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How to Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10

Windows 11 is well under way. Microsoft unveiled its new operating system last June at an event, and it was released three months later.

Although a gradual delivery to compatible hardware was always going take time, Microsoft announced that it was moving ahead in January. All eligible devices are now able to download Windows 11 manually from October.

You can even install it on unsupported laptops. However, there are risks.

Windows 11 may not be for everyone. You can return to Windows 10 if you aren’t happy with the new OS. You can still use the OS until October 2025.

There are two ways to go about it. One is easier after you have installed Windows 11 but the other is still possible. Here’s how to do Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10.

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How to Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10 in 10 days

Windows 11 can be returned to Windows 10 easily if you have tried it briefly. To make this work, ensure it hasn’t been longer than 10 days since the last time you installed it.

  1. Open Settings and make certain the “System” tab has been selected
  2. Scroll down and choose the “Recovery” option
  3. Look under “Recovery options” to see a section titled “Previous version Windows”. Click “Go back” to get started
  4. Choose any of the options from the window that opens and then click ‘Next.
  5. Click ‘No’ when prompted to check your email for updates.
  6. To begin the process, click Next on the following screens.

Your files and settings should remain unchanged, but it’s worth backing up first just to be sure.

How to downgrade Windows 11 from Windows 10 within 10 days

There is an alternative way if you haven’t seen the option or it’s been over 10 days.

Although it involves a complete reinstallation of Windows 10, this is much easier than it sounds. It is important to first back up your data.

  1. Visit the Windows 10 page download page at the Microsoft website
  2. Click on ‘Download tool now’ and follow the instructions to create Windows 10 installation media.
  3. Once the download is complete, click the file to open it
  4. Click ‘Yes!’ to accept the app making changes to your device.
  5. You will now see the Windows 10 Setup window. Click ‘Accept’ after a few seconds to agree to the terms.
  6. After a few seconds, you will see the screen titled ‘Getting some things ready’. Click ‘Next’ to proceed to the next screen.
  7. Windows 10’s latest version will now be available for download. In the meantime, you can continue using your computer
  8. After downloading is complete, click on ‘Next’ to accept the file from the following screen.
  9. Select ‘Nothing,’ then click ‘Next’ to continue the selection process.
  10. The ‘Ready for installation’ page will now appear. To start the installation, click on ‘Install’.

Once the installation is complete, you can follow the steps exactly as if this were your first time using the device. You should be able use Windows 10 in a matter of minutes.

You can also install Windows using a USB. This is ideal if you wish to reinstall Windows 10 across multiple devices.

If you are considering keeping Windows 11 after installing it, you may want to wait a while. Microsoft has already published Windows 11’s first major upgrade. There are many more features coming soon. When the 22H2 feature upgrade arrives, the OS may look and feel very different from the version shipped at launch.

Chris
Chris
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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