What there is to know
- Within 10 days of upgrade, access Update history > Recovery Options > Flip.
- After 10 days of upgrading, you will need to perform a clean install using the Windows 10 installation media.
- To do this, go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page to obtain and install the downgrade.
This article will teach you how to downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10 in two different ways depending on how long the upgrade will take.
How to revert from Windows 11 to Windows 10
Windows 11 brings a lot of new features and components, but it doesn’t have the years of optimization that Microsoft put into Windows 10. Or, maybe you recently upgraded and aren’t enjoying it. the new look and want to downgrade to Windows 10 for other reasons. Whatever your reasoning, there are a number of ways you can go about performing the downgrade.
We’ll break down the two downgrade paths here, though the main difference depends on when you upgraded to Windows 11. If you upgraded within the last 10 days, your computer will still have a copy Windows 10 still stored on this; you can easily roll back to Windows 10 without having to create new installation media. Unfortunately, if it’s already been 10 days, that copy won’t be available and you’ll need to do a clean install to downgrade from Windows 11.
How to downgrade from Windows 11 within 10 days
If you’re still within the 10-day limit after upgrading to Windows 11, you can downgrade using your PC’s built-in recovery options. Follow the steps below to roll back to Windows 10.
Open Windows Update settings on your PC.
Click on Update history.
Select Recovery options.
Click on Flip in the list of options.
Microsoft may ask you why you want to downgrade to Windows 10. Select a reason, then click Next Continue. Windows 11 may also ask to check for updates before allowing you to continue. Select No thanks to continue downgrading to Windows 10.
Continue selection Next on the next prompts and wait for Windows 11 to switch back to Windows 10. Depending on the speed of your PC, this process can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or two.
How to downgrade from Windows 11 after 10 days
If it’s already been more than 10 days since you installed Windows 11, downgrading to Windows 10 will require a bit more work. Don’t worry, though, the process is simple, and this guide will help you get through the tougher parts.
First, visit Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page and download the Windows 10 installation media package.
Open the Media Creation Tool and select Upgrade this PC now and wait for Windows 10 to download. This may take a little while depending on your internet speed.
With Windows 10 downloaded and Windows 10 media created, you can continue the process. Unfortunately, when downgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 11, you’ll have no choice but to delete everything, so be sure to back up any files or items you don’t want to lose before selecting Nothing below Choose what to keep.
How to upgrade to Windows 11?
To upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, run the Begin menus, type Windows Updateand select Windows Update Settings. Picking out Check for updates; if the Windows 11 update is offered, select Download and install.
How long does Windows 11 installation take?
Installing Windows 11 should take 10-20 minutes in most cases. However, many factors affect your download speed, including your Internet connection, installation media, and your computer’s age and hardware.
How do I stop a Windows 11 update?
To stop Windows 11 updates, run the Begin menu and select Settings > System > Windows Update. In the Pause updates section, select how long you want to pause Windows 11 updates. This stops all active downloads and stops any ongoing installations.
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