Installation and Upgrade Go Back to Previous Version of Windows in Windows 11

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Windows 11 gives you the ability to uninstall and go back to a previous version of Windows.

When you upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, repair install Windows 11, or update to a new version of Windows 11 (ex: Windows Update), a copy of the previous installation is saved to the Windows.old folder in the root directory of the Windows 11 drive as a backup. This backup will allow you to be able to go back to the previous Windows for up to a 10 days after upgrading to Windows 11 if you should want to.

Going back to the previous Windows will keep your personal files, but it'll remove apps and drivers installed after the upgrade, as well as any changes you made to settings.

To go back, you'll need to:
  • Keep everything in the windows.old and $windows.~bt folders after the upgrade.
  • Remove any user accounts you added after the upgrade.
  • Have the USB drive you used to upgrade to Windows 11 (if you used one).
This tutorial will show you how to go back to the previous Windows from Windows 11 without losing your documents, photos, and other personal files.


Contents

  • Option One: Go back to Previous Windows from Windows 11 in Advanced Startup
  • Option Two: Go back to Previous Windows from Windows 11 in Settings
  • Option Three: Go back to Previous Windows from Windows 11 in Command Prompt





OPTION ONE

Go back to Previous Windows from Windows 11 in Advanced Startup


1 Boot to advanced startup.

2 Click/tap on Troubleshoot. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Advanced options. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Uninstall Updates. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Uninstall latest feature update. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on Uninstall feature update to begin. (see screenshot below)

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7 The previous version of Windows will now start restoring.





OPTION TWO

Go back to Previous Windows from Windows 11 in Settings


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Recovery on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Go back on the right side under Recovery options. (see screenshot below)

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4 Check why you are going back to provide feedback to Microsoft, type more details under Tell us more, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on No, thanks. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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8 Click/tap on Go back to earlier build or Go back to Windows 10 to begin. (see screenshots below)

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9 The previous version of Windows will now start restoring.





OPTION THREE

Go back to Previous Windows from Windows 11 in Command Prompt


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter.

DISM /Online /Initiate-OSUninstall /Quiet

This command will restart the computer immediately to start going back to the previous Windows.


For more command usage details, see: DISM operating system uninstall command-line options | Microsoft Docs




That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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ThrashZone

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Hi,
Now why would you want to do that 11's not throwing sfc errors like 10 does so it's already better :D

Edit
Did notice windows.old folder was only 8gb lol
 

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Hi,
Now why would you want to do that 11's not throwing sfc errors like 10 does so it's already better :D
There could be many reasons.
  1. You simply prefer Windows 10 over Windows 11
  2. Just because my computer runs Windows 11 very well without any hick ups, some other user may have many issues with Windows 11.
 

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There could be many reasons.
  1. You simply prefer Windows 10 over Windows 11
  2. Just because my computer runs Windows 11 very well without any hick ups, some other user may have many issues with Windows 11.
Hi,
I haven't been using 11 but a couple days
I tried to run crystal disk info and it failed to run might of been crystal disk mark can't remember

Not sure how many items won't run atm I'm still setting up and only have a rude 1st system image not a real tuned system image yet.
 

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I was reading earlier that W11 may cause some slow downs in cpu's and memory losses, i guess that would be a reason to roll back & if one didn't like it at all compared to W10 !! I have W11 Beta ever since it rolled out & i like it !! So hope the new W11 is even better !!
Chuck
 

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was reading earlier that W11 may cause some slow downs in cpu's and memory losses
Yes, if you enable all (Windows 11 optional Virtualization Based Security) security features, certain games and applications may or may not run a bit slower (up to 28% according to some reports). But it kinda makes sense. Also these benchmarks seem to be all over the place. Could be some driver that isn't quite compliant with VBS.

Also on AMD systems Level 3 cache seems to have a 3x increase in latency for some reason. This latency issue is already fixed in the Dev branch. We only need to wait for MS to push the fix to official branch too.

Then we have File Explorer that for some reason does not release all reserved memory after closing it, or the release is slow. You only notice this if you open up and close multiple FEs within a short period of time.

On my AMD laptop running latest Dev branch and with all security features enabled, I haven't noticed any slow downs or memory leaks. So there's hope for all of these issues being fixed very soon on official branch.
 

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    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
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