What you need to know
- Upgrading directly from Windows 7 to Windows 11 will require a clean install or for you to reimage your PC.
- In contrast, PCs moving from Windows 10 will also have the option to upgrade through Windows Settings.
- Only PCs that meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11 will be able to upgrade to the new operating system.
If you plan to upgrade your PC directly from Windows 7 to Windows 11, you'll have to go through a bit of a longer process. PCs that meet the Windows 11 minimum requirements will have to perform a clean install or reimage a PC to go directly to Windows 11. The details for the upgrade process are answered in an FAQ page from Lenovo about Windows 11.
When asked about the upgrade path from Windows 7 to Windows 11, Lenovo explains:
It's unclear how many PCs currently running Windows 7 meet the minimum requirements of Windows 11. Windows 7 has been out of support since January 2020 and is now quite dated for an operating system.
The upgrade path from Windows 7 to Windows 11 may affect business and enterprise customers more than individual people. Some organizations still run Windows 7 across networks of PCs.
If people don't want to perform a clean install, they could upgrade a PC to Windows 10 first and then upgrade to Windows 11.
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