How to get rid of Windows 10's Rollback option on start

If you are running Windows 10 on a system either directly or in a virtual machine, you know that the operating system displays a selection menu on boot.

The menu displays options to boot into Windows 10 which you can do by selecting Windows Technical Preview, or to restore the initial state of Windows 10 by selecting Windows Rollback.

The menu is displayed for 30 seconds by default and Windows 10 will be loaded if no user interaction is recorded in that time.

While the rollback may have its uses in some situations, it is kinda irritating that it is displayed on every boot. If you don't require it at all or all the time, you probably want it gone to speed up the boot process of the operating system and make it more comfortable at the same time.

windows rollback

The following guide walks you through the steps of removing Windows Rollback from the boot menu.

You have two basic choices when it comes to that. You can either delete Windows Rollback outright, or keep it but change the time out of the boot screen to a low value so that it won't matter anymore.

The timeout


You can use msconfig to change the timeout value but it cannot go below three seconds in the menu. While that may be sufficiently fast for some, others may want a timeout that is even faster than that.

If three seconds are fine, skip to the removal part of this guide. If not, continue reading:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key.
  2. Type cmd.exe.
  3. Right-click on the result and select the run as administrator option. Alternatively, hold down Shift and Ctrl before you left-click on the result.
  4. Accept the UAC prompt if it is displayed on the screen.
  5. Type bcdedit /timeout 1

The 1 is the interval in seconds that the timeout value is changed to. You can select 0 here as well or any other value.

The main advantage of this is that you can restore the default value of 30 seconds at a later point in time should you need to roll back the system then.


windows rollback

While you can use the delete command of bcdedit to remove Windows Rollback, it is easier to do so using the system configuration tool.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key.
  2. Type msconfig.exe
  3. Switch to boot.
  4. Select the Windows Rollback option from the menu.
  5. Click on Delete.
  6. Confirm and restart the PC.

The default selection is used from that moment on as there is no other option to switch to. The timeout option is better in my opinion as it allows you to use the rollback feature in the future should the need to do so arise.

It is unlikely that Microsoft will keep that option when the final version of Windows 10 is made available.

How to get rid of Windows 10's Rollback option on start
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How to get rid of Windows 10's Rollback option on start
Find out how to remove the Windows Rollback entry on Technical Preview builds of the Windows 10 operating system that appears on boot.
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  1. Anonymous said on February 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Are you sure that this is the default setting? My Windows 10 VM boots straight to the desktop.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

      I did not get it until I updated to the most recent build that Microsoft released some time ago.

      1. Decent60 said on February 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

        Just restarted mine using build 9926 and I don’t have that. Nor do I have an entry in my MSConfig either.

        However, it’s good to know should this start to appear.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on February 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

        That’s strange. Did you install build 9926 directly or did you install the previous build and upgraded from it?

      3. Anonymous said on February 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        I installed build 9926 afresh.

      4. Decent60 said on February 5, 2015 at 1:29 am

        Same, it was a direct installation. Possibly, that could be the reasoning behind it.

  2. Dave said on February 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I have this problem too. Thank for the article.

  3. Zinc said on February 4, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Installed 9926 fresh…enabled auto-login…boots straight to desktop…

  4. Paul(us) said on February 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Hallo Martin, In the last line of your excellent article your are made at the end a very small typo:
    You wrought:
    It is unlikely that Microsoft will keeü that option when the final version of Windows 10 is made available.
    Did you wanted to wright instead of keeü – keep?

    I have also a question for you Martin: Do you know or its possible to get the functionality of the boot function
    by pressing F8 during the start-up?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 4, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, corrected. F8 is not really an option anymore in Windows 8 or newer due to the fast boot process. You need to boot into the system, hold down Shift and click on restart to get it displayed.

  5. Anonymous said on February 5, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    On the windows insider blog and you will that the day this build was released there was information issue that testers will see, this was one of them. It was stated that it will be fixed in later builds.

  6. Mike9876 said on March 7, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Hi, how would I get the rollback page back? I don’t have it and I don’t see it in Msconfig boot options.

  7. Bruce said on September 27, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    How do I get rid of Windows 10? I updated my W7 and 10 is a joke. I cannot see anything now. Please help

  8. DriftTurtle18 said on October 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    This works fine I think(still have to do it), but on a forum on a other side,
    they said the same, but before you click OK, you have to check the box with ”Make all boot settings permanent”.

    So question 1 is:
    If I delete Rollback in that boot-menu, and uncheck ”make all boot settings permanent” , Does will never show up anymore when I start my pc up?

    Question 2:
    If I ever need it again, how can I put it back?

  9. PeoplePerProject said on March 17, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Windows 10 automatically installs updates in the background. Most of the time, this is good, but sometimes you ll get an update that breaks things. In that case, you ll need to uninstall that particular update.

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