Windows 11 was launched on Oct 5, 2021, and is slowly rolling out to every supported device. If you have upgraded your PC to Windows 11, but for some reason, you don’t want to continue using it, there is a straightforward option to roll back to Windows 10 from Windows 11.
However, this straightforward option is only available till ten days after upgrading to Windows 11. It means that if you try to get back to Windows 10 after working on Windows 11 for more than ten days, the direct option to roll back will be unavailable. The reason for this is Windows OS, by default, does not keep the records of the old OS version for more than ten days as it unnecessarily occupies the valuable hard disk space.
If you want to downgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 11 after ten days of using it, the only option to do that is through Windows 10 reinstallation.
In this post, we will dig out different ways to undo the Windows 11 installation and get back to Windows 10. We will also learn how to increase the ten days roll-back limit to up to 60 days.
Reasons to Switch Back to Windows 10
Windows 11 is still a pretty fresh OS and, therefore, might be unstable. Other than that, there could be various reasons users want to roll back to Windows 10.
- Windows 11 Installed on an Unsupported device, therefore, causing compatibility issues.
- The Insider Preview version of Windows 11 is full of bugs, unfinished features, and more.
- Windows 10 is more stable and secure than Windows 11.
- Windows 11 is causing the system to slow down.
- Some users didn’t find much difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11.
- The new UI of Windows 11 is disturbing the workflow since users are not used to it.
- Many users have upgraded to Windows 11 just for testing, and now they want to get back to Windows 10.
- Some specific software is not working correctly on Windows 11.
How to Rollback to Windows 11 from Windows 10?
Downgrade to Windows 10 using Windows 11 Settings
The quickest and the most efficient way to get back to Windows 10 from Windows 11 is through settings. You won’t lose any data when you downgrade to Windows 10 through settings.
Here are the steps to do that:
Click on Start and Open Windows 11 Settings.
Stay on the System settings tab and scroll down to click on the Recovery option.
Under the Recovery Settings, click on the Go back.
Follow the on-screen instructions to downgrade Windows 11.
An important point to note is, this option will only be available if you have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 without external installation, i.e., through an ISO file.
If you have freshly installed Windows 11 through a bootable device, the Go back option will not be available.
Downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10 through Reinstallation
The Go Back button to roll back to Windows 10 would not be available if it has been more than ten days since you have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10. The OS, by default, deletes all the files and records of the previous Windows version after ten days of upgrading.
The only option to get back to Windows 10 from Windows 11 after the ten days of installation is through reinstallation. Note that this process will clean your OS drive, i.e., all your data, apps, files would vanish. So prepare a proper backup before proceeding so that you can restore your essential data later.
To reinstall Windows 10 on your system, follow these steps:
- On your web browser, open the Windows 10 download page.
- Under the Create Windows 10 installation media heading, click on the Download tool now button.
- Double click on the downloaded file to run the Windows 10 Installation setup.
- Click Accept.
- In the next window, choose the Upgrade this PC now option.
- Windows 10 will be downloaded.
- After downloading, follow the on-screen instructions and fresh install Windows 10.
How to increase the 10 days Roll Back Limit to up to 60 days?
When you first upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11, the OS creates a folder named “Windows.old” which contains the essential files of Windows 10 that helps in roll-back. After the ten days of installation, Windows OS automatically deletes the “Windows.old” folder to save the disk space, thereby preventing you from downgrading to Windows 10.
However, you can increase the roll-back limit from 10 days top to up to 60 days with a simple Command Prompt command. Make sure you do it within ten days of upgrading.
- On your Windows 11 system, open Command Prompt with Administrator rights.
- Run the following command to increase the Windows 10 downgrade limit: DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:60. You can set any value between 10 to 60.
- The Windows 10 downgrade period will be increased as per choice.
YES, you can roll back to Windows 10 after 30 days if you have increased the Windows 10 downgrade limit to at least 30 days. Or you can reinstall Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool.
There is no way to go back to Windows 10 without losing data if you have not increased the roll-back limit to more than 10 days.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.