Despite some initial throttling to manage demand, most devices should now be eligible for Windows 10's May 2020 update. 

There are plenty of reasons to get the May update, so it's no surprise if you've already updated the software on your device. 

However, while it was meant to iron out many of the bugs that have plagued Windows 10 in recent months, the May update has caused plenty more.

Indeed, at the time of writing there are nine issues known to Microsoft, many of which date back to the software's initial 27 May release date.

Many users will be able to upgrade without issues, but if the update has done your device more harm than good there is a way to revert back to the previous version. 

How to uninstall the Windows 10 May update

While there are other workarounds, for this tutorial to work you'll need to have installed the update within the last 10 days. Windows 10 has a built-in feature that allows you to 'roll back' to the previous version, but after a week and a half the option is disabled. 

This older version is likely to be the November 2019 update, so it will avoid many of the problems associated with more recent versions.

  1. Head to Settings > Update & Security and find the Recovery Tab
  2. Under a 'Go back to the previous version of Windows 10' click the 'Get Started' button. If you see the screen above with no such option, you're running an older version of Windows 10 and won't need this tutorial
  3. Follow the instructions in the window that appears, which should conclude with a restart to apply the changes

How to uninstall the Windows 10 May update in recovery mode

However, you may be in a situation where you can't access the settings menu. Perhaps you're seeing a blue screen, or maybe your device won't turn on at all. Under these circumstances, you'll need to use recovery mode. 

  1. Head to the power settings, either via the Start Menu or login screen
  2. Hold Shift and click Restart to enter Recovery mode
  3. In the menu that appears, choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Uninstall Updates
  4. Choose 'Uninstall latest feature update' and you'll be prompted to re-enter your Microsoft password
  5. Follow the instructions and your device will restart without the latest update

Want to know more? Check out our guide to the Windows 10 May 2020 update.