Microsoft has recently released the new Windows 10 Preview Build 9926 following along the lines of Windows 10 Technical Preview. This new build has come with lots of new features like Continuum (to adapt to different device types), Xbox app, Start Menu changes, etc. Along with these features, you would witness numerous changes in build 9926 as compared to the earlier Windows 10 build 9879. The new build version has been available to several Windows Insiders.
A notable change is the presence of an option called “Windows Rollback” in the boot selection menu for this new build. This boot menu will be visible every time a reboot is done. In this article, we shall understand the meaning of “Windows Rollback” option in boot menu. Also, we shall check out how to remove Windows Rollback option from Boot Menu of Windows 10 build 9926.
What does the Windows Rollback option imply?
This option enables you to uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview and switch back to the previous OS version installed. So, if you have gone through Windows updates, using this rollback option could take you back to Windows build 9879 or Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Since this option comes up every time you reboot, there are higher chances of it getting selected accidentally.
Potential Issues faced after Windows Rollback
If you select the Windows Rollback entry from Windows 10 build 9926 (either accidentally or knowingly), you need to take in to account that the Windows TP version doesn’t store account information. So, if you are rolling back to previous Windows OS version, you need to ensure that you remember the password for your earlier versions. Also, you need to be ready to tackle manual uninstallation followed by re-installation of apps (of Windows 8.1) that were upgraded for Windows 10 Technical Preview version. Only then will they work correctly once you go back to Windows 8.1 (assuming you upgraded from this version to 10 version).
Steps to Remove Windows Rollback Entry from Boot Menu
As per the information reported in Windows blog report on build 9926, the presence of Windows Rollback option is simply a bug which will hopefully be removed in new build versions of Windows 10 to be released in future. On the boot menu, if we don’t select anything during reboot, the Windows 10 TP is automatically selected.
However, if you want to make sure you eliminate the risk of clicking this option by mistake while playing around with the current build 9926, you can follow the below mentioned tricks or steps.
Open the search box and type “cmd” which will show up some search result as seen below (kindly note I have used screenshots from Windows 8 version and not Windows 10 TP).
Do a right-click on the command prompt entry and choose the option “Run as Administrator”.
Type “bcdedit /timeout 0” and press Enter key. This will delete the Windows Rollback entry from the boot selection menu.
If you want it back, you can replace the “0” with any number from 1 to 30 in the above mentioned command.
An alternative process (not recommended by Microsoft) could be to type “msconfig” in the Run window, press enter key and open the Boot tab option in the system configuration window to select “Windows Rollback (Windows)” option followed by the “Delete” button.
Though, this process may lead to some other unexpected issues. So, it is advisable to follow the first process discussed above.
Thus, we have seen some simple steps can help you get rid of the Windows Rollback entry from boot menu of Windows 10 OS build 9926. Please share any related tips that might have worked for you as a Windows Insider.