free upgrade Microsoft’s newly redesigned operating system. ( .) As 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 over the course of the and in 2022. (While we don’t have an exact date yet, Microsoft has hinted that it could arrive as early as October.)is on its way, and if you are already , it will be
If you’re a Windows Insider program member and can’t wait for the final release to arrive, you can download the first release of Windows 11 Insider Preview today and test some of the, like , and the . We will explain how below.
First, to see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11,. And if you , this computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade.
If you haven’t updated to Windows 10 yet, don’t worry, there is a trick toit still works. Now would be a good time to make the switch to prepare your machine for the Windows 11 upgrade.
How to download the Windows 11 Insider Preview version
If you are a member of Windows Insider Program (you can sign up now for free), you can download the first Insider Preview version of Windows 11 now. However, it’s important to note that beta releases, especially early ones like this, tend to be buggy. You should never download a beta on your primary device, only on a test device if you have one. For most people, it’s best to wait until the public beta arrives in July, or better yet, general release later in the year. This first version also does not include all the new features that will eventually arrive with the general version.
Still want to try it? Here’s how.
1. Make sure that you are running a licensed version of Windows 10 on your device and that you are an administrator on the device. Subscribe to join the Windows Insider program if you haven’t already. Or sign in to your Windows Insider account. Click on Start to fly.
2. Go to Settings> Update and Security> Windows Insider Program. Click on To start.
3. Under Choose an account to get started, select + to connect the Microsoft account you signed up with and continue.
4. Follow the instructions to choose the experience and channel you want to get Insider Preview builds through: Dev Channel (for developers), Beta channel (for early adopters), or Release Preview channel ( for those who want to get the latest version only before its general release). Note that this version is coming to the Dev channel.
5. Read the privacy statement and terms, then click to confirm. Click on Restart now.
6. After restarting, make sure your data settings are correct so that you can download preview versions. To do this, go to Settings> Privacy > Diagnosis and feedback, and make sure that the optional diagnostic data switch is set to At.
7. Go to Settings> Update and Security> Windows Update. Click it Check for updates button. You should see the latest Insider Preview version based on the settings you selected.
From there, your device should update the same as with any other Windows update, and you’re good to go.
How to download Windows 11 once it’s generally available
Once Windows 11 is available to all Windows users with compatible computers this fall, you’ll download it the same way you would any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update and click Check for updates. If available, you will see Feature update to Windows 11. Click on Download and install.
Windows 11 features a new clean design, with pastel colors, rounded corners, a new startup sound, and overall a more Mac-like look. themoved from the bottom left of the screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the center next to it. You will find a lot of , like widgets that can give you information at a glance and easier creation of virtual desktops. And and installable from the Microsoft Store. (Discover all .)
The update marks the first major change to Microsoft’s operating system since Windows 10 launched in 2015.have been in circulation for a year. At the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on May 25, Microsoft was forecasting “one of the most significant Windows updates of the past decade,” confirming that a major change was on the horizon for the 1.3 billion OS users in 2021. And to In mid-June, Microsoft quietly announced that it was going in 2025 as broadcast.
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