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 currently using Windows 10, given that their devices meet the minimum requirement for Windows 11. As per Microsoft, upgrading 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 a way to install Windows 11 on your eligible device. You can sign up for the Windows Insider Program or WIP to get the 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 rollout of Windows 11 later this year, they have listed the Minimum System Requirements for their users to prepare for the new Operating System.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two 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 are required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Note: Some features in Windows 11 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 upgrading your current Operating System. See the list of 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 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, 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.
  • It 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 essential to note that some elements in Windows 10 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 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 we loved in Windows 10 may get integrated into Windows 11. Only time can tell.

Installing the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build

If you want to try out Windows 11 before its official launch, you can download and install a preview build of the operating system. However, you must remember that since it’s a preview build, you will run 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 ensure 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. Signing up for the WIP will waste 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, press R. Type in Control Update in the Run command line, and press Enter or click OK.

run control update

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

4th Step – In the next window, you will be asked to Join the Windows Insider Program. You will be asked to register if you are not logged in to a Microsoft account. Otherwise, follow the instructions in the Window.

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

6th Step – Once your computer returns after restarting, review all your data settings.

How to Upgrade to Windows 11

After you have followed all the above steps, you can 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 exact steps you can follow to download and install the official Windows 11 operating system.

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

run control update

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 Windows 10 was launched in 2015. As one of the major operating systems used by many, we strongly suggest you prepare for this significant 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 a keen eye for detail. Among his key interests are enhancing the usability of our Windows 10 content, troubleshooting errors, and tech news.