Microsoft will be releasing Windows 11 as a free upgrade on October 5th, the tech company made the announcement on the 31st of August 2021. The upgrade will first be available for newer 11th generation laptops and then older eligible laptops in Mid 2022.
Like the other versions, Windows 11 will be released in batches, while the newer laptops will ship the operating system preloaded after October 5th. As earlier announced Android apps will be coming, but sadly not this year.
But, it will be available for users in the Insider program for months to come. To be able to install Microsoft next operating system on any hardware, you will need an ISO method. Microsoft recently announced Windows 11.
“Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible experience,” says Aron Woodman, General Manager (Windows Marketing) at Microsoft.
“We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”
The unveiling of the operating system was handled mainly by Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos at a virtual event.
Microsoft announced that its new operating system will require TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips to run efficiently. It is available in most newer personal computers and in rare existing computers.
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Windows 10 will go out of support and into “retirement” in 2025 as reported by Microsoft. If you have plans to upgrade to 11, you will have to splash the cash for a newer PC.
Not sure if your PC is eligible for the upgrade, you can check through its Update feature in settings. For members of its Insider program, Microsoft’s own PC Health Check app here.
If your personal computer does not meet Microsoft’s requirement for its next operating system, there is a workaround. You will need an ISO method, and a PC with a 64-bit 1GHz processor 2 or more cores, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and importantly a TPM 1.2 chip.
Although that will mean you will be running an unsupported version, eventually you won’t get further updates and even security patches. Is that a good trade over?
For users that have no intention of upgrading based on no compatibility, Microsoft still supports Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025. When it will stop issuing out updates for the previous operating system.
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