If you're considering upgrading to Windows 11 from an older version of Windows, here are the steps and things you should know:
1. Check System Requirements:
Before attempting an upgrade, you'll want to ensure your PC meets the minimum requirements for Windows 11:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC).
RAM: 4 GB or more
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display: >9” with HD Resolution (720p)
Internet connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features.
Remember, these are just the basic requirements, and having a system that surpasses these will provide a better user experience.
2. Backup Your Data:
Before making any major changes or updates to your system, always back up your data. This will protect you from potential data loss in the rare event something goes wrong during the upgrade.
3. Check for Compatibility:
Use Microsoft's PC Health Check tool or a similar utility to determine if your hardware is compatible with Windows 11.
4. Update Your Current OS:
Ensure your current Windows version is fully updated. This will often make the transition smoother.
If your PC is eligible, you can upgrade to Windows 11 in several ways:
Windows Update: Microsoft will notify eligible devices through Windows Update when the upgrade is available.
Media Creation Tool: This tool can be used to upgrade your current system or create installation media (like a USB drive) to upgrade other computers or do a fresh install.
6. Post-Upgrade Checks:
Update Drivers: Ensure all your hardware drivers are updated for compatibility with Windows 11.
Review Settings: Windows 11 may have different default settings than what you're used to, so take some time to review and adjust them to your preference.
Reinstall/Update Apps: Some older apps may not work correctly or may require an update to be compatible with Windows 11.
7. Rollback if Necessary:
If you encounter major issues with Windows 11 or you're not satisfied with the new OS, you have a 10-day window (from the time of installation) to roll back to your previous version of Windows. This option is found in the recovery settings.
Remember, it's not mandatory to upgrade to Windows 11. Depending on your needs and the software/hardware you use, staying on an older version of Windows might be more suitable for you.
Lastly, keep an eye out for the latest information and updates from Microsoft and other trusted sources, as details might have evolved after my last update.