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10 day "grace period" to roll back the Anniversary Update?

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by KX4OM, Aug 5, 2016.

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  1. KX4OM

    KX4OM Ham Member QRZ Page

    How-To-Geek reports this as a "by the way" in an article today. It is about reclaiming the 10GB of space from windows.old but includes the following info (excerpts):

    "When you upgrade to a new “build”, Windows creates a Windows.old folder that contains the system files from your “old” Windows installation. This allows you to “go back” to the previous build of Windows 10 if you experience a problem with the new build."

    "However, this folder uses more than 10 GB of space on your hard drive. Windows will automatically remove it after 10 days, but you can remove it sooner to free up the space immediately."

    "You can go back to the last build of Windows 10 you had installed by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and using the “Get Started” button under “Go back to an earlier build”. This button is only present if the files are still available on your computer."

    This is reported on other sites as well. A quote from Microsoft via WinSuperSite:

    “Based on our user research, we noticed most users who choose to go back to a previous version of Windows do it within the first several days. As such, we changed the setting to 10 days to free storage space used by previous copies.”

    Ted, KX4OM
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2016
  2. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    you know... Microsoft tells everyone that they can "roll back" their "upgrade" if they don't like Win10....... but I don't know of anyone who has actually been able to do so without either crashing their machine, losing their applications, or losing some of their data.

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