Windows 11 is available, that’s it! A few months after its presentation, the new version of the operating system arrives on our PCs. Microsoft is therefore launching Windows 11 today: here is a little overview of everything you need to know about this new edition of the most widely used computer OS in the world.
It is done : the finalized version of Windows 11 is finally available. The new operating system is available since this Tuesday, October 5, 2021. A day to be marked with a milestone, since Windows 11 takes advantage ofan impressive amount of novelties : revamped Start menu, richer and better ordered taskbar, completely redesigned Microsoft Store, dusted file explorer, completely redesigned Control Panel …
Not to mention the other new features that will be available in the coming months, but not from the launch of Windows 11. This is particularly the case for this highly anticipated feature which has been making so much talk for months: the support for Android games and apps.
Windows 11 is free for Windows 10 users
Released July 29, 2015, Windows 10 is therefore replaced by Windows 11 from this day forward. The good news is, it’s completely free if you already own a Windows 10 license. And in our testing, it’s even free for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users.
As this is an update, there is no need to reformat the SSD or hard drive to enjoy it. Everything happens through the Windows Update application, which you will find by clicking on the Start button and then on Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.
The OS is not immediately accessible through this. It will take a few more weeks or months before it appears. On the other hand, it is also possible to go through the ISO image of Windows 11, a large 4.3 GB file that Microsoft makes available on its servers and which contains everything necessary for the installation of Windows 11, whether on a blank hard drive or via an update.
Windows 11 is available today …
The deployment of Windows 11 on PC is carried out in several stages. All new PCs that come out as of today now benefit from Windows 11. They therefore have priority and are marketed with the new version of the operating system.
As mentioned above, if you want to update your PC already running Windows 10, you will have to wait a bit. Windows 11 will appear in Windows Update soon, but Microsoft has yet to unveil its roadmap. We only know that this deployment will take place until the end of the first half of 2022. All PCs eligible for Windows 11 should therefore benefit from the operating system by the summer. However, by going through the ISO files, the update can be done immediately.
…But not for everyone !
Be careful though: not all PCs currently running Windows 10 can claim an update. Why that ? Because Windows 11’s hardware requirements have evolved from its predecessor. Apart from the storage space (64 GB), a relatively recent processor and a DX12 compatible graphics card, it is above all the presence of a TPM 2.0 chip (Trusted Platform Module) which can be problematic.
In short, if your configuration dates from before 2016, there is little chance that it will accommodate Windows 11. Unless you install the operating system using a trick, even if this solution is not necessarily viable in the long term. Don’t panic: you don’t have to migrate to Windows 11 today. Microsoft will support Windows 10 until 2025, which still gives you a fair amount of time before changing your hardware configuration.
Either way, you know everything there is to know about Windows 11 and how to welcome it on your PC. We have been testing the system for many months now and have not found any major bugs. Let us mention the fact that Skype tends to shut down unexpectedly, without displaying any error message. This is one of the most annoying bugs we’ve encountered so far. Note also that video games can also experience a strong reduction in performance depending on whether or not VBS is activated.
As every time Microsoft updates its system, it is perhaps better to wait a few more weeks for the OS to prove its worth before installing it permanently. Note also that, if you decide to migrate from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you will always be able to change your mind and go back to the old edition of the OS. You have ten days to do it, not one more!