How to upgrade to Windows 11 right now
The official version of Windows 11 is now available as a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 10 and a PC that meets Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements. However, the Redmond software giant is not pushing the upgrade on all eligible systems at once. Some users will be offered the option to upgrade in their Settings menu on or around the official launch date of October 5, while others may wait until 2022.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for the gods of Windows Update to give you the opportunity. You can take matters into your own hands and force a Windows 11 upgrade right now. Below we will show you different ways to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10. If you want to start over completely on a new PC, you need to download an ISO image of Windows 11 and perform a clean install. And, if you decide you don’t like the new operating system, you can always uninstall Windows 11.
But first, let’s take a moment to talk about the system requirements.
Windows 11 System Requirements: Is Your PC Eligible?
Microsoft has fairly strict hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11. The most important of these is that your computer must have TPM 2.0, at least 4 GB of RAM, at least a 720p display, a minimum of 64 GB storage, a graphics card capable of using DX12 and one of the explicitly supported Intel or AMD processors. Microsoft’s processor listings do not include most 7th generation or older Intel processors or first generation AMD Ryzens. There are more details on the official Windows 11 system requirements page.
If your PC does not meet these specifications, you will not be prompted by Microsoft to upgrade, but you may be able to force an upgrade using the installation media, as we will show you. below. The installer will warn you that your computer is not compatible, but will still let you continue.
If you are running low on TPM, however, Microsoft’s installer will only work if you use a special script to bypass the Windows 11 TPM requirement. However, Microsoft may not offer you any upgrades, including upgrades. security updates. Therefore, upgrading an unsupported system is quite risky, especially if you consider that Windows 11 is not a must upgrade.
Upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows Update
The easiest way to upgrade to Windows 11 is to just wait for Microsoft to make it available to you through the Windows Update section of settings. However, this may not happen for weeks or months as this is a gradual rollout. That being said, the first thing to do is to check if the upgrade is available to you via this route.
1. Go to the Windows Update submenu parameters. The easiest way to access it is to simply search for “Windows Update” in Windows search and click on the first result. You can also go to Settings-> Update & Security.
If you see the “Upgrade to Windows 11 is ready” banner, you are good to go and should proceed to the next step. Otherwise, skip to the section on forcing a Windows 11 update.
If, on the other hand, you see a message like the one below, saying “The exact time it will be offered may vary”, that also means that you will have to force an upgrade, if you wish now.
2. Click Download and Install.
3. I accept the license agreement.
Windows Update will now take several minutes to download and install.
4. Restart your computer when prompted. Upon restart, you will be on Windows 11.
How to Upgrade to Windows 11 with the Upgrade Assistant
If your PC meets the Windows 11 hardware requirements, but Microsoft just hasn’t pushed you to upgrade yet, the easiest way to get it is to use the Windows 11 installation wizard from Microsoft.
1. Navigate to the Windows 11 download page.
2. Click on Download Now under Windows Setup Assistant. The installation wizard will download.
3. Start the Windows 11 installation wizard.
4. Click Accept and install.
The installation wizard will take several minutes to download Windows 11 and install it.
5. Restart your computer when prompted. Your computer will take several minutes and restart several times while it completes the installation.
If you create your own Windows 11 installation media – a bootable USB drive – you can use it to force an upgrade, even if your system does not meet all of the requirements. Note that you will need a drive of at least 8GB and it will be erased, so make sure you don’t have any data that you need to keep.
1. Navigate to the Windows 11 download page.
2. Click Download Now under the Windows 11 installation media. The media creation tool will be downloaded.
3. Launch the media creation tool.
4. Click on Accept.
5. Click Next when you are prompted to choose a language and edition.
6. Insert your USB key if it is not already inserted.
7. Select a USB stick and click on Next.
8. Select your drive, if there are several connected, and click on Next.
The program will now download Windows 11 and write it to your USB drive.
9. Click on Finish. The name of the flash drive volume may have changed to ESD-USB.
ten. Launch the setup.exe file from the USB stick. You will now go through the upgrade process. Click Yes if prompted by User Account Control.
11. Click Next. The installer will check your system. If it finds that your system does not meet minimum requirements, but has TPM, it may present you with a warning screen that advises against upgrading but allows you to continue.
12. Click on Accept on the “What needs your attention?” screen. », If you receive the message and wish to continue. If your computer meets the requirements, you will not receive this warning.
13. Click on Accept for the terms of the license.
The system will take a minute or two to download some updates.
14. Click Install.
The installation process will take several minutes and will eventually restart your system, perhaps more than once. You will then have Windows 11.