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Four Methods Will Help You to Uninstall Windows 10 Update

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Summary:
Is there something wrong with your Windows 10 after an update? If so, what should you do? Generally, the best solution is to uninstall Windows 10 update to fix your PC. Here, this post will show you how to get rid of Windows 10 so as to revert to the previous version.

Necessity – Remove Windows 10 Update

With the arrival of Windows 10, some changes are made and many computer users choose to upgrade to the new operating system from Windows 7 or 8.1. Besides, in order to improve security and stability, the updates for Windows 10 are pushed out regularly. Even, Microsoft is trying to keep every computer up to date compulsorily.

However, many users are not happy with this new OS and many persons feel very angry at mandatory updates. More seriously, sometimes there will be something wrong with an update, and you will be stuck with many problems, for example, the compatibility problem, driver issues, apps not working, freezing issues like restoring your previous version of Windows loop, failing to transfer settings correctly and more.

As a result, many of you regret upgrading Windows operating system or feel reluctant for the automatic update. Well then, what is the solution? To uninstall Windows 10 update so as to return to the previous vision of Windows you want to use will be the best way.

How to Undo Windows 10 Update

How can you get rid of Windows 10? Is it possible to revert your PC to an earlier version? Actually, it is not a difficult thing. In this post, we will walk you through four solutions to Windows 10 rollback.

way 1 Way 1: Use an Image Backup

Today, computer security is becoming a high-profile thing and many of you are used to creating a system image backup or disk backup for your PC. In general, a regular backup is worth making for computer protection. If you have managed to make an image for the OS or system disk prior to upgrading to Windows 10, just try to use the created image to revert to a previous version of Windows.

tip Before the Windows update, please use a professional backup tool to create an image for system or disk. Usually, the third-party software is a good option.

Here, we strongly recommend MiniTool ShadowMaker which is released by MiniTool Solution Ltd. for Windows 10/8/7 backup & restore. With its powerful features, a system backup, or disk backup can be created with only simple steps. Besides, an automatic backup is also supported. In case of a system issue, the system image file or disk backup can be used for a restoration. Thus, in order to avoid the update issue, download the Free Edition of this backup software for a backup.

How to back up your Windows before an update? Three steps are here.

Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition and click Connect button in the Local section.

Step 2: Select the system partition or the entire system disk as the backup source and choose an external hard drive as the destination disk for backup storage.

Step 3: Click Back up Now to begin the backup.

For more information, read How to Backup Computer to External Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7.

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If you have created an image beforehand, how can you use it to uninstall Windows 10 update and go back to a previous Windows version? Let's see some details.

Attention: As to a system recovery, MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition only allows you to perform the operation in WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment). Namely, you need to use the Bootable Edition of this reliable backup & restore software.

When reading here, a question comes up: how can you get the Bootable Edition? In Tools tab of MiniTool ShadowMaker, Bootable Media feature is offered. Click it to create a bootable USB drive or DVD/CD:

bootable media

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After finishing the creation of the bootable disc, connect it to your PC and change the BIOS setting to boot your computer from it. A few seconds later, MiniTool ShadowMaker will run by itself. Now, begin the recovery to remove Windows 10 update. Here, the system backup and system disk backup are both available. We will take disk restoration as an example.

Step 1: Navigate to Restore page, choose the backup you have made before and then click Restore button.

Notes:
1. If no backup image is displayed, click Add Backup button to list the backup you want to restore.
2. From the following picture, you can see the drive letter is different from what it is in Windows. Thus, please identify the image carefully.

system recovery

Step 2: Then, the creation time of this backup version will be shown. Choose the backup and click Next to continue.

backup version

Step 3: Then, all the volumes that are included in the selected backup file will be displayed on this page. Note that MBR and Track 0 should be selected, otherwise, your PC will fail to start up.

choose backup volume

Step 4: Then, it's your turn to decide which hard disk you want to restore the image file to. After clicking Next button, a warning will pop out to show you the partitions that will be overwritten during the restoration.

target disk

Attentions:
1. Generally, the system disk will be the first choice as the target disk. But, if some new contents are added to your system disk after disk backup, these contents are not backed up, then, the restoration will delete the data. Thus, you had better restore your disk image to another hard drive without important data. After recovery, boot your PC from this disk and copy the necessary files from the source disk to the new disk.
2. On the other hand, if you have made an incremental backup for your disk, here system disk is suitable as the target disk.

Step 5: A few minutes later, the operation will be completed successfully.

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By means of MiniTool ShadowMaker, it is quite easy to uninstall Windows 10 update and restore your PC to the earlier version. If you have created a system backup or disk backup with this free backup & restore software, just use this tool to perform a restoration. Or share this software with your friends to avoid system failure after an update.

