Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

I’m sure everyone is excited for the Windows 10 upgrade, especially since it’s free. However, there are still some bugs in the final release and updates are necessary for a seamless experience. If you’re not comfortable with Windows 10 and need more time to decide, there’s an option to rollback to the previous version within a month of upgrading.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

The internal tool to rollback often creates more issues than it fixes. Programs fail to launch, shortcuts go missing, system files and drivers don’t work, and more. You are left on a bridge where neither end looks promising.”

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Don’t worry, we can help you if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet. With Macrium Reflect, you can capture the image of your Windows system drive and, if you don’t like the Windows 10 update, restore to that image. Everything will be the same, and there will be no traces of your Windows upgrade.

Before upgrading your PC to Windows 10, make sure to create a backup. This process is compatible with Windows 7 and higher. The backup file will be quite large as it will include a mirror image of your entire system drive. If you have enough space on your logical drives, that’s ideal. However, it is highly recommended to use an external hard drive if possible.

Before creating the backup, clean your system drive by deleting all temporary and unnecessary files. Additionally, use IObit Uninstaller to uninstall any programs that you don’t use and are taking up space on your hard drive. This will help reduce the size of the backup file.

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Lastly, keep in mind that you will need a USB drive with a minimum capacity of 2 GB to create the rescue media.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Your installation key will be enabled automatically once the download is complete and the installer initializes. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Creating a Rescue Media

One cannot cut the branch on which they are sitting. Same goes for rolling back Windows. The system drive is locked, preventing the restoration of earlier versions of Windows while Windows 10 is running. To create a platform for rolling back updates, a recovery media is required. This media can be booted into and Macrium Reflect can be run.

To create the recovery media, open the program and select “Other Tasks” followed by “Create Rescue Media.” Connect a USB drive to the system before proceeding.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

The media creation wizard is self-explanatory. It automatically detects your Windows version and creates a Windows PE rescue disk that is best suited for your system. For instance, it indicates that Windows PE 3.1 is the optimal choice for Windows 7 kernel.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Click on “Next”, choose the Windows architecture for either the 32 or 64-bit version. Finally, select the USB drive and complete the process. The rescue media will be created for you quickly. It may take some time to download Windows PE files if you skipped them during the Macrium Reflect installation.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium ReflectEasily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Creating an Image of the Windows Partition

After creating the rescue media, click on “Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows.”

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

A new window will open and Macrium Reflect will pre-select the necessary partitions for a complete Windows restore. You can choose to include additional drives that may be affected, such as a logical drive where you install programs instead of the default system partition.

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Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Note: You can add additional drives, but Macrium Reflect’s pre-selected backup should not be excluded. These system drives are essential and should be backed up and restored as a single entity.

Finally, choose the backup location. A logical drive on the system will suffice, as mentioned earlier. If the option to back up on an external hard drive is available, you can choose that. Select the location and give the backup file a name.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

The app will ask if you want to schedule the backup rule. Ignore the page and make a one-time backup. Start the backup and leave your computer idle until it finishes. Depending on the backup size, it might take from 30 minutes to 2 hours. After the backup is done, you will find the files in the designated place.

Easily Rollback from Windows 10 Using Macrium Reflect

Restoring The Image

To restore the computer to the previous Windows version, boot from the rescue media created earlier. Select USB as the boot media in the BIOS (F2, F10, or Delete keys depending on BIOS version). In the restore tab, select and restore the backed-up image.

No screenshot available for this step. Rollback cannot be undone and may render your system unbootable. For any doubts, ask in our forum.

Backing up your existing Windows installation before upgrading to Windows 10 can be done using a tedious process. However, the built-in option in Windows 10 is not as reliable as Macrium Reflect.

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