It’s been six years since Windows 10 was released, and now it’s time for the next operating system in the Windows series from Microsoft. Announced back in June, Windows 11 is now available to purchase and download for PC. For those whose devices currently run Windows 10, there’s good news. Windows 10 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
However, the devices must be compatible with Windows 11, which has different hardware requirements to Windows 10. If you’re looking to buy a new PC with Windows 11, you can purchase a new PC with Windows 10 OS pre-installed and get a free upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade offer will last into 2022.
What does Windows 11 offer? It promises to run faster than its predecessor. You’ll see a notable upgrade to the user interface, compared with Windows 10. Its interface is designed to be easy-to-use and flexible. It’ll also include social features, improved productivity, as well as security for hardware and software.
Bundled with the new operating system is Microsoft Teams, the business group chat platform. Internet Explorer will not come with Windows 11, neither will it be supported, a first for the Windows OS series. It will instead come with web browser Microsoft Edge. For gamers, the Xbox app is another feature that will be integrated with the new OS.
If you’re interested and you currently own a device with Windows 10, you can get an upgrade for free. However, upgrading to Windows 11 is not that straightforward. Your device must first meet the minimum requirements needed to run Windows 11. If your device doesn’t meet the requirements, you may not be able to download and install the new OS. If you have Windows 10, you must have version 2004 or later. You can only upgrade if you have Windows 10. You cannot upgrade if you have any previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 or 8.
For those looking to upgrade their Windows 10 devices to Windows 11, the minimum requirements are:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor, or SoC (System on a Chip)
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: At least 64GB storage space available
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Version 2.0
- Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: HD 720p display greater than 9″ diagonally, plus 8 bits per color channel
You’ll also need an internet connection to use Windows 11, as well as for updates and access to features. You’ll also need a Microsoft account. There are features that comes with Windows 11 that need specific requirements. For example, in order to use Voice Typing, your device needs a microphone. In another example, to use Microsoft Teams, you need a video camera, microphone, and speakers. Also be aware that if you upgrade from Windows 10 to 11, some features from Windows 10 will no longer be available.
If you have Windows 10 and want to upgrade to Windows 11, but you’re not sure your device is compatible, you can find out by using the PC Health Check app, which you can download onto your device. Note that it doesn’t check your graphics card or display.
If you decide not to upgrade to Windows 11 or cannot upgrade, support for Windows 10 will not end. Microsoft are going to continue supporting Windows 10 with new updates until October 2025.
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