How to downgrade from windows 11 back to windows 10 if possible

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  1. Posts : 38,346
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #11

    For your clarification:

    1. the boot menu (via F12) simply lets you choose the boot device.

    2. as part of the clean install sequence (have you looked at the tutorial, below?) you are offered the option to delete partitions.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    around steps 13,14

    Of course you could wipe the disk manually by other means.
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  2. Posts : 120
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #12

    dalchina said:
    For your clarification:

    1. the boot menu (via F12) simply lets you choose the boot device.

    2. as part of the clean install sequence (have you looked at the tutorial, below?) you are offered the option to delete partitions.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    around steps 13,14

    Of course you could wipe the disk manually by other means.
    I'm trying to do the "Clean Install Windows 10".

    1. create media on USB I did this part.
    2. Disconnect everything I did this also. "The only thing connected to the laptop is its internal hard drive and the flash drive and the power cable."
    3. Boot to UEFI and "Enable" it. I made sure it was "Enabled". I also turned off "Secure Boot" and "Fast Boot". like it said.
    I skipped 4.
    5. Boot from "Windows 10 Installation USB on your computer. I opened this tutorial also.
    I get to use a "Device" and all I see is:

    1. ATA HDD:
    2. ATA HDD1:
    3. ATAPI CD:
    4. USB HDD: PNY USB 2.0 FD
    5. PCI LAN: EFI Network (IPv6)
    6. USB FDD:

    See more devices
    USB CD:
    NVMe:
    PCI LAN: EFI Network (IPv4):

    But when my laptop is on my USB Flash Drive is called "ESD - USB (F:) am I looking for the wrong thing. Or is my computer not reading it correctly.

    EDIT: I am trying to do what Ican to follow the tutorial but some things just don't look the same. I can't even find anything saying "ONN" which is the name of the flash drive or maybe I should be looking for something else.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I just exited the "Use a Device" area and just loaded up "Windows 11" just to see if the "USB Drive" is still being read or not. I have it plugged in correctly. But maybe there is something wrong that I didn't notice. I know the media drive was created correctly I even made sure to check the flash drive and everything looked okay. Okay the laptop started and its shows up fine and its made correctly. I will be ejecting it and putting it into a different usb port. It still shows up correctly on the "File Explorer".
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  3. Posts : 38,346
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #13

    Simple suggestion:

    a. Inspect the boot menu with NO USB drives connected. Make a note.
    b. Repeat with the Win 10 boot drive.

    Do you notice a difference?
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  4. Posts : 120
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #14

    dalchina said:
    Simple suggestion:

    a. Inspect the boot menu with NO USB drives connected. Make a note.
    b. Repeat with the Win 10 boot drive.

    Do you notice a difference?
    I just restarted the laptop to give it a try.

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    dalchina said:
    Simple suggestion:

    a. Inspect the boot menu with NO USB drives connected. Make a note.
    b. Repeat with the Win 10 boot drive.

    Do you notice a difference?
    I don't think the laptop was detecting the "USB" for some reason because the information that shows now is the same thing that showed up at the first few times I tried this.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I have decided to create a new USB flash drive just to see if maybe there was something wrong with the original one I made. So what I just did was I took a "SanDisk" Cruzer Blade 32 GB Pink flash drive and formatted it and then named it "Windows 10" and now I will see if this will work. It took a few times to scan the other USB drive before the laptop could even detect it. This one got picked up right away. I'm starting to think there was something up with the flash drive. So hopefully this will do the trick. I will respond once the flash drive is made and if it gets picked up on start up.
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  5. Posts : 38,346
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #15

    Good - sounds like progress. Now you should be able to start the clean install.
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  6. Posts : 120
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #16

    I found the issue the original flash drive I was using was showing up as PNY under the USB HDD when it was a "ONN USB Flash Drive" so I didn't think it was being read correctly. So now this one shows up correctly. It shows up as "sanDisk Cruzer" so I at least know it will work. So I am at "Windows Setup"
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  7. Posts : 38,346
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #17

    Post #11 - if you want nothing left on your disk prior to the clean install simply delete all partitions shown.

    Post #3 told you:
    Go to install and delete ALL partitions on the main drive till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.
    Absolute safest option when clean installing- have no other internal disks connected if you have that option.
    Not essential, though.
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  8. Posts : 120
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #18

    I have just finished going back to windows 10 on my other laptop. So now I have (2) laptops one running windows 10 Home and one running Windows 11 Home. So far so good just need to update the Windows 10 to the latest updates. I want to thank everyone that helped me with the reinstalling of my Windows10 on my older laptop.
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  9. Posts : 38,346
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #19

    Great - now before you start configuring and installing left right and centre, remember to start a routine of regular 3rd party disk imaging of at least all the partitions comprising your shiny new O/S - before something goes wrong.

    That way you can readily get back to where your were with minimal loss of effort and time. E.g. Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper... (free version + large enough external storage for image file sets).

    Also ensure System Restore is enabled.
    There's a useful tutorial on scheduling the creation of restore points.
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