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Microsoft to speed up rollout of Windows 11 to supported PCs

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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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  • 'following positive feedback on the upgrade path", ROFL.
  • Not a lot of evidence to the contrary.
  • From what I've seen, all the tech journalists are fawning over it, seemingly because it's new rather than anything special. But from what I've seen online and users I've spoken to (and I realise that's inevitably a small sample), have no wish to upgrade. For me, Windows 11 just tells me that Microsoft have no faith in their own design language so just copy everyone else's (and ignore basic UI principles in the process). Most of the new features, more consistency, window position kept when reattaching to an external monitor, etc... should have been added to Windows 10 long ago.
  • I'm agree with copying phrase. Even they didn't change the UI of
    - Volume and Brightness (top-left corner)
    - A11y, Wi-Fi on Lock-Screen
    - Broken taskbar
  • I was surprised today when my i7 Surface Book 2, which qualifies to update to 11, was not offered 11 but today's 10 update instead. Peculiar.
  • Windows Search in Windows 11 routinely stops searching the web, which is a huge productivity downgrade coming from Windows 10, which never had this problem. It's happening all the time. It's practically dysfunctional or me, at this point, and it affects multiple PCs here. Either Search will work properly, but you won't get results for anything that isn't in the Start Menu or Settings (Local System), or you'll have a banner saying the Indexer is turned off with a link (often does nothing) to Enable it. It's a complete crapshoot, and it's pretty awful to press WIN and start typing only to realize that you now have to press Escape and open a web browser just to look for something... ... 250x a day, because muscle memory. When I get back from vacation I'm going to do a full reinstall of 10 Pro on my desktop to downgrade. I'm buying an M1 MBA while I'm away (basically already being shipped to my destination) and will put my laptop in the closet with the other unused things. I'm not even going to bother with that machine. These issues have persisted for weeks. Without consistently functioning Windows Search, the Windows 11 Start Menu goes from being "completely ignorable" to "a massive productivity draining downgrade." I'm not going to be there for it. Example of the problem: About half the total time I've had Windows 11 [Pro], Windows Search has not worked properly.
  • I don't know where they are getting this information from. Windows 11 is drumming up to be a contender for the biggest disaster Microsoft has ever schemed up. These make believe articles aren't going to ruse me into being dumb enough to infect my computer with Windows 11.