How to uninstall Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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In case you already received the Anniversary Update (you should consider yourself lucky, because not everyone got it that early), and you’re not satisfied with it, you probably want to go back to a good old 1511 version. In that case, not everything is lost, because Windows 10 actually offers the option to roll back to the previous build, and you have every right to use it.

Before you decide to remove the Anniversary Update from your computer, we advise you to stick around a little bit longer, because the update is still young, and it offers many great features, so you might actually get to like it eventually. However, even if you strongly decided to leave the Anniversary Update, you can always bring it back by using ISO files.

How to delete Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Method 1 – Revert to the previous Windows 10 build

To delete the Anniversary Update, and go from version 1607 back to 1511, you don’t need to install any additional third-party tools, because Windows 10’s Settings app already have everything you need to remove the latest update. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Windows 10 Settings app
  2. Go to Updates & security > Recovery
  3. Choose Get back to earlier builds, and click on Get Startedremove anniversary update windows 10
  4. You’ll now be asked to provide feedback to Microsoft on why did you decide to go back to the previous build. You basically can say anything, but the best choice is “Earlier builds seemed more reliable.”remove anniversary update
  5. Once you provide needed feedback, you might be asked to check for updates, just click on ‘No, thanks’
  6. Follow further instructions, and choose Go back to earlier build
  7. Wait for the process to finish

Once the roll back is finished, you’ll be at Windows 10 version 1511 once again. This was the simplest method to go back to the previous Windows 10 version, but if you, for some reason, aren’t able to perform it, or simply like doing things the harder way, we know one more way to get rid of the Anniversary Update.

Method 2 – Use Advanced startup

In case the Anniversary Update actually caused some problems to you, like issues with booting, you probably want to revert to the previous version, just to be able to use your computer. So, we’ll show you how to remove the Anniversary Update if you’re not able to boot to Desktop, using the Advanced Startup.

However, to be able to revert back to Windows 10 version 1511, you need to have a bootable media with it. So, if you already created a bootable media using Microsoft’s November Update ISO files, you won’t have any problems getting rid of the Anniversary Update. On the other hand, if you don’t have a bootable media with Windows 10 version 1511, you will be forced to stick with the Anniversary Update, which could be very unpleasant if it causes problems to your computer.

Here’s what you need to do to delete the Anniversary Update using the Advanced startup:

  1. Access Advanced Options at boot, if you don’t know how to do that, take a look at “Solution 1” from this article
  2. At the Advanced options screen, chose See more recovery options
  3. Choose Go back to the previous build
  4. Enter password of the Administrator account you’re using
  5. Clock on Go back to the previous build, and the process should begin.

There you go, now you know how to delete the Anniversary Update, even if you’re not able to boot to your computer. As we said, in case you want to go back to the Anniversary Update, you need to create a new bootable image, and install it manually. If you want to find more about that, check out this article.

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions, and feel free to tell us the reason why you want to downgrade your system to Windows 10 version 1511.

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    Not sure if I have any other solution than finding an ISO to do a completely clean install of 1511 and making sure I don’t install AU again.

  • I had reset my computer as win 1607 was buggy. but even after resetting win 1607 got installed .. now going back to previous built option is not there. what should I do to go back to 1511?

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