Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for Windows 7

Windows 11 free update

Windows 11 is the next generation of Windows and it’s going to
be a free upgrade for Windows 10. In addition, it looks like
users may be able to upgrade their Windows 7, Windows 8 or
Windows 8.1 devices to Windows 11 using apps like Media
Creation Tool or Update Assistant.

For the past six years, instead of releasing an entirely new
version of its desktop OS, Microsoft said it would deliver
regular improvements to Windows. Under this new strategy of
“Windows as a Service”, Microsoft has been rolling out two
feature updates every year, one in April or May and another in
October or November.

For the first time since 2015,
Microsoft is now planning to announce Windows 11 on June 24
and there’s a high chance that they’ll be making it available
as a free upgrade to all Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and
Windows 8.1 users.

Owners of these prior releases with a genuine license can
upgrade through Windows Update at no cost. This is based on the
configuration keys found within Pkeyconfig (product key
configuration package) in the leaked build of Windows 11. The
config file suggests that an upgrade path exists for Windows 7,
8, 8.1 users.

Windows 11 free upgrade

As you can see in the above screenshot, Windows 11 leaked build
includes the required configuration files that will allow users
of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to install the update directly using
official tools.

Of course, plans are always subject to change and the final
release of the next-gen Windows may or may not include a free
upgrade path for Windows 7 users.

For those who don’t have a genuine license, they can go to a
store (physical or Windows Store), purchase a copy of Windows
and install it on their PCs.

It’s likely that Microsoft will continue the strategy of
delivering Windows as a service, which means frequent updates
will be released for free if you upgrade to Windows 11.

Users can download updates through Microsoft’s servers, Windows
Update, WSUS, Media Creation Tool, Update Assistant and from
other connected PCs in the organization that have already
obtained the updates.

A new approach with Windows 11

Unlike Windows 8, Windows 11 is optimized for multiple
form-factors, which includes tablets and desktops. It is not a
mobile-first operating system, but Microsoft will employ a
strategy similar to mobile operating systems and enable a
modular infrastructure to deliver faster updates using Windows
Store.

For example, Windows 11 uses experience packs, which can be
updated directly from the Store. These experience packs can be
used to improve native Windows features, such as windowing,
snipping, Start menu, Windows Shell, and as well as the new
Windows Widgets (News and Interests).

Windows Notepad

Microsoft is will also deliver standalone updates for apps like
Notepad and Paint, a feature that was previously tested in the
preview builds.

While the build has been leaked online, it’s isn’t the finished
product and it’s missing necessary experience packs and files
required to enable new features, such as improved gestures on
the touchpad.

After the build leaked online, the
company has been dropping hints that there’s more to show.
It’s likely we’ll learn more about the future of Windows on
June 24 at 11 AM ET.

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