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Whether installing Windows on your custom PC or building a new one, you may need to purchase a license to run Windows11.2
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Ready to upgrade to Windows11 on a PC?
Log in to your Windows10 PC and find out if it’s eligible for the best Windows yet in three easy steps.1
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- System requirements
Select the Start button, then click on Settings.
Update & Security
Click on Update & Security.
Select Check for updates to see if your PC can run Windows11, or if the upgrade is ready for your PC.1
Minimum system requirements
Read here for more information on system requirements and information on how some PCs might be able to update or change settings to meet the requirements.
|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. Check here for information on how your PC might be able to meet this requirement.|
Your device must be running Windows10, version 2004 or later, to upgrade. Free updates are available through Windows Update in Settings>Update and Security.
Certain features require specific hardware.2 System requirements to run some apps will exceed the Windows11 minimum device specifications. Check device compatibility information specific to the apps you want to install. Available storage on your device will vary based on installed apps and updates. Performance will scale with higher end, more capable PCs. Additional requirements may apply over time and for updates.
Frequently asked questions
Windows11 has all the power and security of Windows10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC. Some Windows10 features are not available in Windows11, see Windows11 Specifications.
If your accessories worked with Windows10 and meet the Windows11 requirements, they should work with Windows11. If you want to be sure, please check with your accessory manufacturer.
The minimum hardware requirements are available here.
Windows Update will provide an indication if PC is eligible or not. Check by going to Settings > Windows Update.
Yes! Windows10 continues to be a great version of Windows. We have committed to supporting Windows10 until October 14, 2025.
Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible, or you can check by going to Settings/Windows Update.
It’s free. But only Windows10 PCs that are running the most current version of Windows10 and meet the minimum hardware specifications will be able to upgrade. You can check to see if you have the latest updates for Windows10 in Settings/Windows Update. Note that in areas where the internet is metered, ISP fees may apply.
An update can consist of bug and security fixes and new features in a version of Windows. They tend to roll out throughout the year. An upgrade is when you change versions—for example, moving from Windows10 to Windows11, or moving editions from Windows Home to Windows Pro.
The free upgrade offer does not have a specific end date for eligible systems. However, Microsoft reserves the right to eventually end support for the free offer.
Yes. You do not have to upgrade to Windows11. We will continue to support Windows10 until October 14, 2025.
No. Windows11 and Windows10 require approximately the same amount of disk space. During the upgrade process, however, extra space is required. Windows will clean up this extra disk space about 10 days after the upgrade is complete.
Windows11 is the newest version of Windows. However, we will continue to support Windows10 until October 14, 2025.
By default, all your files and data will transfer. However, we recommend backing up your files before installation. Learn more about OneDrive PC folder backup.
Yes. After you have installed the Windows11 upgrade, there is a 10-day period where you can move back to Windows10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you. To go back to Windows10, select Start> Settings> System> Recovery> Go back. After the 10-day period is over, you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to move back to Windows10.
Downloading and installing Windows11 will most likely take longer than a typical Windows10 feature update. You can use your PC while you’re downloading Windows11 and you also have the option to schedule the installation to happen at a specific time when you aren’t planning on using your PC. Once it is downloaded and ready to install, you will be guided through the installation process, which includes a series of screens and prompts. There will be at least one restart. By default, all your files and data will transfer. However, we recommend backing up your files before installation. Learn more about OneDrive PC folder backup. Note that in areas where the internet is metered, ISP fees may apply. If your organization manages your PC, please contact your company’s IT department about getting Windows11.
If your PC meets the minimum hardware specifications, the Windows10 Home edition in S mode can upgrade to the Windows11 Home edition in S mode. If your Windows10 PC is running the Pro edition in S mode, you will need to switch out of S mode to upgrade to Windows11 Pro. Windows11 Pro edition is not available in S mode.
Windows Update will provide an indication if PC is eligible or not. Check by going to Settings > Windows Update. Many PCs that are less than five years old will be able to upgrade to Windows11. They must be running the most current version of Windows10 and meet the minimum hardware requirements.
