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Current Windows 10 Users Can Get Free Windows 11 Upgrade


The new Windows 11 upgrade will be available for free for those who already have Windows 10.

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 today and announced that current Windows 10 users will be able to receive the Windows 11 upgrade for free. So If you already have an activated version of Microsoft’s current operating system and a PC capable of handling the upgrade, you can receive it for free.

Although no specific release date has been divulged yet we do know that it will be around “The holidays” according to Microsoft.

The statement from the official Microsoft website states: “Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit to download the PC Health Check app. We’re also working with our retail partners to make sure Windows 10 PCs you buy today are ready for the upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Windows 10 PCs this holiday and continuing into 2022.”

Windows 11 according to CEO and chairman Satya Nadella will be “a reimagining of the operating system”. Translucency, shadows, a new colour palette, and rounded geometry will all be present in the operating system’s user interface, which will follow Microsoft’s Fluent Design guidelines.

A new start menu will be included in the operating system, allowing users to pin programs and examine recently viewed files. The application list has been hidden and the live tiles have been removed. The taskbar is likewise simplified and centered by default, but there is still the option to align it to the left. Task View, a feature that debuted in Windows 10, now has a new look. Snap features are also new in Windows 11, allowing windows to be automatically altered from a snap navigator’s preset selections.

Current Windows 10 Users Can Get Free Windows 11 Upgrade

PC’S and other Window’s devices will come with Windows 11 pre-installed “later this year” but to get the free upgrade you will need the following requirements:

Windows 11 minimum hardware requirements

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit CPU or SoC
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB or larger
  • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • Trusted Platform Module: Version 2.0
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: HD (720p) display that is greater than 9in diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel
  • Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.

Windows 11 will also supposedly have 40% smaller updates and support all of Microsoft’s previously stated gaming features, such as Auto HDR and DirectStorage, but you’ll need additional hardware to use them (an HDR-capable monitor for the former and an NVMe SSD for the latter).

Unlike the Windows 10 upgrade that was free to upgrade within a year of the OS becoming available, it seems the Windows 11 upgrade won’t have this restriction with Microsoft stating: “The free upgrade offer does not have a specific end date for eligible systems”. This could change though so if you are able to upgrade we suggest you do it as soon as the new version is available to avoid disappointment.