Microsoft to speed up rollout of Windows 11 to supported PCs
Windows 11 is on the way to more PCs, following positive feedback on the upgrade path to the new operating system.
What you need to know
- Microsoft will accelerate the rollout of Windows 11 to supported Windows 10 PCs.
- Devices need to have installed Windows 10 May 2020 or later and the September 14, 2021 servicing update to directly upgrade to Windows 11.
- The sped-up rollout comes as a result of a good rollout experience and positive feedback from people that have upgraded.
Windows 11 will roll out at a quicker pace to PCs running Windows 10 than what's been seen since its launch. Microsoft announced the accelerated rollout today alongside the release of the Windows 10 November 2021 Update and the fact that Windows 10 will switch to a once-a-year major update cadence. User feedback for the upgrade to Windows 11 has been positive, leading Microsoft to ship the new operating system to more devices.
The sped-up release of Windows 11 should help get the new operating system onto more of the best laptops and best PCs. Many PCs that meet the minimum requirements of Windows 11 haven't been able to upgrade yet.
Windows 11 is rolling out gradually, meaning that even some newer PCs won't be able to upgrade to it through Windows Update. You can manually install Windows 11 using the Installation Assistant or ISO files, but that's not as simple as clicking update within the Settings app.
In order to upgrade directly to Windows 11, PCs need to have installed the Windows 10 May 2020 Update or later as well as the September 14, 2021 servicing update or later. Hardware also needs to meet the minimum requirements of Windows 11.
Microsoft states that it will closely monitor the upgrade experience to the Windows 10 November 2021 Update and Windows 11.
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