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Windows 11 rolling out to more PCs, time to check for an update

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What you need to know

  • Windows 11 is now rolling out to more PCs that meet its minimum requirements.
  • The new operating system launched on October 5, 2021.
  • Microsoft explains that "the availability of Windows 11 has been increased" in the Windows health dashboard.

Windows 11 started rolling out to eligible PCs on October 5, 2021. Now, it appears that the rollout has expanded to more devices. In an update to the Windows health dashboard, Microsoft says, "The availability of Windows 11 has been increased and we are leveraging our latest generation machine learning model to offer the upgrade to an expanded set of eligible devices" (via Bleeping Computer).

The Windows health dashboard adds, "We recommend that you upgrade your devices to Windows 11 to take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections from security threats."

It's unclear how many more PCs will receive Windows 11 following this increase. If you've been waiting to upgrade but haven't seen the option yet, it may be worth checking again through the Settings app on Windows 10.

Windows 11 is gradually rolling out to eligible devices. Even PCs that meet the minimum requirements of Windows 11 may not see the option to upgrade right away. The full rollout of the new OS may not finish until mid-2022. If you don't want to wait to upgrade, there are several methods to manually upgrade to Windows 11.

A recent survey from AdDuplex says that over 5% of PCs now run Windows 11. Microsoft's latest operating system has only been generally available for a few weeks, so it will take time for it to approach anywhere near the share that Windows 10 has.

Sean Endicott
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6 Comments
  • Still no Windows 11 upgrade on my PC :(
  • SP7 i7/16GB here. Update started to say I can update to W11 earlier this week. I'm going to wait though. The notification tucks away nicely in the Settings app if you plan on waiting, so that's good.
  • Funny thing is I've installed it on my unsupported laptops. My PC which is supported, is still running windows 10, as I'm quite happy with the setup and eagerly awaiting 21H2 update.
  • SP6 got it about a month ago. My Go 2 got it over the weekend. Have to check the SB3, next. Haven't used it for a bit since I switched to the Laptop Studio.
  • Just got it last night. Took about 20 min. to update my Ryzen 7 3800X system (I had already installed the updated AMD chipset driver in W10 so no issues there.) One additional patch after 1st reboot into Windows 11. (Oct. patch.)
    Totally painless. Everything works as expected (except finding Task Manager is a pain.)
    All my previously installed software works; Brother Printer/Scanner, Trend AV, Acronis backup, all games (Steam/Origin/GOG/Ubisoft) Seems faster.....(I'll let myself out.)
  • Because of Microsoft's restrictive hardware requirements it's going to be a very slow roll out.