Windows 11 comes with several new features and improvements, but some users may still prefer running Windows 10 on their devices. This blog post will guide you through the process of downgrading from Windows 11 to Windows 10.
Things to Consider Before Downgrading
- Ensure that you have backed up all your important data before proceeding with the downgrade process. Downgrading may erase your files and applications.
- Make sure you have your Windows 10 product key ready if required.
- Downgrading will require a stable internet connection to download the necessary files.
Method 1: Roll Back to Windows 10 Within 10 Days of Upgrade
If you have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 in the past 10 days, you can easily downgrade to Windows 10 using the built-in recovery option. Here’s how:
- Click the Start button, and then click on the Settings icon (gear icon).
- Navigate to System > Recovery.
- Under the Recovery section, click on the Go back button next to “Go back to Windows 10”.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the rollback process.
Note that this option is only available within 10 days of upgrading to Windows 11. If you cannot see the “Go back” button, you will need to follow the next method.
Method 2: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 10
If the rollback option is not available, you’ll need to perform a clean installation of Windows 10. Follow these steps:
- Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
- Run the MediaCreationTool and choose Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, and then click Next.
- Select the appropriate language, edition, and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit), and then click Next.
- Choose either USB flash drive or ISO file as the media type, and then follow the on-screen instructions to create the installation media.
- Once the installation media is created, insert the USB flash drive or DVD into the computer you want to downgrade.
- Restart your computer and press the appropriate key (usually F12, F10, or Del) to enter the Boot Menu.
- Select your USB flash drive or DVD from the Boot Menu and press Enter to boot from it.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 10, making sure to enter your Windows 10 product key when prompted.
After installation, you will need to reinstall your applications and restore your files from the backup you made earlier.
Downgrading from Windows 11 to Windows 10 can be a simple process if you follow these steps carefully. Remember to back up your data and make sure you have your Windows 10 product key handy. If you experience any issues during the downgrade process, consult Microsoft’s support resources or seek help from a professional.