Windows 10 without losing your files.
Uninstall Windows 10 21H2 and rollback to version 21H1, 20H2, or 2004
To uninstall Windows 10 21H2 (November 2021 Update) from version 21H1, 20H2, or 2004, use these steps:
Open Settings on Windows 10.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the View update history option.
Click the Uninstall updates option.
Select the Feature Update to Windows 10 21H2 via Enablement Package (KB50003791) that matches the installation date.
Click the Uninstall button.
Click the Yes button to confirm.
Click the Restart now button.
Once you complete the steps, the update will be removed, bringing the desktop or laptop back to version 21H1, 20H2, or 2004.
Uninstall Windows 10 21H2 and rollback to version 1909
To remove the Windows 10 November 2021 Update from on a computer previously running version 1909 or older release, use these steps:
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Recovery.
Under the “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10” section, click the Get started button.
Select a reason to uninstall version 21H1.
Click the Next button.
Click the No, thanks button.
Click the Next button.
Click the Next button again.
Click the Go back to earlier build button.
After you complete the steps, the November 2021 feature update will uninstall, and the device will revert to the previous version.
Windows 10 uninstall option is missing
Windows 10 automatically saves a copy of the previous version in the Windows.old folder to roll back if something happens during each feature update installation. If the upgrade completes successfully, the Windows.old folder will be kept on the computer, and you can use the above instructions to remove the Windows 10 November 2021 Update.
If the Windows.old folder has been deleted manually or automatically, you won’t be able to uninstall the feature update. Usually, after ten days from the original installation, the system will automatically remove the previous setup files to free up space, thus removing the option to roll back.
If the option is missing, but you still have the files, something else is going on. In this case, you can still downgrade, but you will need to use a clean installation of Windows 10 using an ISO file that contains the older version you want to use. After the process, you can always try to reinstall the feature update again.
Usama Jawad Neowin @@UsamaJawad96 · May 5, 2018 05:23 EDT · Hot! with 29 comments
Microsoft finally began rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update a few days ago, and there are numerous ways to install it on your PC right now. While the update has gone smoothly for most, and the build does pack some new interesting features such as Timeline, a portion of users are also experiencing problems such as hardware malfunctions, BSODs, and the operating system randomly freezing when using certain apps like Chrome.
Although Microsoft has promised solutions for some of these problems, if you’re one of the unfortunate few who can’t have issues like the ones mentioned above interrupting their workflow, you can roll back to a previous version of Windows 10. Here’s how to do it:
Ensure that you haven’t deleted the Windows.old folder while cleaning up your files to free space after upgrading to the April 2018 Update. If you have a portable device, check that you have plugged in your machine to a reliable power supply, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to roll back. It is also advisable to backup all your important files locally or to the cloud. Lastly, make sure that you remember your password as you may be required to enter it when you have rolled back.
Step 1: Open the Settings app
There are numerous ways to open the Settings app, but the simplest way to do this is to navigate to the search icon on your taskbar and type “Settings”.
Step 2: Navigate to Recovery
There are two ways to this: either you can type “Recovery” in the Settings’ search bar and navigate to the specific setting or you can go to the Update & Security tab, and then navigate to Recovery using the pane on the left side.
Step 3: Go back to the previous version of Windows 10
Now that you’re on the Recovery page, click the “Get started” button under the “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10” heading.
After clicking on this button, if you haven’t plugged in your PC, you’ll be asked to do so now. If you don’t, you won’t be allowed to continue further, as is evident from the screenshot above.
You’ll then be asked why you’re going back to a previous version, you’ll have to give at least one reason, and the “Next” button will remain grayed-out until you do so.
You will then be cautioned that you should check for updates, but if you simply want to roll back to your previous version of Windows, click “No, thanks”.
Microsoft will then give some final warnings regarding rolling back. Make sure you understand them fully before you continue. You won’t be able to use your PC while it’s rolling back, and you should leave it plugged in and turned on. Remember that you might have to reinstall some apps and programs, and that you’ll lose any changes made to the settings after installing the April 2018 Update. Microsoft will also caution you to backup your files just in case.
When you have read all of this, click “Next”.
As mentioned in the prerequisites, make sure you remember your password before you click “Next” on this final check.
Step 4: That’s a wrap!
That’s basically it. Microsoft will thank you for using this build after which you’ll click “Go back to earlier build” to initiate the rollback process. Your machine will restart a couple of times when rolling back. The rollback process can take a few minutes – don’t interrupt it – but once it is complete, you’ll be asked to review your privacy settings, enter your password, and voilà! You’ll now be back on your previous version of Windows 10, which is likely version 1709, if you’ve been regularly updating your PC.
Note that the next time you check for updates, you will still be asked to upgrade to version 1803 – which is the April 2018 Update – but if you’re using Windows 10 Pro, you can defer it, if not, you can keep clicking “Remind me later” every time the operating system offers you to upgrade, until you’re sure about the reliability of the latest build.