The Windows 11 beta recently got its first major version update, but it brought a big change that some users aren’t happy about: you can’t go back to the classic Windows start menu layout. Instead, Windows 11 users are: now forced to use the redesigned start menu and taskbar, which is centered at the bottom of the screen. The update even patches a registry editing trick that restores the old layout. The new start menu doesn’t look bad per se, but many users aren’t happy with the change.
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Now it’s possible that this is just a temporary change and the old Start menu will return in a future update—but it’s not the only problem Windows Insiders have encountered. Windows 11 is still in its early testing phase, so bugs, missing features, and compatibility issues are common. While the final form of Windows 11 may be worth upgrading, some users may regret upgrading to the beta.
If that’s you, don’t worry, you can revert to Windows 10 (and the Start menu layout). There are two rollback methods:
- Revert to an old version of Windows from the Windows 11 settings menu.
- Reinstall a clean instance of Windows 10 using an installation disc or USB drive.
Reverting to Windows 10 from Windows 11 Settings is the fastest and easiest option, as it leaves your personal files intact. However, it is only available for 10 days after installing Windows 11, after which your old system files will be deleted permanently and cannot be recovered, so it won’t be available to beta testers who have been using Windows 11 for a few weeks.
Fortunately, you can still reinstall Windows 10 using installation media, but doing so will reset your PC to factory settings, removing your files and apps.
Both options require you to back up your files before proceeding. Although the restore method will keep your files, there is always the possibility that something will go wrong. We cover different methods for: back up your Windows PC here, but the best way is to copy everything you want to save to an external hard drive.
How to go back? to Windows 10 from Windows 11’s ssettings mand you
- Go to Settings > System > Recovery.
- Scroll to Recovery options > Previous version of Windowsand select “Go back” if it is available. If not, continue to method 2 below.
- You will be asked to provide a reason for uninstalling Windows 11 and then whether you want to check for updates instead of uninstalling Windows 11. click on “No thank you” to continue the rollback.
- Follow the remaining prompts on the screen, then select “Go back to previous build” to finally start the process.
- Let the rollback process complete. This may take a while, but once it’s done, you’ll be safely back on Windows 10 with your files intact.
How to Uninstall Windows 11 and runinstall Windows 10
Reinstalling Windows 10 requires some form of physical installation media. If you have a Windows 10 installation disc (and your PC has a disk drive), insert that suction cup and follow the installation instructions on the screen.
If you don’t have an installation disc – and I assume most people don’t – you can create your own installation disc or USB stick. YOU’You need to download the Windows 10 installation media creation tool (available here), a blank disk or a USB stick with at least 8 GB of space.
Run the program and follow the on-screen instructions to create your installation media and complete the Windows 10 installation process. This is going to take a while. You’ll also need to install Windows updates, reinstall your apps, and restore your backup files, so set aside a good chunk of time before updating.
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