In mid-2015, when Microsoft launched Windows 10, the tech giant said the operating system was supposed to be their final version. But in Microsoft’s big event on June 24, an official announcement was made for users to expect an upcoming version of the operating system. The new OS is expected to be accessible via preinstalled computers as soon as October 2021.
The most prominent feature of the operating system is its completely new interface. This interface is likened to that of the popular Macintosh (Mac-like) interface. Other features in Windows 11 include integrated Android apps, Xbox tech, easy to access Microsoft Teams, among many other features.
Microsoft has announced that the new version of the operating system will be available for free. Licensed Windows 10 users will be allowed to make the effortless Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade.
Although the upgrade has been launched, you cannot perform a Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade now. If you have a Windows 10 computer, the upgrade rollout is scheduled for "sometimes in early 2022". By then, you can perform a Windows 11 upgrade. However, your Windows 10 computer must be running the latest version of Windows 10, and it must meet certain hardware requirements. The table below is a chart detailing the Windows 11 upgrade requirements.
These are only the basic requirements. In fact, this is the least you can have. You can improve upon each of these requirements in your hardware device.
Some other requirements include a 5G capable modem, HDR monitor, Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router, camera, microphone, speaker, and more. Even after all of these requirements have been met, Microsoft will not offer all computers the Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade at the same time.
Once the rollout begins, you can go through Settings > Windows Update to confirm. Without going through this process, you can still identify a computer before buying it. Just check for the free upgrade to Windows 11 on the computer.
While the wait is on for the official rolling out of Windows 11, this article will help you prepare your device to transit from your Windows 10 to Windows 11 smoothly. To achieve this, I will be showing you how to upgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 11 as soon as the update is available.
Although now the official Windows 11 update has not been launched, you are still able to do that through joining the Windows Insider program. Follow the steps below:
Firstly, sign in to your Windows Insider by heading to Settings > Update Security > Windows Insider Program, then click Register and Sign Up. Finally click Start Flighting.
Read the displayed terms, then select Submit.
Go on to pick Dev Channel, then click Confirm.
Before choosing Confirm again, go through the Microsoft Insider Privacy Statement and Agreement.
Restart your system to get the Insider Preview Build for Windows 11.
Upon restart, connect your computer to an active Internet connection and Check for Updates as directed above.
From there, click on Download and Install.
The process of performing a windows 11 upgrade requires knowing if the update is available for your computer. The simple step for checking for the update is this:
Begin by clicking the Start button on your desktop to expand the Start menu.
From the Start menu, open the System Settings. (Shortcut: Windows + I)
Select the Windows Update link.
Finally, click on Check for Updates to load details about the availability of an update.
The Windows 11 ISO files you need for the free Windows 11 upgrade will be available on Microsoft's official website. The steps below will now show you how to download the ISO files:
Visit Download Windows 11 page on Microsoft website.
Choose Download tool now under Create Windows 11 installation media and run it.
Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next.
Follow the prompts to set up Windows 11 on your existing system.
Please check the box of Keep personal files and apps during the process.
The Windows 11 ISO Files will take up approximately the same amount of disk space those of your Windows 10 took. But the upgrade process would take up more disk space. This space will be cleaned after ten days of your Windows 11 upgrade. However, the installation process of Windows 11 takes longer than that of Windows 10.
No, you cannot use your computer normally when performing a Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade. However, there is a way around this technicality, especially to prevent the interruption of any work you are doing. The way around is that you can first download the update. After which, you can schedule the installation for a specific time when your computer will not be in use.
You can continue to use your Windows 10 for as long as four years. Microsoft promises to keep supporting Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. That means there will no longer be a new release of versions of Windows 10 after the said date. Improved security, mainstream, and extended support are speculated to be withdrawn at the end of these four years.
The answer is yes. However, you have just ten days to make up your mind about changing back to Windows 10. In a company release by Microsoft, users only have ten days to roll back to Windows 10. The release states that you "will need to back up your data and do a 'clean install'" before you can change back to Windows 10. On the other hand, if you take advantage of the 10-day grace by rolling back the Windows 11 upgrade to Windows 10, the process is very simple. All you need to do is go from Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. In this path, you can select the build of your Windows 10, and all its features will be brought back.
Microsoft has just launched the Windows 11 operating system. And by October of 2021, the preinstalled OS will be available on new devices in the market. But owners of licensed and updated windows ten can perform a Windows 11 upgrade by early 2022. However, their computers must meet certain requirements.
By Simon Marcus , to Windows Tips
Updated: Aug 03, 2021