Microsoft released Windows 11 to the public October 5th, 2021.

If your machine meets minimum requirements it will be offered as an optional update in the Windows Update section of settings. For machines that qualify the upgrade will be free.

Like previous major implementations the roll out will be in phases so even if your machine is compatible you may not see the offer just yet. 

I STRONGLY recommend you do not upgrade your machine even if it qualifies for at least two months. Even then it is essential that you create a backup so you have a path back.

Microsoft has reintroduced its compatibility checker tool. It is available here.

Windows 11 PC Health Check

Windows 11 will basically only support modern CPU processors, in the Intel world, 8th Generation and above. In the AMD world 2nd Generation Ryzens (Zen+) processors. That very well could mean a machine recently purchased does not qualify for the free upgrade.

There are early indications that if you install Windows 11 from a "Clean" install you will be warned that your device does not meet minimum requirements but it will install. The catch is that it may not be updated with security and quality patches rendering it unsafe for use. As more is learned about this topic I will post here.

The important message in all of this is, if you are thinking of buying a new computer get it in writing that it is certified for Windows 11. I've noticed that most vendors and stores clearly state whether a device is Windows 11 ready.

So you ask, what will happen to Windows 10? There is some good news here. Windows 10 will be supported until October 2025. This also means if you don't mind buying again in four years you very well will be able to pick up some nice deals on that store inventory that is not Windows 11 ready.

I will be publishing more information as it becomes available. If you want to know if your existing machine is likely to pass give me a call.