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'Go back to an earlier build' Not Available After 10 Days

Updated on Apr 03, 2019 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
Do like this when Windows 10 rollback, downgrade or revert back to a previous version failed due to the recovery option go back to an earlier build is not available, get started grayed out after 10 days since 1607 Anniversary update and 1703 Creators update.

Go back to an earlier build not available, solutions?

"Hello there, I'm looking for help with Windows 10 rollback to a previous build. I recently got a Creators update on my PC, it's working with no problem until yesterday I found that half of my games can't play as usual. Thinking that the issue shall be resolved if reverting back to the version prior to the current update, but in the Recovery the option go back to an earlier build is not available. It says this option is no longer available because your PC was upgraded more than 10 days ago."

go back to an earlier build not available

Must read about Windows 10 builds rollback rules

It's quite common for users demanding a Windows operating system downgrade, rollback or recover to a previous version using the recovery feature which can be found by the following path.

Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go back to an earlier build

And here's what you must read and clearly bear in mind!

Windows 10 supports a Rollback feature that allows its insiders to go back to the build of Windows 10 1607 Anniversary update and 1703 Creators update that installed on your PC prior to updating to the latest build.

Only note that you're given 10 days limit instead of 30 days as before to enjoy this feature. That's why users would be caught up in the situation where the go back to an earlier build not available, get started greyed out or the whole option is missing without showing up.

Do like this when Go back to an earlier build not available after 10 days

First of all, try to directly restore from a system backup which you previously created. Also, some computer professionals suggest a Windows.old folder recovery, by which you'll possibly get another chance, but that awaits practical verification. While at the same time, we find you another viable solution that would bring you back to the desired Windows build without reinstalling, even without a backup at hand.

It's system transfer from the other computer by the help of third-party Windows backup software, with its universal restore feature!

Basic requirements

  1. The other computer running the Windows 10 build you'd like to install on your own machine.
  2. Install EaseUS Todo Backup software on both computers.
  3. A portable USB flash drive for system transfer.

Note: Since you've forgotten to create a system image in advance before updating to Windows 10 Fall Creators, you'll lose your personal settings and installed programs by System Recovery mentioned above.

Starting process - back up system

Ask a friend or a coworker whose computer is running the Windows build in accordance with your desire. Download and install EaseUS Todo Backup. After correctly connecting the USB drive to the computer, let's begin.

Step 1. Empty the USB Flash Drive

  1. 1. Make sure that your USB flash drive is as big as or even bigger than your current system C drive.
  2. 2. System Backup will overwrite all existing data on the USB, please also empty your USB flash drive if you saved important data there. 

Step 2. Backup Windows System to USB

1. Connect the USB to your PC and run EaseUS Todo Backup.
Click the icon at the left top corner, select System Backup on the left tool pane.

Select backup mode to start backing up system to USB

2. Select the Windows system and click Browse to select USB as your backup destination. 

Select Windows OS and USB to start backing up system to USB.

If you want to create a backup plan to automatically backing up your Windows OS at a certain frequency, click Schedule: Off and set to backup your OS by day, by week or even by month.

You can also click Upon Event to set automatically backup your OS to USB everytime when it's plugged in your computer. 

Set backup plan to automatically backup system to USB when it's plugged in computer.

3. After this, click Proceed to start backing up your Windows OS to USB now.
If you've created an automatic backup plan for Windows OS backup, EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically to run and back up your OS after the first full backup.

Soon the process will accomplish. Plug out the USB drive which carries the system configuration, settings, files and data on the borrowed computer.

Ending process - transfer system

Make sure that EaseUS Todo Backup is installed and the USB device is connected to your own computer in the same way. Before transferring system, backup important personal files on the system partition using the File Backup option.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup, click the Recovery button on System Backup column.

Or click "Browse to Recover" to select the system backup you created in advance.

choose the backup image that you want to recover

Step 2. Choose one History version of the backup image, after confirming the contents, click the "Next" button.

And select the target location to restore your Windows. 

select the place to save the Windows recovery

Step 3. Then click Proceed to start backup recovery.

Wait for the process to complete, restart your computer and then you should be able to run Windows OS on your computer again.

Tips:

1. If there are no drivers compatible with your hardware, you need to manually specify where to find the driver(s) for specific hardware.

2. If the boot and system partitions are not the same partition, you have to back up these two partitions and restore them during the process of restore.