Microsoft is now rolling out a free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Microsoft began offering free upgrades to new devices that still use Windows 10, and then to other existing hardware that qualifies for the operating system. Still, not every existing computer running Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. Windows 11 requires an Intel 8th-generation Coffee Lake or Zen 2 processor or above, support for TPM 2.0 (trusted Platform module), 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
That prevents millions of computers from officially upgrading to Windows 11, although if you do want to force a switch, there are third-party workarounds on the Internet that are not officially recommended.
Microsoft is upgrading computers around the world to Windows 11 in a gradual rollout, so the free upgrade won’t be available to all existing eligible machines. According to Microsoft, all existing and eligible PCS should receive the Windows 11 upgrade by mid-2022.
Here’s how to get Windows 11 today, if you have a new Windows 10 PC coming out of the factory, or a device that allows you to upgrade to Windows 11:
- Check whether your computer is officially supported with Microsoft’s PC Health Check app. Download address: https://aka.ms/GetPCHealthCheckApp
- Back up all your important files, applications, and data.
- On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings > Updates and Security >Windows Update.
- Check for updates.
- If there is a free Windows 11 upgrade, you will see an option to download and install it.
- Click Download and Install and follow the on-screen prompts to configure Windows 11 Settings.
- If you don’t see a free Windows 11 upgrade and your computer is supported, you may be able to avoid the wait by using Microsoft Windows Installation Assistant.