How to Roll Back from Windows 11 to Windows 10
In this article we’ll tell you how to get back to Windows 10 after updating to Windows 11, and how to roll back to the previous operating system with all user data preserved.
Many users who decided to upgrade to Windows 11 are now worried about their chances to go back to the previous version of their operating system if they dislike Windows 11 – what if they have to reinstall their Windows 10 again? In fact, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
Going back is quite possible, because files of the previous version of Windows are automatically saved to the folder Windows.old on your system disk while you are updating the system to Windows 11. However, you should remember that this folder will be automatically deleted in 10 days after the update. If you made a clean installation of Windows 11, this method will not work.
To roll back from Windows 11 to the previous version of the operating system, open Settings from the Start menu or by using the key shortcut Win+I.
In the section “System” go to the “Recovery” tab.
In the section “Recovery options”, click “Go back”. Give your reasons why you want to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10, or just click “For another reason”. Click “Next”.
At the next stage, Microsoft will suggest checking for updates. Choose “No, thanks”.
After that, Microsoft warns you that your computer will not be available for some time while it is rolled back from Windows 11 to Windows 10. Click “Next”.
Make sure that you remember your password to sign in to Windows 10, and click “Next”. Finally, hit that button to “Go back to Windows 10”. Wait until Windows completes this process.
When you have finally returned to the earlier build of Windows, your computer will boot back to Windows 10 with all your files, software and license keys – everything will remain the same and without changes.
This method to restore the previous version of Windows is available during 10 days after updating to Windows 11. When the 10-day period is over, the previous version of the operating system (in our case, Windows 10) can be restored only with a clean installation.
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