How to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10

We saw in a previous tutorial how to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. We are going to see step by step in this tutorial how to downgrade to Windows 10 in case you need to.

Downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10
Downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10

Some users discover that they prefer Windows 10 over Windows 11. Sometimes it is because some software or hardware are not supported or do not work properly with Windows 11. It could be because they do not want to use a Microsoft account (we saw that it is not mandatory if you perform an upgrade from Windows 10). Some users may not like the new user interface or it could be for any other reason.

It is not a problem because there is a 10-day period during which you can downgrade to Windows 10 (while keeping your programs and data) after upgrading to Windows 11. Please note that after these 10 days you will have to reinstall Windows 10 and all your programs.

The downgrade to Windows 10 is a rather straightforward process but if you don’t feel sure about reproducing the steps described in this tutorial, ask someone with good computer skills to help you. As always, the author and the website decline any responsibilities about the consequences of trying to reproduce these steps.

I want to emphasize that I had no issues with Windows 11, everything was working fine. I would need a bit of time to get used to the new user interface but I was confident it wouldn’t be a problem. I created this tutorial because I was curious about Microsoft’s Windows 11 to Windows 10 downgrade process.

First I clicked the Windows “Start” button at the bottom of the screen in order to access the Start menu. Then I clicked the “Settings” button to access Windows 11 settings.

Windows 11 Start menu
Windows 11 Start menu

Windows 11 system settings were displayed:

Windows 11 System settings
Windows 11 System settings

I scrolled down in the list of system settings until I found the Recovery section.

Windows 11 System Settings - Recovery
Windows 11 System Settings – Recovery

I clicked the Recovery section to access the recovery options and I clicked the “Go back” button to downgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 11 System Settings - Recovery - Go Back
Windows 11 System Settings – Recovery – Go Back

The “Go back to Windows 10” assistant asked me about the reason for going back to Windows 10. I clicked “For an other reason” and entered the motive (it was for testing purpose).

Why are you going back to Windows 10?
Why are you going back to Windows 10?

The assistant proposed me to check if any update might fix the problems I was having with Windows 11. I had none, I was just curious to test the downgrade process, so I clicked the “No thanks” button.

Check for updates?
Check for updates?

The next step displayed a warning message about the programs or apps I would have to reinstall and the lost of any changes made to the settings after upgrading to Windows 11. I had not upgraded nor installed any programs and neither had I changed Windows 11 settings so I was not affected by this warning but you could be. I clicked the “Next” button to go on with the downgrade.

Warning: What you need to know
Warning: What you need to know

The next screen displayed an other warning about the password used to sign in to Windows 10. So be sure to know it before going on. I clicked the “Next” button to go on with the next step.

Warning: Don't get locked out
Warning: Don’t get locked out

The next step displayed a “Thanks” message for trying Windows 11. I clicked the “Go back to Windows 10” button to start the downgrade to Windows 10.

Thanks you for trying Windows 11
Thanks you for trying Windows 11

I was logged of, the computer restarted and Windows displayed an “Updates are underway. Please keep your computer on” message.

Updates are underway. Please keep your computer on
Updates are underway. Please keep your computer on

The computer restarted after a few seconds and it displayed a “Restoring your previous version of Windows…” message.

Restoring your previous version of Windows...
Restoring your previous version of Windows…

The process took something like five minutes until I was presented with Windows 10 login window. I enter my credentials and I was back with Windows 10. I tried a few programs and everything was working as before. The downgrade process went smoothly and it was rather quick on this PC. I ended up upgrading back to Windows 11  but you might decide to stay with Windows 10 while it is supported by Microsoft (until Oct 14, 2025)

Windows 10 start menu
Windows 10 start menu
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