Cancel a Windows 10 update and roll back

Have you installed the latest Windows update and the computer becomes unstable, crashes, or does some software stop working? The connection to the printer or scanner has been lost since installing the last update version? You didn’t want this update that installed automatically, no question? For all these reasons and more, one may wish to revert to the previous version of Windows 10, that is to say before the last update currently in place on the operating system.

Microsoft has provided a function for ” go back ” and uninstall the latest Windows 10 update, for example October Update 1809. Here’s how to do it on a desktop, laptop and tablet equipped with Windows 10 Home, Professional, Education or Business. It is the equivalent of the System Restore old versions of Windows but we will not choose here a restoration date, this will automatically revert to the last big biannual update of the OS.

To do this, the machine must be (more or less) functional, at least one must be able to access the Windows Desktop and System Settings. As a precaution, we recommend backing up personal files on the computer (documents, photos, music, etc.).

Downgrade to the previous version of Windows 10

1. Open the start menu and access Settings.

Windows 10 tutorial start menu Settings Control Panel

2. Click on ” Update and security “:

Windows 10 Update and Security Settings tutorial

3. In the left menu, go to “ Recovery “:

Windows 10 system recovery tutorial previous version

4. In the block “Downgrade to the previous version of Windows 10″> “If this version does not work for you, try to downgrade to a previous version”> click on the button ” To start “:

Windows 10 system recovery tutorial previous version

Note: if this option does not appear, it means that it is no longer possible to go back. This is usually the case if the major update was installed more than a month ago or if the Windows.old folder was deleted from the local C drive.

5. The recovery wizard asks why you want to go back. The answer does not matter in the process but will be used by Microsoft to see if there is a recurring problem with the last W10 update. Tick ​​a box and click on Following.

Windows 10 system recovery tutorial previous version

6. Rather than going back, the wizard suggests looking for the latest updates from Windows Update. We decline because we want to revert to a previous version of Windows, not a new update, even a minor one. Click on ” No thanks “:

Windows 10 system restore update tutorial

7. Confirm the information displayed on the screen “What you should know” and “Do not get stuck” by clicking twice on Following.

8. Start the system restore operation by clicking on ” Revert to a previous version “:

Windows 10 system restore update tutorial

9. The computer restarts and the process starts automatically: Restoring your previous version of Windows.

Windows 10 tutorial system restore earlier version

10. A few minutes later (the duration depends on the performance of the computer), Windows is back to the previous version of the update. Personal data has not been affected and the software is found in the same configuration.