Downgrading pre-installed Win11 to Win10

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  1. krollo's Avatar
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    Downgrading pre-installed Win11 to Win10


    Hi guys,

    I play AAA games on my HP Omen 15 and generally OS compatibility patches don't roll out immediately for many of them so decided I'd stick with Win10 for the time being until most software have acclimated to Win11.

    Say we have this hypothetical scenario where I purchase a new laptop pre-installed with Win11 (most of them already are). If I also buy a Win10 disc/licence key and use that to install Win10, will I still be able to install the Win11 OEM that came with the machine provided I keep the recovery drive intact?

    Thanks for your help.
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  2. steve108's Avatar
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    Hi Kat,
    You should be able to clean install Windows 10 with the Windows 11 OEM license key that the PC comes with - so should not have to buy another license or disc as you can make your own Windows 10 Install USB/CD using Windows 10 MCT or other sources.

    Download Windows 10 ISO File

    Then later you should be able to upgrade to W11 when you want to
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  3. krollo's Avatar
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    so should not have to buy another license or disc
    Music to my ears. Glad I could re-use the same product key to create my own Win10 CD. For some reason I still like CDs for OS installations haha.

    Thanks Steve, marking this question solved.
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  4. steve108's Avatar
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    krollo said:
    Music to my ears. Glad I could re-use the same product key to create my own Win10 CD. For some reason I still like CDs for OS installations haha.

    Thanks Steve, marking this question solved.


    And in case you don't already make backups or know about Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect , I would suggest making a backup image of your new boot drive with Windows 11 on in just for insurance - that way you can easily go back to W11 if you decide to in short order for any reason
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  5. krollo's Avatar
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    Indeed, one can't have too many backups.
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  6. steve108's Avatar
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    You probably already know, but just in case ...... Windows 11 Forum
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  7. krollo's Avatar
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    Haha yes, this family of forums follow a specific naming convention
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    krollo said:
    Hi guys,

    I play AAA games on my HP Omen 15 and generally OS compatibility patches don't roll out immediately for many of them so decided I'd stick with Win10 for the time being until most software have acclimated to Win11.

    Say we have this hypothetical scenario where I purchase a new laptop pre-installed with Win11 (most of them already are). If I also buy a Win10 disc/licence key and use that to install Win10, will I still be able to install the Win11 OEM that came with the machine provided I keep the recovery drive intact?

    Thanks for your help.
    You may not face a lot of compatibility issues with 11 to begin with.

    I don't play "AAA Games" but you may be pleasantly surprised that going to 11 has little effect. Or disappointed that switching to 11 has little effect.

    I recommend that you watch for news of issues with the games that you like. It will be inevitable, I suppose that you'll see a number of players with problems, just as you would with most major Windows 10 updates.
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  9. krollo's Avatar
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    Hi bobkn,
    Thanks for the reply. I am actually taking the suggestion from one of the benchmarkers in the gaming tech industry to be specific:

    He benchmarks games to a science and comparisons are sound. Games can be extra picky as a software haha. Either way, I am glad to know there is a way to downgrade/upgrade whenever I decide to.
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  10. sygnus21's Avatar
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    krollo said:
    Hi guys,

    I play AAA games on my HP Omen 15 and generally OS compatibility patches don't roll out immediately for many of them so decided I'd stick with Win10 for the time being until most software have acclimated to Win11.
    FYI, I'm running the RTM release of Windows 11 on system one PC is system specs and I can play AAA games without issue. Currently playing Cyberpunk 2077, Division 2, and Dishonored (yes, currently playing 3 games at a time), and have no gaming issues.

    What game(s) are you worried about that you need to downgrade to Windows 10? While I've not played every game on the market, I'm 99.9 sure if it plays on Windows 10, it'll run on Windows 11.

    Also not buying into that 25 percent performance drop nonsense. Like anything PC a million things can influence gaming, and yes, Windows 11 is a new OS, but as I said, no gaming issues here. Sounds like click bait to me.
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