Here is the detailed article of how to download Windows 11 & install it properly.
Microsoft after 7 years has pushed a major update to Windows OS. Called as the Windows 11, it comes as a successor to Windows 10. We have previously gone through a guide on how to take screenshot on Windows 11 and here is the guide on how to download Windows 11 and install it on your PC.
Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements:
Before we straight away jump into Windows 11 installation guide, you should check out minimum system requirements. So here is what you need in order to run Windows 11 OS -
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
- Ram: 4 GB Minimum
- Storage: 64 GB Minimum
- TPM: Trusted platform Module 2.0
- Graphics card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: 720p, 8-bit per colour channel, at least 9-inch diagonal
- Internet Connection and Microsoft Account: Windows 11 Home requires an active internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete the initial, first-use setup of the operating system, or when switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S-mode.
How to download Windows 11
Before you begin, make sure your PC meets the Windows 11 minimum specifications listed above. If it does, you should then back up your pc before continuing.
This ensures that if anything goes wrong – and updating to an early version of a new operating system is full or risks – your important files and settings can at least be restored.
Once done, you'll need to sign up for the Windows Insider Program.
1. Join the Windows Insider Program
To do this, open up the setting app and click on 'Update & Security', then 'Windows Insider Program'.
You may need to turn on optional diagnostic data to see this option. To do that go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback and choose 'Optional diagnostic data'.
In the 'Windows Insider Program' window, click 'Get started' to join. From the window that appears, click 'Link an account' and pick your Microsoft Account and click 'Continue'.
2. Join the Dev Channel
At the moment, the Windows 11 Insider build is only available to people using the Dev Channel. This is meant for app developers and gives people access to very early versions of Windows 11. Again, make sure you are happy to install what is likely to be quite an early build with various issues included.
If you just want a PC that works as normal, we'd avoid Windows 11 for now. However, if you really want to try out Windows 11, in the 'Pick your Insider settings' page that appears, select 'Dev Channel', then 'Confirm'.
Another window will appear with an explanation of what you can expect from this early build. As long as you are happy to proceed, click 'Confirm'.
You'll then need to restart your PC. Make sure everything is saved, and click 'Restart Now' on the window that appears.
3. Install the Windows 11 Insider Preview build
Once you've restarted, open up the Windows Update app. You can do this by searching for 'Windows Update' in the search bar in the taskbar of Windows 10.
You can also open it by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
In the window that appears, click 'Check for updates'. The Windows 11 Insider Preview build should appear, and you can download and install it as if it was a regular Windows 10 update.
4. Perform a clean install of Windows 11
The above steps upgrade your Windows 10 PC to Windows 11. However, if you want to install Windows 11 from scratch, you can download the Windows 11 insider Preview ISO.
Make sure you are signed up to the Windows Insider Program and are in the Dev Channel (shown in steps 1 and 2 of this guide), then scroll to the bottom of the page.
Under 'Select edition' pick Windows 11. Once the ISO is downloaded, you'll need to make a bootable USB or DVD with it.
So that was the detailed article on how to download Windows 11. If you have some questions, it may be answered in the following FAQs themselves.
What is the difference between Windows 11 and Windows 10?
Windows 11 brings much-needed power and security, and it's basically redesigned Windows 10.
When Can I buy PC with Windows 11 pre-installed?
PCs and laptops with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available in Q4 2021.
How much does a Windows 11 PC will cost?
It depends on the manufacturer and specifications of the PC that will determine the price of the PC.
Where can I buy PC with Windows 11?
You can find Windows 11 PCs and laptops available readily online from stores like Amazon, Walmart, B&H Photo apart from their local store availability.