Microsoft’s free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is now available. Before making the OS available to other eligible existing hardware, Microsoft is beginning to offer the free upgrade to new devices that are still shipping with Windows 10.
However, not every existing PC running Windows 10 will be able to be upgraded to Windows 11. Windows 11 will require Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen 2 CPUs or higher, as well as TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) support, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. As a result, millions of PCs will be unable to upgrade to Windows 11, though there will be unsupported workarounds if you really need Windows 11.
Microsoft is also gradually releasing Windows 11, so the free upgrade will not be available to all existing PCs that are officially supported for the time being. According to Microsoft, all existing and eligible PCs should be offered the Windows 11 upgrade by mid-2022.
If you have a new PC that came with Windows 10 or a device that can be upgraded to Windows 11, here’s how to get it today.
- Using Microsoft’s PC Health Check app, ensure that your PC is officially supported.
- Make a backup of all of your critical documents, apps, and data.
- Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on your Windows 10 PC.
- Check for updates.
- If the free Windows 11 upgrade is available, you’ll see a download and install option.
- Click the download and install button.
Configure Windows 11 settings by following the on-screen prompts.
If you don’t see the free Windows 11 upgrade and your computer is supported, you can download and install Windows 11 manually.