Now that Windows 11 has been released to the marketplace, the next question is who can get it and how. Here are your options:
- The first method is to purchase a new PC with Windows 11 pre-loaded. In some cases, a new PC will come with a Windows 10 operating system but will have the option for an immediate upgrade to Windows 11.
- Those running Windows 10 on their PC, can potentially upgrade to Windows 11, but must first check that their PC hardware meets the minimum requirements. Note that if your PC was made in 2018 or earlier, it will not be suitable. To check whether your PC qualifies, you’ll need the Microsoft PC Health Check App, which can be downloaded from here: https://aka.ms/GetPCHealthCheckApp . If your computer passes the check, the option to download and install will appear. If you’re running Windows 10, Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade. Microsoft have not defined how long the free upgrade will be offered, however, it will be for at least a year.
Don’t be surprised if your PC doesn’t qualify, even if it is a post-2018 model. It is estimated the 55-60% of computers running Windows 10 won’t have the required hardware. So, the Windows 11 experience for many will have to wait until it’s time to replace your computer.
Windows 10 Availability & Support
Microsoft have stated that you will be able to purchase and install Windows 10 up until October 14, 2025. It is unclear at this point whether Microsoft will provide security updates for Windows 10 beyond this date.
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