Windows 11 is here. This is the biggest upgrade to the Microsoft platform in years and has been getting things done since Windows 10, which was announced in 2015. Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 to all Windows 10 PCs around the world, but it will only support machines with new processors. . This instantly excludes hundreds of Windows 10 PCs and that’s why it’s more important to understand if and how Windows will be available to you.
We, at India Today Tech, tried Windows 11 right after deployment for PC in India. We liked pretty much everything about the new operating system. The new smooth animations, new start menu, taskbar design and new icons are all amazing and add a new touch to the PC software. The new Snap layout for Windows makes multitasking easier and more streamlined. The Teams icon on the taskbar greatly facilitates contact with the base with your colleagues or friends. And, obviously, support for Android apps is one of the highlights.
Windows 11 is great news for PC users, but there are a few steps you will need to take to get it installed on your machine. There is also a few things you need to understand before that, like the system requirements for Windows 11. Let’s eliminate them first.
Microsoft has listed the system requirements for Windows 11 on their website so you know whether your PC will be supported or not. Windows 11 requires a PC that runs 8th Generation Intel Coffee Lake or AMD Zen 2 or higher processors. This means that if you’ve recently purchased your PC, it should be able to support Windows 11 with official support. But, at the same time, Microsoft will not prevent you from installing Windows 11 on an incompatible machine, but you will not get any official support on this version.
Another requirement is that your CPU must have TPM 2.0 enabled. Most newer processors have the Trusted Platform Module enabled, but some older processors that are compatible will require a BIOS update from your manufacturer. Asus, Acer, HP and Dell are among the PC brands that have already rolled out BIOS updates for their PCs with older chipsets. Next, you need to make sure that your PC has at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (HDD or SSD). You should also have at least a 9-inch display with 720p resolution.
Now, if you’re not sure if you can check all of these things on your PC, Microsoft has an easier way. There is a tool called PC Health Check that you can run on Windows 10 to find out if your PC is compatible or not. If the tool gives you the green light, here’s how you can get Windows 11.
- Back up your data to the cloud or to an external drive.
- Now, on your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings, followed by navigation to Update & Security.
- Click Windows Update, then check for updates.
- The Windows 11 update will be available if it is deployed to you.
- If so, click Download and Install. You need a good internet connection for this.
- Restart your PC for the installation process and configure the settings as requested on the screen.
You may not see the Windows 11 upgrade prompt. In this case, do not be discouraged because it will take some time for Microsoft to deploy Windows 11 to all PCs. In fact, the company is aiming for a mid-2022 timeline for the full deployment of Windows 11 to all eligible PCs. But there is another way to avoid this queue. For this, you need to download the Windows 11 Installation Assistant software on your PC.