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The large-scale rollout of Windows 11 began on October 5, marking the first major update in six years. In this post, we will focus on how and when to upgrade Microsoft Windows 11.

Windows 11 is available as a free download for existing Windows 10 users but is not yet available for all supported Windows devices. And not all new features are currently available as Microsoft has already announced this on its blog post in August.

The latest operating system offers significant improvements in security and management features. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new, what these changes mean for your organization, and how to ensure that your organization is ready to move to Windows 11.

You can expect some new multitasking features, and the Start menu is in a new location. However, it does not include any of the expected updates: support for Android mobile apps in the new app store. Microsoft has also not offered a date for the availability of Android apps, except that they will be rolling out in a “preview” trial in the coming months, the post said.

Microsoft has simplified the design of Windows and improved its handling of utilities. Windows 11 introduced new built-in security features. Microsoft introduced this update to add business-critical security features. Some of the major security features include TPM 2.0, built-in hardware security, passwordless authentication with Windows Hello, and secure core PCs.

Microsoft said the launch will be “phased and measured,” and new qualified devices will receive the first update, while the rest will receive a free update between October and mid-2022, depending on hardware, date and time, device age, and other factors. You’ll receive a notification from Windows Update informing you when Windows 11 is available, or you can check it manually.

While waiting for a new operating system to arrive from Microsoft, you can check if your computer can automatically update to Windows 11 (you need to be running Windows 10 first to do this). You also don’t need to update to Windows 11 immediately, if you don’t want – Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 2025.

Basic system requirements for Windows 11

Microsoft makes the PC Health app available on Microsoft’s website. This would scan your Windows 10 PC and let you know if it’s compatible with Windows 11. However, to give you an idea of the requirements, here are the minimum requirements to run Windows 11 as Microsoft says:

  • 1GHZ or faster 64-bit processor or System on a Chip with two or more cores
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or more storage
  • UEFI, Secure Boot compatible
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WWDM 2.0 driver
  • Laptops require a minimum 720p display with 8-bit colour, at least 9-inches
  • Windows 11 Home Edition requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.

Conclusion

Windows 10 has been enjoying the sweet fruit of success for some time now. According to figures released by Microsoft, about 1.3 billion people have Windows 10 installed on their computers. About 300 million of them started using Windows 10 between 2020 and 2021. This technologically advanced and feature-rich version was released in 2015 and has remained relatively stable over the years.