How to roll back Windows 11 and return to Windows 10
by Mark Kaelin in Software on November 1, 2021, 1:54 PM PST
It is possible to roll back to Windows 10 after Microsoft has updated your PC to Windows 11, but you only have 10 days to do it. After that it gets more complicated.
Assuming your PC meets the hefty prerequisites for hardware, Microsoft will be upgrading the current Windows 10 to Windows 11 in your near future. The new operating system may work well for you, cause no compatibility problems and be worth keeping around. If that is true, congratulations and enjoy.
However, for some the transition can cause serious compatibility and other problems that can only be fixed by rolling back to Windows 10. The easiest way to accomplish this task is by using the built in Windows Recovery Tool. But you must act quickly, because the recovery files will only remain intact for 10 days after the Windows 11 update occurs.
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- John Thomas8
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I believe, if your PC can't pass this test (link is a direct download of Microsoft testing tool):
Windows 10 won't even attempt the upgrade.
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You can decline the upgrade. I attempted to install the upgrade and despite having a computer that met all specs, it wouldn't finalize the upgrade. I ended up doing a clean install. It works fine and I have no issues. I keep a copy of the registration keys for all my apps and was able to restore everything. Put everything that you can on OneDrive, including your Desktop. If you use your existing Windows Account when doing a clean install, you'll get most of your stuff back. Beware of the HDR monitor you are using. If it isn't HDR certified, Windows 11 will have a cow when you try to switch to HDR mode from within '11.