How to recover your previous version of Windows using the Windows 10 Recovery or Rollback feature January 27th, 2015
Windows 10 now supports a Recovery / Rollback feature that allows you to go back to the version of Windows installed on your PC prior to installing the latest build of Windows 10.
Users who have a dual boot configuration or started with a clean install of an earlier build of the Windows 10 Preview: The rollback feature will restore the previous build you installed.
If you were running an earlier version of Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.0 / 8.1) then you can use this option to uninstall Windows 10 and restore your previous version of Windows without losing your earlier version’s applications, documents, photos and other personal files.
Note: Applications installed and personal settings changes made in Windows 10 will not be saved, however newly created Windows 10 documents, photos and other personal files will be migrated back to your earlier version of Windows.
You have three easy ways to access the ‘Recovery’ option:
Method #1: Click on Settings > Update & Recovery.
Method #2: In the ‘Search’ box enter: recovery options Then click on ‘Recovery Options’ displayed at the top of the list.
If you used methods 1 or 2 the next step is click on the ‘Get started’ button in the ‘Go back to a previous version of Windows’ option to start the recovery process.
Read the fine print and if you still want to recover / rollback then click on the ‘Go back’ button.
The rollback process will start.
Method #3: You also have a third way to rollback which is to click on the ‘Windows Rollback’ option displayed on the ‘Choose an operating System’ screen when you power on your PC or ‘Restart’ your PC.
If you upgraded from a previous version of Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8.0/8.1) you should see the following options. Click on the Windows Rollback option to start the process.
Note: If you have Dual Boot system and installed the latest build from an earlier build of Windows 10 you should see the following options as shown below. Click on the Windows Rollback option to start the process. This will restore the earlier build of Windows 10. Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.0 / 8.1 will remain unchanged.
Note: If you rollback to a build earlier than 9926, the Windows Rollback option will no longer be displayed.