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The free upgrade is for the same edition as you have on your Windows10 device. If you have Windows10 Home edition, you will be upgraded to Windows11 Home edition.
Devices eligible for the upgrade to Windows11 do not have any special geographic limitations and can be offered for sale in all markets where Windows is sold.
There will be a few ways to identify a device eligible for the upgrade to Windows11. We have currently developed a system to include markers for: device boxes, packaging, printed fact tags, in-box flyers, printed catalogues, in-store signage, product webpages, web banners, retail demonstration experiences, and print and digital ads. You can also check to see if it meets the minimum hardware requirements.
Windows11 offers enhanced performance, comprehensive security, and a new design. New features like snap layouts, widgets, and chat give you the ability to find what you need and to connect with who you need to quickly. To learn more about the easy-to-use Windows11 features, click here.
Check Settings > Windows Update to see if your PC meets the minimum system requirements and to confirm that the upgrade is ready for your PC. Once the upgrade is ready, we recommend that you initiate the free upgrade to Windows11 right away. This allows you to experience the benefits of Windows11.
Microsoft 365 and Windows11 are optimized to work together and give you the best customer experience. To learn more, view the Microsoft 365 page.
PC Health Check is an app on your PC that helps you understand the health of your computer better. It will also let you know if your computer meets the minimum system requirements to upgrade to Windows11. And if your computer is not eligible for the upgrade, it will show you why. See this article for more information on how to run PC Health Check.
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- 1 Windows11 upgrade is available for eligible PCs that meet minimum device specifications. Upgrade timing may vary by device. Internet service fees may apply. Features and app availability may vary by region. Certain features require specific hardware (see Windows11 Specifications).
- 2 Certain features require specific hardware, see Windows11 Specifications.
- You need to enable TPM Module and Secure Boot to fix Windows 11 error on your PC.
- Windows 11 run with AMD processors and will not pass the compatibility test with an Intel processor.
- TPM is a kind of security chip while Secure Boot provides security standard to the software.
Windows 11 can run on PCs that meet the minimum hardware requirements. It may come pre-installed on new PCs, or you may be able to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 10. For more about system requirements, see Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements.Can an older PC be upgraded to Windows 11? ›
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications to run Windows 11, it will be able to upgrade.Why does my PC say I can't get Windows 11? ›
This may signify that your PC doesn't meet the minimum requirements to download or install the upgrade to Windows 11. Learn more about the minimum requirements for Windows 11. This might indicate that a driver or other software on your PC isn't compatible with the upgrade to Windows 11.How do I bypass Windows 11 system requirements? ›
In Command Prompt, type the OOBE\BYPASSNRO command to bypass network requirements on Windows 11 and press Enter. The computer will restart automatically, and the out-of-box experience (OOBE) will start again.Can I install Windows 11 if I dont have Windows 10? ›
Your device must be running Windows 10, version 2004 or later, to upgrade. Free updates are available through Windows Update in Settings>Update and Security. Certain features require specific hardware. System requirements to run some apps will exceed the Windows 11 minimum device specifications.How do I force an unsupported processor to upgrade Windows 11? ›
- Download Windows 11 ISO.
- Download Rufus.
- Start the application.
- Click on Select and pick your Windows 11 ISO file. ...
- Click on Start. ...
- Wait for the process to finish.
- Once the process is done, boot from the USB drive and install Windows 11.
Upgrades to Windows 11 from Windows 10 will be free. Due to the size of the download, however, ISP fees may apply for downloads that occur over metered connections.How much better is Windows 11 than 10? ›
Windows 11 is snappier than Windows 10, but the differences are small in real-world use. The various optimizations in Windows 11 help it to run faster on weaker laptops, but you're not giving up a ton of performance with Windows 10.Why cant I download Windows 11 even though I meet the requirements? ›
The main obstacles to upgrading devices to Windows 11 are the CPU and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which was either not present or not enabled in the research. Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 and approved CPUs.
– Make sure your PC is up to date. Install all the latest updates from Microsoft before trying to install Windows 11. – Use the Media Creation Tool to create a USB or DVD installation media. – If you're using an older version of Windows, you may need to upgrade to a newer version before you can install Windows 11.