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How to uninstall Windows 11 if it doesn’t go well

Windows 11 is officially rolling out from October 5, 2021. But if the update to the new Microsoft operating system does not go well, it is possible to go back. This is how the uninstallation of Windows 11 works to restore Windows 10.

Windows 11 will be released this October 5, 2021 worldwide. It is therefore from this date that the computer workstations will begin to switch to the new operating system. At least, the compatible ones. To find out, Microsoft provides a utility to check if your PC meets the minimum technical requirements. If all is well, all you have to do is start the update.

What about the others? It is possible to force the migration to Windows 11, but that’s not the smartest idea. Microsoft will warn you that the deployment of Windows 11 on a workstation without the prerequisites set exposes the user to future problems. Indeed, it is not planned to deliver updates – including, a priori, those relating to security – to these machines.

The good news is that it’s entirely possible to uninstall Windows 11 and restore your computer to its previous state – in other words, go back to Windows 10 and find the environment you were about to leave. There is a process housed in the OS settings to backtrack. The only downside: this is only available during a ten-day shooting window.

Microsoft windows 11 OS
Source: Melvyn Dadure for Numerama

This duration corresponds to the period during which your old OS (Windows 10) and the new one (Windows 11) will coexist on the computer disk. A period that Microsoft deems adequate to detect a compatibility problem or realize that the design, layout and modifications made do not ultimately suit you. In this case, you can get your PC back to how it was before.

This ten-day period is not entirely new to Microsoft. When deploying Windows 10, the same logic was at work. Note that it is quite possible to delete the old version of Windows before the end of these 10 days, for example in order to free up disk space. But then this Windows.old folder will not be recoverable and it will not be possible to go back.

Whatever approach you choose to take, we recommend that you first back up your folders and files, whether on removable media (a USB key, an external hard drive, etc.) or, why not, in your cloud provider. Besides, even if you are not moving Windows 10, so still make a backup, it never hurts.

After ten days of installation, the rollback option becomes grayed out.

How to uninstall Windows 11 to revert to Windows 10

These prolegomena passed, the procedure for uninstalling Windows 11 is as follows:

  • Open the settings and go to the section System ;
  • Click the option Go back and give a response to Microsoft, if a pop-up window appears;
  • Click on No thanks if you are offered to look for updates, then Following (take into account the remarks that are formulated, such as reinstalling some programs and the need to make a backup);
  • Skip any other screens that appear and validate the last step ;
  • Your PC will then begin the restore procedure to its previous state.

Note that the screenshots were taken with a build very close to the one to be distributed to the general public from October 5th. However, it should be noted that deviations in the formulations or in the steps could exist. However, these possible differences should not prevent you from going all the way back.

Windows 10 recovery is done in the appropriate section, in the system settings.
On the builds in development, Microsoft asks the reasons for the rollback.
Maybe a simple update can fix the problem? You can always be sure.
Be careful, it is not necessarily neutral to go back to an old operating system.
Also watch out for unpleasant surprises.
It’s also good to stay on Windows 10.

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