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If you don't have an image, you can't uninstall Windows update by this way. Just try the second solution.

way 2 Way 2: Roll Back Windows 10 Update

In Windows 10, this new OS automatically installs updates in the background. Thereinto, two different types of updates should be introduced, including major build updates and typical Windows 10 updates. Here, we will show you how to uninstall Windows 10 update in these two aspects.

Tip: Some of you may upgrade your PC to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1, but find the new OS doesn't work well as you hope. Thus, to revert to Windows 7/8.1 is very urgent. How do you uninstall a Windows update? Read this post Full Guide on Changing Windows 10 back to Windows 7/8.1 – No Data Loss.

① Uninstall Major Updates, or "Builds"

Some big Windows 10 "builds" are occasionally released by Microsoft. Among them, the first new build – Windows 10 version 1511was released in 2015 "November Update". Moreover, there are some other updates, including Anniversary Update (version 1607, August 2016), Creators Update (version 1703, April 2017) and Fall Creators Update (version 1709, September 2017).

After an update, the old OS will be kept on your hard disk for a month, but it becomes 10 days after Windows 10 Anniversary Update. In this case, you still have a chance to roll back Windows 10 update. How can you go back to an earlier build Windows 10?

1. Right click on Start button to choose Settings.
2. Click Update & security.
3. Then, enter Recovery interface, you will see one option called Go back to an earlier build (Perhaps it shows Go back to the previous version of Windows 10). Just click Get started button.Then, begin this rollback according to related instructions.

go back to eralier build

In addition, you can also enter Windows 10 WinRE to undo Windows 10 update. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Go back to the previous version (or Go back to the previous build).

windows 10 back to previous build

For more information about Windows 10 rollback, see this guide - How to Go Back to Previous Version of Windows in Windows 10 from tenforums.

② Uninstall Typical Windows Updates

In addition to some major build updates, Microsoft also pushes out minor updates regularly. If necessary, you can also choose to uninstall these typical Windows updates. See the details here.

1. To do this, you also need to enter Update & security by clicking Settings in Start menu.
2. Navigate to Windows Update, then click Update history.

uninstall typical updates

3. Then, you will view your update history. Click Uninstall updates link.
4. Select an update from the list and then click Uninstall.

uninstall

Note: By this way, you are only allowed to remove the installed updates since installing the previous "build".

way 3 Way 3: Uninstall Windows 10 Update via Factory Restore

If you find there is no option for you to roll back to an old version of version of Windows or the upgrade history can't meet your needs, what should you do to get rid of Windows 10? For most PCs, there is a hidden partition on your hard drive with a copy of the original Windows, settings, programs, and drivers. With any luck, Windows 10 will keep it intact. Then, you can use it to restore factory settings.

1. To do it, you also need to enter Update & security to choose Recovery.
2. Then, click Get Started under Reset this PC tab.
3. Choose Restore factory settings to delete Windows 10 update.

factory restore

way 4 Way 4: Make a Clean Windows Installation

If you still can't uninstall Windows update, the only option will be a complete Windows reinstallation. In order to perform a clean installation, please prepare a Windows installation DVD/CD, connect it to your PC and boot from the disc. Then, follow instructions to begin this installation.

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Tip: How to Stop Windows 10 Update from Installing

So far, all possible solutions to uninstall Windows 10 updates are displayed. When reading here, some of you may think it is troublesome to remove an update, and wouldn't like the automatic update. Then, a question appears: how do you turn off Windows 10 updates?

1. Press Win+R to enter Run window.
2. Type gpedit.msc to open Local Group Policy Editor.
3. Go to this path:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
4. Double-click Configure Automatic Updates.
5. In the pop-out window, click Enabled. Then, under Options, there are four ways to configure automatic updates, just choose one. Option 2 not only prevents OS from downloading updates automatically but also shows you a notification when a new update is available.
6. Click OK to execute this configuration.

recommend More information: How to stop Windows 10 auto updates

turn off update

Conclusion

In this post, you know the necessity to remove Windows 10 update. Then in the second part, we show you how to uninstall Windows 10 update: use a system backup image or disk backup created by MiniTool ShadowMaker to perform a restoration, roll back to the earlier build or previous version of Windows 10, restore factory settings and make a clean installation. Next, you know how to stop a Windows automatic update.

Actually, you should know the backup is really necessary from the article, which can be used to restore your Windows to an earlier date in case of an update issue. Thus, you had better create a system backup or disk backup for your PC before an update. Download MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition to have a try.

If there is any question when using our software, or any suggestion of the way to get rid of Windows 10 update, please tell us. You can write an email and send it to support@minitool.com or leave your idea in the comment area. Thanks in advance.