Microsoft Announces Windows 11 Launch Date: October 5th, 2021


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Windows 11

Microsoft has just announced October 5th, 2021 as the official launch date for the new Windows 11. If you currently own Windows 10, you could be eligible for a free upgrade. Microsoft was generous enough to include a list of highlights for this latest version so please continue reading to find out more.

Microsoft Windows 11 Coming October 5th, 2021

Today, we are thrilled to announce Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase. A new Windows experience, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love.

Microsoft Windows 11
Microsoft Windows 11

As the PC continues to play a more central role in our lives than ever before — Windows 11 is ready to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity.

Here are 11 highlights of this release

  1. The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.
  2. With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
  3. Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
  4. Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
  5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.
  6. Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.
  7. Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.
  8. Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
  9. Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all our app designs and experiences.
  10. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
  11. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage. Businesses can also test Windows 11 in preview today in Azure Virtual Desktop, or at general availability by experiencing Windows 11 in the new Windows 365.

Thank you to the Windows Insider Community

The Windows Insider community has been an invaluable community in helping us get to where we are today. Since the first Insider Preview Build was released in June, the engagement and feedback has been unprecedented. The team has also enjoyed sharing more behind the scenes stories on the development of Windows 11 in a new series we launched in June, Inside Windows 11. We sincerely appreciate the energy and enthusiasm from this community.

Rolling out the free upgrade to Windows 11 in a phased and measured approach

The free upgrade to Windows 11 starts on October 5 and will be phased and measured with a focus on quality. Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible experience. That means new eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022. If you have a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know when it’s available. You can also check to see if Windows 11 is ready for your device by going to Settings > Windows Update and select Check for updates*.

Ready to elevate to 11? There’s never been a better time to purchase a new PC

October 5 is right around the corner — and there are a few things you can do to get ready for Windows 11. First, if you’re in need of a new PC now — don’t wait. You can get all the power and performance of a new Windows 10 PC and upgrade to Windows 11 for free after the rollout begins on October 5**.

We’ve worked closely with our OEM and retail partners to bring you powerful Windows 10 PCs today, that will take you into the future with Windows 11. Here are a few to check out.

The first version of a new era of Windows

As Panos shared in June, Windows is more than an operating system; it’s where we connect with people, it’s where we learn, work and play. We can’t wait to see what Windows 11 empowers you to do and create.

*Note, certain features require specific hardware; see our Windows 11 specifications page for more information.
**The Windows 11 upgrade will start to be delivered to qualifying devices beginning on October 5, 2021 into 2022. Timing varies by device.

 

-John Nester (Blaylock)

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  1. Who's going to make the jump?
    Anyone an insider and used it already? I've seen some threads here and there covering it... looks interesting and will take some getting used to with that Apple-like UI..
    I have been no an Insider build since the day it was released. I actually like it.
    Some issues with Microsoft Defender not starting on early stuff, but that is fixed now. Folder interactions are different, many common interactions you have to hit at tab "show mre options"
    Hi all, I haven't been to any computer sites/working on mine in yrs, life got in the way. I'm still on Win7. Is this worth changing? I know I'll need to but I can't stand win 10. My wife has it on her laptop and I really can't get around on it.
    you could upgrade to win10 and use classic start to make it look quite like win7. I believe there is something similar coming for win11
    That ^^ if you're hooked on the GUI. I'd say there is little reason to stay with 7 unless you have some software you need that doesn't work on later versions.
    Thanks, guys, I feel like I'm starting all over. I've forgotten soooooo much stuff. I'll take a look at Win 11. Do you think my system will work on win11 or is it too old? I don't really have any problem with my computer other than it's eight yrs old, it runs my games.
    WrkBoot
    Thanks, guys, I feel like I'm starting all over. I've forgotten soooooo much stuff. I'll take a look at Win 11. Do you think my system will work on win11 or is it too old? I don't really have any problem with my computer other than it's eight yrs old, it runs my games.

