Windows 11 release date, requirements, and all the new features you need to know

Microsoft is making a significant leap forward with its all-new desktop operating system, Windows 11. The Redmond behemoth first revealed details about Windows 11 in June of this year. We learned about the best Windows 11 features, such as the new UI, centered taskbar, and revamped Start Menu, as well as Android app support in the Microsoft Store. However, the company delayed the release of Windows 11 until today. It has now been confirmed that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th, as announced in an official blog post.

Redesigned Microsoft Store

When Will the Windows 11 Update Be Available?

The Redmond behemoth has revealed that Windows 11 will be a free upgrade, beginning on October 5th for eligible Windows 10 PCs and laptops. As expected, the stable update will be rolled out in stages. “The upgrade will be offered first to new eligible devices. The upgrade will then be rolled out to in-market devices over time,” according to the blog post. Before making the Windows 11 update available on your PC, Microsoft will consider the hardware requirements, reliability, age of the device, and other factors.

It’s also worth noting that not all of the announced Windows 11 features will be available on the release date. While the new UI, sounds, and other features will be available when the stable update is released, one of the most exciting features will be unavailable. The redesigned Microsoft Store will be included in the update, but it will not include Android app support, as promised. You will be able to install and use Android apps on your Windows device for the first time in 2022. However, Windows Insiders will have access to the feature very soon.

How Can I Check for a Windows 11 Update?

How will you know when the Windows 11 update is ready for your Windows 10 machine? You will, however, be notified when the update is ready for you. For those who are impatient, you can always go to ‘Settings -> Windows Update’ and click the ‘Check for Updates button to see if you can upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Microsoft hopes to have the update available for all eligible devices by the middle of 2022.

If your computer or laptop does not meet the minimum system requirements, do not despair; you can still install Windows 11. However, the company warns against it because it may cause frequent crashes on old hardware. In the linked article, we explain in detail what to expect if you update to Windows 11 on an unsupported PC. After the ISO image becomes available after the release date, you can install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC using a USB drive.

Janidu Teshan
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