Microsoft has finally started rolling out Windows 11 to more
PCs. Our testing and Microsoft’s statement indicate that the
company has started pushing Windows 11 to devices that meet the
minimum hardware requirements after testing it with a subset of
users for a while.
Multiple readers have confirmed to us that the wider rollout of
Windows 11 has begun and users must meet the minimum hardware
requirements to qualify for this. However, it appears some
users won’t be able to download Windows 11 right away despite
meeting the minimum requirements.
Earlier this week, Windows 11 also appeared on one of our
devices with Intel i7-9750H (TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot).
Likewise, we’re also seeing the optional upgrade in virtual
machines running Windows 10 version 21H1 and version 21H2. So
far, we haven’t received the update on devices running version
2004 of the OS.
Talking about Windows 11 itself, it is a new version of Windows
with a modern design and a few new features, such as Windows
Subsystem for Android and improved inbox apps. It also has a
better answer for the Chromebook by allowing users to
quickly download and sideload Android apps.
Windows 11 is now rolling out widely
Microsoft started testing Windows 11 in July and some users
received the upgrade on October 5, although the operating
system was never rolled out widely beyond a small group of the
supported flagship devices.
In a message posted in its admin center, the software giant
explained that Windows 11 will now be offered to more users
when they check for updates. Microsoft noted that the
availability of Windows 11 has been increased and rollout is
based on the latest version of the company’s machine learning
“We recommend that you upgrade your devices to Windows 11 to
take advantage of the latest features and advanced protection
from security threats,” Microsoft said.
Microsoft is confident that its machine learning-based rollout
will allow for a greater number of devices to be safely
upgraded to Windows 11. Microsoft is recommending users to
download and install Windows 11 for security features, and the
company will continue to provide monthly updates to ensure a
smooth upgrade experience.
If you are using Windows 10, you can follow these steps to
check compatibility status with Windows 11:
- Download and install the PC Health Check app.
- Run the tool and it will report the status.
- You can also open Windows Update Settings and select Check
for updates to learn more about the update.
If the upgrade is ready for your device, you will see the
option to download and install, as shown in the above
As we noted, the main push will be for devices meeting minimum
requirements which includes TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. If you
really want to install Windows 11 today, you needn’t wait – you
can try downloading
ISO images of Windows 11 and manually install it using
Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant.