Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 is now available. Microsoft is starting to offer the free upgrade to new devices that still ship with Windows 10, before making the operating system available for other qualifying existing hardware.
However, not all existing PCs running Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. Windows 11 will require 8th Generation Intel Coffee Lake or Zen 2 and later processors, support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0), 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. This leaves millions of PCs unable to officially upgrade to Windows 11, although there are unsupported workarounds if you really want Windows 11.
Microsoft is also gradually rolling out Windows 11, so the upgrade Free tier will not be offered to all existing PCs that are still officially supported. All existing and eligible PCs are expected to receive the Windows 11 upgrade by mid-2022, according to Microsoft.
Here's how to get Windows 11 today, whether you have a new PC that just shipped with Windows 10 or a device that is licensed to upgrade to Windows 11.
Check that your PC is officially supported through Microsoft's PC Health Check app.
Back up all your important documents, applications, and data.
On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update.
Check for updates.
If the free upgrade to Windows 11 is available, you will see a download and install option.
Click Download and Install.
Follow the on-screen instructions and configure your Windows 11 settings.
If you don't see the free Windows 11 update and your PC is supported, you may be able to skip the wait by using the new setup assistant from Microsoft.