How to uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview

A few days back, Microsoft released Windows 10 Technical Preview to the public for testing purpose. In order to remove general annoyances and bugs, Microsoft is offering us these preview versions. If you’ve already installed Windows 10 on your system, and you’re facing some issues in running your system smoothly, then this post is for you, since it will tell you how to roll back, remove or uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview Updates.

Remove or Uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview

Since you’ve installed this version either by upgrading the system or in a multi-boot environment, the earlier existing stable copy might have been disturbed. Personally I found my own laptop flashing weirdly during booting, after installing the preview, especially the new updates. I made it dual boot with Windows 8.1, and it seems like the preview has already disturbed the stable copy. Well, if you too are facing issues on your machine after installing preview updates, you can remove them using the following methods.

Post updated on 1st Feb 2015.

Microsoft has now officially provided us the convenient way to uninstall Windows 10 from our system and downgrade to older Windows edition. Here is how to make it possible:

1. Start the machine and boot into Windows 10 Technical Preview latest build.

2. You’ll following screen, where you’re asked to select an operating system. Notice the Windows Rollback option there, click it.


3. One you’ve hit Windows Rollback in previous, you’ll receive “Restoring you previous version of Windows” screen. Wait for few minutes, and the Windows 10 will be uninstalled, leaving your system running with the earlier Windows version.


Apart from these options, some people prefer virtualization to test beta versions which is a very good practice. If you’ve installed Windows 10 TP using a virtualization software, then there should be no problem or disturbance on stable version you’re running.

NOTE: Rollback is dependent on the availability of the Windows.old folder, if you delete that, then you won’t have the option to rollback.

This screenshot tutorial will show you how to rollback from Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows, provided you performed an in-place upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 to Windows 10 – and provided you carry put the rollback operation, within 30 days of upgrading to Windows 10. If you clean-installed Windows 10 and want to go back, take a look at this post which shows you how to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 / 7. You can also downgrade from Windows 10 using EaseUS System GoBack.

Hope you’ll find the article useful!

Some of you may want to also have a look at the Windows 10 Upgrade Path and Process.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.