Windows 11 is out now and ready for you to download. Microsoft’s latest operating system is officially available to download for eligible pcs. But the question is, should you rush to download? well, this article answers the top 29 hints you should know before installing the latest operating system.
Microsoft’s latest operating system has undergone a redefined interface similar to the macOS interface. With nice and simple but smooth iconic features which will make you feel at ease using the software.
Windows 11 has easy-to-use tools that can help you optimize your screen space and maximize your productivity. Below are the top 26 hints you should know before installing the latest operating system.
what is the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?
Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC. Some Windows 10 features are not available in Windows 11, see Windows 11 Specifications.
Will my accessories work with Windows 11
If your accessories worked with Windows 10 and meet the Windows 11 requirements, they should work with Windows 11. If you want to be sure, please check with your accessory manufacturer.
If I buy a Windows 10 PC now, will I be able to install Windows 11 later?
Most Windows 10 PCs will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. For the PC to be able to upgrade to Windows 11, it must meet the minimum hardware specifications and specific hardware is required for some features. The upgrade rollout will continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device.
How do I know if a new Windows 10 PC meets the minimum requirements?
There are a few ways to find out. If you’re currently shopping for a new PC look for “Free upgrade to Windows 11” on the fact tag. You can also ask your retail sales professional to confirm.
When will I be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on my Windows 10 device?
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade rollout is currently underway and will continue into 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. To see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, download and run the PC Health Check app. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Updates.
What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11?
How do I know if my current Windows 10 PC meets the hardware requirements for Windows 11?
If you’d like to see if your current PC meets the minimum requirements, download and run the PC Health Check app.
What if my PC doesn’t meet the minimum hardware specifications? Can I stay on Windows 10?
Yes! Windows 10 continues to be a great version of Windows. We have committed to supporting Windows 10 through October 14, 2025.
How will I know when the upgrade is available for my Windows 10 PC?
The upgrade rollout is currently underway and will continue into 2022. We are doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication of if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update.
How much does it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?
It’s free. But only Windows 10 PCs that are running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware specifications will be able to upgrade. You can check to see if you have the latest updates for Windows 10 in Settings/Windows Update.
What is the difference between upgrade and update?
An update can consist of bug and security fixes and new features in a version of Windows. They tend to roll out throughout the year. An upgrade is when you change versions—for example, moving from Windows 10 to Windows 11, or moving editions from Windows Home to Windows Pro.
How long will the free upgrade offer last?
The free upgrade offer does not have a specific end date for eligible systems. However, Microsoft reserves the right to eventually end support for the free offer. This end date will be no sooner than October 5, 2022.
Can I continue to use Windows 10?
Yes. You do not have to upgrade to Windows 11. We will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.
Does Windows 11 take up more space on my PC than Windows 10?
No. Windows 11 and Windows 10 require approximately the same amount of disk space. During the upgrade process, however, extra space is required. Windows will clean up this extra disk space about 10 days after the upgrade is complete.
Is Windows 11 a Windows 10 replacement?
Windows 11 is the newest version of Windows. However, we will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.
If I upgrade to Windows 11, what happens to my files?
By default, all your files and data will transfer. However, we recommend backing up your files before installation. Learn more about OneDrive PC folder Backup.
Can I go back to Windows 10 after I upgrade if I don’t like Windows 11?
Yes. After you have installed the Windows 11 upgrade, there is a 10-day period where you can move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you. After 10 days, you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to move back to Windows 10.
How long does it take to install Windows 11?
Downloading and installing Windows 11 will most likely take longer than a typical Windows 10 feature update. You can use your PC while you’re downloading Windows 11 and you also have the option to schedule the install to happen at a specific time when you aren’t planning on using your PC.
Once it is downloaded and ready to install, you will be guided through the installation process, which includes a series of screens and prompts. There will be at least one restart.
By default, all your files and data will transfer. However, we recommend backing up your files before installation. Learn more about OneDrive PC folder backup.
Note that in areas where the internet is metered, ISP fees may apply. If your organization manages your PC, please contact your company’s IT department about getting Windows 11.
