How to Reinstall Windows 10 from 11 Successfully: 3 Ways

This article gives you details on how to reinstall Windows 10 from 11 in 3 method. You can also use the software recommended in the article to create a system backup to apply to your next system restore.


By Jonna Updated on November 9, 2023

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Why Reinstall Windows 10 from Windows 11?

How to Reinstall Windows 10 from 11

Windows 11 is the latest major version of Microsoft's Windows NT operating system, released in October 2021. It is a free upgrade to its predecessor, Windows 10 (2015), and can be used on any Windows 10 device that meets the requirements of the new Windows 11 system.

Some users have upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11, but they find that they are not so fond of Microsoft's latest operating system. Maybe you don't like the new Start Menu or Taskbar. Maybe you miss some of the built-in apps or features. Or, maybe you just miss the familiarity of Windows 10. So how to reinstall Windows 10 from 11? There are two methods for you.

How to Downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10

Please note that Windows 10 is supported by Microsoft until October 14, 2025. There are some requirements to be met to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10. You can only downgrade to Windows 10 within 10 days of the upgrade. If you do not meet the above requirements, in order to return to Windows 10, you will need to perform a clean install.

Note: You must back up the files created after upgrading to Windows 11, as the downgrade process may delete them.

#1. Reinstall Windows 10 from 11 within 10 Days

If you upgraded to Windows 11 less than 10 days ago and want to roll back to Windows 10, it's easy. You just need to follow these steps to figure out how to go back to Window 10 from 11:

1. Press Win + I to open your Windows 11's Settings app and go to System > Recovery. Under Recovery Options, click Go Back.

Go Back Windows 11

2. Then the Go back to Windows 10 screen will appear. You can select a reason according to your situation and click Next.

Why Are You Going Back

3. On the next screen, select Check for updates. If this does not work, click No, thanks.

Check for Updates

4. Under the "What you need to know" window, make sure you have completely skimmed through the information. When you're ready, click Next.

What You Need to Know

5. Follow the next screen to make sure you remember your Windows 10 password so you don't get locked out. Click Next to continue.

Don't Get Locked Out

6. Finally, click Go back to Windows 10.

Go Back to Windows 10

7. Your system will reboot. After the reboot, you will see an attempt to restore the installation. After a while, it will take a bit of time to restore your previous version of Windows, the length of time depends on your system and the data being restored. After this, your system will reboot and this time you will see the Windows 10 startup screen.

8. After logging in, you can check your Windows 10 version by running the winver command. Then you are done reinstalling from Windows 11 to Windows 10.

Windows 10 Version

#2. Reinstall Windows 10 from 11 after 10 Days

How to rollback to Windows 10 from Windows 11 after 10 days? If you've been updating from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for more than 10 days, but still want the option to go back to Windows 10, you can check the number of days left via a handy Microsoft command line tool, and then extend the number of days left. Or even extend the period to as many as 60 days.

1. Press Windows + S to open the search box, type command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

2. At the Command Prompt window, type the following command, the number after the UninstallWindow indicates how many days are left.

  • DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow

Uninstall Window

3. To extend the duration, type the following command, replacing it with the number of days you wish to apply.

  • DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:

4. Then press the up arrow key to display the DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow command. Press Enter to run the command again and confirm that the number of days you set is now in effect.

Extend Days Command

5. You can now return to the settings and reinstall Windows 10 from 11 at any time before the new number of days expires by running the return command using the method above.

#3. Reinstall Windows 10 with installation media

Another way about how to downgrade Windows 11 to 10 without go back is to get a completely fresh Windows installation, which requires you to backup and restore your files and reinstall all your apps afterword. In this method, you will need to create Windows 10 bootable installation media with a USB flash drive with at least 8GB capacity.  And it should be noted that Microsoft's Media Creation Tool will erase and format the USB drive, so make sure you don't save any important files on it. 

1. Inset the USB drive to your Windows 11 computer, and go to Microsoft's Download Windows 10 page. Click Download Now under Create Windows 10 installation media to download Windows 10 setup tool.

Download Now

2. Run the Media Creation Tool Installer and follow the onscreen instructions to create bootable Windows 10 installation media on your USB flash drive. And leave it to connect with your computer.

3. Then, head to Settings > System > Recovery. Under the Advanced Startup heading, click Restart Now.

Windows 11 Restart Now

4. In the Windows 11 recovery menu, select Use A Device and pick your connected USB drive. When you see the prompt to boot from the USB drive, hit the space bar to launch Windows Setup.

5. Follow the prompts to reinstall Windows 10. When asking for your product key, tap I Don't Have A Product Key, then choose the edition that you want to downgrad from, and click Next.

Product Key

6. Tick the I accept the license terms checkbox, and go on to complete the Windows 10 installation.

Backup Your Computer's Important Data Simply and Easily

Whether you are planning to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, or you are ready to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10, I am sure you always have some important data on your computer that needs to be saved. Moreover, the first Windows 11 22H2 major update was recently released for Windows 11, and many users would like to experience the new features added therein. You can download Windows 11 22H2 ISO file to try it out.

Here, I recommend a free backup software for Windows 11 - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Whether you want to upgrade or downgrade, this software can protect your computer data and system in all aspects. You can use it to back up your files, folders, systems or disks to backup different destinations, including internal and external disks, cloud drives, USB flash drives, NAS devices, and network locations. You can also use it to create automatic backups to help users continuously back up their data, so you never miss any changes.

If this is your first time using the software, click the download button below to install it on your computer. Then follow the steps below to back up your important files on your Windows 11 computer before you downgrade Windows 10 from Windows 11.

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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1. Launch this software, click Backup in the left pane, and select File Backup on the right.

File Backup

2. Click Add Files or Folders to select the important files on Windows 11 you want to back up, and you can select multiple folders at once. 

Add File or Add Folder

3. Click the second box to select the backup destination.

Select Destination

4. When you have finished all the settings, click Start backup.

Final Words

You can learn how to reinstall Windows 10 from 11 from this article. Microsoft provides a built-in feature that enables you to easily go back to Windows 10 within ten days after the upgrade. But you also have the opportunity to reinstall to Windows 10 using the Go Back feature when you are more than ten days old.

But there are some users who report that Windows 11 Go Back function is not working, you can refer to this article to solve. The free backup software provided to you in this article also provides you with a cloning feature that can help you migrate your disk data or system. Download it and try it.

Jonna · Editor
Jonna joined AOMEI in 2021 and has become a professional in the areas of computer backup and restoration, disk cloning, file synchronization, etc. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.