How to downgrade your PC/Laptop from Windows 10 May 2020 update and install the previous version
Microsoft has launched the Windows 10 May 2020 aka version 2004 update in the previous month. After the launch, only the beta version was accessible for the users as the update was in the testing phase. After the testing, Microsoft as usually pushes the update in few sections started to release the update. Most of the users that updated the v 2004 had caused multiple problems with the graphics and software, users also claimed that their PC/Laptop was restarting unknowingly.
Soon after the bugs and issues were discovered Microsoft stopped the release of the May 2020 update and suggested users not to install the v2004 update until all the issues are solved. Users can still manually download the Windows 10 May 2020 update but at their own risk.
Later it was discovered that not all the PC/Laptops were affected by the bug and Microsoft started preventing multiple PC/Laptops from installing Latest Windows 10 2004 update. After the blocking of the update started users got angry and wanted Microsoft to release the update as this is the first major update of the year. Soon after Microsoft introduced a new feature that verifies and lets you know that you can install the Windows 10 2004 update or not. But the users that have been already installed the update and facing serious issues had no way out other than waiting for the stable update.
So here is how you can downgrade the Windows 10 May 2020 aka version 2004 update and install the previous version of the windows 10.
How to remove Windows 10 May 2020 update?
There are two different ways to remove the Windows 10 May 2020 update and go back to the previous one:
- By cleaning and installing the old update
- By using the system settings (the new update install date should not be more than 10 days)
The first way is the one that allows you to start from scratch on your previous Windows 10 version, only that in this case, you’re going to lose all your files and installed apps. If any backups were created before updating to version 2004, you could restore them after going back to your original OS installation, but if they weren’t, then you have no other option here.
The method involves using the dedicated ISO images or creating bootable media using the Media Creation Tool and essentially clean-install Windows 10 with the version that you were running prior to the update. As said, this isn’t the most convenient approach, but if you already created backups or you don’t care about your files, it’s one pretty fast way to deal with the whole thing.
Just make sure that you download the right version of the Media Creation Tool – Microsoft has released different builds for each version of Windows 10.
The other way is only available if you installed Windows 10 May 2020 Update less than 10 days ago. Given the update was published last week, you can still use it, but if you wait for a few more days, this method will expire.
The whole thing relies on a downgrading option that comes bundled with Windows 10 and which takes care of everything for you. To find the option, go to:
Windows 10 > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go back to the previous version of Windows 10
Once you press the Get started button, Windows 10 should guide you throughout the whole process, as it has all been designed as a wizard that only requires a few steps before kicking off the recovery task. However, is that the downgrade takes much more time than a clean install, and this is because all your data and apps must be migrated to the previous OS installation.
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