Microsoft changed the rollout status of its Windows 11 operating system for wide deployment on January 26, 2022; The new status means Windows 11 will be offered early to all eligible devices.
Windows 11 was released in October 2021, but initially only offered for selected devices. The phased rollout begins with devices that are most likely to have little or no issues. Microsoft’s original plan was to offer Windows 11 to all eligible devices by mid-2022.
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Well Microsoft believes that it can complete the rollout on all eligible devices sooner than expected as devices are updated at “double the rate” the company has seen for Windows 10.
The Windows 11 upgrade offer is entering its final phase of availability and is intended for wide deployment on eligible devices*. Since the launch of Windows 11 in October, we’ve seen strong demand and preference for Windows 11 as people update their eligible PCs twice as fast as they do for Windows 10. Based on this trend, we’re accelerating the pace of adoption faster than we originally did announced and entered the final phase of Windows 11 availability ahead of our original plan for mid-2022.
Windows 10 customers can use the PC Health Check application or third-party apps like the Windows 11 Requirements Check Tool to determine if a device is compatible with Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system.
If you’re using Windows 10, you can determine if your device is eligible for the upgrade by using the PC Health Check app or by checking the Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. If you have an eligible device, open Windows Update settings and select Check for updates. Once the upgrade is ready for your device, you will see the option to download and install. Eligible Windows 10 devices must be version 2004 or later and have the September 14, 2021 security update or later installed to upgrade directly to Windows 11.
Microsoft has changed the Windows 11 system requirements, limiting support to devices with modern processors and TPM 2.0. While it’s possible to bypass some of the requirements – even Microsoft has published instructions on how to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs – it’s not officially supported and some features may not work properly.
You can read our guide to installing Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 here.
The Windows 11 update is only offered for devices that meet the system requirements. Windows 10 version 2004 or newer is required for the upgrade via Windows Update. Microsoft notes that a Microsoft account or MSA is also required for Home editions.
The Windows Update app’s “Check for updates” button should list the Windows 11 upgrade as an option if the PC meets all the requirements. Customers can also upgrade via an in-place upgrade or by installing Windows 11 from installation media.
Now you: are you already using Windows 11? Are all your devices compatible? (over desk modder)