Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th. The new operating system is available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs, or on new devices that come with Windows 11 preinstalled.
The free upgrade to the new system begins on October 5th. But like many Windows upgrades in the past, they are available in phases.
New eligible devices are offered the upgrade first, after which the system becomes available to more devices in the market in the weeks and months after October 5th.
AndShows Aaron Woodman, General Manager of Windows Marketing, Microsoft: After learning tremendously from Windows 10, we want to make sure we give you the best possible experience. We expect all eligible devices to receive the free upgrade by mid-2022.
On current Windows 10 PCs, Windows Update lets people know when an upgrade to Windows 11 is available.
You can also check to see if your device is eligible for an upgrade through Windows Update, or the Microsoft Health Check app for PC (currently in preview).
While the system launches on October 5th, not all of the announced features will be available. AndMicrosoft offers Android apps in partnership with Amazon and Intel. However, this feature will not be available on the 5th of October.
A preview of Android apps on Windows 11 will be available to Windows Insider subscribers in the coming months, indicating that they likely won’t be rolled out for all users until 2022.
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Windows 11 coming on October 5th
Last week, the company clarified the minimum system requirements. But it also revealed an alternative solution for those who don’t fulfill it.
You can install the system via any device using the ISO method, as long as the device has a 1 GHz processor with two or more cores, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and a TPM 1.2 chip.
But if you use the workaround, your device may not be supported. This means that your unsupported device running the new operating system may not have access to updates, and even security patches.
And if your device is not compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft will still support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.
However, it is not clear how many major updates the company will release to Windows 10 over the next four years.
The 21H2 update arrives for Windows 10 users later this year. Which includes WSL GPU compute support, Windows Hello improvements, and WPA3 H2E security support for wireless networking.
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