is free if you’re already . However, Microsoft is rolling out the OS in phases, which means you might not have the prompt to upgrade just yet. An August blog post from Microsoft said the company expects “all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.” But you don’t have to wait: The Windows 11 Installation Assistant is your shortcut to Windows 11. Read on if you want to skip the line.began its wide rollout this week. Microsoft launched its new operating system to eligible devices on , and the upgrade
If you’re not in a rush, however, the Windows 11 update will be pushed to your device at some point in the coming months when Microsoft’s data indicates the upgrade is ready for that device. When the new OS is available to you, the upgrade process will feel similar to a normal Windows 10 update, as long as your device is compatible andneeded. (And even if it doesn’t, but it won’t be supported by the company.)
Don’t want to wait until next year? You still have the option to manually download Windows 11 and check out its, such as , and the . We’ll tell you how below. Before your download, here’s .
To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, you can. And if you , that computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade.
If you haven’t updated to Windows 10 yet, don’t worry — there’s a trick forthat still works. Now would be a good time to make the switch to prepare your machine for the Windows 11 upgrade. That trick will be the same one you use if you want to manually upgrade an older machine to Windows 11, though Microsoft doesn’t encourage doing this as it may not be eligible for the same updates.
Windows 11 Installation Assistant: How to download Windows 11 without waiting
Some users can download Windows 11 the same way you’d get any new version of Windows. Just go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.
However, note that the— it could take months before it’s available on your device. New PCs will get the upgrade first, and all compatible devices are expected to receive it by mid-2022, depending on device age and hardware.
If the upgrade isn’t available to you yet, don’t panic. You still have a few options for upgrading. The best and simplest option will be to download the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. Choose Run after the download to make sure your hardware is compatible. Then Accept and Install to agree to the licensing terms and begin the installation. When the program is finished installing, you’ll be prompted to restart your computer. Your PC might restart several times during the process of finishing the installation, so don’t be alarmed. Just keep your PC on until everything’s done.
If you’re not able to use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, you have a couple of backup options, but be warned that these are more complicated solutions. We seriously advise that you consider waiting for the update to come to your device. If you’re certain you want to proceed, you can create Windows 11 installation media or an .ISO file. Microsoft’s download Windows 11 page has those steps in greater detail.
What’s in Windows 11
Windows 11 features a streamlined new design, with pastel colors, rounded corners, a new startup sound and overall a more Mac-like look. Thehas moved from the bottom left of the screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the center next to it. You’ll find lots of , like widgets that can give you at-a-glance information, and easier virtual desktop creation. And and installable from the Microsoft Store — though that feature . (Check out all of .)
The update marks the first major change to Microsoft’s operating system since Windows 10 launched back in 2015.have been circulating for the past year. At the Microsoft Build developers conference on May 25, Microsoft was planning “one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade,” confirming that a major change was on the horizon for the 1.3 billion users of the OS in 2021. And in mid-June, Microsoft quietly announced that it would in 2025 as spread.
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