Updates are usually welcome. They are meant to introduce things like new features, bug fixes, stability improvements, and so on. However, every now and then an update doesn’t deliver as intended and can actually cause more problems than it solves, so instead of having to deal with a buggy update and wait for a patch, did you know you can actually roll back a Windows 10 update to its previous version?
If the previous update was working fine for you, then it might be a better idea to just uninstall the latest update and go back to the previous version and wait for a more stable update, and here’s what you need to do in order to roll back to a previous version of a Windows 10 update.
View recent Windows 10 updates
Sometimes, Windows 10 updates are automatic and whenever you shut down or reboot your computer, these updates are installed in the process, so sometimes without knowing, you might have installed a recent Windows 10 update that could be giving you issues. To find out which updates have been recently installed:
- Click the Start menu
- Click the cog icon to go to Settings
- Select Update & Security
- Click View update history
- You will now see a list of updates that have been installed on your computer recently
Uninstalling a recent Windows 10 update
Now that you’ve found the updates that have been recently installed, you might have a better idea of which of these updates could be giving you problems. For example if the day before you installed the update and your computer was running just fine, there is a chance that the culprit of your problems could be the most recent update.
Following the steps above:
- Click Uninstall updates
- Select the update you want to uninstall
- Click the Uninstall button
- Follow the steps on the screen and it will uninstall the update
It should be noted that when it comes to major Windows 10 updates, Microsoft will only give users 10 days to uninstall the update. Microsoft presumes that if there are any issues, users should encounter them within the 10 day timeframe. However, if more than 10 days have gone by, Windows 10 will automatically delete the required files, and you’ll be stuck with that update until a patch has been released to address that issue.
If the problem is simply too annoying or has essentially rendered your PC unusable, then you might have to reset Windows 10 to its factory settings and start from fresh, but hopefully this isn’t something you’ll have to resort to.