Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11 with a new refresh design, including the new Start Menu, Widgets, Taskbar, Action center, Rounded window corners, and new cool themes, wallpapers, etc. Windows 11 will be available in late 2021 for all users, and users will be able to free upgrade to Windows 11.
Microsoft has released the first Windows 11 Insider Preview build for the users who want to test Windows 11 before the final release. This first preview build may contain some bugs; If you’re ready to deal with some major bugs, you can install Windows 11 preview build on your PC and take a walkthrough of the new Windows 11. In the Insider preview build, you will get to try many, but not all, of the new features of Windows 11.
In this guide, we will walk you through how to download Windows 11 or upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10.
How to Upgrade to Windows 11
Windows 11 final version will be available later this year, but under the Windows Insider Program, you will be able to install and test Windows 11 first preview build on your PC.
First, you need to register for the Windows Insider program using the Microsoft account. Once you’ve joined the Windows Insider program, you’ll be able to install the preview builds of Windows 11 before the final release.
Follow the below steps to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10.
- Go to the Start Menu, and then click the Setting Gear Icon to open Windows 10 ‘s settings.
- In the Settings, select Update & Security > Window Insider Program.
- Click the Get Started button to join the Window Insider Program.
- Select the Microsoft account which you’ve used to register for the Windows Insider Program.
- Next, pick the Insider settings as Dev Channel, then click the Confirm button.
- Once you are in Windows Insider Program, go to the Windows Update and check for the Update.
- You’ll see Windows 11 Insider Preview will be available to download and install. Windows will automatically download and install the Windows 11 Preview build unless the automatic update service is turned off.
- Once the download completes, Restart the PC to install the Windows 11.
In case you’re unable to upgrade to Windows 11 through Windows Insider Program, you can download the Windows 11 ISO image file and then either clean install new Windows 11 or perform an in-place upgrade on the existing OS.
How to Download Windows 11 ISO
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not released any Windows 11 ISO file. Still, we will show you how to free download Windows 11 ISO 32-bit or 64-bit.
Since Microsoft has not released the final version of Windows 11 yet; therefore, Windows 11 ISO is not available to download. But, UUP Dump is an open-source platform to download the Windows insider preview build and cumulative updates directly from the Microsoft server.
Follow the steps below to download Windows 11 Insider Preview ISO file.
- Go to the uupdump.net website.
- Under the Quick options section, click either the x64 or arm64 (when writing the post, x86 is not available) next to the Latest Dev Channel build. (x64 is 64-bit and x86 is 32-bit)
- On the next page webpage, click the Cumulative Update for Windows 11.
- Select the language, then click the Next button.
- On the Next webpage, choose the editions you want to include in the ISO file, then click the Next.
- On the Next webpage, under the Download method, select the “Download and convert to ISO” method.
- Click the “Create Download Package” button to download the package tool to download the Windows 11 ISO file.
- Once the package has downloaded, unzip the package into a new folder on the Desktop.
- Open the new folder double click the uup_download_windows.cmd file to start the downloading process.
- Once all the files have downloaded, the uup_download_windows script will start creating the ISO file.
- Once this process is finished, Windows 11 Insider Preview ISO file will be available in the new folder.
- Now you can use this ISO file to create a bootable media to clean Install Windows 11 preview build or mount the ISO file and run the setup to install Windows 11.
Once Windows 11 has been installed successfully on your computer, you are ready to take a walkthrough of the new Windows 11. Let us explore what’s new in Windows 11.
What’s new on Windows 11?
- Start: The new Start Menu looks more appealing and more modern with rounded corners. You can pin your favorite apps, and also change the order of the apps. The new cloud-powered “Recommendation” shows the recent apps and files from your computer and as well as from your smartphone with OneDrive.
- Taskbar: Taskbar is also centered with new cool animations. You can pin, launch, minimize, and rearrange your apps on the Taskbar.
- Notification Center & Quick Settings: On the right side taskbar has a button for Notification Center and Quick settings. The notification center is a home for all the notifications and a full-month calendar view. Quick settings is the place where you can manage common PC settings like WiFi, Bluetooth, Volume, Brightness, etc.
- File Explorer: File Explorer is now more modern with a clean look and new file icons. With the help of a brand new command bar, you can cut, copy and paste your files, and change the view, sort the items, etc.
- Themes: New themes give a more appealing look to Windows 11, you can choose your favorite light and dark theme to enhance your visual experience on Windows 11. To change the theme, just right-click the Desktop screen and select personalize.
- Widgets: Widgets are the new addition in Windows 11. You can view all the widgets by pressing Win + W shortcut key. Widgets help you to get updated with the latest information on Weather, News, Stock Market, etc. You can personalize your experience by customizing the widgets.
- Multitasking: Multitasking will increase your productivity on Windows 11. Just hover to the window’s maximize button to see the available snap layout. You can group multiple windows on the screen using the snap layout to increase productivity.
- App Store: New App Store will support the Android apps. You will be able to install your favrioite andorid apps on Windows 11.
Windows 11 System requirement
Your PC should have the following minimum system resources to run Windows 11. If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements, you’re not eligible to install Windows 11.
However, under the Windows Insider program, you can install Windows 11 if your PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements, but you may encounter some critical bugs.
- Processor: 1 GHz 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB
- System Firmware: UEFI, with a secure boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics
- Display: 720p HD resolution
Will I get Windows 11 for free?
The answer is no, but not completely “No.”
Windows 11 will be available under a free upgrade offer on Windows 10, but you need to have a genuine copy of Windows 10 activated on your PC to be part of the free upgrade offer. This means, if you’re not using a genuine copy of Windows 10, you’ll not be able to free upgrade on Windows 11.
I hope this guide gives you an overview of Windows 11. If you have any queries, feel free to comment below, We will look forward to helping you.