However, this may depend on your system hardware.
Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows 11, the latest and greatest operating system from one of the largest tech companies in the world. As exciting as Windows 11 is, its reveal naturally raises a lot of questions.
And the greatest of them all? How much will Windows 11 cost? Will Windows 11 also be a free upgrade from Windows 10?
Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more.
Microsoft reveals Windows 11: it's a free upgrade
Although Microsoft carefully curated the intrigue surrounding its "What's Next for Windows" event, the actual moment itself missed out on some pretty important information. Last but not least, how much you can expect for Windows 11.
At the moment, it looks like Windows 11 is a free upgrade from Windows 10 for almost all users. Most of the information we have about the free upgrade path from Microsoft's PC Health app where you'll find the message:
Let's check if this PC meets the system requirements. If so, you can get the free upgrade as soon as it becomes available.
Like Windows 10, which was a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users, Microsoft will be offering Windows 11 to Windows 10 users for free. However, the Windows 11 minimum requirements may force some existing Windows 10 users to hold back on upgrading, at least for now.
1 GHz dual core CPU
64 GB storage
UEFI, Secure Boot and TPM 2.0
DirectX 12 compatible graphics card / WDDM 2.x
The remarkable specification upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 11 are the prerequisites for a 64-bit processor, at least 4 GB RAM (from 2 GB) and the upgrade to TPM 2.0 (from TPM 1.2).
According to Microsoft documentation "as of July 28, 2016, all new device models, lines or series (or if you update the hardware configuration of an existing model, line or series with a major update, z TPM 2.0 must implement and activate by default. "
When does Windows 11 start?
Again, Microsoft was not aware of a specific release date for Windows 11. However, at the time of writing, Microsoft's official comment is that "Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs starting this holiday."
In addition, there is the second major update for Windows 10, which should appear later this year. Windows 10 Version 21H2 has been widely touted as a major visual overhaul of Windows 10, codenamed Sun Valley. Now, with Windows 11 in the mix, many believe the 21H2 update could end up as Windows 11 boot, although of course that's speculation on our part.
Whatever happens, Windows 11 will hit PCs later in 2021. That much is confirmed.
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Gavin is the Junior Editor for Windows and Technology Explained, is a regular contributor to the Really Useful Podcast, and is a regular product reviewer. He has a BA (Hons) Contemporary Writing with Digital Art Practices Looted from the Devon Hills and over a decade of writing experience. He enjoys plenty of tea, board games, and soccer.
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