The Windows 11 preview was made available to users a few months ago. The new OS will only run on 64-bit machines, has a brand new UI, and now has an official release date.
Windows 11 release date
Microsoft has announced the official release date for Windows 11; October 5, 2021.
According to the Windows release blog;
Today, we are thrilled to announce Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase.
The announcement clears a few things up for users looking to upgrade to Windows 11.
- Windows 10 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
- Laptops and desktops that come with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available by the release date.
- Users with brand new PCs, and no OS installed on them, will be able to buy a brand new license for Windows 11
As with feature updates for Windows 10, Windows 11 will roll out slowly to Windows 10 users who want to upgrade to the OS. What this means is;
- Windows 11 will be available to a sub-section of all Windows 10 users starting October 5, 2021.
- Within a month or two, the roll out will expand and Windows 11 will be offered as a free upgrade to more Windows 10 users via Windows update.
- Windows 11 will complete roll out by June/July 2022.
How to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10
Once Windows 11 is generally available to all users, Windows 10 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows Update.
- Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
- Go to Update & Security.
- Select Windows Update.
- Click Check for update.
- Download the Windows 11 update and install it.
Windows 11 Media creation tool
Microsoft has not disclosed whether or not a media creation tool will be available for Windows 11. It will likely release a tool similar to Windows 10 Media Creation Tool a little after Windows 11 has been made available so that users can install the OS fresh if they want to.
Check PC eligibility
Windows 11 will be made available to eligible devices. Generally speaking, if you have TPM 2.0 or later and UEFI/Secure Boot, your laptop is likely to be eligible for the upgrade. To determine other hardware requirements, you can check out the requirements released by Microsoft. You can also try using the Why not Windows 11 app to see why your device may not be eligible.
Make sure you have at least 20GB free space on your Windows drive before you download and install the update.