Microsoft has started rolling out new Windows 11 with a new refresh design, including the new Start Menu, Widgets, Taskbar, Action center, Rounded window corners, new cool themes, wallpapers, etc. However, Windows 11 rollout will not happen overnight; you will need to wait in a queue until you get an upgrade notification on your computer.
Don’t want to wait for a long while to install Windows 11? This guide will show you, how to upgrade to Windows 11 or download and install Windows 11 ISO.
You should keep in mind that unlike Windows 10, you may not be invited to install Windows 11 if your computer doesn’t meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. But you should not worry; you will be able to install Windows 11 on an unsupported hardware PC.
How to Upgrade to Windows 11
Windows 11 rollout has already been begun for millions of computers, this might take time to arrive at your machine. To check whether it has arrived at your machine, follow the below steps.
- Click the Start Menu button.
- Then, click the Settings gear icon to open the Settings app.
- Naviagte to Update & Secuity > Windows Update.
- Click the Check for updates.
- If you see Windows 11 has arrived at you, then congratulations.
If you have not gotten the Windows 11 update yet. You may wait for a while and regularly check for updates. If you want to check if your computer is compatible with Windows 11, you can use the PC health check app.
In addition, you can use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant tool to upgrade to Windows 11.
Windows 11 Installation Assistant
If you’re using Windows 10 on your PC, you can use the Installation Assistant tool to upgrade to the new Windows 11. To be eligible for an upgrade offer, the following conditions apply to you.
- Your computer should have Windows 10 license.
- Windows 10 version should be 2004 or higher to run Installtion Assisatant.
- PC should have 9GB of free disk space to download Windows 11.
Download the Installation Assistant tool to your PC, then run the tool to perform an in-place upgrade to the new Windows 11.
How to Download Windows 11 ISO
If you didn’t receive the Windows 11 update yet and don’t want to wait for a long while to explore Windows 11 or If your PC doesn’t qualify the Windows 11 system requirements. In that case, you can download Windows 11 ISO and install it on your system.
The following steps will show you how to download Windows 11 ISO.
Download Windows 11 ISO
- Go to Windows 11 download page.
- Under the Download Windows 11 IOS section, select the Windows 11 and click the download button.
- Then, select the Product language, then click the Confirm button.
- Click the Download button to start the downloading.
Once you have downloaded the ISO image file, you can create bootable media either using Rufus or Command Prompt to install a new Windows 11 on your computer.
Create Windows 11 Installation Media
Using this tool, you will be able to create Windows 11 Installation Media drive. To create the Installation media drive to install Windows 11 to one or more computers, follow the below steps.
- Download Windows 11 Media Creation tool.
- Run on your Computer.
- Select the Language and Edition.
- Select the USB flash drive from “Choose which media to use.” You can also download ISO file from here.
- Click the Next.
- USB flash drive should be attacted to your PC to save the necessary OS files.
- Click the Next.
- Computer will start downloading Windows 11, you can track the Progress.
Once it is finished, you can use this Bootable Media Drive to install Windows 11 on your computer.
What’s new on Windows 11?
- Start: The new Start Menu looks more appealing and more modern with rounded corners. You can pin your favorite apps, and also change the order of the apps. The new cloud-powered “Recommendation” shows the recent apps and files from your computer and as well as from your smartphone with OneDrive.
- Taskbar: Taskbar is also centered with new cool animations. You can pin, launch, minimize, and rearrange your apps on the Taskbar.
- Notification Center & Quick Settings: On the right side taskbar has a button for Notification Center and Quick settings. The notification center is a home for all the notifications and a full-month calendar view. Quick settings is the place where you can manage common PC settings like WiFi, Bluetooth, Volume, Brightness, etc.
- File Explorer: File Explorer is now more modern with a clean look and new file icons. With the help of a brand new command bar, you can cut, copy and paste your files, and change the view, sort the items, etc.
- Themes: New themes give a more appealing look to Windows 11, you can choose your favorite light and dark theme to enhance your visual experience on Windows 11. To change the theme, just right-click the Desktop screen and select personalize.
- Widgets: Widgets are the new addition in Windows 11. You can view all the widgets by pressing Win + W shortcut key. Widgets help you to get updated with the latest information on Weather, News, Stock Market, etc. You can personalize your experience by customizing the widgets.
- Multitasking: Multitasking will increase your productivity on Windows 11. Just hover to the window’s maximize button to see the available snap layout. You can group multiple windows on the screen using the snap layout to increase productivity.
- App Store: New App Store will support the Android apps. You will be able to install your favrioite andorid apps on Windows 11.
Windows 11 System requirement
Your PC should comply with minimum system requirements to install Windows 11. If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements, you’ll not be invited to upgrade to the new Windows 11.
However, you may still be able to install Windows 11 on your computer, but there will be no guarantee of stability, updates, and driver support.
- Processor: 1 GHz 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB
- System Firmware: UEFI, with a secure boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics
- Display: 720p HD resolution
Will I get Windows 11 for free?
The answer is no, but not completely “No.”
Windows 11 will be available under a free upgrade offer on Windows 10, but you need to have a genuine copy of Windows 10 activated on your PC to be part of the free upgrade offer. This means, if you’re not using a genuine copy of Windows 10, you’ll not be able to free upgrade on Windows 11.
Windows 11 will not support the old PC’s hardware, users may need to upgrade to their computer hardware to install this new operating system. If your computer hardware complies with minimum system requirements, you’re eligible to upgrade to a new Windows OS.
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