    Sadly it is below the minimum system specs listed below:
    Processor: 64-bit architecture at 1 GHz or faster; Intel: eight-generation or newer (details); AMD Ryzen 3 or better (details); Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c or higher (details)
    RAM: 4 GB or higher
    Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
    System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
    TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
    Graphics card: Direct X12 or later capable; WDDM 2.0 driver or newer
    Display: High-def (720p) display, larger than 9” diagonal in size, 8 bits per color channel (or better)
    Internet connection/MSA: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft Account (MSA) to complete device setup on first use. Switching out of Windows 11 Home in S mode likewise requires internet connectivity. For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is needed for updates, and to download and use certain features. An MSA is required for some features as well.
    Fortunately, Windows 10 will be around until 2025 so you still have time before a system upgrade is necessary.
    ihrsetrdr
    I'd like to play with Win 11 a bit; I have an Insider's acct. but I'm not seeing the download link for the W11 .iso.....?
    I just got it yesterday... its there.. (I'm mobile now or would link ya)
    Burned W11 to disc, booted to it O.K. but didn't install, didn't want to alter the Win 10/ Linux dual boot on my Asrock x79 machine. I could unplug the drives and use a spare, but the dang case is way under the desk, and I don't feel like crawling beneath there. :rofl:
    ihrsetrdr
    Burned W11 to disc, booted to it O.K. but didn't install, didn't want to alter the Win 10/ Linux dual boot on my Asrock x79 machine. I could unplug the drives and use a spare, but the dang case is way under the desk, and I don't feel like crawling beneath there. :rofl:
    Can you just disable the sata port in bios?
    Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Overclockers mobile app
    WrkBoot
    Do you think my system will work on win11 or is it too old? I don't really have any problem with my computer other than it's eight yrs old, it runs my games.

    I have been doing a lot of testing of Windows 11 on many older systems. The requirements are artificial at this point and are bypassed easily during the install process. Once Windows 11 is actually installed, it runs great, even without TPM, no secure boot, no UEFI, etc. Driver compatibility is a non-issue also, as in most cases 64-bit drivers from Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, and even Vista still work on Windows 11. The oldest computer I'm running it on is a 15+ year old Athlon64 x2 laptop, which required Vista drivers for the onboard video but runs great. I've also got it on systems running a Q6600, i5-2500K, i5-3210M, and i7-5820K. Once you bypass the artificial requirements during the install, it will basically run on anything that Windows 10 can run on.
    In fact one of the only systems I'm not running it on right now is my main 5900X system, which I believe is the only system I have that actually does meet the requirements.
    I tried to install it yesterday on two newer systems (Maximus XII Extreme and Maximus XIII Hero) and it gave me the warning of not meeting the system requirements. I felt like a noob after I went to ASUS and found BIOS updates which made installation seamless. This did get me looking for a bypass method as GotNoRice mentions and here it is.
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/how-to-bypass-the-windows-11-tpm-20-requirement/
    It's a registry hack that you use during the install process to get Win11 to ignore the requirements.
    Johan45
    I tried to install it yesterday on two newer systems (Maximus XII Extreme and Maximus XIII Hero) and it gave me the warning of not meeting the system requirements. I felt like a noob after I went to ASUS and found BIOS updates which made installation seamless. This did get me looking for a bypass method as GotNoRice mentions and here it is.
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/how-to-bypass-the-windows-11-tpm-20-requirement/
    It's a registry hack that you use during the install process to get Win11 to ignore the requirements.

    That method probably works fine, especially if you are doing a clean install. Most of the Windows 11 installs I have now have been done using in-place upgrades, using other methods.
    Probably the easiest method is to simply replace the appraiserres.dll from the Sources folder of the installation directory with the equivalent file from the Windows 10 install files. This method seems to be the most problem free if you are doing an in-place upgrade from an older OS such as Windows 7, but sometimes gives an error during install if trying to upgrade from a fully-patched Windows 10 install. Interestingly, the "free upgrade" that has allowed you to install Windows 10 for free over the last 5+ years if you are upgrading from an activated Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 install still works in the Windows 11 beta. You can upgrade from Windows 7 and end up with an activated copy of Windows 11. I find that interesting, especially since no computer that shipped with Windows 7 would meet the official requirements for Windows 11.
    The other method I've had great results with is to delete the install.wim or install.esd file (the only multi-gigabyte file in the directory) from the sources folder of a Windows 10 21H1 install directory, and replace it with the install.wim or install.esd from the sources folder of a Windows 11 install directory. So you are basically installing Windows 11 using the Windows 10 installer. The install even says it's installing Windows 10, but you end up with Windows 11. This method has proved to be the most problem-free when doing an in-place upgrade on a system that already has Windows 10 on it.