What happened? Microsoft Windows 11 is almost ready for interest. Redmond announced that the next major operating system will hit the market on October 5, 2021. On that day, the free Windows 11 upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs will begin, and new PCs preinstalled with Windows 11 will be available for purchase.
Of course, just because Windows 11 will be available that day doesn't necessarily mean you'll pick it up straight from the gate. When disclosing the date, Microsoft said the free upgrade path was "step-by-step measured with a focus on quality". Hardware Finally, hardware upgrades begin in the marketplace based on "smart models" that take into account issues such as hardware eligibility, reliability, and device age.
Microsoft expects all devices eligible for free upgrades by mid-2022.
Windows Update should automatically notify you that your system is eligible for upgrades, but you can always see this by going to Settings > Windows Update and doing so manually.
If If you need a new PC, Microsoft has several offerings currently available with Windows 10, but it will be compatible with free upgrades in due course. Examples include the Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55), the Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363, the Dell XPS 13, and of course Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 device. These systems are likely to be among the first to receive a firmware upgrade option. Microsoft assures that for those who do not have a computer and are not yet ready to buy a new one, Windows 10 is the right choice. The company recently announced that it will continue to support Win 10 until October 14, 2025, so if you're using your own operating system and meet the above criteria, you still have plenty of time to decide what to do next.
Microsoft recently re-evaluated its hardware requirements for Windows 11 and added several Intel CPUs to the list. However, the whole situation is a bit confusing, especially if you want to install a new version of Windows 11 without upgrading from Windows 10. This is possible (and on older devices), but you must use the ISO file for installation. Crucially, Microsoft said that such installations will not contain Windows updates and may also prevent them from receiving security patches and driver updates.
If this is the case, there is a high risk of running "unsupported" devices in the long run as vulnerabilities and security holes are eventually discovered. It seems like Microsoft only wants these users to run Windows 11 long enough to enjoy what it's all about, and I hope to encourage them to approach the brand new system with a brand new operating system. It's compatible with disclosure.
Microsoft has also confirmed that support for Android apps will not be available at launch. According to us, this new feature, in collaboration with Amazon and Intel, will be introduced to Windows Insiders in the coming months.
Microsoft Windows 11 release will start on October 5