Lately, there’s been a lot of news about upcoming Windows 11. So, we’re going to cover Windows 11 and how it compares to Windows 10. Let’s gets started!
About Microsoft Windows 11 Operating System
Windows 11 is the next major version of the Windows OS (operating system) that Microsoft plans to release this year. The launch of this OS marks exactly six years since the company last released a new version of windows. Microsoft has not released another version of Windows for quite some time because Windows 10 was a continuously updated operating system. Windows 10 received feature updates twice per year, instead of two or three years, like in the previous versions. The updates added new features to the OS and sometimes caused larger changes. Initially, they claimed Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows, but changed their mind in 2021.
What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?
Windows 11 is the latest Windows NT based operating system, and has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
When can I buy a PC that comes pre-installed with Windows 11?
PCs with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available starting in fall / autumn of 2021.
How much will a PC with Windows 11 cost?
Many different manufacturers will offer a variety of devices that will run Windows 11. All at different price points, from $99 and up.
Where can I buy a PC with Windows 11?
PCs that come with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available from your favorite retailers in late 2021.
Will my devices such as keyboards, mice, printers, webcams, headsets, etc. work with Windows 11?
If your peripherals / accessories worked properly with Windows 10 and meet the Windows 11 requirements, they should work with Windows 11. If you want to be sure, please check with your device manufacturer.
I want to buy a Windows 10 PC now, will I be able to install Windows 11 later?
Most Windows 10 PCs currently being sold will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. For the PC to be able to upgrade to Windows 11, it must meet the minimum hardware specifications, which you can find here: Windows 11 System Requirements The upgrade is scheduled to begin in late 2021 and continue into 2022. There is no timetable to show when a specific device will be upgraded.
How do I know if a new Windows 10 PC meets the minimum requirements for Windows 11?
There are a few ways to find out. If you’re currently shopping for a new PC, look for “Free upgrade to Windows 11” in the marketing materials. You can also confirm it with a representative of the retailer / distributor you plan to buy from.
What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11?
The minimum hardware requirements are posted at Microsoft’s Windows 11 System Requirements page. If you are doing your own research, make sure your device has an Intel / AMD / Qualcomm 64-bit CPU released in October 2017 or later, 4GB or more RAM, at least 64GB of storage, a UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot, and a security chip (TPM 2.0, standalone or embedded in the CPU). A Windows Hello compatible IR webcam is also recommended. Note that Chromebook & Chromebox devices may meet the hardware specs, but are not suitable to run Windows operating systems!
How do I know if my current Windows PC meets the hardware requirements for Windows 11?
If you’d like to see if your current PC meets the minimum requirements, you can download the PC Health Check app from Microsoft (subject to availability).
What if my current PC doesn’t meet the minimum hardware specifications? Can I stay on Windows 10?
Yes! Windows 10 is a great version (unlike Vista or 8) and will be supported for many years (until October, 2025). You can also look at modern Linux alternatives that look and feel very similar to Windows. Linux Mint (Cinnamon) is one example, and it’s distributed free of charge!
How will I know when the upgrade is available for my Windows 10 PC?
Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to deploy in late 2021 / early 2022. Microsoft will be doing some testing and validating compatibility with your specific PC brand / model. Windows Update utility will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check if Windows 11 upgrade is available by going to Settings -> Windows Update.
How much will it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?
Windows 11 upgrade will be free for a limited time. Once the free offer expires, you can buy a retail version online or buy a new PC with Windows 11 already pre-installed. Only PCs running Windows 10 version 21H1, 21H2 or newer will be able to upgrade. If you are still running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 first, before you can try upgrading to Windows 11.
How long will the free upgrade offer last?
The free upgrade offer will last a minimum of one year after Windows 11 is released. While there is no specific end date, Microsoft reserves the right to eventually end support for the free offer.
What is the difference between an upgrade and an update?
In this context, an update is bugs & security fixes and new features within the same version of Windows, for example Windows 10 version 20H2 to 21H1. Such updates are typically released twice per year. An upgrade is switching to a different version, for example moving from Windows 10 to Windows 11 or switching editions from Home to Professional.