Can I upgrade my Windows 10 PC to Windows 11 if I’m running S mode?
If your PC meets the minimum hardware specifications, the Windows 10 Home edition in S mode can upgrade to the Windows 11 Home edition in S mode.
If your Windows 10 PC is running the Pro edition in S mode, you will need to switch out of S mode to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. Windows 11 Pro edition is not available in S mode.
Can a really old PC run Windows 11?
You can use the PC Health Check app to determine if your device is eligible to upgrade to Windows 11. Many PCs that are less than four years old will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. They must be running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware requirements.
Where can I find more information about Windows 11 for my business?
Learn about Windows 11 for your business.
What edition of Windows 11 will I get when I upgrade?
The free upgrade is for the same edition as you have on your Windows 10 device. If you have Windows 10 Home edition, you will be upgraded to Windows 11 Home edition.
Why does the upgrade timing vary by device?
Not all Windows 10 PCs that meet the minimum hardware requirement will be offered the upgrade at the same time. To help ensure that the upgrade process is a great experience, we are only offering the upgrade to Windows 11 to a limited number of PCs at one time. You can check Settings/Windows Update to see if the Windows 11 upgrade is ready for your device.
In some cases, you may be blocked from upgrading due to a specific known issue. A list of some of these known upgrade blockers will be maintained here.
This list will be updated over time and may not always be comprehensive. You may also want to check with your software publisher or hardware vendor for known issues.
Does the upgrade to Windows 11 have any geographical limitations?
Devices eligible for the upgrade to Windows 11 do not have any special geographic limitations and can be offered for sale in all markets where Windows is sold.
What Windows PCs are currently available at stores?
There are a few Windows PC options at stores:
Windows 11 PCs: These PCs come with Windows 11 preloaded and will not need to upgrade. At set-up, they will need an update to install the most current Windows 11 feature experiences.
Windows 10 PCs that meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11: These PCs come with Windows 10 preloaded and will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 when it becomes available for the device. The upgrade rollout is underway and will continue into 2022.
Windows 10 PCs that do not meet the requirements for Windows 11: These PCs come with Windows 10 preloaded and will not be able to upgrade. Windows 10 remains a great operating system for customers to enjoy and it will remain supported through October 14, 2025.
How will I know if I purchased a PC that can upgrade to Windows 11?
There will be a few ways to identify a device eligible for the upgrade to Windows 11. We have currently developed a system to include markers for device boxes, packaging, printed fact tags, in-box flyers, printed catalogs, in-store signage, product webpages, web banners, retail demonstration experiences, and print and digital ads. You can also check to see if it meets the minimum hardware requirements.
Windows 11: release date and everything you have to know.
Windows 11 will be rolled out beginning Oct. 5, but not every user will have access during the rollout period.
Windows 11 which has been designed to be used by billions of users across the globe will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase.
That means new eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of the device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience.
All eligible All the 4 latest iPhone models and iPad arrive worldwide today. are to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022. If you have a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know when it’s available.
You can also check to see if Windows 11 is ready for your device by going to Settings > Windows Update and select Check for updates. Microsoft’s latest operating system will work on specific hardware.
Users who don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11 right away can wait — Microsoft will still support Windows 10 through October 2025.
These are the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC.
If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install Windows 11 on your device and might want to consider purchasing a new PC.
If you are unsure whether your PC meets these requirements, you can check with your PC Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or, if your device is already running Windows 10, you can use the PC Health Check app to assess compatibility.
Your device must be running Windows 10, version 2004 or later, to upgrade.
Free updates are available through Windows Update in Settings>Update and Security.
|Processor||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).|
|RAM||4 gigabyte (GB).|
|Storage||64 GB or larger storage device Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more details.|
|System firmware||UEFI, Secure Boot capable. Check here for information on how your PC might be able to meet this requirement.|
|TPM||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here for instructions on how your PC might be enabled to meet this requirement.|
|Graphics card||Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.|
|Display||High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel.|
|Internet connection and Microsoft account||Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account. |
Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.
