Microsoft unveiled the new Windows 11 update a few weeks ago and since then several details have been revealed. The OS update brings a slight design change, but also several new features. The new software will be available as a free update for Windows 10 users later this year, although there is a big caveat. Microsoft has hardware requirements that not all PCs will pass. At least at an early stage.
Microsoft wants to make Windows 11 the most secure release so far, hence the security-related chip requirements. Microsoft has a tool that allows you to check if your system can be updated.
The good news about this extra step in the upgrade process is that you shouldn’t force the upgrade, as you did with Windows 10, as it will also make it easier to go back, downgrade, to the previous operating system, but as any Windows user knows – and fears – downgrading or updating Windows isn’t always simple. It takes a lot of patience and we already know that sometimes errors and bugs occur and compromise its use.
Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 for more than four years. Therefore, downgrade shouldn’t be an issue. “Windows 10 remains a great version of Windows. We’re committed to supporting Windows 10 by October 14, 2025,” explains Microsoft in the FAQ section of their Windows 11 page.
Microsoft’s full support behind Windows 10 is critical. It ensures that the operating system will continue to receive essential security updates even after Windows 11 is released.
In the same FAQ section, the company explains that Windows 11 will support ongoing Windows 10 downgrades with a variation. And it’s a big twist that you really need to keep in mind, as it will only be possible to revert to the old operating system for 10 days.
Yes we said well, after installing the Windows 11 update, there is a 10 day period where you can go back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data. After 10 days, the only way is to back up the data and do a “clean” installation of Windows 10.
Therefore, you will only have 10 days to do a quick and “painless” downgrade. If you decide to go back to Windows 10 and you’ll be able to keep everything in place. That’s how things should work in theory, at least. As always, it is recommended that you back up your data before upgrading or downgrading.
If you want to downgrade Windows 11 after 10 days it will be more annoying. It’s mandatory that you back up your Windows data and you’ll have to perform a fresh reinstallation of Windows 10, which will erase everything, including files and settings, and you’ll also have to reinstall applications you use regularly. Without a doubt, a lot of work if we let the ten days pass.