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    Tutorial – How to return to Windows 10 from Windows 11

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    Martí Micolau
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    Upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10, but long for the Start menu or the ability to drag and drop to the taskbar? Don't worry, it's possible to go back to Windows 10 for 10 days.



    The switch to Windows 11 has therefore not convinced you, some features are not yet available and you have lost your habits. Do not panic, it is possible to return to Windows 10 a decade maximum after the transition to Windows 11. Follow the guide.

    0. The prerequisite

    • An updated PC running Windows 11 from Windows 10
    • Less than 10 days after updating to Windows 11
    • Not having deleted files from Windows 10

    1. Settings menu

    You must first access the Windows 11 settings. The easiest way is to click on the Start button and find the Settings icon in the shape of a toothed wheel.

    2. System Item

    Once the Settings menu is open, click on the first item available, entitled System. You will find the Recovery menu in the list of options.


    3. Rollback

    Recovery options are also useful if you want to restore your PC to like-new condition for resale or perform a specific boot. It is the Backspace option that interests us here: click on it.


    4. Satisfaction survey

    Microsoft being a little curious, the latter asks you why you want to go back. No wrong answers here; it is a simple satisfaction questionnaire. Once given your reason, select Next.

    5. Check for updates

    Microsoft is trying one last time to dissuade you from going back to Windows 10 by offering to check for updates that might fix the problem you're having. Click No, Thanks to continue.


    6. What you need to know

    Last warnings from Windows reminding you that software installed after the update will no longer be present, as well as the settings you have changed. It is also advisable to back up your files “just in case”.


    7. Don't Get Stuck

    Finally, last warning and not least. Make sure you know your Windows 10 session password if there was one before upgrading to Windows 11. You would not be able to access your session without it and the system would be completely blocked.

    8. Thanks for trying Windows 11

    Here you are at the last step… All that remains is to click on the Return to Windows 10 button to launch the rollback procedure.

    9. Catering

    Your PC will restart and begin restoring Windows 10. This step does not take very long. Thus, with an SSD, we took less than 10 min to find Windows 10 on our test computer.

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