05 October 2021
Whenever a new operating system version is announced, there is a section of users not sure about clicking the upgrade button. It is because they are not convinced if the new version will meet their expectations and suit their work requirements/preferences. This is where the ability to downgrade to a previous version comes into the picture.
Microsoft announced the all-new Windows 11 last month and even released the first early preview a few days later. The final public build for everyone will become available later this year but some users have already started wondering whether they will be able to downgrade to Windows 10 if they do not like it. The short answer to the question is yes but it comes with an important condition.
As spotted by ExtremeTech, Microsoft will let Windows 11 users roll back to Windows 10 but only within a window of 10 days. It means you will have only 10 days from the Windows 11 installation date to make a decision. This window is applicable for those users who want to downgrade without losing any data. It can be done by visiting Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery.
It is reported that once the deadline is over, users will have no choice but to go for a clean Windows 10 installation. It means they will most likely lose all the data and will have to start fresh. However, a CNET report cites a Microsoft representative response to mention that the 10-day limit is only for the Windows 11 beta release. The team will share details for the stable version at a later date.