Microsoft has already pushed the preview version of Windows 11 to Insider users through Windows Update, and many friends have tried it first. But this is a preview version after all. If you find that there is a problem when you run it, or you don’t like the Windows 11 experience, you can actually go back to the Windows 10 system.
But Windows 11 returns to Windows 10 system need to pay attention to some special matters. After all, Windows 11 is a major version update, bringing a lot of visual upgrades, and transforming the start menu, notification center, system tray, taskbar, window rounded corners, and so on. According to the official statement of Lenovo and Microsoft, if you want to restore from Windows 11 to Windows 10, the system reserves 10 days to allow you to downgrade calmly.
This mechanism is like this. Within 10 days of upgrading the Windows 11 preview version, you can directly downgrade to the old system; but if it exceeds 10 days, the process will be more complicated, and you need to reinstall the previous Windows 10 system to achieve the rollback of the system version.
Lenovo clearly stated in the supporting documents that once you upgrade to Windows 11, you will have 10 days to use the rollback function to return to Windows 10. There will be no loss of files and data in this process. And if you roll back to Windows 10 after 10 days, you need to back up your data before you roll back, and use a clean installation method to roll back.
This support document from Lenovo was written in accordance with Microsoft’s opinion and elaborated on the mechanism of Windows 11’s 10-day downgrade window.
Obviously, if you just want to try something new, you should pay attention to the 10-day period after upgrading Windows 11. This rollback mechanism relies on the built-in restoration and backup images of the Windows system. Users can find related function options in the settings panel.
But if you still haven’t recovered to Windows 10 after 10 days, you won’t be able to enter the recovery option. As pointed out by Microsoft and Lenovo, you can restore to Windows 10 through a clean install.
If you want to perform a new clean installation, then Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool is recommended. This tool allows you to make Windows 10 into a bootable U disk to reinstall Windows 10. However, if you use this method to roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10, you will lose personal data such as installed software, settings, etc. Therefore, if you downgrade to Windows 10 after 10 days, you need to back up your personal data first.
Of course, if you don’t like to use the Media Creation Tool, you can also use the Windows 10 ISO image to make an installation U disk. And if you have hands-on ability, you can also install Windows 10 in another hard disk partition to form a dual system, but this requires reactivating the license.
In general, Windows 11 can be rolled back to Windows 10, but if you want a lossless rollback, you need to go through the built-in recovery option within 10 days. You must be aware of this.