Why you can’t update Windows 10 to Windows 11 till early next year
The publicity of the new Windows 11 has made consumers want to migrate to Microsoft’s latest Operating System as soon as possible. This is veracious(true) for current Windows 10 users as they were promised a free upgrade to Windows 11. But, Unfortunately, eligible Windows 10 devices won’t receive this option until sometime in 2022.
As per reports, the official Microsoft Windows account on Twitter confirmed the fact. It is also true that Windows 11 will be made available before the end of the year 2021. But the free upgrade for existing Windows 10 users is being held for the first half of 2022. The exact date and time you will get the update is anyone’s guess. Ideally, Microsoft would roll out the update to a select few devices to minimize potential bugs.
Microsoft’s decision to gradually roll out the free Windows 11 update is a curious one, if plausible. When the company moved from Windows 8.1 to 10, there were all kinds of issues involving free updates. Missing files, audio problems, memory errors – upgraders had a worse experience than those who bought a new Windows 10 device at launch. This can certainly be the case with Windows 11, and this is before compatibility issues are taken into account.
Minimum Requirement Configuration for Latest Windows
To run Windows 11, you have to meet several hardware requirements. This includes a compatible 64-bit processor (8th generation Intel/AMD Ryzen 2000 or higher), 64GB of storage, a graphics card that can use DirectX12, and more. The biggest requirement is the TPM 2.0 chip, a dedicated processor that handles encryption, stores biometric data, and performs other security-based tasks.
Customers who have bought pre-installed Windows 10 laptops in the past few years need not worry as Microsoft has made hardware TPM a tough requirement. Not so for some DIY builds/gaming rigs. However, more modern Intel and AMD chips may enable TPM via firmware. Either way, offering a free Windows 11 upgrade to those who may not be ready to make the jump can be a frustrating experience for large groups of customers.
Other details & more to come
It’s not so bad to wait for Microsoft to fix bugs while you put your PC in order. They said, there may be some options to check the latest Windows before 2022. You can sign up for the Windows Insider Program — which is now live — in hopes of downloading an early build. There also seems to be some speculation around a manual upgrade using the media creation tool or doing a fresh Windows installation when it is released later this year. Neither of these options has been tested yet, but are likely.
Waiting until some unknown time in 2022 might be disturbing for some, we recommend doing so. Even if your hard drives are up to date and you have a backup of everything on your hard drive, there is a high chance that the OS will not run problem-free. Let Microsoft work on some of the work first. Or at least, be prepared to do some troubleshooting after you upgrade to Windows 11.
Minimum Configurations requirement to Install Windows 11
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: 720p, 8-bit per color channel, at least 9-inch diagonal