- If you’re using Windows 10, you can now update to Windows 11 older versions. Windows 11 will be released officially in a few months. However, we do not have any information on the exact date. It’s likely to launch in the 2021 holiday season, or early 2022.
- If you’re already a Windows 10 user, the upgrade to Microsoft’s redesigned operating system will be free. You’ll be able to update Windows 11 the same way you typically update Windows 10 as long as your PC meets the minimum requirements.
- Windows 11 will be releasing early this October, meanwhile you can check all the features related to Microsoft’s brand new operating system. If you can wait that long and you’re a member of Windows Insider Program and desperately want to try out this brand new operating system. In that case, you can download the Windows Insider Preview build today and test out some of the new features, like widgets, snap layouts, virtual desktops and the new Microsoft store.
- First, to see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, check out Microsoft’s site for specifications. And if you buy a new PC between now and the general release, that computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade.
How To Upgrade Windows 10 To Windows 11 Insider Preview build
If you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program (you can sign up now for free), you can download the first Insider Preview build of Windows 11 now. However, it’s important to note that beta versions, particularly early ones like this, tend to be buggy. You should never download the beta on your primary device, only on a tester device if you have one. For most people, it’s best to wait for the public beta to arrive in July, or better yet, the general release later in the year. This first build also does not include every new feature that will eventually come with the public release.
1 . Make sure you’re running a licensed version of Windows 10 on your device and that you’re an administrator on the device. Register to join the Windows Insider Program if you haven’t already. Or sign in to your Windows Insider account. Click Start flighting.
2 . Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Click Get Started.
3. Under Pick an account registered in Microsoft to get started.
4. Follow the instructions to choose the experience and channel you want to get Insider Preview builds through: the Dev channel (for developers), the beta channel (for early adopters), or the release preview channel (for those who want to get the latest version just before it’s generally released). Note that this build is coming to the Dev channel.
5. Review the Privacy Statement and terms, and click confirm. Click Restart Now.
6. After restarting, make sure your data settings are correct so you can download Preview builds. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback, and make sure the Optional Diagnostic Data switch is flipped to On.
7. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Click the Check for updates button. You should see the latest Insider Preview build based on the settings you selected.
From there, your device should update the same way it would with any other Windows update, and you’ll be good to go.