Microsoft’s strictness regarding Windows updates has been a point of contention for the company since the days of Windows 8. For the future of the Windows OS, it would seem that Microsoft is continuing their strictness.
Despite being a pretty substantial change from what current users are used to, Windows 11 will eventually be forced upon PC owners. With Windows 10 support officially ending in 2025, Microsoft wants everyone on Windows 11. Furthermore, they're reluctant to let people go back.
Microsoft gives a 10-day trial for Windows 11
Reported by MSPoweruser, users who freely upgrade their PC to Windows 11 may find themselves stuck in the new OS. Microsoft states that there will be a 10-day grace period after the update where users can easily switch back to Windows 10.
This rollback will allow users to keep all of their files and programs installed in their rightful places. However, after 10 days, Windows 11 will delete the Windows.old folder that houses Windows 10. This means that users will have to clean install the old operating system if they want to go back, deleting all of their local files.
The official FAQ says:
Can I go back to Windows 10 after I upgrade if I don’t like Windows 11?
Yes. After you have installed the Windows 11 upgrade there is a 10 day period where you can move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you. After the 10 days you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to move back to Windows 10.
Less than last time
When Windows 10 launched back in 2015, Microsoft gave users the same kind of rollback option. However, back in 2015, the rollback period was three times longer than what the company is now offering.
Windows 8 and 8.1 both gave users a substantial one-month period to decide whether or not to keep the new OS. With this in mind, it's obvious that Microsoft wants PC users on Windows 10 as soon as possible.