Windows 11 is now rolling out to supported devices

Windows 11 rolling out

Windows 11 has arrived, but the brand new operating system is
rolling out to select devices only. Windows 11 version 21H2, as
the upgrade is also referred to, is a big update and it mostly
consists of design improvements to fine-tune the operating
system and prepare it for the next-generation devices.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 is generally available
on October 5, but the rollout depends on where you are. Some of
you will be able to download the update right now by manually
checking for updates, but make sure your desktop or laptop is
officially supported.

For those unaware, Windows 11 requires Intel’s 8th gen or newer
processor and AMD Zen 2 or newer. If you meet those
requirements, make sure you’ve enabled the TPM 2.0 and the
Secure Boot option in the BIOS settings of the device.
Additionally, you’ll also need at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of
storage, but these requirements won’t be a problem for modern
PCs.

Windows 11 update offered

As you can see in the above screenshot, you can download the
upgrade by selecting the “Download and install” button. If you
download and install Windows 11 today, you’ll get Build
22000.194 and version 21H2.

Cumulative updates with additional fixes will be released in
the coming weeks.

If you have a device that doesn’t meet these requirements,

a compatibility error message will appear on your screen.
You can either stay on Windows 10 or buy a new device. You can
also manually install the operating system, but your device
will no longer be eligible for updates or support from the tech
giant.

Windows 11’s slow rollout approach

Microsoft is being quite cautious with the rollout of Windows
11. As a result, Windows 11 will be offered to select devices
only and it would be another seeker-based approach from the
tech giant.

Of course, this approach is not new and it has been a standard
practice for Windows 10 feature updates after October 2018
Update deleted personal files of users. The phased or slow
rollout ensures that not too many devices receive the update
when they check for updates and get affected by unknown bugs.

However, Windows 11 rollout is expected to be slower than
Windows 10 feature or general updates. That would make sense,
particularly as Windows 11 is a huge upgrade and it changes the
design of the Start menu, taskbar, and even Action Center. This
feature upgrade also includes minor additions like DNS over
HTTPS support.

Microsoft officials said that Windows 11 will continue rolling
out in waves over the coming months and rollout is expected to
be complete by mid-2022. Windows 11 is an optional release,
which means users will have the choice to skip the installation
and stay on Windows 10.

For those who prefer Windows 10 over Windows 11, they’ll be
getting the version 21H2 release soon.

Later today, Microsoft is also making Windows 11 available for
download via installation media and tools like the Upgrade
Tool.

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