How To Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days Limit With EBCD

If you want to try out Windows 10, but hesitate to upgrade due to performance or privacy concerns, you can use Emergency Boot CD to make a full backup of your system, so you can revert from Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows later at any time.

This article explains how to get ready to uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 or 8 after expiring 30 day period, and how to downgrade from Windows 10 to your past operating system at any time.

Contents

1. Formulation of the problem

Is Windows 10 a modern cloud operating system which delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing, next generation digital experience powered by voice recognition, universal syncronization and unified software platform; or it's a privacy nightmare designed solely for the purpose of tracking users and collecting data by three-letter agencies? There are plenty of reviews on the Internet, but it's always better to see and try for yourself.

Fortunately, you can upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for free, but what about going back? What if you don't like the new Windows 10 and would like to restore your previous operating system?

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Default OS Dialog
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Default OS Dialog

By default, Windows 10 allows reverting to the previous version of Windows only during the first 30 days after the in-place upgrade. Once that 30 day limit is reached, Windows 10 will remove the ability to roll back, also removing the files necessary to perform the action.

This article explains how to upgrade Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 in such way that you can restore your previous version of Windows at any moment in the future, effectively extending your 30 days downgrade grace period to the infinity.

2. Solution in a nutshell

1) Download Emergency Boot CD.

2) Burn EBCD to the CD or DVD disc and set up your computer to boot from this disc.

3) Using EBCD Partition Manager, take a backup copy of your disk C:. If you choose to save your backup copy to external USB thumbdrive or USB HDD, then demo version of EBCD will suffice.

4) Boot to Windows 7/8/8.1 and reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 using the tray icon.

5) Upgrade your old OS to Windows 10 using normal Microsoft update method. Enjoy the new OS.

6) If you happen to dislike Windows 10, then boot to EBCD, run Partition Manager and restore your previously saved backup copy of disk C: from external USB thumbdrive/HDD, or from the compressed image file in another local partition. Your old operating system, applications, desktop contents, documents and settings will be restored to original state at the moment of taking backup copy. To make a restore, you will need a full version of Emergency Boot CD, which is a shareware for $39.95.

3. Taking backup copy of your old system

This section should be applied before upgrading your old Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10.

1) Boot EBCD, Choose Partition Manager in the main menu:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Partition Manager in the Main Menu
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Partition Manager in the Main Menu

2) Choose "Backup partition/disk to image file" in the Partition Manager menu:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Backup Partition/Disk to Image File in the Partition Manager Menu
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Backup Partition/Disk to Image File in the Partition Manager Menu

3) Choose partition to backup (your disk C: in Windows) and click [...] button:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choose Partition To Backup And Click Browse Button
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choose Partition To Backup And Click Browse Button

4) Choose disk and folder to save compressed partition image file to (E: USB 29G in this example) and then type in the file name to the corresponding input field (backup_2015_09_13 in this example).

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Disk and Folder and Typing In File Name
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Disk and Folder and Typing In File Name

5) Check image file name and click "Next >" button to start saving partition image:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Click Next Button To Start Saving Partition Image
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Click Next Button To Start Saving Partition Image

6) Partition backup in progress:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Backup In Progress
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Backup In Progress

7) Partition backup complete:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Backup Complete
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Backup Complete

4. Rolling back to your old system

This section should be applied only if you decide to roll back from Windows 10 to your previous OS.

1) Boot EBCD, Choose Partition Manager in the main menu:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Partition Manager in the Main Menu
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Partition Manager in the Main Menu

2) Choose "Restore partition/disk from image file" in the Partition Manager menu:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Restore Partition/Disk from Image File in the Partition Manager Menu
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choosing Restore Partition/Disk from Image File in the Partition Manager Menu

3) Choose destination partition (your disk C: in Windows) and click [...] button:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choose Destination Partition And Click Browse Button
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Choose Destination Partition And Click Browse Button

4) Choose disk and folder which contains compressed partition image file (E: USB 29G in this example) and then click on that file (backup_2015_09_13.dd.gz in this example).

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Opening Compressed Partition Image File
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Opening Compressed Partition Image File

5) Check target partition once again and click "Next >" button:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Check Target Partition and Click Next
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Check Target Partition and Click Next

6) Read this warning carefully:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Read This Warning Carefully
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Read This Warning Carefully

7) Partition restore in progress:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Restore In Progress
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Restore In Progress

8) Partition restore complete. Now your operating system is reverted to the previous version:

Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Restore Complete
Roll Back From Windows 10 After 30 Days With EBCD - Partition Restore Complete

5. Additional advantages of using EBCD to roll back from Windows 10

Standard option of downgrading Windows 10 back to previous version of Windows via an OS applet shown above breaks Task Scheduler. Error message like this appears:

  • Windows is unable to run automatic maintenance. The maintenance scheduler is unavailable.
  • The task XML contains a value which is incorrectly formatted or out of range.
  • The task XML contains an unexpected node.

More information: Task scheduler is broken after windows 10 downgrade

A method of Windows 10 downgrade using EBCD as described in this article does not have this problem.