Windows 11 to be released in free update from October | Applications and Software

THE Microsoft announced, this Tuesday (31), when the release of the Windows 11. The new version of the operating system will be available from the beginning of October to those who have Windows 10 installed on eligible computers. The software will reach users via a free update via Windows Update.

Computer with Windows 11 (Image: Windows/Unsplash)

The system will go public on October 5th. As of that date, the successor to Windows 10 will begin to be distributed among users with eligible devices. The new version of the software will also arrive pre-installed on new computers.

As promised, the update will be free to those who have Windows 10 and released in phases, giving priority to “new eligible devices”. “We hope that all qualifying devices will receive the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022,” they said. “If you have a Windows 10 PC that qualifies for the update, Windows Update will let you know when it’s available.”

It is also possible to manually check whether the update is already available or not. To do this, just access the Windows Update settings through the system settings and select the “Check for updates” option. Remember that it is necessary to meet some minimum requirements for the system to be installed.

Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 (Image: Playback/Microsoft)
Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 (Image: Playback/Microsoft)

Who can upgrade to Windows 11?

As stated earlier, there are some criteria for upgrading your computer to Windows 11. Among them is the presence of the TPM 2.0 security module, which helps make your PC more secure. Check out the following minimum requirements:

  • 1GHz or higher processor with two or more cores (64-bit);
  • RAM memory of 4 GB or more;
  • 64GB or more storage;
  • Screen with HD resolution (720p) greater than 9 inches;
  • Graphics chip (GPU) compatible with DirectX 12 or higher and WDDM 2.0 driver;
  • Compatibility with UEFI, Secure Boot and TPM 2.0.

To verify compatibility, Microsoft also announced that it will re-release the PC Health Check app. In addition, the company has listed some notebooks that are eligible for the new system, such as the new Samsung Galaxy Book Pro. The Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro and Asus Zenbook 14 (UX425) also appear in the list.

Last week, Microsoft relented and announced that it would not prevent the system from being installed on “old” PCs. But company warned on Monday (30) that these computers could run out of updates. Already on Tuesday (31), the company recommended the use of Windows 10 on non-eligible devices.

“We will support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025, and we recently announced that the next Windows 10 feature update is coming later this year,” they said.

Windows 11 Start Menu and Taskbar (Image: Playback/Microsoft Design)
Windows 11 Start Menu and Taskbar (Image: Playback/Microsoft Design)

What’s new in the successor to Windows 10?

Windows 11 marked its debut in late June. During its announcement, Microsoft revealed a number of new features, starting with the new Start menu and the changes to the look. The system was also integrated with Microsoft Teams, a panel of widgets and a series of changes in the Microsoft Store, the system’s app store.

The other news are the improvements in some apps of the system. This is the case of Paint, which became compatible with dark mode, for example. Company 1 even released a new screen capture tool, which combines the old Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch in a single application.

With information: Microsoft (Blog)

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