How to Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10

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Windows 11 is in full swing. Microsoft’s new operating system was announced at a special event in June. It began rolling out three more months later.

It was always expected that a gradual distribution to compatible hardware would take some time. However, Microsoft stated in January it was on schedule. Since October, however, all eligible devices were able to manually download Windows 11.

Even though there is a way to put it on non-supported computers and laptops this comes with some risks.

Windows 11 is not for everyone. You can always go back to Windows 10, if you don’t like the new OS. It will continue to be supported up until October 2025.

You have two options. It’s easier to do it soon after you install Windows 11. But, it is still possible. Here are the facts.

How to Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10 in 10 Days

There is an easy way for you to return to Windows 10 if Windows 11 has not been a success. This method will work if it hasn’t been more than 10 business days since it was installed.

  1. Open Settings, and ensure that the “System” tab is selected
  2. Scroll down to select the “Recovery” option
  3. You will see the ‘Previous version’ section under ‘Recovery Options’. To get started, click ‘Go back’
  4. Select any option from the window and click “Next”
  5. If you are prompted to check for updates click “No, thanks”.
  6. To get the process started, click next on the two screens.

You should not lose any of your files and settings, but it is worth backing your computer up first to be certain.

How to upgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10 in 10 days

If it has been longer than 10 days, or you don’t see the option above, there may be another way.

This involves a complete reinstallation, although it is simpler than it sounds. You will need to make a backup before you can do this. This process is only possible with a clean install.

  1. Go to the Windows 10 Download Page on the Microsoft Website
  2. Click ‘Download tool’ under ‘Create Windows 10 Installation Media’
  3. After you are done, click on the downloaded file to launch it
  4. Select ‘Yes’ from the pop-up asking if you would like this app to make any changes to your device.
  5. Now, the Windows 10 Setup window should appear. After a few seconds click “Accept” to accept the terms and conditions
  6. For a short time, the screen “Getting a few items ready” will appear. Select ‘Upgrade this computer now’ from the next screen and click Next’
  7. You can now download the latest version Windows 10. You can continue to use your computer in the interim
  8. After the download is completed, click “Next” and then “Accept” from the next screen.
  9. Make sure to select ‘Nothing’ from the screen that asks you to choose what to keep. Next, click ‘Next’ again
  10. Now you will be at the “Ready to Install” page. To begin the installation process, click ‘Install’. But be aware that there is no way to go back.

After the process is completed, you will need to continue the steps as if the device was your first. It won’t take long and you should be able to use the latest Windows 10 version within minutes.

Another option is to download Windows from a USB. This is the best option if you need to reinstall Windows 10 from multiple devices. It only needs to be downloaded once.

You might consider waiting a bit if you have Windows 11 installed and aren’t sure if you want to keep it. Microsoft has already released Windows 11’s first major update. More new features are on the way. The 22H2 update will arrive soon and the OS will be quite different from the one that was shipped at launch.

Chris Evan was born in Quebec and raised in Montreal, except for the time when he moved back to Quebec and attended high school there. He studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. He began writing after obsessing over books.

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