Reinstalling UE

Its been a few months since I have used the UE engine and a few days ago I was forced to reset my windows. Of course, I have to reinstall all my software, including UE. My problem now is I cannot continue on with any of my projects because the only version available to download is 4.26.2. My projects were created with 4.25. Because of this restriction, I cannot continue on with my projects because certain plug-ins are not up to date. Therefore I can do nothing.
Why can we not select an earlier version to install, or give us the option to run our previous projects with plug-ins disabled or the option to disable certain plug-ins if needed. This would allow us to work on our projects then update to the later engine when the plug-ins are available.