Microsoft has been rolling out Windows 11 in stages since early October and millions are now running the new OS. However, what if you need to roll back to Windows 10, how easy is that to do? Well, it is surprisingly easy to do, but in classic Microsoft fashion the company is doing its best to make it harder.
There are many reasons why a user may want to revert to Windows 10. Maybe the platform is buggy, your PC performance is slow, peripherals don’t work, or the platform does not work with your organization’s software. Whatever reason, Microsoft does have a path to return to Windows 10.
While it is an easy path to walk, Microsoft is throwing some obstacles in the way. Specifically, the company is giving users a race against time to head back to Windows 10.
So, let’s look at the path back to the now legacy platform. Users can head to the Start menu, then follow the path System > Recovery > Go Back. Tell Microsoft why you are abandoning Windows 11 and wait for your machine to restart. When it powers up again, Windows 10 will greet you.
If you run off to do that right now and find the options is not there, blame Microsoft not me. It seems the company is giving users 10 days after installing Windows 11 to return to Windows 10. So, if you change your mind after that timeframe, you will not find the easy path back to the older OS.
So, Microsoft makes it easy to head back to Win10, but that is a painfully short window. It is also completely unnecessary other that Microsoft is purposely complicating things for no reason.
Of course, Microsoft is not outright blocking users from reverting to Windows 10. It is still possible to a fresh install from the ground up.
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