Microsoft has promised to deliver a finished version of Windows 11 by the end of the year, possibly in late October (almost at the same time as Intel’s next-generation Alder Lake CPUs arrive), but, if you upgrade and do you immediately regret the decision? Well, good news: you can go back to Windows 10 with all your data and programs intact. You just have to be very quick about it.
The revelation is buried 20 rows deep Microsoft Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 11 (via Guru3D), and is only visible after clicking the "Show more" link to expand the section.
"Can I return to Windows 10 after upgrading if I don't like Windows 11? Yes. After installing the Windows 11 upgrade, there is a 10 day period where you can go back to Windows 10 by keeping files and data you provided, "explains Microsoft.
After the initial grace period, Microsoft says you'll need to manually back up your data and perform a clean install of Windows 10, if you're not digging up Windows 11.
In a sense, you can think of it as a short-term trial period. Ten days is pretty short, but hey, it’s worth more than seven days, or there’s no trial period. This, at the very least, gives you enough time to throw the tires at Windows 11 and learn a little about the changes it introduces.
There are also quite a few changes. Windows 11 will bring a new version of the user interface, along with a major update to the Microsoft Store (with support for Android apps), better integration with the Xbox app, and perhaps best of all (for games), support for Microsoft DirectStorage. API.
DirectStorage is the same technology included with the Xbox Series X / S, which allows developers to make better use of fast, current NVMe interface SSDs, including PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 models. While still new, DirectStorage aims to improve game loading times and allow for faster texture processing, which in turn could lead to broader game designs. We will see, however, on the PC, it is a feature that is currently exclusive to Windows 11.
If you plan to upgrade your PC to Windows 11 with just one foot in the door, you may want to wait a bit. While technically it’s a new operating system, it’s basically a big upgrade and, as we’ve seen many times in the past, annoying bugs and quirks tend to escape. You know, like that time in The Windows 10 update caused some files to be missing on some computers or when an update removed the number of frames before Microsoft implemented a solution.
Microsoft intends to support Windows 10 for another four years (until October 2025), so you're sure to have enough time to be patient, if you will. Or if you want to go in the opposite direction, you can try Windows 11 right now by installing the official version of Insider Preview.