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How To Roll Back In Windows 11

Rolling back in Windows 11 can be done easily by following a few simple steps in the System Settings.

To roll back, open the System Settings and click on System. From there, go to the Recovery page and click on the Go back button under the Previous version of Windows settings. You will then be prompted to select a reason for rolling back and to choose whether to keep your personal files or remove everything.

It is important to note that Windows 11 offers a 10-day grace period after installation to downgrade back to Windows 10. After this period, a full reinstallation of Windows 10 will be required.

If you want to uninstall specific updates, you can pause automatic updates and access the Update History panel to uninstall the desired update. In cases where the computer does not fully boot into Windows, updates can be uninstalled from the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) by selecting Uninstall Updates.

Remember to always back up your files before rolling back and to have a full backup of your data before making any major changes to your system.

Steps to Roll Back in Windows 11

To roll back in Windows 11, start by opening the System Settings and accessing the Recovery page. Follow these step-by-step instructions to successfully complete the rollback process:

  1. Open the System Settings by clicking on the Start button and selecting the gear icon. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I.
  2. In the System Settings window, click on the “System” option.
  3. On the left-hand side menu, click on “Recovery.”
  4. In the Recovery page, you will see the option “Go back” under the “Previous version of Windows” settings. Click on the “Go back” button.
  5. Windows will ask you to select a reason for rolling back. Choose the appropriate reason and click “Next.”
  6. You will be prompted to check for updates. Since you are rolling back, click on “No, thanks.”
  7. Next, you will have the option to keep your personal files or remove everything. Choose the desired option and click “Next.”
  8. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the rollback process. Your computer may restart multiple times during this process.

It’s important to note that you only have a 10-day grace period after installing Windows 11 to downgrade back to Windows 10. After the 10 days, you will need to perform a full reinstallation of Windows 10.

If you want to uninstall specific updates, you can do so by pausing automatic updates, accessing the Update History panel, and uninstalling the desired update. In severe cases where the computer does not fully boot into Windows, you can uninstall a Feature or Cumulative update by booting into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and selecting Uninstall Updates.

Remember to back up your files before rolling back and always have a full backup of your data before performing any major changes to your system.

Table: Rollback Options in Windows 11

Options Description
Keep personal files This option will preserve your personal files while rolling back to a previous version of Windows.
Remove everything By choosing this option, all your files, settings, and applications will be removed during the rollback process.

Important Considerations and Additional Options

It is important to be aware of certain considerations and additional options when rolling back in Windows 11, such as the 10-day grace period and the ability to uninstall and reinstall updates.

After installing Windows 11, you have a 10-day grace period to downgrade back to Windows 10. Within this time frame, you can easily revert to your previous operating system without performing a full reinstallation. However, if you miss this grace period, you will need to go through the process of reinstalling Windows 10 from scratch.

If you encounter any issues with specific updates in Windows 11, you have the option to uninstall them. To do this, you can pause automatic updates and access the Update History panel. From there, you can select and uninstall the desired update. Additionally, if you need to reinstall an update that was uninstalled, you can visit Microsoft’s Update Catalog and manually download and install the update.

In cases where your computer does not fully boot into Windows, you can boot into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and select the option to Uninstall Updates. This can be useful if you need to remove a Feature or Cumulative update that may be causing compatibility issues or system instability.

Before initiating the rollback process, it is crucial to back up your files to ensure that no data is lost during the transition. Having a full backup of your data is always recommended before making any major changes to your system, as it provides an extra layer of protection.