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Back in our October newsletter we went over the basics of Windows 11 along with the pros and cons of upgrading. 

In general, we recommended to skip this  upgrade for several reasons, but Microsoft is getting sneaky and taking advantage of the fact that most people just click yes/ok whenever a prompt appears on their screen.  A lot of users, upon logging in after a recent update, are presented with a screen that congratulates them and tells them that their computer meets the requirement to run Windows 11. And right below that is a convenient, giant button saying “UPGRADE NOW”.  But if you look really closely, near the bottom of the window, you’ll see a “Decline Upgrade” or “Skip This” link that you can (and should, at least for now) click on.

The reasons for not upgrading are the same as they were back in October. 

Other than a slightly different looking interface, there is no additional functionality.  Some users are reporting issues upon upgrading like keyboards or bluetooth peripherals not working properly.

In short, there’s no real benefit to upgrading, unless you just enjoy saying you have the “latest and greatest”.

Well what should you do if you’ve upgraded to Windows 11 and you’re not happy with it?

Here’s how to remove the upgrade and revert to Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on the gear for Settings.
  3. Click on System.
  4. Click on Recovery.
  5. Click on Previous version of Windows.
  6. Click Next, then No Thanks for checking for updates. 

Please note that removing Windows 11 may cause some programs to break and require them to be reinstalled!

So to sum: Windows 11 is a big hassle. 

Reverting back to Win 10 is a small hassle that may be worth it if you’re having a lot of problems.  And of course, RCI is here to help if you don’t feel like dealing with this on your own!