How to Uninstall Windows 11 and Back to Windows 10 (3 Ways)
You’ll learn how to uninstall Windows 11 easily with 3 useful methods. You can use method 1 when you are within 10 days validity and use another two methods to uninstall Windows after 10 days.
Why Uninstall Windows 11?
As soon as the beta version of Windows 11 was released, many users upgraded and installed it. But recently some users want to uninstall Windows 11 and go back to the Windows 10 version. There are several common reasons below.
- Windows 11 is still in early beta, so it will inevitably have bugs, missing features and compatibility issues.
- Some users don't like the new interface.
- The beta version of the new system lacks stability, and some users want to download and install the official version after it is released.
- Some users just want to experience the new system for a short time. They are more used to using the old system version.
How to Uninstall Windows 11 Easily
So, how to go back to Windows 10 from Windows 11? Next, I will introduce 3 useful methods for you. You can choose them according to your own needs. If you want to uninstall Windows 11 within 10 days, you can choose method 1. As for how to uninstall Windows 11 after 10 days, method 2 or method 3 are available.
Method 1. Uninstall Windows 11 by Roll Back
The easiest way to uninstall Windows 11 and go back to Windows 10 is to roll back, but it requires you to be within 10 days of installing Windows 11.
Whenever you update your system, there will be a Windows.old file in your files. This contains your previous version of Windows. And Windows will delete older versions within 10 days after the upgrade. That's why you can only roll back to a previous version within 10 days. And you can follow the tutorial below to uninstall Windows 11 and go back to your Windows 10 version.
Step 1. Navigate to Start > Settings > System > Recovery.
Step 2. Under Recovery options, you will see the Previous version of Windows and click Go back.
Step 3. Select a reason and click Next.
Step 4. Select No, thanks when asked to check for updates.
Step 5. Read what you need to know, and click Next.
Step 6. When warned you need to remember your password from Windows 10, click Next.
Step 7. Select Go back to earlier build.
Method 2. Uninstall Windows 11 by Clean Install Windows 10
If you have installed Windows 11 for more than ten days, you cannot use the first method to go back to Windows 10. You could choose the second method - clean install windows 10. How to uninstall Windows 11 and install Windows 10? You need to create the installation media for Windows 10 first and then install Windows 10 on your computer. You can follow the graphic tutorial below.
Create Windows 10 Installation Media
Step 1. Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and open it.
Step 2. Select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC. Then click Next.
Step 3. Set Language, Windows Edition, and Architecture, then click Next.
Step 4. Choose USB flash drive and click Next.
Step 5. Choose the removable drive from the list, and click Next. Then it will download Windows 10 to the USB drive and make it bootable.
Step 6. When the downloading process has been done, you can click Finish to exit.
Install Windows 10 on Your Computer
Step 1. Insert USB drive into your computer. And restart the computer, pressing F2 or F12 to enter the BIOS. Then, select the USB drive as the first boot drive. Finally, press F10 or Enter to exit and reboot the computer.
Step 2. Set the language to install, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method. Then click Next.
Step 3 . Click Install Now.
Step 4. Input your product key or leave it blank.
Step 5. Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
Step 6. Click Delete to delete all partitions on the hard drive which you want to install Windows 11 until the hard drive shows only as Unallocated Space. Then it will install Windows 10 automatically.
Method 3. Uninstall Windows 11 by Restoring Windows 10 System Backup
If you have installed Windows 11 for more than ten days and you don't want to reinstall Windows 10, there is a simpler method you can choose. You can choose to create a system image on another Windows 10 computer and then use this system backup to restore to your current computer. This method is easier than the previous two ways and you don't have to reinstall the system as well as the applications.
You need a professional backup and restore software to help you, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional, which supports four different backup solutions, namely System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup and File Backup so you can restore Windows 10 with backup image easily. The Universal Restore feature of the software allows you to restore system backup to another computer with different hardware. This feature also has the advantages below.
- Instant recovery of a crashed system on different hardware.
- Migrate system to a computer with dissimilar hardware installed.
- Install your system between real and virtual machines.
- Install your system directly after replacing your motherboard, CPU and other hardware.
Before you start restoring Windows 10 system backup, you should make sure you have done the preparation work.
- Download and install AOMEI Backupper Professional on another computer that has already installed Windows10.
- Create a system image using this software.
Now, you can follow the steps below to uninstall Windows 11 by restoring Windows 10 system backup.
Step 1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper Professional on your current computer that you want to uninstall Windows 11. Insert the disk containing Windows 10 system image and launch the software, then click Restore > Select Task.
Step 2. Select the Windows 10 backup image and click Next.
Step 3. Choose to restore the entire image and check Restore system to other location. Then click Next.
Step 4. Select the destination for your Windows 10 system backup.
Step 5. If your computer hardware is different from the previous one, this software will recognize and automatically select the Universal Restore function. You just click Start Restore.
This article shows you 3 easy ways to uninstall Windows 11. If you are within 10 days validity, you can choose to do a rollback to Windows 10. Please remember to backup your important files and data before rolling back.
If you can't uninstall Windows 11 using the first method, you can choose to clean install Windows 10 or use the reliable backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper Professional to help you. Its Universal Restore function will restore your system image to another computer with different hardware so that you can uninstall Windows 11 without reinstalling Windows 10.
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