The officially released version of Windows 11 can now be upgraded for free to any user who has Windows 10 and a PC that meets Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements. However, the Redmond software giant did not immediately promote the upgrade of every eligible system. Some users will get the option to upgrade in their “Settings” menu on or around the official launch date on October 5th, while others may have to wait until 2022.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for Windows Update God to give you a chance. You can handle the problem yourself and force an upgrade to Windows 11 immediately. Below, we will show you several different ways to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.If you want to start fresh on a new PC, you should Download the Windows 11 ISO and perform a clean installation. And if you decide you don’t like the new operating system, you can always Uninstall Windows 11.
But first, let’s take a moment to talk about system requirements.
Windows 11 system requirements: Does your PC meet the requirements?
Microsoft has some very strict hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11.The most important thing is that your computer must have TPM 2.0, at least 4GB of RAM, at least 720p display, at least 64GB of storage space, support for graphics card using DX12, and one of which explicitly supports Intel or AMD CPU. Microsoft’s processor list does not include most 7th generation or older Intel CPUs or first generation AMD Ryzen.The official Windows 11 has more details System requirements page.
If your PC does not meet these specifications, Microsoft will not invite you to upgrade, but you can force the upgrade using the installation media, as shown below. The installer will warn you that your computer is not compatible, but will let you continue anyway.
However, if you lack TPM, Microsoft’s installer will not run unless you use a special script to install it Bypass the TPM requirement of Windows 11However, Microsoft may not push you any upgrades, including security updates, so upgrading an unsupported system is risky, especially when you consider this Windows 11 does not have to be upgraded.
Upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows Update
The easiest way to upgrade to Windows 11 is to wait for Microsoft to provide it to you through the Windows Update section of Settings. However, this may not happen in a few weeks or months, as it is being rolled out gradually. Having said that, the first thing you should do is to check if it is indeed possible to upgrade through this route.
1. Navigate to the Windows Update submenu setting. The easiest way to get there is to search for “Windows Update” in Windows Search and click on the top result. You can also browse to Settings -> Update and Security.
If you see the “Ready to upgrade to Windows 11” banner, then everything went well and you should proceed to the next step. If not, skip to the section on forcing Windows 11 updates.
On the other hand, if you see a message similar to the following saying “The specific time provided may be different”, it also means that you need to force an upgrade (if you want it now).
2. Click to download and install.
3. accept agreement.
Windows Update now takes a few minutes to download and install.
4. restart Your computer when prompted. When it restarts, you will enter Windows 11.
How to use the upgrade assistant to upgrade to Windows 11
If your PC meets the Windows 11 hardware requirements, but Microsoft has not yet pushed you an upgrade, the easiest way is to use Microsoft’s Windows 11 installation assistant.
1. Navigate to Windows 11 download page.
2. click to download Now under Windows Installation Assistant. The installation assistant will download.
3. Start the Windows 11 installation assistant.
4. Click accept and install.
The installation assistant takes a few minutes to download Windows 11 and install it.
5. restart Your computer when prompted. Your computer will take a few minutes and restart itself several times when the installation is complete.
If you create your own Windows 11 installation media—a bootable USB flash drive—you can use it to force an upgrade, even if your system does not meet all requirements. Please note that you need a drive with a capacity of at least 8GB and it will be erased, so please make sure that there is no data on it that needs to be retained.
1. Navigate to Windows 11 download page.
2. Click to download now Under the Windows 11 installation media. The media creation tool will download.
3. Launch the media creation tool.
4. Click to accept.
5. Click next When prompted to select language and version…
6. Insert your USB flash drive If it is not inserted yet.
7. Choose a USB flash drive with Click next.
8. Choose your drive, If there are multiple connections, and Click next.
The program will now download Windows 11 and write it to your USB flash drive.
9. Click finishThe volume name of the flash drive may have been changed to ESD-USB.
10. Start the setup.exe file From the USB flash drive. You will now complete the upgrade process. If prompted by User Account Control, click Yes.
11. Click next. The installer will check your system. If it finds that your system does not meet the minimum requirements, but does have a TPM, it may show you a warning screen suggesting that you do not upgrade but allow you to continue.
12. Click to accept On the “What needs attention” screen, if you receive a message and want to continue. If your computer meets the requirements, you will not receive this warning.
13. Click to accept License terms.
The system will take a minute or two to download some updates.
14. Click install.
The installation process will take a few minutes and will eventually restart your system, possibly more than once. Then you will have Windows 11.