Microsoft announced today that it has started rolling out Windows 11 to more PCs. The latest version of the OS started rolling out on October 5, and the Redmond giant is now slowly increasing the number of Windows 10 devices that are eligible to receive the newest Windows release.

“The availability of Windows 11 has been increased and we are leveraging our latest generation machine learning model to offer the upgrade to an expanded set of eligible devices. We recommend that you upgrade your devices to Windows 11 to take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections from security threats. We will continue to train our machine learning model throughout the phased rollout to deliver a smooth upgrade experience,” the company explained yesterday on the Windows 10 Health Dashboard.


These are the minimum system requirements for Windows 11:
CPU: a 1 GHz or faster dual-core or higher processor on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display: A display 9 inches or larger, with a resolution of 720p or higher
Once you confirm that you can move on to the second step. This is where the action truly begins and when you can start downloading the new operating system.

✓ Confirm that your copy of Windows is properly activated. This is especially important if you recently reinstalled Windows.
✓ Check for any recent driver updates, especially for network and storage hardware.
✓ Download and install any available BIOS updates for your hardware; this step is especially important for systems that were originally sold in 2015 or earlier, before the release of Windows 10.
✓ Back up your data files to an external hard drive or cloud storage (or both). Consider doing a full system backup to an external hard drive using the Windows 7 backup program, which is also available in Windows 8.x and Windows 10. Just run the command Sdclt.exe, and then choose the ‘Create A System Image’ option.
✓ Temporarily uninstall third-party security software and low-level system utilities that can interfere with the upgrade. You can reinstall those programs after the upgrade is complete.

IMPORTANT: DISCONNECT any unnecessary external devices, especially USB flash drives and external hard drives. (Several common installation errors can be traced to the Setup program, being confused by these additional drives.)

Here’s how to get Windows 11 using Windows Update:
1. Ask yourself if you have the time for the upgrade and make sure that your PC is ready for Windows 11.
2. Use the PC Health Check app to check if your PC can run Windows 11
3. Go Settings, then click Update & Security, and then Windows Update.
4. Choose “Check for updates”, and you’ll see a window show up with “Download & install”. Click that button and this will install Windows 11.
5. If your PC is not seeing Windows 11 in Windows Update, then you can force an upgrade with the Media Creation Tool. Or you can opt into the Beta branch of the Windows Insider program.

Before proceeding with the upgrade, it is recommended to run the PC Health Check app. Download the app from the link above. Once downloaded, run the .exe file to get started and follow the Install prompt. There will be two options to choose from to scan your PC, I recommend “Show All” because it will also incorporate device-specific qualifications. The scan should take less than 3 minutes to complete.

When all is said and done, if you have Windows 11 available for you in Windows Update, follow the on-screen prompts. The download and installation process of Windows 11 could take anywhere from 20 mins to 4 or even more hours, depending on download speeds in your area.

You can always roll back to Windows 10 if you are unhappy with Windows 11.


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