Windows 11 is now officially available for download. When Microsoft launched Windows Hardware with Windows 11 worldwide on October 5, the company made the OS update available early on compatible devices in New Zealand and beyond. If you recently purchased a Windows 10 device, that means you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11 now.
For everyone else, Windows 11 release will be slow. Microsoft claims that existing Windows 10 devices suitable for upgrading to Windows 11 will begin to be able to upgrade today, but in particular, it will be new hardware that will improve rapidly. Microsoft says, “We expect all eligible Windows 10 devices to be upgraded to Windows 11 by 2022.”
You can check to see if the Windows 11 upgrade is available in the Windows Update section in the Windows 10 settings area, or you can even skip the queue and upgrade quickly using the new Microsoft Installation Assistant.
Windows 11 includes a new user interface, a fresh start menu, Microsoft Store overhead, widgets, Microsoft Team integration, and much more. Our full review is available here.
The new Surface devices will begin shipping on October 5th including Windows 11, alongside new PCs and laptops from Asus, Lenovo, and HP. Other PC makers like Acer, Dell, and Samsung will also be releasing new Windows 11 devices soon, too.
Microsoft announced Windows 11 back in August this year and the update will finally be released on supported devices starting tomorrow. However, since the OS is still in its early stages, should you be the first finder and upgrade on the first day?
Windows 11 is Microsoft’s most secure operating system for PCs at the moment, with features such as virtualization-based security (VBS) that are key features. However, reports suggest that VBS can reduce the performance of your system, especially if you are a gamer.
Windows 11 for gamers
In the PC Gamer report, gamers can see a 25 percent decrease in performance, which is more than enough to affect your frame levels. However, this may be a concern for new PC deployments, pre-built with Windows 11. Older PC updates from Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro may automatically disable VBS.
“While we do not need VBS when upgrading to Windows 11, we believe that the security benefits it offers are so important that we wanted minimum system requirements to ensure that every PC running Windows 11 can meet the same security DoD relies on,” Microsoft said in a previous post explaining the need for -TMM 2.0 for Windows 11.
“In partnership with our OEM and silicon partners, we will be empowering VBS and HVCI on many new PCs in the coming year. And we will continue to look for opportunities to expand VBS in more programs over time, ”added the post.
What if I don’t play games?
Even if you don’t play games, keep in mind that Windows 11 offers a lot of great features to have and more visual updates over Windows 10 but it may not have many of the essentials for the average consumer.
If your PC is running Windows 10 right now, you may not have a good reason to hurry to upgrade. Windows 10 is full of features and is also supported by Security Updates all the way up to 2025, giving you plenty of time to switch to Windows 11.
Other than that, major software updates often come with some bugs in those early weeks, the main reason why free upgrades to Windows 11 will happen in clusters. It can be months before you get a free Windows 11 update, and waiting is not a bad thing at all. You may be using a more stable version of the OS than the October 5 release.
How to upgrade to Windows 11?
If you are looking for the good and the bad and are determined to continue with the Windows 11 update, you can check that you have the update option available after October 5 by navigating to Settings> Updates and Security> Windows Updates and click Check for Updates. If the update is available to you, you will see the Windows 11 update option that you can download and install.
If the update option is not available, you may want to check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11. Here’s how to do that.