How to Upgrade your PC to Windows 11 (4 Methods Explained)

Finally, long awaited and much hyped operating system from Microsoft, i.e. Windows 11 is out for general public. And it’s available as free upgrade to PCs already running licensed version of Windows 10. So, if you are already using Windows 10, you can easily upgrade your PC to Windows 11 if your PC meets system requirements.

However, system requirements for Windows 11 are quite strict in case of CPUs. Microsoft has released the lists of supported processors. So, if you don’t have supported processor, you can’t install Windows 11 on your PC. In that case, you will have to stay on Windows 10 which has support till Oct 2025. But after that your PC will stop receiving updates and you might have to purchase a Windows 11 compatible PC.

SEE ALSO: How to Bypass TPM 2.0 and CPU Requirements for Windows 11 Upgrade?

Minimum System Requirements for Windows 11

When it comes to minimum system requirements for Windows 11, Microsoft has drawn a strict line for supported PCs. You can use official PC Health Check app to check if your PC fulfils minimum system requirements. Microsoft has also shared system requirements for Windows 11 on it’s website which are also shown below.

Processor1 GHz or faster having 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
RAM4 GB or more.
Storage64 GB or more. You might need more space for installing apps and programs.
System firmwareUEFI with Secure Boot.
TPMTrusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics cardYour Graphics Card must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
DisplayHD (720p) display bigger than 9 inches diagonally and having 8 bits per color channel.

Besides all these requirements, you also need to have a Microsoft Account if you are upgrading from Windows 10 Home version.

TPM has been most controversial requirement for Windows 11 so far. However, if your CPU is supported, it might already have TPM 2.0. But if you can’t see it, it might be because TPM is disabled by default. So, you will have to enable it in BIOS/UEFI settings just like virtualization. After that you can upgrade your PC to Windows 11.


SEE ALSO: How to Run Windows 11 on VirtualBox using Disk2Vhd?


How to Get Windows 11 Update on your Windows 10 PC?

Now, after your PC meets minimum system requirements for Windows 11, it’s time to get Windows 11 update. After the official release of Windows 11 on Oct 5, 2021, it is rolling out to users with supported PCs via Windows Update. So, if your PC meets system requirements, you will eventually get Windows 11 via Windows Update.

However, if you would not like to wait and want to install Windows 11 right now, there are other methods available for that. We will discuss all these ways one by one starting with Windows update method.

Method 1: Upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows Update

So, if you have a supported PC already running Windows 10, you will automatically get Windows 11 via Windows Update. You won’t have to do anything from your end. When Windows 11 update is available for you, it will show up in Windows Update settings page.

So, to check if you have already got Windows 11 update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on your Windows 10 PC.

Upgrade Your Pc To Windows 11 Via Windows Update
Upgrade your PC to Windows 11 via Windows Update

Now, you can see a notification telling you about available Windows 11 upgrade. Simply click Download and Install button to proceed. After that Windows 11 download will start via Windows update. Download size will be around 5-6 GB, so, make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi to avoid mobile data usage.

Once, Windows 11 is downloaded and installed, your PC will restart. And after the upgrade process, you will have your Windows 11 ready.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix Windows Update Errors in Windows 10?


Method 2: Upgrade your PC to Windows 11 using Windows 11 Installation Assistant

So, if you have not received Windows 11 upgrade via Windows Update, you can still upgrade your PC using Windows 11 Installation Assistant tool. Simply go to Windows 11 download page and click Download Now under Windows 11 Installation Assistant.

Download Windows 11 Installation Assistant To Upgrade Your Pc
Download Windows 11 Installation Assistant to upgrade your PC

After downloading, run Windows 11 Installation Assistant app. It might ask you to install PC Health Check app first. So, install PC Health Check app and check the compatibility of your PC for Windows 11.

If your PC is compatible, you can upgrade your PC to Windows 11 using Windows 11 Installation Assistant tool.

Windows 11 Installation Assistant
Windows 11 Installation Assistant

Method 3: Upgrade your PC to Windows 11 using ISO

Another method to get Windows 11 on your PC is via ISO file. You can download Windows 11 ISO using Media Creation Tool which is available on Windows 11 download page.

Create Windows 11 Installation Media Using Media Creation Tool
Download Windows 11 Media Creation Tool

After downloading, run Media Creation Tool. Using Media Creation tool you can download Windows 11 ISO to your PC.

Download Windows 11 Iso Using Media Creation Tool
Download Windows 11 ISO using Media Creation Tool

Now, you can mount ISO or create bootable USB for Windows 11. After that plug-in USB to your PC and launch Windows 11 setup to upgrade your PC.

Windows 10 Setup Select Language Keyboard And Click Next
Windows 11 setup

ALTERNATIVE:

Besides Media Creation Tool, you can also download Windows 11 ISO directly from Microsoft Website.

Download Windows11 ISO from Official website
Download Windows 11 ISO from Official website

SEE ALSO: How to Remap Keyboard Keys in Windows 11?


Method 4: Upgrade via Windows Insider Program

If you are upgrade your daily use PC, we do not recommend this method. However, if you want to try Windows 11 on your spare or test PC, you can proceed with this method.

To upgrade your PC to Windows 11 via Windows Insider Program, you must have a Microsoft Account. Using that Microsoft account, you will have to enroll your Windows 10 PC to Windows Insider Program. But before that you will have to turn on Optional Diagnostic Data in Windows 10. After that go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program

Click Get Started To Enroll In Windows Insider Program
Click Get Started to enroll in Windows Insider Program

Next, you will have to connect your Microsoft Account. So, click Link an account and sign-in with your Microsoft account.

Link Microsoft Account For Windows Insider Program
Link Microsoft Account for Windows Insider Program

Now, you will have to select Windows 11 insider channel. We recommend you to select Release Preview Channel or Beta Channel as these two are more stable compared to Dev Channel.

Select Windows 11 Insider Channel And Click Confirm
Select Windows 11 Insider Channel

After that, you will get latest build on your PC via Windows Update. Finally, restart your PC to upgrade to Windows 11.

SEE ALSO: Windows 10 Stuck on Checking for updates? Here is the Fix.


Get Windows 11 Upgrade on your Windows 10 PC

Above tutorial explained 4 methods using which you can get Windows 11 on your Windows 10 PC. We recommend using Windows Update method as it is the safest of all. However, Windows 11 Installation Assistant is also a good method and you won’t have troubles using it.

But when you upgrade using ISO, you will have to mount it first or create bootable USB or DVD to start Windows 11 installation. We only suggest using Windows Insider method for your testing PC because in Insider Program, you are prone to bugs and errors.

Well that was all from us right now. In case you have any troubles upgrading to Windows 11, using any of the methods explained above, feel free to drop a comment. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible. We also suggest you to subscribe to our newsletter to get latest updates via email.

Editorial Staff

Hi there, we are the editorial staff at HELLPC. We are a team of funny and technical people. Feel free to get in touch with us via Contact-Us page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button