Windows 11 will be a reality in a few hours. The new Microsoft operating system will arrive at the same time as Office 2021 and it will be possible to install it on compatible and non-compatible computers, although in this case with some inconvenience.
We have already seen how you can check if your computer meets the requirements and now we are going to see how to download Windows 11 and take into account some considerations.
As a general rule, if you have a PC with Windows 10 released from 2016, you should not find any obstacles when making the leap to the new version of Windows. The key is that from that moment on, almost all models already integrate the TPM chip, the key to installing Windows 11. In this case, getting Windows 11 is very important.
Having said all this, the first thing is to check if our equipment meets the requirements. We have already explained how to do it and now we summarize the requirements that you will need to meet. These are the minimum hardware specifications you will need:
- You must have a processor with 2 or more cores of 1 GHz or more in the computer.
- That the processor is 64-bit compatible or system on a chip (SoC).
- Have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM .
- Have at least 64 GB of free hard disk space on your PC.
- The computer must be compatible with Secure Boot .
- The PC must have the TPM chip . The Trusted Platform Module 2.0 or TPM 2.0, present in the computers since 2016 that we already saw how to activate .
- Use a graphics compatible with DirectX 12 or later and with the WDDM 2.0 driver.
- That the device has a screen of at least 9 inches in diagonal, 720p and 8 bits per color.
- Use a Microsoft account and Internet connection.
All this process is carried out automatically by applications such as PC Health Check or WhiNotWin11. If you have marked each section as complete, your PC is compatible.
This for compatible equipment, but if in your case, some of these requirements are missing, you have alternatives to be able to have Windows 11. Not everything is black. You can, for example, use tools like MediaCreationTool.bat, an open source app that allows you to install Windows 11 by skipping the security checks after installing the corresponding ISO.
Another option is to use one of the modified versions of Windows 11 that proliferate on the network. A valid option but with many risks , since you do not know who created the compilation that you are going to install and if it may have some type of hidden malware.
Considerations before upgrading
If you have marked as complete each section that we have seen before, it is interesting to observe considerations before installing Windows 11 and in general before updating any equipment. The first thing is to make a backup in anticipation of any failure or problem that may arise and that may cause the loss of data, especially those of a personal nature such as videos, photos, documents of all kinds. In addition this backup can be used to return to Windows 10 so that you will recover the configuration you are using.
Also, if we have installed an antivirus other than Windows Defender, it can give more than one headache. In this sense, during the installation it may be interesting to deactivate it temporarily to avoid possible conflicts. This way we make sure that it will not cause any interference during the installation process.
And when we have finished the process, we will activate it again and update the virus database.It is also advisable to disconnect all those peripherals that we have connected to the equipment. External hard drives, game controllers, digitizing tablets any connected element that is not essential can be disconnected during the process in order to avoid possible interference.
How to install Windows 11
To get Windows 11 it is necessary that the PC on which you are going to install it has Windows 10 and that it is also original and has a license. If this is your case, you can enter the “Settings” section by clicking on the gear wheel and in “Updates and security” look in the “Windows Update” section . If available, it should arrive automatically.In this sense, and as is usual in Microsoft, the deployment is usually progressive to prevent a possible failure from spreading among many computers. For this reason, even if October 5 arrives, it may take days or weeks to appear as available.
But if in your case, you do not want to wait, you can always save time if you decide to download the official ISO image that Microsoft launches of Windows 11 from the download page, in the same way that until now it could be done with Windows images 10.Right now, you can only test and use the versions of Windows 11 that circulate in the development channels. These are free , the same as Windows 11 if you upgrade on a computer that already has an official Windows 10 license or an OEM license.
For now, Microsoft has not announced the official price of Windows 11 licenses, but it is expected that they will cost similar to what it costs to buy any Windows 10 license .