Windows 11: Did you download new OS, but want to downgrade now? Here's how
Installed the Windows 11 Insider Preview build, but had enough of it? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to roll back to Windows 10 after having downloaded the newer version of OS.
Microsoft has released the first Windows 11 Insider Preview build for Windows Insiders and a huge number of people have downloaded it. The first Windows 11 Insider Preview build comes with a host of new features that were unveiled by Microsoft at the Windows 11 event. It plans on bringing more features such as Chat with Microsoft Teams and Android apps in the Microsoft Store over the next few months.
Windows Insiders can download and install the Windows 11 Preview Build that’s added to the Dev Channel, Build 22000.51. Since this is a beta version of Windows 11 it may have some issues or even glitches that can impact your overall experience.
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So, if you are the adventurous type and could not wait to get a first-hand experience of Windows 11 and downloaded the same, but now want to go back, well then, just keep on reading. Yes, even if you have installed Windows 11 Preview Build, you can still roll back to Windows 10, and that too without losing your data. All you need to do is follow these steps:
How to roll back Windows 11 installation and go back to Windows 10:
Open Settings, then choose Windows Update > Advanced options > Recovery.
Then select “Go back” under Recovery to start the rollback.
You will be asked to select a reason for the rollback.
Microsoft will also ask you to check for updates, and install them to fix any issues.
Select “No thanks” when this option comes.
Microsoft will then ask you to backup your files which you should definitely make sure to do.
You will also be asked to keep your Microsoft Account password or system password handy as it will be required to enter once the rollback is over.
Then click “Next” and then click “Go back to an earlier build”. The rollback from Windows 11 to Windows 10 will start.
Once the rollback is over your system will restart and you will see the Windows 10 login screen. You will have to enter your password or PIN to log into your Windows 10 laptop or PC.
However, while you will find all your personal data still intact, you will have to install your apps again as they get removed during the rollback process.
The stable version of Windows 11 is set to release in October (probably, on 20th) but before that.