Can an original inbsall of W11 be downgraded to W10

Todd Chester 646 Reputation points

Hi All,

I have a machine that has only had W11 installed on it. W10 has NEVER touched it. Unfortunately, the motherboard does not work so well with W11. Is there a mechanism to downgrade it to W10? Or am I looking at a wipe and reinstall?

Many thanks,

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  1. Dillon Silzer 49,071 Reputation points

    Hi @Todd Chester

    You are looking at a wipe and reinstall. Downgrading is only available as a solution to people who just upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Please download and create a USB device installation with the tool provided:

    Create Windows 10 installation media


    If this is helpful please accept answer.

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  2. Docs 15,001 Reputation points

    There can be many expected but also unexpected problems with computer hardware and software.

    It's best to make free backup images.

    There is no method to move from a preinstalled Windows 11 to Windows 10 without performing a fresh installation of Windows 10 or restoring a backed up image.

    The motherboard could have problems with Windows 10 that may be similar or dissimilar to Windows 11.

    With a free backup image Windows 11 can be reinstalled in less than one hour.

    These are some third party software for free and/or pay options for backup imaging software:

    (Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon, etc.)

    Manually backup all important files to another drive or the cloud.

    Find a flash drive that you can format ( > or 8 GB).

    Create a bootable Windows Media Creation Tool (MCT) (Windows 10 iso).

    Perform a clean install Windows 10:

    Install drivers from the computer or motherboard or component manufacturer websites.

    Consider making an additional backup image of the Windows 10 installation.


    Please remember to vote and to mark the replies as answers if they help.

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  3. Todd Chester 646 Reputation points

    The shortened version of Doc's answer is that you have to wipe and reinstall. I know how too do that and am use to it

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