How to uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview from your PC

When you no longer want to be using the a test version of Windows 10, Microsoft makes it very easy to roll back to your previous version.

Windows 10 Start menu

Microsoft has release several preview versions of Windows 10 and thus far it’s been all about installing the Technical Preview, but we have seen too little on how to go removing or uninstalling Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Unlike the pre-release versions of Windows 8 in Windows 10, Microsoft is adding a quick and easy way to rollback to your previous version of the operating system when you encounter any issues or if you simply want to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Keep in mind that to remove or uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview is only available for those who use the upgrade process via Windows Update. If you performed a clean installation, the option in the boot menu will not be available.

How to uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview

  1. Turn on your PC.

  2. Pay close attention to the boot sequence, you’ll see that after a few seconds a boot menu will appear. The menu has a 30 seconds timer, if you don’t do anything it will automatically boot to the “Windows Technical Preview”. While in the boot menu choose “Windows Rollback”.

    Windows rollback option in Windows 10

Once you hit the rollback button, you’ll see a message “Restoring your previous version of Windows”. Now it’s the waiting game… Wait about 15-30 minutes and your system should boot back to the previous version of Windows (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1).

After you’re back into your good operating system, make sure that everything is working correctly. I have tried using the Windows Rollback option and it’s been problems, such as modern apps not working and problem with device drivers.

If you’re reading this how-to guide before installing Windows 10 Technical Preview, I would highly recommend you to make a full backup of your system instead of using the Windows Rollback feature, it’s much safer.

Also remember that the best way to test the pre-release version of Windows 10 is by using a virtual machine or using a spare computer, and always opt to perform a clean installation, instead of an upgrade – things will work much smoothly.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.