A Window of Opportunity: Microsoft allows PCs to revert back to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11.

We all heard of the new operating system developed by Microsoft, Windows 11, which took a huge design leap by upgrading the legacy start button that dates way before Windows XP, by moving the navigation buttons to the center compared to the usual, sides. That said, if you are one of the lucky PC or laptop owners given the opportunity to upgrade to this rather ‘unexpected’ operating system from Microsoft, and you find out that Windows 11, isn’t your type aesthetically, or feature wise, the operating system gives it’s users a window of opportunity to revert back to Windows 10, if they wanted to.

Despite the rather intriguing system requirements Windows 11 demands your computer hardware to fulfill in order to run; Windows 11 FAQ website from Microsoft states the following; “After you have installed the Windows 11 upgrade there is a 10 day period where you can move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you. After the 10 days you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to move back to Windows 10.”

If a window closes, another will open

Despite the freedom to revert back and forth to the two operating systems, with the one-week reversion period and the fact that Windows 11 is already live for some testers indicate that Windows 10 will soon be short lived.

As Windows is the go-to operating system of the majority of computer and hardware manufacturers, newly manufactured machines in the near future will have to stick to Windows 11. For current PC owners (PC must not be 3 years old above), Windows will be pushing the new operating system through, by providing a free upgrade for current Windows 10 users.

Microsoft also announced in the same FAQ that support for Windows 10 will stop at October 2025, this meant no security updates, no on-hands technical support for computers who will still be using Windows 10 after the said date.

All in all, What we can conclude is that Windows 11, in the long-term is inevitable, it’s centered taskbar and mobile centralized apps are also inevitable. Old computers and laptops unable to support the system requirements will be stuck in a rut, but for those capable of doing so, the revamp while readily available is surely worth the shot.

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