Windows 11 is here (depending on where you are) – the question is are you going to upgrade? Should you or will you upgrade to Windows 11? For PCs running Windows 10, Windows 11 is free to upgrade to, just as it was for PCs running 7 and 8 upgrading to Windows 10. Those computers running Windows 10 should be able to with easy as long as Windows 11 straight requirements are met.
Windows 11 is available to you free, but not all processors (CPUs) are compatible. In fact, most Windows 10 PCs may not upgrade simply because of the straight requirements put in my Microsoft.
Computers running Windows 10 should meet the requirements, including TPM 2.0 and UEFI with Secure Boot enabled. Without these, upgrading to Windows 11 may not work.
If you don’t know if your PC is compatible, Microsoft has released an official PC Health Check app that you can download and run on existing PCs running Windows 10. The app will tell you whether or not you can upgrade your existing PC running Windows 10.
You can download the app using the link below:
Unless most people are force, they usually are in no hurry to upgrade their PCs. Microsoft is aware that the standard upgrade process might be slow and gradual, and not until early 2022 will you begin to see some movements with upgrading existing PCs.
Microsoft says, “We expect all eligible Windows 10 devices to be offered the upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”
These updates are usually released to small group to allow Microsoft to gradually test the update and ensure it performs well for PCs before releasing to a large group of computers. If you don’t see a message to upgrade right away, it doesn’t mean your PC isn’t compatible. It just that these updates are slowly released.
Upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11
To check whether you can upgrade to Windows 11, download the PC Health Check app from Microsoft and run it.
After installing, open the app, then click the Check now button to check your PC details to see if its passes Windows 11 validation checks.
After running the checks, and if your PC is compatible, you should see a similar message like the one below that your PC exceed minimum system requirements to run Windows 11.
Once upgraded, you’ll have 10 days to revert back to Windows 10. After the 10 days, going back to Windows 10 might not be available.
Why you cannot upgrade to Windows 11
If you run the PC Health Check app and you get a similar message as the one below, you may not be able to upgrade to Windows 11 using the standard upgrade path or method recommended by Microsoft.
Although you may be able to upgrade using other means, Microsoft recommends against installing Windows 11 on computers that have older CPUs it doesn’t officially support.
If you cannot not upgrade to Windows 11, don’t panic. Windows 10 will be officially supported until late 2025. You can still continue to use Windows 11 and get security updates and feature releases from Microsoft.
If you do upgrade to Windows 11, come back to this site to learn about using Windows 11. We’re written a lot on the new Windows 11 which you may find handy.
The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.
If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.