Windows 11 is now officially started to roll out for all the supported devices. The OS comes with a brand new interface, some exciting new features, Android support, voice typing, improvements to speed up the PC, and more.
Microsoft has announced that the new OS will be freely available to all the supported devices already running on Windows 10. However, it does not mean that Windows 11 will be available for your device from day 1. From Windows 10 version 1909, Microsoft has started using a different approach to provide new upgrades to PC. In this strategy, Microsoft does not roll out the latest updates to all the PC at once. The computer which is new and is compatible with all the requirements gets the latest updates earlier than others.
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The same approach will be applied while providing Windows 11 upgrade. So, you might not get the option to upgrade your current Windows 10 to Windows 11 immediately. However, you can still do that in other ways.
If your device meets all the minimum hardware and software requirements and is ready for upgrading to Windows 11, here are the ways to do that.
- Using PC Health Checkup App by Microsoft, check if the hardware components of your PC are compatible with Windows 11.
- Make sure your device meets minimum system requirements. Although you can install Windows 11 on unsupported devices , too, it is not recommended.
- You must have licensed Windows 10.
- Your PC or laptop must be connected to the internet during the upgrading process.
- If you are upgrading your laptop, make sure that it has sufficient battery backup or just keep it connected to the power supply during the process.
- Keep a backup of the current state of your PC so that you can restore it in case of failure.
Upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 Settings
If you have recently purchased a new PC with Windows 10 in-built and that meets all the pre-requisites of Windows 11, you will probably get the option to upgrade your PC to Windows on the day of release or the week of the release itself.
Here are the steps to do that:
On your Windows 10 computer, launch Settings.
Navigate to Update & Security.
If your PC is ready for Windows 11, you will see this option under the Update tab.
Click on Download and install to begin installing Windows 11.
It would take some time to install, and your PC might restart several times during the process.
If the option to upgrade is unavailable, click on Check for Updates. If it is still not there, then wait for few days or try the next method.
Many users might not get Windows 11 on their system right away after the release, even if their device is fully compatible with the requirements. Such users will see the “This PC can run Windows 11” notification on their Windows 10 update setting page:
Upgrade to Windows 11 using Windows 11 Installation Assistant
If you cannot find the option to upgrade to Windows 11 from the Update Settings and still want to install it as soon as possible, you have another official way to do that.
With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft has also launched a tool known as Windows 11 Installation Assistant. This tool will guide you through the installation of Windows 11 on your PC. There are other tools too that will let you download the ISO version of Windows 11 and install it using bootable media.
To install Windows 11 using Installation Assistant, follow these steps:Note: By installing Windows 11 using the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, you are skipping Microsoft’s secure and bug-free upgrade, directly through Windows 10 updates. Installing Windows 11 through this way mighty introduce bugs into your computer and might make it slow and unresponsive. If you are ready for that risk, continue with the steps.
- Navigate to Microsoft’s official Windows 11 download page.
- You will get three ways to install Windows 11 on your device.
- If you are already on Windows 10 OS, it is recommended to select Windows 11 Installation Assitant. Click on Download Now.
- Run the installer and click on Accept and Install to begin installing Windows 11.
- Follow the onscreen instructions and complete the installation. Your PC might get restart several times during the process.
Upgrade to Windows 11 through Insider Program
You can also upgrade to Windows 11 by joining the Insider Program. Through Insider Program, you will get to test the new version of Windows 11 earlier than its official release. We have already covered how to install Windows 11 through Insider Program in this post:
Should you install Windows 11 right away?
If you are an avid Windows OS user, all this buzz going around Windows 11 and its features will surely catch your eyes and might intrigue you to try it as soon as you can. But if your machine is already running pretty well on the latest version of Windows 10, should you upgrade to Windows 11 right away?
The simple answer is NO because historically, Microsoft has been known for serving uncooked updates to users. The new Windows updates are mostly harsh on the system and cause multiple issues. It would be a lot better to hold off your eagerness and wait at least a month or two before finally switching from Windows 10.
Eventually, you will have to switch to Windows 11 as support to Windows 10 will end in October 2025. However, you don’t have to wait for that much.
The bottom line is if your hardware is incompatible you should not (won’t be able to) upgrade to Windows 11. And even if your device is compatible and all the pre-requisites are ticked, you should wait for some time to get knowledge of inevitable bugs and issues of the initial Windows 11 release before getting your hands on it.
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. To see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, download and run the PC Health Check app.
On your Windows 10 system, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. If available, you’ll see Upgrade to Windows 11 is ready option. Click the Download and install button. If you can’t find this option, follow other methods listed in this post.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.