How to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free

Windows 11

Microsoft’s free Windows 11 upgrade from Windows 10 is now spread. Microsoft is starting to offer the free upgrade to new devices that are still shipping with Windows 10, before making the OS available to other acceptable existing hardware. 

Not every actual PC running Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to Windows 11, though. Windows 11 will require Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen 2 CPUs and up, TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) support, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. That leaves millions of PCs unfit to officially upgrade to Windows 11, although there will be unsupported workarounds if you really want Windows 11. 

Microsoft is also continuously spreading Windows 11, so the free upgrade won’t be offered to all existing PCs that are officially supported just yet. All existing and acceptable PCs should be offered the Windows 11 upgrade by mid-2022, according to Microsoft.

Here's how to get Windows 11 now, if you have a PC that just arrived with Windows 10 or a device that's allowed to upgrade to Windows 11.   

  • Check that your PC is formally supported through the Microsoft PC Health Check app.
  • Backup all of your important documents, data, and apps.
  • On your Windows 10 PC, go to settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  • If the free Windows 11 is available, you will see an option to download and install it. 

Windows 11

  • Click download and install.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and compose Windows 11 settings.  

If you don't see the free Windows 11 upgrade, although your PC is supported,
then you might be able to avoid the wait by using Microsoft's new installation assistant. 

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