Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will be available on October 5, 2011. Windows 11 will be available for free on eligible Windows 10 PCs or on new hardware with Windows 11 preloaded.
Windows 11's free upgrade will begin rolling out on October 5, but it will not be available immediately. The upgrade will first be available to new eligible devices. Windows 11 will then become available for other in-market devices within the weeks and months that follow October 5.
We are excited to share the incredible learnings from Windows 10 and make sure we provide you the best experience possible, says Aaron Woodman, general manager for Windows marketing at Microsoft. All eligible devices will be given the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 11 for free by mid-2022.
Windows Update will notify existing Windows 10 PCs when Windows 11 is available. Windows Update will let you know when the upgrade is available for Windows 11.
Windows 11 will launch on October 5th. However, not all the features announced will be available. Microsoft will bring Android apps to Windows 11 through a partnership with Amazon and Intel. However, this feature will not be available until October 5. Windows Insiders will have access to a preview of Android apps for Windows 11 in the coming months. This suggests that it won't be available for all Windows 11 users until 2022.
Microsoft last week clarified the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. However, it also provided a workaround for those that didn't meet these requirements. Windows 11 can be installed on any hardware with an ISO method as long as it has a 64-bit processor of 1GHz, two or more cores and 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a chip TPM 1.2. However, if you use this workaround, your computer will not be supported. Unsupported Windows 11 computers may not be able to access Windows Update or security patches.
Windows 10 will continue to support your computer until October 14, 2025 if it isn't compatible with Windows 11. However, it is not known how many major updates Microsoft will release to Windows 10 in the next four years. Windows 10 users will receive a 21H2 update later in the year. It includes GPU compute support in Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows Hello improvements and WPA3 H2E Wi Fi security support.