After 6 years of no major updates in Windows 10, Microsoft has announced a big update on its operating system. The largest computer software company will roll out Windows 11 on October 5, 2021 with some great changes in user interface. We found out that, even though there are changes in look, it is not really different from Windows 10.
To download Windows 11, the first step is to check the compatibility of your PC. There are some basic hardware requirements to install Windows 11. Technically, for your PC to run Windows 11, it will need a processor that has two or more cores and a clock speed of 1GHz or higher. It will also need to have RAM of 4GB or more, and at least 64GB storage. The PC will also need a TPM security version of TPM 1.2 or higher and SecureBootCapable support.
If you don’t want to wait for the OS update, there’s good news for the members of the Windows Insider Program who can download the Windows 11 Insider Preview build today and test out some of its new features, such as widgets, snap layouts, virtual desktops and the new Microsoft Store.
The Windows Insider program is divided into three channels:
The Dev Channel
This channel is best for technical users and developers. It is where new features are introduced for initial testing. These builds will have rough edges and some instability that could block key activities or require workarounds.
The Beta Channel
Ideal for early adopters. Insiders and IT Professionals in the Beta Channel can check out upcoming Windows 10 features, while still getting relatively reliable updates that are validated by Microsoft.
The Release Preview Channel
The Release Preview Channel is where Microsoft recommends companies preview and validate upcoming Windows 10 releases before broad deployment within the organization. It’s meant for final testing of an upcoming release and is best for those who want the most stable builds.
Here’s how you can download Windows 11 Previews
If you’re not a member of the Windows Insider Program, make sure you sign up now as it is for free.You can now download a preview build of Windows 11. For most people, it’s best to wait for the general release starting in October. This first build also doesn’t include every new feature that will eventually arrive with the general release.
If you still want to try it out? Here’s how.
- Make sure you’re an administrator on the device and running a licensed version of Windows 10. Register to join the Windows Insider Program if you haven’t already. Or sign into your Windows Insider account. Click Start flighting.
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Click Get Started.
- To get started select + under Pick an account, to connect the Microsoft account you registered with and continue.
- 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.
- Review the Privacy Statement and terms, and click confirm. Click Restart Now.
- 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 On.
- 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 does with any other Windows update and you’ll be good to go.
Update to Windows 11 When Generally Available!
Once Windows 11 becomes generally available, you’ll download it the same way you would any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see the Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.