For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.
Feature-specific requirements for Windows 11.
Some features in Windows 11 have increased requirements beyond those listed above in the minimum requirements section. Below are some additional details regarding requirements for key features:
|5G support||requires 5G capable modem where available.|
|Auto HDR||requires an HDR monitor.|
|BitLocker to Go||requires a USB flash drive (available in Windows Pro and above editions).|
|Client Hyper-V||requires a processor with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities (available in Windows Pro and above editions).|
|Cortana||requires a microphone and speaker and is currently available on Windows 11 for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.|
|DirectStorage||requires 1 TB or greater NVMe SSD to store and run games that uses the “Standard NVM Express Controller” driver and a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU.|
|DirectX 12 Ultimate||is available with supported games and graphics chips.|
|Presence||requires sensor that can detect human distance from device or intent to interact with device.|
|Intelligent Video Conferencing||requires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output).|
|Multiple Voice Assistant (MVA)||requires a microphone and speaker.|
|Snap||three-column layouts requires a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.|
|Mute/Unmute from Taskbar||requires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output). App must be compatible with feature to enable global mute/unmute.|
|Spatial Sound||requires supporting hardware and software.|
|Microsoft Teams||requires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output).|
|Touch||requires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.|
|Two-factor Authentication||requires use of PIN, biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities.|
|Voice Typing||requires a PC with a microphone.|
|Wake on Voice||requires Modern Standby power model and microphone.|
|WiFi 6E||requires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a WiFi 6E capable AP/router.|
|Windows Hello||requires a camera configured for near infrared (IR) imaging or fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or portable Microsoft compatible security key.|
|Windows Projection||requires a display adapter which supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a WiFi adapter that supports WiFi Direct.|
|Xbox (app)||requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in all regions. See Xbox Live Countries and Regions for the most up-to-date information on availability. Some features in the Xbox app will require an active Xbox Game Pass subscription (sold separately).|
Feature deprecations and removals.
When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed.
|Cortana||Cortana will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar.|
|Desktop wallpaper||Desktop wallpaper cannot be roamed to or from the device when signed in with a Microsoft account.|
|Internet Explorer||Internet Explorer documentation is disabled. Microsoft Edge browser is the recommended replacement and includes IE Mode, which may be useful in certain scenarios.|
|Maths Input Panel||Maths Input Panel is removed. Math Recognizer will install on demand and includes the maths input control and recogniser. Maths inking in apps like OneNote are not impacted by this change.|
|News & Interests||News & Interests has evolved. New functionality has been added which can be found by clicking the Widgets icon on the Taskbar.|
|Quick Status||Quick Status from the Lockscreen and associated settings are removed.|
|S Mode||S Mode is only available now for Windows 11 Home edition.|
|Snipping Tool||Snipping Tool continues to be available but the old design and functionality in the Windows 10 version have been replaced with those of the app previously known as Snip & Sketch.|
|Start||The start is significantly changed in Windows 11 including the following key deprecations and removals: Named groups and folders of apps are no longer supported and the layout is not currently resizeable. Pinned apps and sites will not migrate when upgrading from Windows 10. Live Tiles are no longer available. For at-a-glance, dynamic content, see the new Widgets feature.|
|Tablet Mode||Tablet Mode is removed and new functionality and capability is included for keyboard attach and detach postures.|
|Taskbar||The taskbar is changed including People is no longer present on the Taskbar. Some icons may no longer appear in the System Tray (systray) for upgraded devices including previous customisations. Alignment to the bottom of the screen is the only location allowed. Apps can no longer customise areas of the Taskbar.|
|Timeline||The timeline is removed. Some similar functionality is available in Microsoft Edge.|
|Touch Keyboard||Touch Keyboard will no longer dock and undock keyboard layouts on screen sizes 18 inches and larger.|
|Wallet||The wallet is removed.|
The following apps will not be removed on upgrade but will no longer be installed on new devices or when clean-installing Windows 11. They are available for download from the Store:
- 3D Viewer
- OneNote for Windows 10
- Paint 3D