Microsoft will begin releasing the new operating system Windows 11 to the public on October 5. It will be first available with newer PCs (and PCs being sold in stores) and then to other supported systems over the next nine or so months. It will be offered as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs. “We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022,” Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft, said. On existing Windows 10 PCs, Windows Update will let people know when the upgrade is available for Windows 11. People can also check to see if their device is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade through Windows Update, or Microsoft’s dedicated PC Health Check app.
However not all of the announced features will be available on October 5. As an example, Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 in partnership with Amazon and Intel, but this feature will come later. Windows 11 can be installed only using an ISO method, as long as the PC has a 64-bit 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a TPM 1.2 chip. An unsupported Windows 11 PC might not get access to Windows Update. Microsoft is still supporting Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025. Windows 11 brings a modern look, with rounded corners and app icons displayed in the center of the taskbar. New sounds are designed to be less jarring. Microsoft redesigned the Start menu, the app store and the Settings app, and it’s easier to arrange multiple app windows on screen.