How To Downgrade The Manjaro Kernel

I am having a problem with my current kernel. I'd like to downgrade. And I prefer to use Manjaro's graphical tools.

The basic process is to manually boot into the old kernel using GRUB, and then disable the newer kernel.

Boot Older Kernel

Before starting, make sure the old kernel is installed.

Inside the Kernel app, there should be a label next to the older kernel which reads "Installed".

Alternatively, click the Install button and authenticate to install the older kernel.

The GRUB menu should load.

Use the arrow keys to select a menu option in GRUB. And press Enter to choose that option.

Use the arrow keys to select the kernel. Press Enter to boot that kernel.

There might be two versions of a kernel listed.

In my case there were:

Manjaro Linux (Kernel: 5.19.16-2-MANJARO x64)

Manjaro Linux (Kernel: 5.19.16-2-MANJARO x64 - fallback initramfs)

I chose the standard option: without "fallback initramfs".

Remove Newer Kernel

At this point, you should have successfully booted the old kernel and logged into your desktop environment (ex GNOME, KDE, Xfce).

By default, Manjaro will boot into the newest kernel available. By removing the newer kernel, you will prevent Manjaro from booting into it.

It is possible to change the default kernel by modifying GRUB. But the steps above are easier and more compatible with Manjaro's scripting.

You might have to download the newer kernel again if you want to switch back. I'm not sure if the kernel package is cached by the Manjaro package manager.


Kernels | Manjaro Wiki

Created: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2022