How to get back to Windows 10 if you don’t like Windows 11

From 5 October 2021 it is possible to upgrade your PC to Windows 11, the new version of Microsoft’s operating system. Are you among the users who have tried the new OS but are disappointed? Don’t worry, there is an easy way to downgrade to Windows 10, without even losing your data.

In this article we will explain to you how to get back to windows 10, showing step-by-step the procedure to perform to use the previous operating system again.

How to get back to Windows 10 from Windows 11

There are two solutions for go back to Windows 10 after trying Windows 11: the first involves the use of a function integrated in the new operating system that makes the transition from Windows 11 to Windows 10 just a click away, with the certainty of not losing any data; the second requires a clean installation of Windows 10, a less easy procedure than the first but which remains equally within the reach of even those with little computer knowledge.

Get back to Windows 10 without losing data

Get back to Windows 10 without losing data

Let’s start with the first solution, the simplest one. For get back to Windows 10 from Windows 11 without losing data it is sufficient to take advantage of the “Back” option inserted in “Restore”.

However, an important clarification must be made: this option remains available only for 10 days from the date on which the switch to the new operating system is made; after this time, it is no longer possible to use the handy feature designed by Microsoft to downgrade to the previous version (unless you take advantage of the “trick” we will talk about shortly).

Here, in detail, is the procedure to follow:

  1. Select the Start menu (the lower left icon marked with the Microsoft icon).
  2. Click on the “Settings” app.
  3. In the new screen that opens, make sure that the “System” tab is selected on the left, then scroll down and press the “Restore” option.
  4. Under “Recovery Options” locate the “Back” function and click the “Back” button to revert to the previous version of Windows without losing your data.

Then follow the Windows wizard which will restart your PC going from Windows 11 to Windows 10.

Postpone the time to go back to Windows 10 without losing data from 10 to 60 days

Command to increase the Back option to go back to Windows 10 from 10 to 60 days

As mentioned above, the “Back” option in the “Recovery Options” window remains available for 10 days from when you switch to Windows 11, after which it becomes unusable. However, there is a “trick” that allows you to extend this time 10 to 60 days. How? With a simple command inserted into the PowerShell interface.

First of all press the key combination Win + X, then from the menu that opens select the item “Windows Terminal (Admin)”. Now press the “Yes” button to allow the app to make changes to the device in use, and in the new window that opens paste the following command line:

dism /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:60

Once this is done, press the “Enter” key on the keyboard to confirm the willingness to execute the command just typed. If you have followed the previous steps correctly, you will be able to try Windows 11 up to 60 days and be able to return to Windows 10 within this time frame using the “Back” option described in the previous chapter.

Also in this case it is necessary to make an important precision: the command mentioned above only works if entered via the app Windows terminal within 10 days from the date of the transition from the old to the new Windows 11 operating system. In fact, if it is run later, the interface will return the following error message:

Errore: 1168

Element not found

Il file di registro di Gestione e manutenzione immagini distribuzione รจ disponibile in C:WINDOWSLogsDISMdism.log

Command line error message that increases the time to use the Back option to go back to Windows 10 from 10 to 60 days

We therefore invite you to use the previous command line between the first and tenth day from the transition to Windows 11, so as to take advantage of the 50 more days available through this simple “trick”.

Go back to Windows 10 with clean installation

If you intend to revert to Windows 10 from Windows 11 after 10 days – or 60 days if you use the command line above – have already passed from the date you performed the previous step, the only solution is to perform an installation clean of the previous version of Windows. Unlike the first method, a fresh installation of the operating system results in the loss of all data on the PC. This is why it is important to remember to make a complete backup of the data previously stored on your computer during the procedure.

First, to get back to Windows 10 from Windows 11 with clean install, create a support device – a USB key is fine – where to copy the Windows 10 installation files. For the detailed procedure refer to the guide on how to install Windows 10 from a USB key.

When you are done creating the media device with the Windows 10 files inside, proceed with the full data backup present on your computer. The best way to keep documents, photos, videos and music saved on your PC is to rely on an external hard drive, where all the files will be transferred, or on one of the many cloud storage services currently available online. If you don’t know which one to choose, take a look at our in-depth study on best cloud storage services.

Now, once you have created the USB stick and completed the data backup, you can proceed with the actual installation of Windows 10. First you need to launch the support device via UEFI / BIOS, then wait for the Windows installer to load; at this point, follow the on-screen instructions provided by Microsoft, without forgetting to select the custom installation and format of the partition where Windows 11 is still installed.

For the complete procedure and the steps to follow, we recommend that you read our guide on how to install Windows 10.

And if in the future you find that the new version of Microsoft’s operating system is better in several respects than the previous one, you might want to find out more about how to install Windows 11.

By the way, do you already know the best solutions to optimize Windows 10? If in doubt, we thought we would also prepare an article on the optimization of the new Windows 11.

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