Microsoft slashes Windows 10 rollback period

August 8, 2016 | 12:13

Tags: #anniversary-update #downgrade #rollback #uninstall #windows-10

Companies: #microsoft

Microsoft has issued an update to its Windows 10 operating system which slashes the time an upgrade user has to roll back the installation from 30 days to 10, in a move it claims has users' storage space requirements in mind.

Windows 10 represents a major shift in business model for Microsoft. As well as its year-long free upgrade offer, which loopholes excepting officially expired at the end of last month, the company has indicated that the platform will be supported for considerably longer than its predecessors as a 'platform' which will receive upgrades rather than a 'product' which is replaced on a regular basis.

Its aggressive pushing of the free upgrade offer, extending to automatically downloading the entire operating system without user intervention and scheduling the installation process if a user dismisses the dialogue box by pressing the cross in the top corner, has been badly received. Those angered by the company's behaviour are unlikely, then, to react well to the news that in its most recent upgrade the rollback period during which time it is possible to revert back to the previous operating system has been reduced from 30 days to just 10.

Microsoft, naturally, claims it has users' best interests in mind. '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,' a spokesperson for the company told ARN. 'As such, we changed the setting to 10 days to free storage space used by previous copies.'

The change comes as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, installation of which is claimed by various users on social media sites including reddit to come with a variety of bugs which can freeze and crash effected systems which had previously run Windows 10 perfectly.
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