How to uninstall Windows 11 22H2 when PC doesn’t start

Here's how you can remove Windows 11 22H2 and roll back to the previous version if you have problems after the upgrade.

Windows 11 22H2 uninstall and rollback
Windows 11 22H2 uninstall and rollback
  • To remove Windows 11 22H2 if your PC doesn’t start, boot into WinRE and go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Uninstall Updates > Uninstall latest feature update.
  • Then click the Uninstall feature update button to roll back to Windows 11 21H2 or Windows 10.

If, after the upgrade to Windows 11 22H2, the computer stops booting correctly and you cannot access the desktop, it’s possible to uninstall and roll back to the previous installation using the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).

The only caveat is that Windows 11 only gives you ten days to roll back after an upgrade. After ten days, the only way to undo the upgrade is to perform a fresh install of the older version.

This guide will teach you the steps to uninstall the Windows 11 2022 Update when your device does not start correctly after the upgrade.

Uninstall Windows 11 22H2 when it doesn’t boot

To uninstall Windows 11 22H2 when the computer doesn’t start after the upgrade, use these steps:

  1. Press the power button.

  2. Immediately after the Power-On Self-Test (POST), and you see the blue Windows logo, press the power button again to interrupt the booting process and shut down the computer.

  3. Repeat steps No. 1 and No. 2 twice. Windows 11 should enter into the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in the third restart.

    Preparing automatic repair

  4. Click the Advanced options button.

    Advanced options

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

    Troubleshoot option

  6. Click on Advanced options.

    Troubleshoot Advanced options

  7. Click on Uninstall Updates.

    Uninstall updates

  8. Click the “Uninstall latest feature update” option.

    Uninstall Windows 11

  9. Sign in using your administrator credentials (if applicable).

  10. Click the “Uninstall feature update” button to remove Windows 11 22H2.

    Remove Windows 11 restore 10

Once you complete the steps, the system will uninstall the Windows 11 2022 Update from the computer, and it will roll back to version 21H2 or the previous version of Windows 10 in a process that should not take more than 10 minutes.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].