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How to Upgrade to Windows 11

Learn how to upgrade to Windows 11-from checking hardware compatibility, to buying the right license, to transitioning smoothly from your previous operating system.

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If you’re trying to figure out how to upgrade to Windows 11, you’ve come to the right place.

Upgrading to a new operating system can seem like a titanic task, but with the right guidance, the process can become simple and smooth. 

Upgrading to Windows 11: here’s why it’s worth it

Upgrading to Windows 11 is not just a matter of access to a more modern and intuitive interface; it also represents a quantum leap in performance, security, and productivity. This new version brings with it a set of advanced features designed to optimize the user experience. For example, new window layout options improve multitasking management, while integrations with Microsoft Teams make communication and collaboration smoother.

In addition, Windows 11 offers numerous benefits and new features, including faster boot times, better battery management, and a revamped Windows Store, providing easier access to your favorite apps. If you are looking to get the most out of your device and want to work in an environment that takes full advantage of the potential of modern hardware, Windows 11 is definitely the right choice.

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Upgrade from Windows 10 to 11 for free

For users loyal to the Microsoft world, news of the release of Windows 11 has raised both curiosity and practical questions, particularly about the possibility of upgrading their system at no extra cost. The good news is that Microsoft has confirmed the availability of a free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for compatible devices.

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This move, in line with the strategy already adopted for upgrading from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10, aims to ensure a smooth transition for users and to consolidate the Windows ecosystem. Windows 10 users will, therefore, be able to enjoy the new features, revamped interface and optimizations of Windows 11 without having to reach into their wallets. It is crucial, however, to check the compatibility of your device and make sure to upgrade at a time when you do not need your PC immediately, as the process may take some time.

Also, you need to verify that you have an active Windows 10 license, otherwise you will not be able to make the switch to the new OS. You should also know that you will be able to upgrade to the same newer version but of the same license type.

If you have a Windows 10 Home license you will upgrade to Windows 11 Home, if you have activated Windows 10 Pro you will upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. However, if you want to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Pro, you will have to purchase a specific license

At this point you have two options, purchase an upgrade license to Windows 10 Pro and then make the free upgrade to Windows 11 Pro, or upgrade to Windows 11 first and purchase the upgrade license to Windows 11 Pro. Read our detailed guide on how to upgrade from Windows 11 Home to Pro

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Check System Requirements to upgrade to Windows 11

Before upgrading Windows 10 to 11, make sure you meet the minimum system requirements set by Microsoft. They include specific processors, RAM memory, disk space, and graphics capabilities. 

In some cases, it is possible to upgrade to Windows 11 without meeting the system requirements by installing the new version of Windows via alternative routes that circumvent the limitations. However, we recommend that you upgrade on hardware that is officially supported for the version of Windows you intend to install in order to avoid possible operating problems that may arise later due to lack of compatibility.

ProcessorCPU with at least 1GHz or more, with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
RAM4GB or more
Storage64GB or more of free space
Firmware SystemUEFI, secure boot compatibility
TPMTPM version 2.0. Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a hardware component that helps in device security.
GraphicsCompatible with DirectX 12 or later, with WDDM 2.0 driver
DisplayMonitor with HD resolution (at least 720p), greater than 9″ and display with at least 8 bits per channel color
Internet connectivityWindows 11 Home Edition requires Internet connection at the initial stage. Microsoft account (MSA) or enterprise account (AAD) is required.
Previous Operating SystemGenuine version of Windows 10.

Microsoft has released a tool called “PC Health Check” that allows you to check if your current device is compatible with Windows 11. This tool could be useful in determining if you are ready to upgrade. To use the tool all you need to do is click on “Search” on the Windows search bar, type in “PC Integrity Check” and in the window that has opened click on the blue “Check Now” button. If you do not have the app on your device, you can install it by clicking on this address https://aka.ms/GetPCHealthCheckApp.

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Before upgrading to Windows 11, run a backup!

Before embarking on any major operating system upgrade, it is critically important to perform a full backup of your data. This ensures that no matter what challenges or problems you encounter during the upgrade process, your personal information, documents, photos and applications remain safe and easily recoverable.

Although the upgrade to Windows 11 is designed to be as smooth as possible, there are always unforeseen variables, such as power outages, software errors or hardware incompatibilities, that could interfere with the process, making it essential to have a backup. Some files or applications may not be compatible with the new version of the operating system. Having a backup allows you to go back and recover any data or software you may need.

