Microsoft has finally announced the release date for their latest operating system. Windows 11 will be launched on October 5th, 2021, and will become available as a free upgrade for people who purchased Windows 10.
However, please note that only certain eligible Windows 10 PCs are able to get a free upgrade. Meanwhile, you can expect that newer hardware going forward will most likely be shipped with Windows 11 pre-loaded.
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Upgrading to Windows 11
Windows 11 is an exciting and fresh new operating system that will roll out on the 5th of October. It is expected that these Windows upgrades will become available in phases, just like the many Windows upgrades in the past. It is very likely that newer and eligible devices will immediately be supported by this upgrade.
Later down the line comes the Windows 11 update for more compatible devices. According to the general manager of Windows marketing Aaron Woodman, they are expecting all eligible devices to get the upgrade by mid-2022.
For those who may be wondering, this progressive rollout is necessary to ensure that all eligible devices would be able to see the light of day and with no hiccups, as there could still be bugs that could potentially pop up unexpectedly.
Aaron added that the success and from what they’ve learned from Windows 10, they wanted to take their precious time to roll these upgrades to ensure the best possible user experience.
What you need to know about the new and exciting features of Windows 11
What makes people excited about this brand-new Windows 11 upgrade, apart from the reason that it’s completely free, are the features that it comes with. It’s very important to note that not all of the announced features will become available at launch.
One of the most notable features that a lot of Windows and PC users are very excited about is the ability to play or use Android apps on PC. With Windows 11, you can launch the Amazon store to download Android apps on your computer.
Unfortunately, it was revealed that this feature will not be available on October 5th. However, rumors suggest that this awesome feature will make its way into the operating system by next year. Additionally, more information about this feature will be available in the later months at Windows Insiders.
Is your PC eligible for Windows 11?
So how do you know if your Windows 10 PC is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade? Existing Windows 10 users will be notified via Windows Update whether the upgrade is available or not. This is perhaps the easiest way to know if your Windows 10 is able to be upgraded.
Another way to check if your Windows 10 PC is upgradable is through Microsoft’s dedicated PC Health Check app. Through this, you can immediately tell in advance if your PC can be updated to the latest Windows operating system.
Microsoft has already provided a breakdown of all the minimum system requirements for this brand-new operating system last week. And to everyone’s dismay, not all were able to meet these system requirements. The good thing is, the company also revealed a workaround.
The workaround is for users to install Windows 11 on any device using an ISO file. Take note that the PC still needs to have a 64-bit 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 64GB of memory storage, 4GB of RAM, and a TPM 1.2 chip.
The only downside of using this workaround is that your Windows 11 operating system may not be able to get any Windows update, including patches that can affect your overall system security. It leaves your PC in an unsupported state, to say the least.
In case you are wondering, Windows 10 will still be supported until October 14, 2025, if you choose not to upgrade your operating system. Although, not much information is known if Microsoft will be releasing a large number of updates and security patches over the remaining years.