MS: Want Windows 11? You Have 10 Days to Decide

John Lister's picture

Microsoft appears to have cut the period during which users who upgrade to Windows 11 can change their minds and roll back to Windows 10. They'll now have just 10 days to roll back without much hassle.

Upgrading to Windows 11 seems to have proven a relatively straightforward process for most users, or at least those with the option to do so. Microsoft is rolling out upgrade availability starting with those machines it assesses as least likely to experience problems, though some will never officially be able to run a fully supported Windows 11.

Whether to cover cases where Windows 11 doesn't work well, or simply to encourage people to give it a "risk-free" trial, Microsoft has also made it reasonably simple to revert back to Windows 10.

Go Back With Just a Few Clicks

Users simply need to open the Start Menu and select System -> Recovery -> Go Back. From there they click a selection to say why they are reverting and then the machine should reboot straight into Windows 10. (Source:

The problem is that this is a time-limited option. With previous upgrades such as the one to Windows 10, users had 30 days to take advantage of this simple "downgrade". With Windows 11, the option is only available for 10 days.

After this period, the only way to go back to Windows 10 is a completely fresh installation, which also means reinstalling software and files. That's a perfectly feasible process with a good backup in place, but certainly much more troublesome and time-consuming that the straightforward downgrade.

10 Day Deadline

The time limit itself appears somewhat arbitrary but, as ZDNet's David Gewirtz speculates, makes sense given the longer somebody uses Windows 11, the more likely it is that updates, patches and new drivers make a simple reversion to Windows 10 too tricky. (Source:

The issue is more the reduction to 10 days and whether that's enough time to truly make an informed decision about whether the benefits of the new system outweigh any glitches or the user simply doesn't like the new changes.

What's Your Opinion?

Were you aware of the "simple downgrade" option? Is 10 days long enough to make up your mind whether to stick with a new version of Windows? Would you be comfortable doing a fresh installation of Windows if necessary?

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Navy vet's picture

I tried it, but the lack of the Quick Launch toolbar was a deal breaker for me. I didn't trust the "simple downgrade" option. I used an image backup that I made with Acronis True Image. I will try it again if they restore the features to the taskbar or if I find a third party alternative. Other than that, I see no compelling reason to upgrade.

Dennis Faas's picture

I agree with you 100% on this. They also removed the right-click option on the task bar to start Task Manager. I use this "feature" countless times a day especially when working remotely on client machines.

nospam_5346's picture

I also agree. Microsoft has a history of removing useful functionality while adding useless “features”, making it more difficult to do what you need to do, and remove choice/customization.

They pretty much neutered the taskbar. No right click to open task manager, no toolbars, can’t resize the taskbar, can’t move it to the side or top, can’t have separate icons for each window, etc.

They continually bury things deeper and deeper requiring more mouse clicks to do what you need to do.

And, of course, making it dumber and dumber and taking away useful features.