- Windows 11 brought with it a bunch of changes and feature improvements to improve the overall experience.
- A lot of users are still in ambiguity about how to upgrade their PC to Windows 11.
- Today, we have covered a detailed guide on how you can upgrade your PC to the latest desktop operating system for free.
We are just days away from the official stable release of Windows 11, Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system. Windows 11 brings a number of changes and feature improvements to enhance the overall experience.
However, many users are still unsure if their PC/laptop meets the minimum hardware requirements to install Windows 11 and how to upgrade their PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
To end this confusion, today, we have created a detailed guide on how to upgrade your PC to Windows 11 for free. Do note that, this guide is only for those who want to upgrade. If you are looking to download Windows 11 ISO, follow our guide for a clean install of Windows 11.
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Windows 11 Minimum Hardware Requirements
Here are the minimum requirements as per Microsoft for a PC to run Windows 11:
- Processor- 1 GHz or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory – 4GB
- Storage – 64 GB or larger storage device
- System Firmware – UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM – Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics Card – DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Display – 9″ with HD Resolution (720p)
While minimum requirements are trivial, the official list of supported processors that support Windows 11 excludes many popular ones. So have a look at this list of supported processors from Intel and AMD before proceeding.
Upgrading to Windows 11 (The Easiest Way)
While the official rollout of Windows 11 will begin on October 5th, not everyone will get the update on their PCs at the same time on the same day. In fact, as per Microsoft, the Windows 11 roll-out will continue till as long as mid-2022.
So, the most straightforward way to upgrade to Windows 11 right now is by registering for the Windows Insider Program. Once you have signed up, you will directly receive the Windows 11 update in settings.
Let us have a look at how you can sign up and upgrade your PC.
- Open settings and click on the “Updates & Security tab” (Make sure you have an active internet connection)
- Now choose Windows insider Program from the drop-down list.
- Here click on the get started option and follow the on-screen steps.
- You will need to sign up for the program using your Microsoft Account
- Once done, choose the Beta Channel option and hit confirm
- And you’re done, just restart your desktop/laptop once and then check for updates.
Clean Installing Windows 11 using an ISO file
If you want to perform a clean installation, then ISO is the way to go. However, the process is a bit more lengthy and tricky compared to the method we mentioned earlier. So let us have a look.
Steps to create a bootable USB drive
- Open rufus, which we downloaded earlier.
- After opening rufus, connect your USB drive to your PC. Please note- All the data on the USB drive will get wiped.
- Now choose your USB in rufus.
- Once that is done, just below devices, there is an option to choose an ISO file. Click on Select ISO and choose the Windows 11 ISO.
- Under the partition scheme, there will be 2 options – GPT and MBR. Now, this will depend upon your Disk. In our case, it is MBR, so we chose MBR.
- Hit start and wait patiently as this may take some time.
Steps to check partition (MBR or GPT)
As we saw in the steps above, it is essential to choose the correct partition scheme. If we choose the wrong partition scheme, then you will be unable to install Windows 11 on PC. So let us have a detailed look at the steps on how you can check your partition scheme.
- Go to the start menu and search “Create and format disk partitions,” and open it.
- After opening, you will see all your drives. Here, click on the drive you will install Windows 11 on and right-click and select Properties.
- In the properties tab, click on Hardware and choose Properties again
- Look for the Volumes tab and select it.
- Hit Populate, and you will find the partition scheme under the partition style. Now, you can go back and continue making a bootable USB drive.
Setting up Windows 11 on PC
- Open BIOS settings on your laptop. That being said, the process to enter bios is different for different manufactures.
- After you have successfully entered bios settings, search for the boot preferences. Again, this differs from device to device.
- In the boot, preferences select USB drive as first boot priority and restart your device.
- Click start and start following the on-screen instructions.
- Once setup is complete, the PC will restart. At this point, remove your USB drive from the PC. Boom, you will now be greeted with the new Windows 11 startup screen. (The device might reboot a few times during this process)
- Once the device boots successfully, follow the new Windows 11 setup screen. Congratulations, you have now successfully installed Windows 11 on your PC.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if my PC does not meet the minimum software requirements? Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 11?
Yes, you do not need to worry if your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements, as we have already covered a detailed guide on how you can do just that. You can give it a read here.
Of course, you can, but you will need to create a bootable Windows 10 drive to do so, and you might also lose your data. So do it at your own risk.
It is completely free to upgrade to Windows 11 as long as you meet minimum software requirements and run an officially licensed copy of Windows 10 on your PC/Laptop.
You can use the PC health check app. We have already covered a detailed guide on how you can check Windows 11 compatibility with your PC/Laptop. You can give it a read here.