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5 Common Reasons Why People Downgrade Software

A software downgrade is a process of moving from a more recent software version to an older one. Not many people do this, as upgrades are usually meant to introduce new features, improve device performance, and enhance the software’s utility.

That is not to say upgrades will always be better than their predecessors, though. Sometimes, things fail to work out, and the user is forced to go back to the old version or downgrade to a different old software version. In what cases would this be necessary? Read on for reasons to perform a software downgrade on your device.

Incompatibility issues

Lack of support for certain applications is one of the main reasons people downgrade software. For example, the new macOS 11 does not support 32-bit applications. This forces people to downgrade from Big Sur to Catalina or other older macOS version to continue using their 32-bit applications. To avoid the hassle of upgrading and then downgrading software, ensure you know what it can support and what it can’t before making the switch.

Memory issues

Newer software versions are typically larger than their predecessors, and lack of storage space can make it impossible to perform a successful upgrade. Sometimes you are able to upgrade your software, but you’re left with too little space to add any applications or media files. Big Sur, for instance, requires 32GB of free space to install. If you don’t have that, your options are to avoid the upgrade or get rid of some of your files and applications to create space.

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