Microsoft is now offering Windows 11 via Windows 10 OOBE

Windows 11 is now available for eligible PCs, but only some
users are seeing the option to download the new operating
system when they check for updates on Windows 10. That’s
because Windows 11 is being rolled out in stages and rollout is
expected to end by the summer of next year.

According to the support
document, Microsoft has released a Windows 10 OOBE update
titled “KB5005716” to enable a new upgrade experience to
Windows 11 Home or Professional. However, there’s a catch –
this process requires users to reset the device or clean
install Windows 10.

As it turns out, Windows 11
OOBE upgrade process has been designed for new devices running
the recent versions of Windows 10 version 2004, 20H2, 21H1, and
even 21H2 (which is expected to launch later this month or next
month). Of course, you’ll need an active unmetered internet
connection to download the KB5005716.

KB5005716 is available for recent versions of Windows 10
version 2004 or later and it is downloaded during the OOBE
screen only, which means you cannot download it manually from
the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Windows 11 OOBE
Image Courtesy: Reddit

As you can see in the above screenshot, when you have an active
internet connection and KB5005716 cumulative update installed,
you’ll have the option to choose between Windows 10 and Windows
11 during the OOBE (initial setup experience).

Remember that this method will work on supported PCs only and
it’s particularly helpful on products like Surface Pro X.

That’s because Windows 11 Update Assistant is not supported on
ARM CPUs, and ISO generated using Media Creation Tool is not
ARM64 compatible, so there are only two ways to install the new
OS on ARM PCs – Insider program and OOBE (requires a reset).

So if you reset any supported hardware, the OOBE experience
will download a cumulative update that includes the “Upgrade to
Windows 11” feature. This would allow the device to download
Windows 11 during the initial setup experience, and the device
will boot straight to the desktop.

KB5005716 will be applied during the Windows 10 OOBE process
if:

  • Your device is officially supported.
  • Internet connection is available during the OOBE.
  • You’ve Windows 10 version 2004 with KB4586781 (Build
    19041.630) and optional update KB4580364 (Build 19041.610). If
    you’re on version 20H2 or later, no additional updates are
    required.

Of course, Windows 11 OOBE upgrade process may or may not work
for everyone, so if you need the new operating system today,
you should download
Windows 11 ISO and perform an in-place upgrade or clean
install instead.

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