Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of the iconic Microsoft operating system, with the company enhancing the software through periodic updates, rather than completely new versions. However, Microsoft decided to create Windows 11 and make it a free upgrade to eligible users to make the OS more compatible with the way modern users utilize their devices.
How To Use the Windows 10 Update To Get Windows 11
Upgrading from version 10 to 11 is a multi-step process.
Make Sure Your Device Meets the Minimum System Requirements
If you have not already installed the latest Windows update, you must have version 2004 or later to upgrade. You can use Windows Update to determine if your device is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade by navigating to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
The minimum system requirements are:
- At least 1 gigahertz or faster 64-bit processor with at least two cores
- A minimum of 4 gigabytes of RAM
- A 64 GB storage device
- Secure Boot capable, UEFI system firmware
- Version 2.0 Trusted Platform Module
- WDDM 2.0 driver and DirectX 12 or better compatible graphics card
- High-definition display larger than 9" with 8 bits per color channel
- Internet access
Some Windows 11 features have requirements that exceed the minimum requirements for Windows 11. You can find a complete list of requirements on the Microsoft website.
Back Up Your Files
If you do not store your files in the cloud, back them up now. Your files should migrate to Windows 11, but there is always a chance that something could go wrong.
Check for Updates
Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to check for updates. If your device is eligible to upgrade to Windows 11, you will see the option to download and install it.
Download and Install the Windows 11 Upgrade
Click the download and install button. Follow the prompts to complete the installation and select the configuration options you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most commonly asked questions about upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
What If My Device Isn't Eligible for the Upgrade?
Windows will continue to support version 10 until October 14, 2025. You can continue to use your device running this version until that date. However, once Windows stops supporting version 10, you may need to replace your device. Without updates to the OS, your device will become more vulnerable to security risks, errors, and incompatibility issues.
In some cases, such as devices that can not upgrade because they are not secure boot compatible, you may be able to make your device eligible by adjusting the settings. Consult the Microsoft website for more information.
Will My Software And Accessories Still Work?
Most software and accessories that are compatible with Windows 10 will be compatible with Windows 11. However, to avoid potential conflicts, it is a good idea to verify compatibility with the software publisher or manufacturer before you upgrade. This is particularly important for any software or accessories that are mission-critical.
How Long Will the Upgrade Take?
The most time-consuming aspect of the upgrade is likely to be downloading the software. The faster your internet connection is, the less time it will take to download. If bandwidth is an issue, it may be best to run the update outside of normal business hours while your employees are not using the system.
Can I Switch Back to Windows 10 After I Upgrade?
Windows provides you with 10 days to switch back to the previous version after you upgrade to Windows 11. After that point, if you want to switch back, you must back up your data and then do a clean install of the previous version.
Benefits of Upgrading to Windows 11
Windows 11 offers multiple new features and enhancements that make upgrading worthwhile.
Windows 11 makes it easier to find files and information with its universal search feature. To use it, selectSearch on the taskbar and type whatever you are looking for. The search function will return results from your photos, files, emails, contacts, and the internet.
Windows 11 includes several built-in accessibility features. Users can navigate using voice recognition, have on-screen text read by a narrator or turn on live captions. These options make it easier for you to accommodate employees and clients who have accessibility needs.
If you or your employees frequently work with multiple windows on the same screen, you can boost your productivity by using snap assist to quickly organize multiple windows. Simply drag the window to the edge of the screen to activate this feature.
Microsoft 365 Integration
Windows 11 includes built-in Microsoft 365 integration. It adds new features, extra cloud storage, premium apps, and advanced security to enhance the Microsoft 365 experience.
Windows 11 works with your hardware to implement multiple layers of security. It will only allow users to run apps that will not compromise their data. If you use the Microsoft Edge browser, it automatically scans the web to check for compromised passwords.
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