How to fix Windows 10 rollback loop

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • A rollback is an operation where you return your system to a previous state. This is usually an advanced option chosen by somebody who knows specifically what they are doing.
  • If Windows gets stuck during a rollback, we suggest rebooting, trying out some Command Prompt instructions or doing an in-place upgrade. Read on to find our more.
  • The reason you chose to do a rollback might be related to an update that went bad. Here's how to stop automatic updates in Windows 10.
  • Are there any other problems with your computer? We have an awesome Windows 10 errors hub with answers to many issues.

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, a 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?

Not being able to rollback to the previous build of Windows can be a big problem, and speaking of issues, here are some common problems reported by users:

  • Windows rollback loop after update – According to users, sometimes you might get stuck in rollback look after a new update. To fix that, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • Windows 10 rollback stuck on restarting – Sometimes your rollback can get stuck on restarting. If that’s the case, it might best that you leave your PC and let it finish the rollback.
  • Windows 10 downgrade stuck – In some cases, your PC might get stuck while downgrading. This can be a big problem, but you might be able to fix it by using the Legacy boot feature.
  • Windows 10 rollback stuck boot loop, black screen – If this problem appears, you might be able to fix it by running a couple of commands in Command Prompt.
  • Windows 10 rollback not working – If the rollback process isn’t working, one way to fix is to perform an in-place upgrade. By doing that, you’ll force Windows to update to the latest version and fix the problem.

Solution 1 – Force a restart or shutdown

A 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 a 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows rollback

  • How long does it take to rollback Windows 10?

The time it takes for the process to finish can vary a lot depending on the hardware, the differences between the versions and other factors. While most processes usually take 5-10 minutes, some users have reported a total duration of 30 minutes or more in normal conditions.

  • What happens if I interrupt System Restore Windows 10?

If the process is interrupted, the end result might be an unbootable system. To fix that, try interrupting the boot sequence three times in a row. This will trigger the Automatic Repair more and you can follow the steps on the screen so that the system will try and fix itself becoming bootable again.

  • How do I find previous restore points in Windows 10?
    • Press Win + R key.
    • Type rstrui and click OK. This will open System Restore.
    • There’s a Show more restore points box that, if checked, will show a lit of other restore points.
    • Couldn’t find any restore points? Learn how to create a system Restore Point
  • Can I undo Windows 10 update?

Yes, you can through this process called a Rollback that we discussed in this article. Missing rollback option? Check out our guide.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with additional solutions to fix Windows 10 rollback loops. Bookmark our hub dedicated to fixing Windows errors just in case you need to fix other update issues later on.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 and was revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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