Windows 11 preview has been out since the beginning of July and
it has had several updates (mostly smaller ones with quality
improvements) since then. The preview builds have various
issues, but these known issues don’t appear to be affecting the
stability of the operating system.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 is in the last phase of
testing and it will begin
rolling out to consumers and businesses on October 5. Dell
has confirmed that most PCs sold on their e-commerce website
will be able to run the new operating system when it launches
later this year.
“Customers who buy an eligible Windows-based PC on Dell.com
will now be offered a free upgrade to Windows 11 when it’s
available. This includes the Dell XPS 13, Alienware x15,
Alienware x17 gaming laptops, and more,” Dell said in a press
release published earlier today.
Dell is also working on tools to help users (consumers and
commercial clients) get Windows 11 through the free upgrade
process. Business customers can also purchase PCs with “Windows
10 Pro pre-installed with Windows 11 Pro license included”.
This will allow businesses to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro when it
In a separate
support document, Dell has shared a long list of devices
officially eligible for free Windows 11 upgrade. The list of
supported Dell PCs include:
- Alienware Desktop
- Alienware Laptop
- G-Series Desktop
- G-Series Laptop
- Inspiron Desktop
- Inspiron Laptop
- XPS Desktop
- XPS Laptop
- Vostro Desktop
- Vostro Laptop
- Precision Workstation
- Mobile Precision
Dell’s Windows 11 guidelines are pretty straightforward. You’ll
be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free if your device is
listed on the company’s e-commerce website or the support
As of August 31, Dell has over 100 devices listed on its
Dell has also warned that Windows 11 won’t be offered on
devices that do not meet the minimum hardware requirements.
As you’re probably aware, Windows 11 hardware requirements
include 8th gen Intel CPUs, Ryzen 2000 or newer with TPM 2.0
and Secure Boot support. If you’re unsure about your device’s
eligibility, download and run
Windows 11 compatibility check tool called “PC Health
Although you can install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware,
remember that the release isn’t optimised for older processors
and Microsoft says unsupported hardware will be vulnerable to
Blue Screen of Death errors.
Microsoft suggests getting new hardware and they have also
shared a list of premium devices eligible for Windows 11:
- Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55) and Acer Swift X (SFX14-413).
- Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363 and Flip OLED UX363.
- Dell Alienware X-Series laptops.
- Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro Series and 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7.
- HP ENVY x360 14 and 15.
- Dell’s flagship XPS 13.
- Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Book Pro 360.