If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 11 and found that it’s not the right fit for your device or simply prefer the familiarity of Windows 10, don’t worry! Downgrading back to Windows 10 is a straightforward process. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to revert from Windows 11 to Windows 10.
Disclaimer: Before starting, we highly recommend creating a backup of your files and data, as the downgrade process might result in data loss. You can use external storage or cloud services like OneDrive for backup.
Method 1: Use Windows 11’s Built-in Recovery Option
Windows 11 has a built-in recovery option that allows you to revert to a previous version of the operating system. To use this feature, follow these steps:
- Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
- Navigate to System > Recovery.
- Under the “Go back” section, click the Get started button.
- Choose a reason for going back to Windows 10, and click Next.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the rollback process.
Note that this method will only work if you have upgraded to Windows 11 within the last 10 days. After the 10-day period, the option to revert will no longer be available.
Method 2: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 10
If the built-in recovery option is not available, you can perform a clean installation of Windows 10. To do this, follow these steps:
- Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s website.
- Run the Media Creation Tool and select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, then click Next.
- Select the language, edition, and architecture for Windows 10, then click Next.
- Choose either USB flash drive or ISO file as your installation media, then click Next.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to create the installation media.
- Insert the USB flash drive or DVD with the Windows 10 installation media into your PC.
- Restart your PC and boot from the installation media. (You may need to modify your BIOS settings to set the boot priority to the installation media.)
- On the Windows Setup screen, choose your language, time and currency format, and keyboard layout, then click Next.
- Click Install now, enter your Windows 10 product key when prompted, and click Next.
- Select the edition of Windows 10 you have a license for, then click Next.
- Accept the license terms, then click Next.
- Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
- Delete all the partitions on your hard drive, then create a new partition for Windows 10 and click Next.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Windows 10 installation.
Once the clean installation is complete, you’ll need to reinstall your applications and restore your files from your backup.
That’s it! You’ve successfully downgraded from Windows 11 to Windows 10. We hope you find this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or issues, feel free to leave a comment below.