After lots of testing and preview builds finally Today on 05 Oct 2021 Microsoft announced that Windows 11 is now available through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11 worldwide. The latest Windows 11 version 21H2 features a new modern user interface (UI), redesigned start menu with a snap assist multitasking feature, Microsoft Teams integration, the ability to run Android apps natively, overhauled Microsoft Store, Widgets and lots more.
According to Microsoft, the latest Windows 11 October 2021 Update features powerful new experiences whether users are working on a school project, collaborating on a presentation for work, building a new app or creating your next big idea. Windows 11 also includes support for DirectStorage, a feature first introduced on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles
Windows 11 System requirement
The company already revealed basic requirements for running Windows 11. It requires a processor that has two or more cores and a clock speed of 1GHz or higher along with 4GB RAM and at least 64GB storage.
- Windows 11 needs a PC that runs Intel’s 8th gen or newer processor or AMD Zen 2 CPUs or higher.
- Another requirement is that your CPU should have TPM 2.0 enabled.
- You need to ensure your PC has at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (HDD or SSD).
- You also need to have at least a 9-inch display with a 720p resolution.
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics cards with WDDM 2.x is recommended by Microsoft.
- System Firmware should be UEFI and Secure Boot capable.
Also to make it easier Microsoft has released an official Windows 11 system compatibility check tool called PC Health Check. Download it from its official site here, and run it on Windows 10 to find out if your PC is compatible or not. If the tool gives you the go-ahead, this is how you can get Windows 11.
How to Upgrade to Windows 11?
If you have a device that meets the above system requirements or have recently purchased a Windows 10 machine, chances are that you may have the option to upgrade to Windows 11 right away. Here’s how to do so:
- First Back up your Important data on either the cloud or an external drive.
- Now, on your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings, followed by navigation to Update & Security.
- Click on Windows Update and then, Check for Updates.
- The Windows 11 update will be available if it is rolled out to your device. If it is, click Download and install.
- It’s a huge update and You need a good internet connection to download windows 11 update files from the Microsoft server.
- Restart your PC for the installation process and configure settings as prompted on the screen.
Note: If your device meets the minimum system requirement for windows 11 but you aren’t seeing windows 11 update available, then don’t get disheartened as Microsoft will take some time to roll out Windows 11 to all PCs. The company is targeting a mid-2022 timeline for the full rollout of Windows 11 to all eligible PCs.
Later today, Microsoft is also making Windows 11 available for download via installation media and tools like the Upgrade Tool.
What’s new in Windows 11?
Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 comes with numerous changes that include, overhauled user interface, start menu, taskbar, new features and apps to enhance gaming and creativity and more.
- When you first time install Windows 11 you will notice the start menu redesigned and it’s now centered on the taskbar by default (But you can be set to a left alignment if you wish)
- Some other highlighted features include An optimized File Explorer interface.
- Microsoft Teams is now integrated directly within Windows 11, allowing you to chat with friends and colleagues easily.
- There is a new Snap Layouts feature that lets you quickly arrange your open windows how you like them.
- A new Widgets feature replaces News and Interests and gives you quick access to personalized news stories, weather forecasts, stock market information, etc.
- DNS-over-HTTPS support brings encrypted DNS lookups for more privacy and to bypass censorship.
- Improved virtual desktops, Enhanced HDR gaming support, A new Microsoft Store and more.
How to download Windows 11 ISO
If you are looking to download Windows 11 October 2021 Update ISO, you can get it from the Microsoft official site following the steps below.
- Open your favorite browser and visit the official Windows 11 download page here
- Locate the section, Download Windows 11 disk image (ISO), and select windows 11 from the dropdown menu.
Click on download, it will ask for select the preferred language, then click on 64-bit download to being the process.
Note: The size of the Windows 11 ISO 64bit file is 5.1GB, but it could be slightly lower or higher depending on the language pack you select.
Here is a video comparison between Windows 10 vs Windows 11 | Features & Changes
How do I get Windows 11?
The easiest way to get Windows 11 is by checking Windows Update on a supported, fully up-to-date Windows 10 PC
Do I need to pay for it?
Windows 11 is a free upgrade to all eligible Windows 10 devices.
What does my PC need to be eligible or “supported”?
Windows 11 require, dual-core 64 bit processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB free storage space, UEFI secure boot and trusted platform module (TPM) enabled.
How to check my PC is eligible for windows 11?
The easy and simple way to check if your device is compatible with windows 11 is download the official Microsoft’s PC Health Check app.
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