A new downgrade policy is hidden within the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Once you’ve installed it, you’ll only have 10 days to downgrade to an earlier version or build, rather than the 31 days provided before. Usually, Microsoft provides its users with a 31 days time to roll back any updates. The new policy, regarding the 10-day limit triggers as soon as you apply the Anniversary Update, and some of you wouldn’t even know when the Anniversary Update applied to your devices as Windows 10 upgrades itself in the background and without having to ask for permission from the user.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve upgraded from Windows 8 or Windows 7, or either you simply updates your PC from an earlier version of Windows 10. Once you’ve installed the Anniversary Update, you have 10 days to back out, not 31, before the AU becomes permanent. It appears Microsoft is stealthily closing the Windows 10 escape hatch, and just when we thought Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade practices were over. Users who converted to Windows 10 recently, need to figure out when they upgraded, and if they upgraded to Windows 10 just to downgrade again, you really need to act fast. One of the major setback is the new rollback period is not clearly defined at all, anywhere.
The one year period given by Microsoft to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 ended on 29 July, giving new Windows 10 users just days before the Anniversary Update began on Aug 2. Although Microsoft is not at all trying to be mean to you, the company’s doing this to free up storage on your PC. As, recovery files to downgrade Windows save in your PC only for up-to the duration, till you are allowed to downgrade.
A Microsoft spokesperson told us, “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.” Hence, they changed the setting to 10 days to free storage space used by recovery files. Our advice to you guys is, if you like the new upgrade, you probably don’t need to do anything. But in case you plan to downgrade, your new deadline is 10 days, so you better hurry up.