If you have recently upgraded to Windows 11 and realized it may not be the right fit for you, don’t worry. This blog post will guide you through the process of downgrading back to Windows 10. Before starting the downgrade process, make sure to backup all your important files and data, as this process may remove personal files and applications.
Option 1: Using the Recovery Option (Within 10 Days of Upgrade)
If you have upgraded to Windows 11 within the last 10 days, you can quickly downgrade using the built-in recovery option. Follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app by pressing Win + I or clicking on the Settings icon in the Start menu.
- In the Settings window, click on the System category, and then scroll down to Recovery.
- Under the Recovery tab, you should see the option “Go back to Windows 10”. Click on the Get started button to initiate the downgrade process.
- Follow the onscreen instructions. Your system will restart several times during the process.
- Once the downgrade is complete, you should be back on Windows 10.
Option 2: Clean Installation of Windows 10
If you have been using Windows 11 for more than 10 days, or the recovery option is not available, you will need to perform a clean installation of Windows 10. You will need a Windows 10 installation media, which can be created using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Here’s how to do it:
- Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s website.
- Run the Media Creation Tool and choose “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC”.
- Follow the instructions to create a bootable USB drive or ISO file for Windows 10.
- Once the installation media is ready, restart your computer and boot from the USB drive or ISO file. You may need to change the boot order in your BIOS/UEFI settings to boot from the installation media.
- When the Windows 10 setup screen appears, follow the instructions to install Windows 10. During the process, you will be asked to enter a product key. You can use your existing Windows 10 key or skip the step and enter it later.
- When prompted, choose “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” and select the drive where you want to install Windows 10. This will erase any existing data on the selected drive, so make sure you have backed up your important files.
- Complete the installation process. Once it’s done, you will have a clean installation of Windows 10 on your system.
Downgrading from Windows 11 to Windows 10 is a relatively simple process if you follow the steps above. Remember to backup your important files before starting the downgrade, as it might remove personal files and applications. Once you have successfully downgraded, you can enjoy using Windows 10 again.