Recovery

How to uninstall Windows 11 when PC doesn’t boot

Did you upgraded to Windows 11, and now, it doesn't start correctly? Here's how you can remove the new version and restore the previous version.

Windows 11 uninstall via Advanced startup
  • To remove Windows 11 if it doesn’t start, open Advanced startup > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Uninstall Updates > Uninstall latest feature update.
  • Then click the Uninstall feature update button to roll back to Windows 10.

If after upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10, the laptop or desktop computer experiences problems or won’t boot correctly, and you don’t have access to the desktop, you uninstall and roll back to the previous version using Advanced startup available through the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).

However, there is one caveat, Windows 11 only gives you ten days to uninstall the new version. After ten days, the only way to undo the upgrade is by clean installing the previous version.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to uninstall Windows 11 through the Advanced startup settings when your device does not start correctly. If you still have access to the desktop, you can downgrade using these steps.

Windows 11 uninstall process when PC doesn’t boot

If you upgraded to Windows 11, and now, the laptop or desktop computer won’t boot or doesn’t start correctly, you can use the Advanced options environment to roll back to the previous version.

To uninstall Windows 11 when the computer doesn’t start, 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 shut down.

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

    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.

    Remove Windows 11 restore 10

Once you complete the steps, the system will uninstall Windows 11 from the computer, and it will roll back to your previous installation in a process that should not take more than 10 minutes.