Upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11

Upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11

/ James Masterson

Windows 11 is just a few weeks away from hitting eligible devices. As per Microsoft, eligible devices will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. The upgrade will be free to users who are currently using Windows 10 given that their devices meet the minimum requirement for Windows 11. As per Microsoft, upgrading to from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is as easy as running the Windows update.

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If you are eager to get Windows 11 ahead of its official launch, there’s actually a way to install Windows 11 on your eligible device. You can sign up to the Windows Insider Program or WIP to get beta version of Windows 11 until the official version of Windows 11 is released. You can take this chance to try out the new features in Windows 11 such as the new Microsoft Store, virtual desktops, snap layouts, widgets and more.

Windows 11 Minimum Requirements

To prepare for the roll out of Windows 11 later this year, they have listed the Minimum System Requirements in order for their users to prepare for the new Operating System.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • Display: >9” with HD Resolution (720p)
  • Internet Connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Note: There are some features in Windows 11 that will require specific hardware requirements. You can see more details by clicking here.

Windows 11 Supported Languages

It is important to note that Windows 11 only supports 40 languages in which you can select your preferred language while you are in the process of upgrading your current Operating System. See the list of the supported Languages:

Arabic (Saudi Arabia)Bulgarian (Bulgaria)
Chinese (PRC)Chinese (Taiwan)
Croatian (Croatia)Czech (Czech Republic)
Danish (Denmark)Dutch (Netherlands)
English (United Kingdom)English (United States)
Estonian (Estonia)Finnish (Finland)
French (France)French (Canada)
German (Germany)Greek (Greece)
Hebrew (Israel)Hungarian (Hungary)
Italian (Italy)Japanese (Japan)
Korean (Korea)Latvian (Latvia)
Lithuanian (Lithuania)Norwegian
Bokmål (Norway)Polish (Poland)
Portuguese (Brazil)Portuguese (Portugal)
Romanian (Romania)Russian (Russia)
Serbian (LatinSerbia)
Slovak (Slovakia)Slovenian (Slovenia)
Spanish (Spain)Spanish (Mexico)
Swedish (Sweden)Thai (Thailand)
Turkish (Turkey)Ukrainian (Ukraine)

Windows 11 Features

Here are some of the many new features that will come in Windows 11.

  • Windows 11 will come with the refreshed version of the Sun Valley user interface. The new version of the Sun Valley UI features modernized controls, new animations, new sound effects, updated icons, dialogs, and rounded corners for the windows.
  • Another notable update in Windows 11 is the new look of the Start Menu. It is now centered and has a new look into it. However, if you prefer having it on the left side like Windows 10, you will have the option to do that too.
  • Improved virtual desktops.
  • The Microsoft Teams application is now integrated with Windows 11.
  • Windows 11 has optimized UI for the File Explorer
  • Enhanced gaming support for HDR

Although there are more features in Windows 11 that we have not mentioned, it is important to note that there are also some features in Windows 10 that have not been carried over to Windows 11. One notable feature is that you can no longer right-click the taskbar to bring up the context menu in order for you to show the desktop, launch the Task Manager, or other settings.

The bright side to this is that since Windows 11 is still new, there is still a chance that all the features that we loved in Windows 10 may get integrated into Windows 11. Only time can tell.

Installing the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build

If you would like to try out Windows 11 before its official launch, you can easily download and install a preview build of the Operating System right now. However, you must remember that since its preview a build, you will be running on a beta version of Windows 11. This means it is still in the phase where Microsoft is trying to check for any bugs or errors in the preview build to make sure the official Windows 11 launch will go smoothly.

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Signing Up for the Windows 11 Insider Program

You can sign up for the Windows 11 Insider Program by following these steps:

1st Step – Make sure you meet the minimum system requirement for Windows 11 and your current Windows 10 is activated with a legitimate license. Trying to sign up for the WIP will just be a waste of time if your device does not meet the minimum system requirements.

2nd Step – If your device meets all the necessary prerequisites, then follow these steps:

Hold down the Windows key and press R. Type in Control Update in the Run command line and press Enter or click OK.

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3rd Step – In the Update & Security window, click on Windows Insider Program in the left pane.

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4th Step – In the next window, you will be asked to Join the Windows Insider Program. If you are currently not logged in to a Microsoft Account, then you will be asked to register. Otherwise, just follow the instructions in the Window.

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5th Step – Review Microsoft’s terms and Privacy Statement. If you completely agree, click on Confirm and Click Restart Now.

6th Step – Once your computer comes back on after restarting, review all your data settings.

How to Upgrade to Windows 11

After you have followed all the above steps, you can go ahead and download Windows 11 through the Windows Update tool. Take note that once the official release of Windows 11 comes, performing the following steps will be the same steps that you can follow to download and install the official Windows 11 operating system.

1st Step – Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously, type in Control Update in the Run command, and press enter.

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2nd Step – Click on Check for Updates under Windows Update. The Windows Insider Preview build should be listed under the Windows update. Just follow the prompts and you should be able to update to Windows 11.

Final Words

The Windows 11 Operating System is the first major update that Microsoft has released since the launch of Windows 10 way back in 2015. Being one of the major Operating Systems that are used by many, we strongly suggest you prepare for this big change and make sure you meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

James Masterson
Meet the author

James is a software engineer and an information architect with keen attention to detail. He focuses on data-driven decisions, making sure that all decisions are backed up by reliable facts. His key interests include enhancing find-ability and usability of our content related to Windows 10; troubleshooting errors; and tech news. James is also enthusiastic about structured data, which he believes will help the world make better sense of their information in the digital age.