Windows offers built-in tools, such as “Backup and Restore,” that allow you to create system images or backups of your files. Other third-party tools, such as EaseUS Todo Backup or AOMEI Backupper, offer advanced features and automated backup options. The backup should be saved to an external device, such as an external hard drive, USB stick, or cloud service. This ensures that even in the event of a hardware failure of your primary device, your data will be safe. After backing up, it is crucial to verify its integrity by making sure that your data can actually be restored.

Want to find out how to make a full backup of your operating system quickly and easily? Read our guide on how to backup Windows 10!

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Upgrade to Windows 11 with Windows Update

The easiest and safest way to upgrade to Windows 11 is to use the built-in Windows Update system. This tool is intended to keep your operating system up-to-date with the latest security patches, drivers, and, of course, new versions of Windows. Here’s how to go about upgrading to Windows 11 through Windows Update: 

Access Windows Update

Click the “Start” button, then “Settings,” then “Update and Security,” and finally select “Windows Update.” Once in Windows Update, click on “Check for updates.” If Windows 11 is available for your device, you should see an option to download and install.

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Download Windows 11 and install it

Click the option to download Windows 11. Once the download is complete, Windows will prompt you to restart your PC to complete the installation. Be sure to save all your work before proceeding with the restart. During the upgrade process, you will be given on-screen instructions. These may relate to configuring new features or choosing privacy settings.

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Welcome to Windows 11!

Once the upgrade is complete, your PC will boot directly to Windows 11. Explore the new operating system and familiarize yourself with the new features and improvements.

Always remember to periodically check for updates via Windows Update even after installation to keep your operating system safe and up-to-date with the latest features. Upgrading to Windows 11 via Windows Update ensures a smooth and seamless transition, allowing you to enjoy the new features offered by this version easily and directly

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Upgrade to Windows 11 via an installation media

If you are looking for an alternative method to updating via Windows Update, or if you need to install Windows 11 on multiple devices, using an installation media might be the ideal solution. This option allows you to use a Windows 11 ISO image or a bootable USB flash drive to perform the upgrade. Here’s how to proceed step by step:

  • Visit Microsoft’s official website to download the latest Windows 11 ISO. Make sure you download the correct version that matches the language and architecture of your device
  • Once you have downloaded the ISO image, you can use tools such as “Rufus” or Microsoft’s “Media Creation Tool” to create a bootable USB stick
  • Connect the USB flash drive to your PC and restart it. Make sure your PC is set to boot from USB (you may have to change the boot order in BIOS or UEFI). Once booted from USB, you will see the Windows 11 installation interface
  • During the installation procedure, you will be asked whether you want to perform a clean installation or upgrade the current version. Choose the option to upgrade to keep all your files and applications.
  • The wizard will guide you through a series of steps, including choosing regional preferences, accepting license terms, and configuring settings. Follow the on-screen instructions carefully.
  • Once the upgrade process is complete, your PC should boot directly into Windows 11. Verify that all your files, programs, and drivers are working properly.

Upgrading to Windows 11 by using an installation media offers greater control over the upgrade process and the flexibility to install the OS on different devices. This procedure also requires more attention, especially with regard to data security and driver compatibility.

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Conclusions on upgrading to Windows 11 

Upgrading the operating system is a significant and often necessary step to take advantage of new features, security enhancements, and a renewed user experience. Windows 11, with its modern interface and advanced features, represents a considerable evolution from previous versions. But, as we have emphasized in this article, it is critical to approach this transition with due preparation.

The key to success in an upgrade process lies in planning and prudence: backing up your data, making sure you meet system requirements, and understanding the different upgrade modes available are crucial steps to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

We hope this guide has provided you with all the information and advice you need to make a safe and optimized upgrade to Windows 11. We wish you a successful exploration of the new features and a productive experience with the new operating system. Always remember: an informed user is a happy user. Happy computing!

Frequently Asked Questions about upgrading to Windows 11

Yes, for Windows 10 users who meet the system requirements, upgrading to Windows 11 will be free.
If your PC does not meet the minimum requirements, you may not be able to upgrade to Windows 11. Alternatively, you might consider upgrading your hardware or continuing to use Windows 10 until support ends.
Yes, the Home version of Windows 11 requires an Internet connection during the initial setup phase.
Yes, you can perform a clean installation using a Windows 11 ISO image or a bootable USB flash drive.
If you choose to upgrade (rather than perform a clean install), your applications and files should remain intact. We recommend that you make a backup before upgrading.
Yes, but some applications may need updates or may not be fully compatible with Windows 11. It is advisable to check with the application manufacturer.
Updating via Windows Update is an automated process that downloads and installs the update directly from the system. Using an installation media gives you more control over the installation, allowing you to perform a clean installation or update multiple devices.

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