Expected: Windows 11 launches this week and its official release date is October 5th. The new operating system is set to refresh the Windows experience with new features such as advanced DirectStorage, reboot menu, tabbed commands, and widgets. , and more. If your enthusiasm is greater than your patience - even in these final hours - here's some good news: You can upgrade your Windows machine to 11 now.
Windows 10 isn't likely to prompt you right away, but if you don't want to wait, Windows Insider is your best bet. We'll explain how to choose and get the W11 version soon, but first some of the basics, if you're not familiar with your operating system, start with a review.
You need a dual core processor that can run at least 1 GHz, at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, a DX12 GPU, and more. Of course, you need a Microsoft account, because you can't sign up for Insider without a program, but other than that, we bet the vast majority of our readers will have other conditions.
So, Insider Program. You can join it in two different ways (via website or operating system), but we will explain the easiest option here because you only need a Windows 10 PC.
The first step is to bring up your settings page and click on Update and safety.” By dragging it, you'll see a bunch of options on the left, starting with Windows Update and ending with Windows Insider Program. Click on the second item.
Here, you may see a warning telling you that you have not turned on the optional diagnostic data - it will be mandatory if you want to continue. If it is off, click the link that prompts you to go to Diagnostics and Feedback and turn on Settings. After that, go back to this menu and click on the "Get Started" button. You may be asked to add your Microsoft account, so do that.
Click Continue to see an instant message introducing the many different Insider Channels you can join. Select the beta channel to access the latest version of Windows 11 "Release Candidate", which is supposed to be the latest version.
After doing that, click Confirm and voila! everything is ready. You will most likely be asked to restart your device to download Windows 11 Insider Preview (you can check this by visiting the Windows Update page), so be sure to do that as soon as possible.
Goodbye, Windows 10 Hello, Windows 11!
Our Special Editor, Julio Franco, said the upgrade process has been greatly simplified because the files and settings are the same before and after the update. It wasn't perfect - apparently some of the Start menu tiles were reset - but it was better than expected.
If you decide to download Windows 11 today or tomorrow, feel free to leave a comment below (or under the hood of a future OS) and let us know what you think.
No need to wait. Here's how to download Windows 11 now