Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, which brings a new design, features, and performance improvements to your PC. If you want to upgrade your Windows 10 device to Windows 11, or install it on a new PC, here are some ways you can do it.
Check if your device meets the minimum system requirements
Before you download and install Windows 11, you need to make sure your device meets the minimum system requirements for the new OS. These include:
A compatible 64-bit processor with at least 1 GHz clock speed and two or more cores
At least 4 GB of RAM
At least 64 GB of storage space
A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 chip
A graphics card that supports DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
A display with at least 720p resolution and 9-inch diagonal size
A Microsoft account and internet connectivity for setup
You can use the PC Health Check app to verify if your device meets these requirements. You can download it from the Windows 11 software download page. After you run the app, it will tell you if your device is compatible with Windows 11 or not.
Upgrade from Windows 10 using Windows Update (recommended)
The easiest way to download and install Windows 11 is to upgrade the device you're currently using. This will keep your personal files, apps, and settings intact. However, you need to have a valid Windows 10 license and be running Windows 10 version 2004 or higher.
To upgrade from Windows 10 using Windows Update, follow these steps:
Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates.
You'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.
Wait for the download and installation process to complete. Your device may restart several times during this process.
After the installation is done, you'll see a welcome screen. Follow the instructions to finish the setup.
Enjoy your new Windows 11 experience!
Note: You may not see the feature update to Windows 11 right away, as Microsoft is rolling it out gradually to eligible devices. You can also check the Windows release health hub for known issues that may affect your device.
Create Windows 11 installation media (not recommended)
If you want to install Windows 11 on a different device, or perform a clean installation that wipes out everything on your current device, you can create a bootable installation media using a USB flash drive or a DVD. This option is not recommended by Microsoft, as it may cause compatibility issues or data loss.
To create Windows 11 installation media, follow these steps:
Go to the Windows 11 software download page and click Create tool now.
Run the tool and accept the license terms.
Select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next.
Select the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit) for Windows 11 and click Next.
Select USB flash drive or ISO file as the media type and click Next.
If you chose USB flash drive, insert a blank USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of space and select it from the list. If you chose ISO file, choose a location to save it on your PC.