Windows 11: how and when to download the Microsoft operating system

After some time of reading about the imminent arrival of Windows 11, you will surely have doubts: when will you receive the update? Which are the requirements? Could you perhaps access a preview, to familiarize yourself? In this article we solve all your doubts about the new Microsoft operating system.

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Windows 11, which arrives six years after its predecessor, Windows 10, has generated multiple expectations, especially because you will have the possibility to run Android applications natively or because of the integration with the Microsoft Teams messaging application.

How and when will you be able to get Windows 11?

If you have a computer with the latest version of Windows 10 and it meets the minimum hardware specifications, you will be able to receive Windows 11 at no cost. For this reason, it may be a good opportunity to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 for free.

However, not all eligible computers will receive updates at the same time, it will be a staggered process. The update will begin on October 5, 2021 and most devices will have it in early 2022.

To check if you have the latest Windows 10 updates or if you need to verify that your computer is eligible to receive the new operating system, you should go to Settings> Windows Update.

How to preview Windows 11

However, if you don’t want to wait, you also have the ability to preview Windows 11, which has been available since July 2021. As this is the first build, it will not include all the features announced by Microsoft.

To get access to the preview, you must follow the following steps:

  • Paso 1: register in the programa Windows Insider, whose only requirement is to have a Microsoft or Azure account.
    Paso 2– Check if you meet the hardware requirements of Windows 11. (see below)
  • Paso 3: install the Windows Insider program by going to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Insider Program. You will need to join the Dev channel to receive the preview.

What are the minimum requirements?

Although Windows 10 computers will receive Windows 11 for free, there are some minimum system requirements that your computer must meet.

Processor 1 GHz or higher processor, with 2 or more cores in a supported 64-bit processor or system on chip (SoC).
Memoria RAM 4 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB or more
UEFI system firmware UEFI system firmware, secure boot capability
TPM Trusted platform module. Version 2.0
Graphic card DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x compatible graphics
Screen Greater than 9 inches, with HD resolution (720p).
Internet connection Microsoft account and internet connectivity required.

If you are not sure that your computer meets the requirements, Microsoft released an application that will check if your PC is able to run Windows 11. You can download it from this link.

Will you be able to keep Windows 10 if you don’t meet the requirements?

If your computer does not meet the minimum requirements, it can continue to run smoothly with Windows 10. However, remember that Microsoft will only support this operating system until October 14, 2025.

What features will you lose with Windows 11?

Although Windows 11 comes with many new features, when you install it you will lose many emblematic features of previous versions of the operating system, among which the following stand out:

  • Cortana: It will not be included in the initial startup, nor will it be pinned to the taskbar.
  • Wallpaper– You won’t be able to move it between devices when you sign in with a Microsoft account.
  • Internet Explorer: Internet Explorer browser will be permanently replaced by Microsoft Edge. This will include an IE mode, useful for some scenarios.
  • News and interests: will be removed from taskbar. Widgets will provide these functions.
  • Modo S– Optimized mode for Windows 10 security and performance will only be available for Windows 11 Home version.
  • Skype: Skype’s “Meet Now” option will be replaced by the Chat app, which is powered by Teams.
  • Snipping Tool: Although it will still be available, its design will be similar to the app known in the past as Crop and Annotate.
  • Tablet mode– Removed and includes new functionality and capabilities for keyboard on and off positions.
  • Start Menu– You will lose pinned apps and sites when you update. It will not support groups and named folders, and it cannot be resized either.
  • Taskbar– The only location allowed is the alignment at the bottom of the screen, and apps will no longer customize areas of the Taskbar.

Can you regret it and go back to Windows 10?

After upgrading to Windows 11, Microsoft gives you 10 days to return to Windows 10 and keep all your files and data. After this period, you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to return to Windows 10.

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