How to Uninstall Windows 10 22H2? How to Go back to Windows 10 21H2 from 22H2?
The Windows 10 October 2022 Update, which is also known as Windows 10 22H2, has been released on October 18, 2022. It is the only feature update for Windows 10 in 2022. We believe that many users have upgraded their system to Windows 10 22H2.
Unlike Windows 11 22H2, there are not so many new features and improvements in Windows 10 22H2 because Microsoft is paying more attention to Windows 11. Due to some reasons like Windows 10 22H2 bugs, some users are regretful after upgrading to Windows 10 22H2 and want to uninstall it to go back to the previous version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 21H2 will reach end of service on May 12, 2023. You’d better update your Windows 10 to the latest version now.
How to uninstall/go back/downgrade to Windows 10 21H2? Here are different situations:
- If you install Windows 10 22H2 within 10 days, you can go back to the previous version of Windows 10 in the Settings app.
- If the update has been installed for more than 10 days, you can perform a system restore if there is an available one.
- If the above two methods don’t work for you, you can clean install or reinstall Windows 10 21H2 on your device.
Now, we will introduce these 3 methods in detail.
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Way 1: Go back to the Previous Version of Windows 10
Microsoft gives users a 10-day regret period for Windows updates. If you don’t like the update, you can go back to the previous version of Windows 10 you have used within these 10 days. This previous version could be Windows 10 21H2 or an earlier version that you use before upgrading to Windows 10 22H2.
Here is how to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 using this method:
Step 1: Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
Step 2: Go to Update & Security > Recovery.
Step 3: See if the Get started button is available. If it is available, you can click it, then click the Get started button on the pop-up window.
Step 4: Follow the on-screen guides to restore your system to the previous Windows 10 version.
Although it is a system downgrade, it should be a good choice currently. When you want to use the latest Windows 10 version, you still can go to Windows Update to check for updates and install the latest version.
If Windows 10 22H2 is not showing up or installing on your PC, you can learn some easy and useful solutions to fix this issue in this post.
Way 2: Perform a System Restore
When using this method, you can also roll back to Windows 10 21H2 or an earlier version. It depends on which version of Windows 10 your computer was running when the system restore point was created.
Way 3: Clean Install or Reinstall Windows 10 21H2
If you can’t use the above two methods to downgrade Windows 10 22H2 to 21H2, you can clean install or reinstall Windows 10 21H2 on your device. To do this, you need to use Rufus to download a Windows 10 21H2 ISO file, create a Windows 10 installation USB drive, and install Windows 10 21H2 from that USB drive.
If you want to download an even older Windows 10 ISO, you can also use Rufus to do this job.
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What if Your Files Are Missing
If some of your important files get lost after a system update or downgrade, do you know how to get them back?
You can try MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a professional data recovery software for Windows. This software can help your recover lost and deleted files as long as they are not overwritten by new data or physically damaged.
Want to uninstall Windows 10 22H2? Want to go back to an earlier version of Windows 10 after installing Windows 10 22H2? This post introduces 3 methods. We hope they can solve your issue. Should you have other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.