Since Windows 10 is a free upgrade Microsoft has left you an ability to rollback to the previous version of Windows if you’re not pleased with Windows 10. Unfortunately, number of users reported that the rollback process is stuck on Windows 10 and that users are unable to revert back to older version of Windows.
Windows 10 rollback stuck, how to fix it?
Solution 1 – Force a restart or shutdown
Number of users reported that they are unable to rollback from Windows 10 and that they are getting stuck on a blue screen with a loading icon. This can be a big problem if Windows 10 isn’t working for you and if you want to revert to the older version. Few users reported that you can fix this problem simply by forcing a restart or a shutdown.
According to users, the rollback process is stuck and the hard drive indicator doesn’t show any activity. After the restart the indicator will start blinking again and the rollback process should start working without any problems.
Solution 2 – Use Legacy Boot
Several users reported that the rollback process was stuck due to UEFI mode. According to the users, there was a problem with booting from flash drive and DVD and that can sometimes prevent the rollback process. To fix this issue you need to enter BIOS and change the Boot Mode from UEFI to Legacy. To do that follow these steps:
- While your computer boots keep pressing the F2 or Del on your keyboard to enter BIOS. Some versions of BIOS use a different key, so you might have to repeat this step a few times before you find the right key.
- Once you enter BIOS you’ll need to find Boot Mode and change its value from UEFI to Legacy. If you can’t find this option be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.
- Save changes and try to perform the rollback again.
Solution 3 – Use a hard drive image to restore your system
If you are familiar with hard drive images, you probably have a backup hard drive image created. If you don’t use any backup software, then you most likely don’t have a backup image of your hard drive, so you can skip this solution.
If you created your hard drive image before upgrading to Windows 10, you can simply back up your system by using that hard drive image. Once again, this solution only works if you created a hard drive image before upgrading to Windows 10.
Solution 4 – Leave your computer running for couple of hours
Sometimes rollback process can take couple of hours to complete, and users reported that rollback will be completed after a few hours if you wait patiently. In some cases the rollback process might encounter a restart loop, but leaving the computer for a few hours can sometimes fix the problem according to some users.
Solution 5 – Reinstall Windows
Sometimes the only solution is to reinstall Windows completely, and in order to do that you’ll need a Windows installation media. Bear in mind that reinstalling Windows will delete all files from your C drive, therefore we urge you to back them up. If you cannot access Windows 10 due to a certain problem, you can always boot your PC from a Live Linux CD, and use Linux to find and back up your files.
Rollback process can sometimes get stuck, and if that’s the case, we suggest that you try all solutions from this article.
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