Microsoft has finally begun rolling out Windows 11, its latest operating system, to the world after a long wait. Existing Windows 10 users can upgrade to the new operating system for free once the beta has ended.
The new OS provides a fresh look to Windows 10, including a refreshed taskbar and Start menu, as well as new icons that will make you fall in love with Windows again.
The fact that the update has been rolled out to some users does not mean it will be available to all. These updates are usually gradual and come in batches. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot jump the line to try out the newest features on your computer.
Windows 11 compatibility
For starters, you need to understand that not all Windows 10 PCs will be eligible for upgrading to Windows 11 — these include PCs running on hardware that isn’t compatible with Windows 11.
This includes Intel CPUs from the 6th Generation Core processors and the entire lineup before that. Only CPUs running 7th generation onwards are compatible with Windows 11. For AMD, all of Ryzen Gen 1 onwards CPUs are compatible with Windows 11.
Windows 11 Update via System Updates
Check to see if you can get the update by going to Settings > Windows Update > Check For Update first if your system is ready for the update. Follow the steps if it starts downloading the update, and you should be good to go.
However, if you’ve not yet gotten the update and don’t like waiting, all you need to do is head to the Windows 11 software download page here.
Windows 11 Update via Windows Installation Assistant
Next, download the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. Once downloaded, follow the instructions on the screen and proceed with the installation.
Remember to create a backup of all the files on your computer (especially the ‘C’ drive) before proceeding, as any mishap could result in data loss.
After a few reboots, Windows 11 should get safely installed on your system. That’s it, enjoy Windows 11 on your computer.