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Microsoft Windows 11 start menu

Microsoft Windows 11 is the next big release that Microsoft has launched and about to release to the general public later by the end of 2021.
Microsoft Windows OS continues to be the most popular operating system in the world. According to Statista, more than 70% of the desktop PC run on Windows compared to other OS on the market.

Anyway, the new Windows 11 seems to have some pretty good looking design and I am sure you can’t wait to have your hands on it. According to source, the release is scheduled for the end of the year. But until then, here is how to upgrade to the new Microsoft OS

How to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11

Before we go further, take note of the Minimum hardware requirement:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster with two or more cores (64bit)
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Drive: 64GB or more
  • Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

To get started, go to your Windows 10 Settings and click on Update & Security. On the left Menu click on Windows Insider Programme. Over here you need to sign up for the Windows Insider Programme with your email address and link your account

Windows Insider Programme

Click on Get Started and link your account to Windows Insider Programme

When you have linked your account successfully, you will automatically be assigned a Release Preview Channel programme and a restart will be prompted.

Insider Programme Release Preview Channel

Windows Insider Programme Release Preview Channel will be assigned to you automatically but you need to change to Dev Channel after you restart your computer

After you have restarted your computer, go back to the Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Programme.

Insider Programme Release Preview Channel

Click on the Windows Insider Programme Release Preview Channel and change your programme to Dev Channel

Back to the Windows Insider Programme, you need to change your programme type to Dev Channel.

Click on the Release Preview Channel and change your programme to Dev Channel

Insider Programme Dev Channel

Select the Dev Channel

After you have switch your programme channel to Dev, you are all set and good to go.

Go back to the Update & Security and check for update. If you already have an update pending, you need to wait for that to complete before the Windows 11 update will kick in. So be patient if you don’t see the Windows 11 update download right away. You may as well restart your computer again and visit the Update & Security again to check.

Once the Windows 11 update has been downloaded, you will be prompted to restart your computer to begin the installation of the Windows 11 OS.

Some features of Windows 11 includes 

  • Desktop Widgets,
  • Android App integrated (to get access to Android Apps you will need to install Amazon Appstore from the Windows Store)
  • Start button moved to the center (can be moved back to the left if needed)
  • Better for gaming
Microsoft Windows 11 widgets

Microsoft Windows 11 Widgets display

Conclusion

Since the Windows 11 is not released yet, when you sign up for the Windows Insider Programme with the Dev channel, you will be getting an unstable version of the Windows. This means, you may encounter some software incompatibility and some of your app might crush.

Make sure you are not installing on your main workstation if you only want to try the new OS.

In general the appearance looks good and we can’t wait to have the full stable version rollout of the new Microsoft Windows 11.

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