Windows 11 is coming. Microsoft’s new working framework will begin carrying out to qualified gadgets on Oct. 5, and the redesign will be free in case you’re now a Windows 10 client. At the point when it shows up, you’ll have the option to refresh to the new programming the same way you normally update Windows 10, as long as your gadget is viable and meets the base prerequisites required. (Furthermore, regardless of whether it doesn’t, Microsoft will offer a workaround, however, it will not be upheld by the organization.)
In case you’re an individual from the Windows Insider Program and just can hardly wait until the last form shows up, you can download the main Windows 11 Insider Preview fabricate today and test out a portion of its new components, like gadgets, snap formats, virtual work areas, and the new Microsoft Store. We’ll let you know how underneath. Before your download, here’s the beginning and end you need to think about Microsoft’s new programming.
If you haven’t updated to Windows 10 yet, don’t worry — there’s a trick for downloading Windows 10 free that still works. Now would be a good time to make the switch to prepare your machine for the Windows 11 upgrade. That trick will be the same one you use if you want to manually upgrade an older machine to Windows 11, though Microsoft doesn’t encourage doing this as it may not be eligible for the same updates.
How to download the Windows 11
If you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program (you can sign up now for free), you can download a preview build of Windows 11 now. However, it’s important to note that beta versions, particularly early ones, tend to be buggy. You should never download the beta on your primary device, only on a tester device if you have one. For most people, it’s best to wait for the general release starting in October. This first build also doesn’t include every new feature that will eventually arrive with the general release.
Still, want to try it out? Here’s how.
Try out new features like widgets in the Windows 11 beta.
1. Make sure you’re running a licensed version of Windows 10 on your device, and that you’re an administrator on the device. Register to join the Windows Insider Program if you haven’t already. Or sign in to your Windows Insider account. Click Start flighting.
2. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Click Get Started.
3. Under Pick an account to get started, select + to connect the Microsoft account you registered with and continue.
4. Follow the instructions to choose the experience and channel you want to get Insider Preview builds through: the Dev channel (for developers), the beta channel (for early adopters), or the release preview channel (for those who want to get the latest version just before it’s generally released). Note that this build is coming to the Dev channel.
5. Review the Privacy Statement and terms, and click confirm. Click Restart Now.
6. After restarting, make sure your data settings are correct so you can download preview builds. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback, and make sure the Optional Diagnostic Data switch is flipped to On.
7. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Click the Check for updates button. You should see the latest Insider Preview build based on the settings you selected.
From there, your device should update the same way it would with any other Windows update, and you’ll be good to go.
How to download Windows 11 once it’s generally available
Here’s how you’ll download Windows 11.
Once Windows 11 becomes available to all Windows users with compatible computers in October, you’ll download it the same way you would with any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see a Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.
However, note that the Windows 11 rollout will be slow — it could take months before it’s available on your device. New PCs will get the upgrade first, and all compatible devices are expected to receive it by mid-2022, depending on device age and hardware.
Windows 11 features a streamlined new design, with pastel colors, rounded corners, a new startup sound, and overall a more Mac-like look. The Windows Start menu has moved from the bottom left of the screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the center next to it. You’ll find lots of new desktop tools, like widgets that can give you at-a-glance information, and easier virtual desktop creation. And Android apps will be integrated into Windows and installable from the Microsoft Store — though that feature won’t be available right away.