Microsoft released Windows 11 - how to upgrade for free and without a queue

As was previewed on Techobig, late in the evening of October 4th the official launch of Windows 11 took place — Microsoft has begun rolling out the next-generation OS one day ahead of schedule. Starting October 5, the new OS is preinstalled on new PCs, and owners of newer Windows 10 PCs can upgrade to version 11 for free. Support for Windows 11 on all compatible devices is planned to be provided by mid-2022.

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 at its June 24 launch and released the first beta to developers four days later. The first public beta of Windows 11 was released on July 30, and since then, many have already switched to the new Windows. The final version of Windows 11 is missing one of the main innovations announced at the presentation – support for Android applications. The feature is expected to launch in 2022. Other features of Windows 11 include a new design with a redesigned Start menu, new multitasking capabilities (Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops), faster performance and optimizations (the new OS uses an average of 32% less RAM and 37% CPU time compared to with Windows 10), Microsoft Teams on the taskbar, a separate widget panel, and new features for gamers – support for DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR.

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Windows 11 minimum system requirements

Windows 11 System Requirements Increased Significantly Compared to Windows 10 – Requires TPM 2.0 or Earlier Microsoft warned users from bypassing the minimum OS requirements. Additionally, Microsoft has announced official support for Intel 8th Gen (Coffee Lake) and Ryzen 2000 (Zen +) CPUs and newer. As an exception, the developers added Intel Core X, Intel Xeon W and Intel Core i7-7820HQ, which is installed in the Surface Studio 2 monoblock, to the list. Other minimum requirements include 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of free disk space, a video adapter with DirectX 12. and WDDM 2.0, as well as UEFI and Secure Boot support.

Interestingly, the Windows 11 minimum system requirements page no longer available (instead of the section with the requirement, the general Windows 11 page opens) – it is possible that Microsoft will soften the requirements in the future.

How to get Windows 11

The fastest and easiest way is to buy a new PC with Windows 11 preinstalled, but you don’t have to buy a new PC to upgrade to Windows 11.

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At the end of last month, Microsoft re-released a proprietary utility PC Health Check to check the compatibility of the existing configurations of computers with Windows 11 – users of compatible PCs with Windows 10 can upgrade to Windows 11 for free. The update can be obtained automatically through Windows Update, but in this case you will have to wait – the process will take place in stages. Microsoft plans to complete the update of the entire fleet of compatible Windows 10 devices until mid-2022.

But waiting for your turn is not at all necessary – you can install Windows 11 manually using an ISO file or a proprietary utility, available for download on the official website of the company (you can also find instructions there).

Microsoft previously announced that it will not discourage users who want to manually install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs (those that do not meet the minimum requirements) – they will be able to do it manually via ISO image at one’s own risk. But in this case, the company will not be able to guarantee full driver compatibility and the overall high reliability of the system. In addition, it was previously reported that PCs with unsupported processors will not be able to receive Windows 11 updates.

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