Windows 11 was released to the public by Microsoft on October 5, 2021. When you purchase a new computer or laptop, Windows 11 will come pre-installed.
If you are running genuine Windows 10 and want to upgrade to Windows 11, it’s always best practice to check whether you are eligible for a free upgrade or not to save money. Microsoft is rolling out a free upgrade to all Windows 10 users who meet the minimum requirement to upgrade to Windows 11.
System Requirements for Windows 11
- Processor: 1GHz or faster with two or more core
- Memory: 4GB or more GB
- Disk Space: 64GB or larger free space on the installation volume
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot Capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics Card: It should be compatible with DirectX 12 or later with the WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: High definition 720p hat is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
PC Health Check for Compatibility
To know if your computer is eligible for a free Windows 11 update, download and run the PC health check tool from the below link.
If your computer is compatible, the message will tell you that “This PC meets the Windows 11 requirements.” You are now ready to move from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
Microsoft Recommendation to Check for Update
Microsoft recommends you wait until you’re notified through Windows Update that the upgrade is ready for your device. To check if Windows 11 is ready for your device, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
If you don’t want to wait for the Windows 11 upgrade notification, then you can follow the below upgrade steps.
Windows 11 Upgradation Options
There are three options to upgrade: first, Windows 11 Installation Assistant, and second, Windows 11 Installation Media and third Download Windows 11 Disk Image.
Windows 11 Installation Assistant
1. Download the “Windows 11 Installation Assistant” from the below link.
2. Run the downloaded Windows11InstallationAssistant.exe file. Select Accept and Install button
While waiting for the upgrade process to be completed, you can use your computer. After the upgrade process is completed, you need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Windows 11 Installation Media
1. The second way to upgrade is by using the “Microsoft Media Creation Tool.” It allows you to create installation media for Windows 11.
2. Run the downloaded MediaCreationToolWin11.exe file. Accept the terms and confirm the language and edition of Windows that you want. Choose which media option you want to use: USB flash drive or ISO file.
Download Windows 11 Disk Image
1. And the third option is when you want to create a bootable installation media for Windows 11.
2. Let’s assume you have downloaded an ISO file, then go to the downloaded folder, double-click the ISO file, and run the setup.exe file.
Windows 11 will check for any updates. Then, click “Next” and then “Accept” the license terms.
3. When choosing what to keep, you have three options. 1. Keep personal files and apps, 2. Keep personal files only and 3. Nothing. We will select “Keep personal files only.”
If you want to modify, choose what to keep, then click “Change What to Keep” and select the option that you want, then click Install and wait for the upgrade process to complete. After the process is completed, restart your computer. You have successfully upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
To upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free, see our guide below.
Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system, Windows 11, was released on October 5, 2021. Follow this post to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free.