Windows 11 is nearly here. Microsoft has formally announced Windows 11, and we’ve already seen it as a leaked build. 

Every new operating system brings many questions. We’re starting here with the answers we know, and we’ll update this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) as we learn more. To find everything we know about Windows, check out our Windows 11 comprehensive guide, with news, tips, reviews, and more.

What is Windows 11?

Windows 11 is the name of the next major revision to Windows 10, different enough that it justified a new brand name and not just another feature update.  Microsoft launched Windows 11 on June 24. 

When will Windows 11 be announced?

Microsoft announced Windows 11 at an event on June 24, at 11 a.m. ET (get it?). 

When will I be able to get Windows 11?

Windows 11 was made available to Windows Insiders sometime on the week of June 28, then made available to the public at large this fall, or closer to holiday 2021. We know that the first Windows 11 PCs will ship this fall, but Windows 10-to-Windows 11 upgrades will have to wait until 2022, according to Microsoft.

If you’re wondering whether you’ll be able to opt out of Windows 11—the answer is, surprisingly, yes. Microsoft appears to be placing some fairly substantial hardware requirements on Windows 11, and if your PC doesn’t meet them, you won’t be allowed to upgrade. (Don’t worry, you can stay on Windows 10 until Microsoft retires it in 2025.)

How do I get Windows 11?

Windows 11 is being released as a beta, part of the Windows Insider program. You’ll need to be part of the Windows Insider program (here’s how to become a Windows Insider), then use Windows Update to download the beta from the Dev Channel. Confused? Here’s how to get Windows 11.

We’ve already seen early Windows 11 preview builds add search to the Start menu and add back the performance booster. Microsoft is also adding animated emoji to Windows 11, too. 



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