[Guide] How to Revert Back to Windows 10 From Windows 11

[Guide] How to Revert Back to Windows 10 From Windows 11

/ Sed Galope

If Windows 11 proves problematic or you are not ready, you might downgrade to Windows 10 after upgrading without losing any of your stuff. With the recovery settings, the procedure can be done. The option is only accessible for the first ten days following the initial update, which is the only restriction.

To make space on the hard disk for your files, Windows 11 will remove the files from the previous installation after this period. It’s crucial to remember that after uninstalling Windows 11, you might need to reinstall some apps and lose whatever settings you had previously set up for the more recent version.

After upgrading to Microsoft’s latest operating system, you can use this guide to learn how to return to Windows 10.

Backup Important Files

backup save store

Before you downgrade from Windows 11 to 10, it is important to back up your files just in case something wrong happens. A backup of important files is essential to protect yourself from data loss. A backup is a copy of your files that you can use should the original files become corrupted or lost. With the right backup strategy, you can ensure your important data is safe and secure.

Roll Back to Windows 10 From Windows 11 via Settings

Follow these procedures to downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10:

1. Open the Start menu and search and open the Settings app.

2. Click on System > Recovery.

3. Click the Go Back button under the Recovery options section.

windows 11 go back

4. Select a reason for uninstalling Windows 11 and click the Next button.

select reason for going back

5. Click the No, thanks button in the next prompt window.

select no thanks to check updates

6. Click the Next button, then Next again.

7. Click on Go back to Windows 10 or Go back to earlier build button to begin the process.

go back to windows 10

After you finish the instructions, the setup process will take over and restore your PC to the previous version of the operating system.

Downgrade From Windows 11 to Windows 10 With Uninstall Updates

Build 22000.71 contains a known issue with Windows 11. Go back or Reset this PC, which has been mentioned in the official blog. It’s rumored that the Windows 11 recovery environment allows for removing Windows 11. Let’s discover the specific steps next.

1. Type Recovery in the search bar and select Recovery options.

2. Under Advanced Startup, click on Restart Now button to access Windows Recovery Environment.

3. In the Choose an option screen, click on Troubleshoot.

troubleshoot option

4. Select Advanced Options > Uninstall Updates.

uninstall updates option

5. Select Uninstall latest feature update, then click Uninstall feature update button.

uninstall latest feature update

Roll Back Windows 11 After 10 Days Using Clean Installation

Windows 11 only permits you to revert to Windows 10 for ten days before your old system data are permanently erased and cannot be restored. As a result, customers who have been using Windows 11 for a few weeks may discover that Windows 11 Go Back does not work. You have two options in this case: a clean install or restoring the Windows 10 system image to your hard drive.

1. Go to the Windows 10 Download page.

2. Click the Download tool now button under Create Windows 10 install media.

3. To start the setup, double-click the MediaCreationTool21H1.exe file, then click the Accept button.

4. Choose the Upgrade this PC now option, then click Next.

upgrade this pc now

5. Click Accept button again and select the Nothing option.

select nothing

6. Lastly, click the Install button.

After you finish the procedures, Windows 10 will be installed as a fresh installation on the device. You must go via the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE) to create a new user account and customize your preferences using this method. Next, restore your files from an earlier backup (if applicable).

Downgrade After 10 Days

Let’s imagine you want to utilize Windows 11 for longer than ten days but still want the option to revert to Windows 10. Using a command line tool, you can see how many days remain and even extend the deadline to as many as 60.

1. Type cmd in the search field.

2. Open the Command prompt with admin rights.

3. Type the following command and press Enter to check how many days are left.

DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow

uninstall os command in cmd

4. Next, type the following command and press Enter to extend the deadline:

DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value: <days>

* Replace <days> with the number of days you want to apply.

change days value

Then, using the up arrow key, bring up the DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow command. Enter to rerun that command and confirm that the number of days you specified is now in effect. You can now return to Settings and use the Go Back command whenever you want before the new number of days expires.

You Can Upgrade to Windows 11 When You Want

Microsoft Windows 11 will be available for free to Windows 10 users. Nonetheless, early builds, particularly beta ones, will likely contain minor problems and malfunctions. If you don’t want to utilize Windows 11 as your primary operating system, you can dual-boot it alongside Windows 10.

Having Problems With Windows 11?

Microsoft released Windows 11, a new operating system. The new system contains significant upgrades in the following areas compared to the previous version: a new start menu, notification center, system tray, redesigned taskbar, and rounded corners.

Downgrade From Windows 11 to Windows 10 With Ease: A Comprehensive Guide

Reverting Windows 10 from Windows 11 is straightforward, offering flexibility and peace of mind. Whether you prefer the familiarity of Windows 10 or have encountered compatibility issues, this comprehensive guide equips you with the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition. Remember to back up your essential files, choose the appropriate method based on your situation, and enjoy the seamless downgrade process.

Sed Galope
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