How to rollback from Windows 11 to Windows 10

Loredana Harsana
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  • After encountering different bugs, a number of errors, and many crashes, users have been searching for a way to rollback from Windows 11.
  • Although Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.51 is not the final version, a lot of people have made the upgrade to test it out.
  • Some features might differ from the official Windows 11 that will come out in October this year.
  • To downgrade Windows 11 to 10 you just need to use your PC settings and follow our guide.
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This week, Microsoft released the first insider preview of Windows 11 to all registered users and the reviews are already in.

In just a couple of days, people have submitted complaints about Windows 11 Build 22000.51 as it came with a lot of bugs, errors, and crashes.

In addition, there are also graphics errors in the taskbar, the new settings app doesn’t start if several user accounts are stored on the updated PC and the integrated search refuses to start if you click on the search magnifier in the taskbar.

And the list doesn’t stop here. It seems like the only option Windows users have at this moment is to roll back to Windows 10 to get rid of all these issues.

So don’t panic, as we have the solution to your problem, just follow the steps below and bookmark this page in case you find yourself in this situation again.

How can I rollback from Windows 11 to Windows 10?

No matter what build of Windows 11 you’re using, you will be able to roll back to Windows 10 without any problems. The only impediment to this idea is that you can only do so in the first 10 days after the installation process of Windows 11.

After these 10 initial days, which can be considered as a trial, you will not be able to roll back anymore, but we present you with an alternative in this guide.

In an official FAQ that has been sent to hardware manufacturers, Microsoft is answering questions about the setup of the newly-built Windows 11 OS, confirming the statements we made above.

If you’re not sure how many days ago you installed Windows 11, and thus, don’t know if you can easily roll back, read along for details.

1. Find out how much time has passed since the upgrade

  1. Press the Windows key + X to open the Start menu options in Windows 11.
  2. Choose Windows Terminal (Admin).
  3. Choose Yes in the UAC pop-up.
  4. Type the following command and press Enter to run: dism.exe /online /Get-OSUninstallWindow
  5. The number of days remaining sincer your Windows 11 installation will be displayed

What can I do if I want to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10 after 10 days?

Because having only 10 days to decide if you want to stick with Windows 11 might not be enough, we thought that it could be useful to find a way in which you can do so for an extended period of time.

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It is worth mentioning that this method will only work if you perform it before the initial 10 days have passed.

Thus, here is how you can trick the OS and extend the testing period for Windows 11 to up to 60 days.

  1. Open Windows Terminal by pressing the Win + X keys on your keyboard.
  2. Type the following command inside the Command Prompt window: DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:60
  3. You should receive a message saying The operation completed succesfully.
  4. To check if it worked, simply use the previous command again: dism.exe /online /Get-OSUninstallWindow
  5. And here is the result:

As you can see, the roll-back time has been increased to 60 days, and thus, now you have more than enough time to test out Windows 11, without the need to completely uninstall and reinstall Windows 10.

2. Use the built-in Settings app

  1. Click on the Start Menu and open Settings.
  2. Choose Windows Update.
  3. Go to Advanced options.
  4. Scroll down the list and choose Recovery.
  5. Click on the Go Back button found in the Previous version of Windows section.
  6. Microsoft will ask about the reasons you have to go back to Windows 10. Choose an answer, and then click Next.
  7. A pop-up will appear asking you to try updating your Windows before performing the rollback.
  8. Microsoft lets you know about the implications of the rollback. Click Next after you’ve read through the statements.
  9. Windows reminds you to keep your password or PIN in mind so you won’t have issues after the roll back process has ended. Click Next if you got it covered.
  10. Click the Go back to earlier build button to start the roll back process.

We also recommend you backup your files. While downgrading does not delete your personal data from your PC, it’s better to be safe than sorry in case something goes wrong and you have to format your drives.

Keep in mind that to avoid this kind of displeasure in the future, you can stop Windows Insider builds or change the Insider channel from Dev to Beta or Release Preview until all issues are fixed.

What can I do if a Windows 11 installation automatically starts after the rollback?

In case you left the Insider Program while Windows 11 was being downloaded, then you might end up with a request to Restart to install the newest Windows feature update.

This message appears because leaving the Insider Program doesn’t automatically stop any ongoing downloading processes.

If you encounter this issue, follow these simple steps:

  1. Do not restart when the pop-up appears.
  2. Navigate to the following path: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  3. Press Ctrl+A to select all the files at that location.
  4. Press Shift+Delete to completely remove the files.
  5. Click Yes.
  6. Click the Start button and choose Update and Restart.

After these steps are completed, your OS will try to install the Windows 11 preview build, but the needed files were removed, so the process will not go through.

In case this process didn’t work as intended, you can also try the Disk Cleanup app, by following these steps:

  1. Click the Search button in your taskbar.
  2. Type in Disk Clean-up.
  3. Click on the Disk Clean-up app to start the application.
  4. Click the Clean up system files button.
  5. Wait for the process to complete.
  6. Restart your PC.

As we previously mentioned, there is no need to panic as for any problem you might have with your Windows device, we have an answer.

Want to know more about Windows 11 and how will it compare to Windows 10? In this article, we covered everything, from features to comparison to update tips.

Do you think you’ll upgrade to Windows 11 when the final version comes out? Tell us in the comments section below and let’s start a discussion.

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