How to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10 without losing data

Ever since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607), Microsoft shortened the length of time you can use the rollback feature. Prior to this biannual update, you had a 30-day grace period. Once the Anniversary Update was released, Microsoft shortened the rollback grace period to 10 days. If you miss the 10-day time frame, then you will need to perform a clean install of the previous version of Windows 11 manually.How to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10 without losing data

 

How to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10 without losing data

How to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10 

  • Open Settings and make sure the ‘System’ tab is selected
  • Scroll down and select the ‘Recovery’ option
 
How to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10

  •  Under ‘Recovery options’, you should see a ‘Previous version of Windows’ section. Click ‘Go back’ to get started
 
How to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10


  •     From the window that appears, choose any of the options and click ‘Next
  •     When prompted to check for updates, click ‘No, thanks
  •     Click next from the following two screens and then ‘Go back to earlier build’ to get the process started

All your existing settings and files should be unaffected, but it’s worth backing up your PC first to make sure.

 
Once 10 days have passed, you can still go back to Windows 10, but it'll be a little trickier: You'll need to back up your data and perform what Microsoft calls a "clean install" of Windows 10 on your PC. Or, if you're smart, you will have backed up your system before installing Windows 11 in the first place and can restore from that.

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