Windows 11 Free Upgrade: How to Get It
The long pre-release testing is over and Microsoft is ready to roll out the first complete Beta of Windows 11. The upgrade is available via the Release Preview right now. We’ll show you how to get it.
Here’s what to do to get the upgrade:
- First, you need to examine your computer with the PC Health Check App. This application will assess whether your PC is eligible for the upgrade from a safety point of view.
- Sign up for the Insider Program.
- Execute this command: Windows key + I.
- Now follow this route: Update & Security > Windows Insider Program > Get Started.
- Now it’s time to enter the same credentials that you used to create an account for the Insider program.
- You’ll be offered to choose the Release Preview option — do this.
- Reboot the computer.
- After that, navigate to the Settings > Update & Security — there’ll you find a Download and Install Windows 11 option.
- Follow the prompts to install the upgrade.
Once you complete the last step, Windows 11 installation will ensue. But there’s a little catch you should know about.
While getting the early update, you may deal with some extra hassle when the next, complete stable release hits the shelves, so to say. To avoid this mishmash, you need to do the following:
- Wait until Windows 11 is fully installed.
- Navigate to Settings > Windows Update.
- Check Unenroll this device when the next version of Windows releases.
In the future, this step will allow you to receive Windows 11 updates normally. In other words, updates are meant for regular users.
If you’ve never dealt with the PC Health Check App, no worry. This utility simply assesses the condition of your current setup. It includes such parameters as Architecture, CPU Compatibility, Disk Partition Type, RAM Installed, and so on.
After “gauging” your PC, Check App will alarm you if it’s not a good idea to install Windows 11.
Keep in mind that you can’t download the new OS unless you’re signed up for the Insider program. This program makes your desktop eligible for the new Release Preview Channel, over which you can get Windows 11. Luckily, it’s easy.
Here’s how you can become an insider:
- Make sure you have Windows 10 installed.
- Now go to this official Insider page.
- Log in to your Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, create it here.
- Accept the terms and conditions.
And voilà, you’re an insider. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to upgrade Windows 7, or an older version, to 11. So, before getting the update, make sure your PC is operated by Windows 10.
Is It Worth the Trouble?
If you can’t wait to be among the privileged users who get to fiddle with the Windows OS — you’re very welcome to try. Here’s what you can explore in the new system:
Windows 11 adds customizable layouts for all apps that are active at the moment. In turn, it allows flexible and easy navigation between them.
Now, open windows will be more transparent, imitating “icy glass”. As a result, the interface gets a more elegant look.
It’s been reported that it’ll be possible to install mobile apps — and their desktop clients — on Windows 11 directly from the integrated Amazon Store. It’ll work thanks to the built-in Android subsystem. No need for BlueStacks anymore.
The new system will also have a DirectStorage — a new Application Programming Interface. The idea behind this know-how is to let your graphics card work more efficiently.
And this “magic” can be achieved via a complicated algorithm, which decompresses the files of the game, reducing the load that the CPU would typically receive.
Windows 11 — Hell or Heaven?
So far, the new WinOS looks quite promising. Have you a had chance to test its features yet? If so, let us know in the comments!