Windows 11 is coming out soon, but few select devices will get the operating system on the day of release.

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After three months of Insider Preview builds, Microsoft will finally launch Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. While the preview builds gave us an idea of ​​what to expect from the operating system, Windows 11 will see a lot of changes before it is released. The biggest of these changes are the eligibility criteria.

Unlike the preview builds, Windows 11 will only appear on eligible devices when it launches on October 5, 2021. So let's take a look at what these "eligible devices" are and why they're most likely to get Windows 11 first.

Brand new devices get Windows 11 first

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According to a recent blog post from Microsoft, the company will adopt Windows 11 in a "measured and phased approach". Microsoft rates PCs for their up-to-dateness, hardware and reliability. PCs with newer hardware will most likely get Windows 11 before older computers.

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Therefore, brand new devices will get the new operating system as soon as it becomes available, while current Windows 10 users will have to wait until 2022 for the free upgrade. As expected, this gives Microsoft the opportunity to showcase its latest hardware to eager Windows 11 fans, such as the Surface event on September 22, 2021.

Finally, Microsoft announced on its blog that some devices that do not meet the hardware requirements may also receive the Windows 11 update in 2022. This includes devices like Surface Studio 2 that run Intel 7th generation processors.

So keep an eye out for a possible update if you own one of these machines.

Older PCs can still run Windows 11

The free over-the-air update for Windows 11 will only be available on eligible computers. However, that doesn't mean you won't be able to run Windows 11 on unsuitable devices.

You can download Windows 11 ISO files from Microsoft's website as they become available and install the operating system on your computer. Windows 11 may not work very well on computers without compatible hardware, but you can install it. Just be prepared for a rougher experience.

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Fawad Murtaza
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or typing on Windows, he's either playing video games or dreaming of traveling.

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