Windows 11 is a great operating system, but after installing it, some users might want to downgrade to a previous version of Windows. For example, due to the fact that the computer does not pull out all its capabilities and decorations, or due to incompatibility with hardware, programs and games.
Fortunately, Microsoft has provided an easy way to downgrade to Windows 10. It’s not only easy, it’s fast — it only takes a few minutes.
Open Settings (via the Start menu or the Win + U keyboard shortcut), go to Windows Update> Advanced Options> Recovery, and click Return to Windows 10. You may need to select or provide a reason why you decided to downgrade to your previous OS.
Restoring Windows 10 usually takes a few minutes, but the computer may lose settings, you have to reinstall applications, and you may miss some files (therefore, it is better to back up valuable data in advance).
If the option to return to Windows 10 is not available, it means that more than ten days have passed since the installation of Windows 11, or you deleted a saved copy of the previous operating system to save space. In this case, the procedure becomes a little more complicated: you will need to download from Microsoft site Windows 10 ISO image or a tool for creating bootable media (flash drive or disk) and perform a clean installation. You may need to format the media you are installing Windows 10 on, so you are guaranteed to lose all the files it contains. Again, don’t forget to make a local or cloud backup so you don’t lose any data you need.