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    Downgrading to Windows 10

    by rebeccat2850 ·


    I find I need to downgrade from Win11 Pro to Win10. Looking at various YouTube videos which show detailed processes, I’m confused. Some show a very simple method of downloading Win10 from Microsoft and installing it, after which all my files and apps will be in a Windows.old folder. Others show it to be much more complicated, involving buying a hard drive (I have about 1TB of files on my SSD) to back up before removing Win11.

    I’d like an expert opinion before I make a stupid mistake. Can anyone advise me – preferably someone who has done this?

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      Re: downgrade

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to Downgrading to Windows 10

      The simple method will not delete your data (like documents and pictures). Windows.old only contains Microsoft software to go back to Windows 11 if you want. But you might have to reinstall all your applications.

      But if you do something wrong and make a stupid mistake, you risk losing all your data. If you don’t have a backup (it seems you don’t have one) it’s gone. Your choice to make a backup (either once now, or – better – regularly) or not.

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