Windows 11 is here, but here’s why not everyone will get the upgrade yet

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The Windows 11 operating system was released on October 5.

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Windows 11 began full-scale deployment on October 5 – the first major upgrade in six years. Windows 11 is available as free download for existing Windows 10 users, but it is not yet available to everyone compatible Windows device. And every major novelty promised is not available at the moment. (Microsoft announced this in an August blog post).

We have already tested and published a Windows 11 review (it’s familiar but fresh, with a Mac-like design). You can expect some new things multitasking features, and the The Start menu is in a new place. However, it won’t include one of the most anticipated updates: support for Android mobile applications in its new app store. Microsoft has also not proposed a date for when Android apps would be available or, other than saying it would be deployed in a “preview” test “over the next few months,” according to the post.


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There is much to look forward to. But even if your device has not been prompted to update, you can still check if you are responding to the compatibility requirements. Attention, (you will have to run Windows 10 first to do this – here is how to download Windows 10 for free if you haven’t already). And just because you have a compatible Windows device doesn’t mean you’ll be able to run Windows 11 from today.

Microsoft said the launch would be “phased and measured”, with new eligible devices get the upgrade first and the rest will be offered the free upgrade between October and mid-2022, depending on your hardware, device age, and other factors. You will receive a notification from Windows Update letting you know when Windows 11 is available to you, or you can manually check (learn more about how to download windows 11 before your system prompts you).


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While you wait for the new operating system from Microsoft to arrive, you can check to see whether your computer will be able to update automatically to Windows 11 (you will need to run Windows 10 first to do this – here is how to download Windows 10 for free if you haven’t already). But even if it is not found compatible, there will be a way to manually download a version which is not supported by Microsoft. And this is how set the default search engine, if you prefer not to use Bing.

You also don’t need to immediately upgrade to Windows 11 if you don’t want to – Microsoft will still support Windows 10 until October 2025.

For more information, consult the all the big differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 and what you need to do before upgrading to Windows 11.


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