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How To Uninstall Windows 11

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 11 but find yourself preferring the previous operating system, here’s a guide on how to uninstall Windows 11 and revert back to Windows 10. There are two methods you can choose from:

  1. Rolling back to Windows 10 within 10 days of installing Windows 11
  2. Performing a clean installation of Windows 10 via an ISO file

If you decide to roll back to Windows 10, you can do so through the Recovery submenu of Settings. Simply navigate to the submenu, click on “Go back,” and select your reasons for uninstalling. When prompted to check for updates, click “No, thanks” and then “Go back to Windows 10” to initiate the restoration process.

On the other hand, if you prefer a clean installation, you can download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s website. Using the tool, create an installation media and launch the ISO file to start the installation process. However, it’s important to note that this method will result in the loss of all your files and apps.

Remember, both methods have specific conditions and deadlines. If you are unable to uninstall Windows 11 within 10 days or through the ISO method, you will need to perform a clean install of Windows 10, which means you will lose access to your files and apps.

Rolling Back to Windows 10

The first method to uninstall Windows 11 and return to Windows 10 involves rolling back within the 10-day window through the Recovery submenu of Settings. If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 11 and decide it’s not the right fit for you, this method allows you to easily revert back to the previous operating system.

To initiate the rollback process, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start button and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings window, click on the “System” category.
  3. On the left sidebar, select “Recovery.”
  4. Under the “Recovery options” section, click on “Go back” under the “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10” heading.
  5. A new window will appear asking why you want to uninstall Windows 11. Choose the appropriate reason and click “Next.”
  6. You will then be asked to check for updates. Click on “No, thanks” since you want to uninstall Windows 11.
  7. Finally, click on “Go back to Windows 10” to start the restoration process.

It’s important to note that rolling back to Windows 10 will only be possible within 10 days of installing Windows 11. After this period, the option to go back will no longer be available in the Settings menu.

Summary

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 11 but find that it’s not to your liking, you can uninstall it and return to Windows 10. The first method involves rolling back within the 10-day window through the Recovery submenu of Settings. Simply follow the steps outlined above to initiate the rollback process and restore your previous operating system.

However, if you’ve surpassed the 10-day limit or prefer a clean installation, another method is to install Windows 10 using an ISO file. Keep in mind that this will result in a clean install, meaning you will lose all your files and apps. For more information on this method, continue reading the next section.

Clean Installation of Windows 10

If the 10-day rollback period has passed, or if you prefer a clean installation, you can uninstall Windows 11 and install Windows 10 using an ISO file. However, it’s important to note that this method will result in the loss of all your files and apps, so it’s crucial to back up any important data before proceeding.

To begin the clean installation process, you will need to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s official website. This tool allows you to create an installation media, such as a USB flash drive or DVD, which will be used to install Windows 10.

Once you have downloaded the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, launch the tool and follow the on-screen instructions. You will be prompted to choose the language, edition, and architecture of Windows 10 you wish to install. Make sure to select the appropriate options that match your system requirements.

After selecting the desired options, the tool will start downloading the necessary files to create the installation media. This process may take some time, depending on your internet connection speed. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to choose the installation media type. Select “ISO file” and click “Next.”

Once the ISO file is created, you can proceed with the installation by mounting the file or burning it to a DVD. Insert the installation media into your computer and restart the system. During the boot process, you may need to change the boot order in your computer’s BIOS settings to prioritize the installation media.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. You may be prompted to enter your product key, so make sure to have it handy. Once the installation is complete, you will have successfully uninstalled Windows 11 and replaced it with Windows 10.

Remember, performing a clean installation of Windows 10 using an ISO file is a drastic step that should only be taken if the 10-day rollback period has passed or if you prefer a fresh start. Make sure to back up your files and apps before proceeding, as they will be permanently deleted during the installation process.