free to upgrade to Microsoft’s newly redesigned operating system, the company said in a blog post after its virtual event on Thursday. ( .) So long as your PC meets the minimum requirements, you’ll be able to update to Windows 11 the same way you usually update Windows 10 — once it starts rolling out during the and into 2022 (we don’t have an exact date yet).is on the way, and if you’re already , it will be
To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app. (Here’s a set of full instructions for and what information it will tell you.) 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.
How to download Windows 11, once it’s available
Once Windows 11 becomes available, you’ll download it the same way you would with any new version of Windows. Most users will 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.
If you want to test out Windows 11 ahead of time, an early beta version will be available next week for those in the Windows Insider Program, and a public beta will be released in July. However, we only recommend installing a beta if you have a second tester device — not on your main device, as there are likely to be bugs.
Windows 11 features a streamlined new design, with pastel-like 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 also 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. (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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