Regret Updating Windows 10? How to Revert to an Earlier Version

Ben Stegner 19-04-2017

The Windows 10 Creators Update is now available. Microsoft is slowly rolling out the launch to all Windows 10 users in batches. This reduces strain on Microsoft’s servers, while also allowing it to catch bugs before they spread to the general public.


Maybe you were one of the first to get the Creators Update, or used an alternate method to get the new version right away How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now The Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out in April. Are you eager to try it? Or would you rather avoid it? We'll show you how to get Windows 10 1703 on your own schedule. Read More . If you’re not happy with the update, you can roll it back to the previous version — the Anniversary Update. Make sure to do this quickly as the rollback period is only 10 days from the time you updated.

Open the Settings panel and click the Update & security entry. On this page, click the Recovery tab on the left side. Look for the Go back to a previous version of Windows 10 header and click the Get started button underneath this.

Windows will ask you why you’re rolling back. Options include that your apps or devices don’t work, or that earlier builds were easier to use, faster, or more reliable. You can choose anything here, then click Next. The system will remind you that you’ll lose any settings you’ve changed since upgrading, and that you may have to reinstall some apps.

After a final prompt to check for updates (which might fix an issue you’re having), Windows will make sure that you have your password for the prior build handy. If you’re sure you want to go back, click the last Go back to earlier build button and let your computer do its thing for a while.

Make sure you’ve backed up your data The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide We've summarized every backup, restore, recovery, and repair option we could find on Windows 10. Use our simple tips and never despair over lost data again! Read More before doing this to make sure you don’t lose anything. Haven’t updated yet? It may be for the best — check out the reasons you shouldn’t get the Creators Update just yet Why You Should NOT Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Yet Just because it's here, doesn't mean you have to jump on it. The Windows 10 Creators Update could harbor trouble. We explain why you should delay this Windows update and how to do it. Read More .


Have you tried the Creators Update? Will you update soon or wait until it reaches your device normally? Let us know if you’ve had any trouble with the update in the comments!

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Related topics: Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Update.

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  1. LuckyPon3
    May 21, 2018 at 4:38 am

    I don't see this option anywhere, was it removed or what's going on?

    • Ben Stegner
      May 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      "Make sure to do this quickly as the rollback period is only 10 days from the time you updated."

      If you don't see it, it's probably been over 10 days since you installed a Windows 10 feature update, so you'll have to downgrade manually.

  2. Karen Musloski
    April 18, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    What if the update ran and now you can get back in. Hiw do you fix it then?

  3. Stefan
    December 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I have just upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update. All my previous updates have gone as well as my address book and emails in Thunderbird. The recovery method to previous version no longer works so I am stuck with a three legged mule.

  4. JBennett
    November 21, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I updated to Windows 10 Creators Update yesterday and I ALREADY HATE IT!!! It has already performed 3 or 4 update configurations in that short period of time! It also has somehow changed my DC drives! The drive I used for writing CDs no longer writes, they've been reversed!!! Hopefully, I can rollback to previous Windows 10 without messing anything else up!!!

  5. JBennett
    November 21, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I updated to this Creators Update yesterday! I HATE IT ALREADY! If possible I will try to rollback to previous version! Somehow it has changed my CD drives! The one I used to write to no longer writes, i have to use the other one! It has also configured 3 or 4 updates in this short period of time! Hopefully, I can get out of it!

  6. Kris
    September 1, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Thank you for the explanation. I had put off the Creator 1703 update for months and finally thought I had the time today, WRONG! Could not connect to wifi afterward. It would pull up google but not connect to any page nor send or receive email in Outlook. So earlier today I followed this process to roll back to the previous version. It went exactly as you said it would...but how long does it take? It has been 3 hours and the only thing showing on my screen is wallpaper. No words, no icons. I am worried, please reassure me!

  7. Dawn
    August 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    our wifi on 2 of our lap tops goes on and off ever since our last windows update. Kind of scarred too know what to do

  8. Luke
    July 29, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Yeah, there IS no go back to a previous version of windows option....

  9. Pat
    July 25, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Having just upgraded with Windows 10 "Creators",I am really disappointed. The computer when woken displays a black screen for several moments before going to opening page.My e-mail screen is frequently missing sections.When I X out and reload, the problem is solved. This happens everytime the computer is accessed after it sits unused for awhile.

  10. NC
    July 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hate Creators Build! Now my cursor jumps all around out of control! Tried restore to previous restore point, but it deleted them!!!!! Next I will try to revert to older version of Windows 10, but I don't know if I need my password and don't remember what it is!!

  11. Eetheart
    May 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Yes I've tried the Creator's update and it completely messed up my computer. When I reverted, life was good again. I'll never ever install that crappy update (that's also useless to me) on my Windows again.

  12. Benn Sampare
    May 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    will not update to Creator's version of 10 until DTS Dolby issues are resolved.

  13. Kimbo
    April 30, 2017 at 5:13 am

    All my devices use Classic Menu. I have used Classic Menu from Windows 7 to the present Windows 10 version 1703.

    I have now experienced an issue that will cause me to revert to the Anniversary version if a solution is not presented by Microsoft via either a fix or update within the next couple of weeks. The bug has been submitted to Microsoft.

    While the issue may appear to some to be minor it is never-the-less a bug as it was not experienced with any former Windows 10 installations.

    The bug relates to creating customised toolbar shortcuts. There is no issue with the default shortcuts maintained by the installation of 1703. Such user created shortcuts eg Firefox, Google Chrome, etc etc are inserted onto the Taskbar but disappear on any subsequent reboot or restart of the computer.

    At this point in time there seems to be no solution posted on well known trustworthy websites or forums.

  14. Alan
    April 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Of course if you have used the Disk Cleanup Tool to free space after an upgrade then you dont have the option to downgrade without a clean install.
    I tried to roll back to Windows 3.1 but it wasnt having any of that.........

    • HH
      April 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm


  15. Cam
    April 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    If you uninstalled programs after updating, you will probably have a few problems. The software will still be listed in Apps, even though it is not there. My print spooler tries to load a dll that was installed by the HP software for the printer that I removed. Unfortunately, I tried to fix Creator's update by slimming down. I fixed the last by re-installing the software and uninstalling again. Even with the errors, my laptop worked better after the rollback.

  16. Pierre
    April 19, 2017 at 11:39 am

    There is still no option to downgrade to windows -7,
    and a surprising number of users are having to downgrade - - manually.

    • Ben Stegner
      April 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      This method uses the old Windows files that remain on your system to downgrade. So unless you just upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7, there are no files on your machine that would let you easily downgrade to that OS. That's why you have to install it fresh.

  17. Pierre
    April 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

    There is still no option to roll back to Windows -7
    and a surprising number of users are having
    to downgrade - - manually.