Fix: Rollback option missing in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for just a few more days, therefore if you haven’t switched already you might want to consider it. Some users aren’t pleased with Windows 10, and they decided to rollback to the previous version of Windows, but unfortunately it seems that rollback option is missing.

Rollback option is missing on Windows 10, what to do?

If you upgraded to Windows 10, you should know that there’s an ability to revert back to the previous version of Windows. We should mention that option to revert back is available only for a month, or 30-28 days, so if you don’t revert back to the previous version of Windows within that time period, you’ll have to continue using Windows 10.

It’s also worth mentioning that old version of Windows is stored on your hard drive in $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS folders and if you delete these folders you won’t be able to go back to the previous version of Windows. You should know that these folders can be deleted by third-party applications such as various cleaners and optimizers. In fact, you can even delete these folders if you perform a Disk Cleanup. If you used any optimizers or cleaning tools, it’s quite possible that these folders aren’t longer available on your hard drive. Bear in mind that if you performed a clean install of Windows 10 that you won’t be able to go back to the earlier version of Windows.

Simplest way to revert back to the previous version of Windows is to open the Settings app and go to Recovery tab and select option to return to the previous version. If the option isn’t available, you might be able to go back to the previous version of Windows by using one of our solutions below.

Solution 1 – Use backup image to restore your computer

If you’re not familiar with hard drive images, you probably don’t have a backup image available on your hard drive. Basically, backup image is a backup of your hard drive that allows you to revert to it and fix any potential problems that occurred after creating the image.

Although hard drive images are extremely useful, if you already upgraded to Windows 10, but you didn’t create a hard drive image prior to it, you won’t be able to use this feature to revert to the previous version of Windows.

Solution 2 – Restore to factory settings

Certain computers come with media that allows you to restore it to original factory settings and previous operating system. This solution isn’t available for all computers, and if you decide to use this solution bear in mind that this process will delete all files from your computer, therefore be sure to create a backup.

Solution 3 – Reinstall the previous version of Windows

Sometimes the simplest solution is to reinstall the version of Windows that you were previously using. This isn’t always the best solution because it will delete all the files from your C drive, so if you decide to reinstall Windows, we strongly suggest that you back up your important if you don’t want to permanently delete them.

If the rollback option is missing in Windows 10, it’s usually because the rollback period has passed or because you accidentally deleted the folders with older version of Windows. If this option is missing, you might want to try some of our solutions from this article.