You can easily restore Windows 11 to Windows 10, until this bonkers policy takes effect

Update: Microsoft gives, Microsoft takes away. Like Ed . appearsYou can extend your Win11 evaluation time, but only if you do so before the first 10 days are up. Found this out on day 15, and I’m still lucky.

Microsoft is back to its “how can we make things as difficult as possible” tricks with these tricks. Microsoft once described it as having an unwritten mission statement: “Microsoft builds software products that are incredibly deep, robust, and resilient — before they see the light of day — that must be imbued with a level of unnecessary inconvenience, unintelligible limitations, and regressive policies such as removing all possible joy before Contact the customer.

So, yes, Microsoft has done it again.

Let’s say you decided to go ahead and upgrade your trusted Windows 10 device to Windows 11. You probably followed the steps in my easy-to-follow guide, and the upgrade went as smoothly as it did mine.

But then you’ve been using Windows 11 for a while. Your device may seem slower. It might be less reliable on Windows 11. Some of your peripherals might not take well to Windows 11. The new UI tweaks might annoy you. Or maybe you don’t want to give Satya the satisfaction of showing you Windows 11 upgrade stats with another transformation.


See also: Microsoft embarrasses itself and customers can see it.


Whatever the reason, you just want to go back to Windows 10. As it turns out, that’s totally possible. Microsoft makes it surprisingly easy. But in Microsoft’s usually twisted mindset of making something incredibly easy and then making it so hard to get there that easy, they’ve thrown the wrench into the works.

First, we’ll look at the easy ones. Next, we’ll look at the crazy people, the arbitrary limit Microsoft causes to its users because… frankly, I’ve never really understood what the distorted sense of panel-led product management is leading Microsoft to some of its less helpful policies.

The procedure is simplicity itself. From the Start menu, choose System, then Recovery, then Go Back. Answer a simple question about why you should go back to installing Windows, and wait. Soon, your device will restart. When that happens, it will work again on Windows 10.

But, As Adam Savage says,, “Failure is always an option.” As the screenshot below shows, the Go Back option may not be available on your computer. why? As it turns out, Microsoft turned this feature off after 10 days.

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Yes, this is correct. For no other reason than that, Microsoft will allow you to go back to Windows 10 within 10 days of updating to Windows 11. If you decide on day 11 or day 15 that you want to roll back your old comfort operating system, you’re out of luck.

Windows 11 FAQ

All you need to know

All you need to know

What’s new in Windows 11? What are the minimum hardware requirements? When will your PC be eligible for the upgrade? We have answers to your questions.

There is a similar limitation when upgrading to Windows 10. If you upgraded to Windows 10 and then wanted to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can. But at the time, the Windows replay period was 30 days, not ten.

To be fair, there may be reasons why a major Windows upgrade cannot be undone. A newer operating system may have a lot of upgrades or patches. An older operating system may have too many patches or fixes in the lag time. This is quite logical.

Sure, you can still go back to Windows 10 by going back to Windows 10 and rebuilding your Windows 10 installation from the ground up. We have accepted this reality for years. But when there is a much easier solution and there is no technical reason to block it, and the OS vendor chooses 10 days arbitrarily, it is simply the spirit of zeal.

This was just a sneak peek at just one small “feature” of Windows 11. If you want a more comprehensive guide to Windows 11 from Maestro himself, check out Ed Bott’s deep dive, Handy Windows 11: Microsoft’s Biggest Minor Upgrade of Any Ever since is all about new hardware.

What operating system are you running? Have you tried Windows 11? How easy is the upgrade? Will you continue to use Windows 11, or will you go back to Windows 10 (either the easy way or the hard way)? Let us know in the comments below.


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