Windows 10’s Rollback Period Is Only 10 Days Now!

Ben Stegner 09-08-2016

Windows 10 has been out for over a year now, and it’s been an interesting ride so far. The Anniversary Update (AU), which is the first big update to the operating system (OS) in a while, is now available to download How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now Windows 10 is receiving a major upgrade this month. The Anniversary Update is rolling out slowly. We show you how to upgrade now, how to delay the upgrade, and which pitfalls to watch out for. Read More and it brings a host of changes.


While a lot of these changes are good, others are annoying or worse. One of the changes made to all versions of Windows 10 after the AU launched wasn’t publicized well, and it’s important to note, especially if you updated to Windows 10 using the secret workaround Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! The upgrade to Windows 10 remains free for users who depend on assistive technologies. However, Microsoft doesn't check whether you really do. We show you how you can use this backdoor to get Windows 10. Read More and aren’t happy with it.

Windows 10 allows you to roll back to the previous version of Windows you were using (if you came from 7 or 8.1) or to a prior build (if you’re part of the Insider program). This period used to last for 30 days after an update, but Microsoft has quietly lowered it to just 10 days.

This means that if you figured you’d update to Windows 10, give it a few weeks’ trial, and roll back if you didn’t like it, your time is short to jump ship. Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and if Go back to an earlier build is grayed out, the 10 days have passed for you, unfortunately.

The upside of all this is that the temporary Windows files kept on your hard drive that allow you to go back will be smaller, saving disk space for those who don’t have much to spare.

If your 10 days have passed and you want out of Windows 10, check out ways to roll back using methods other than the built-in one 3 Ways to Downgrade Windows 10 & Rollback to Windows 7 or 8.1 Indefinitely You've either upgraded to Windows 10 to secure a free copy or were upgraded forcefully. We share three tricks that will help you downgrade now or later and save you if your upgrade failed. Read More .


What do you think about the rollback period decreasing? Let us know if you missed the deadline in the comments!

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  1. Lesh
    December 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    You still cannot disable the lock screen in (11). Has anybody got a work around that actually works?

  2. Charley
    November 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update my computer will not boot properly. A screen pops up with the Windows icon and it freezes there. When I then turn off the power, wait a few seconds, and then power back on Windows loads normally. Have to start the computer every time this way.

  3. E. Chan
    September 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    My wife's newer laptop broke down a week ago during the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - the screen blackened and did not respond to any key action!! We brought the laptop to a service company. The repair took 3 days and the bill was $170. The service company said it was a common problem.
    I since put my laptop in a mode whereby any windows update need prior notification to me. Yesterday I received notification for the Anniversary Update. I WILL postpone it until MicroSoft publicly announced that its anniversary Update is error free !!!!