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Microsoft Announces Release of Windows 11 for October 5th

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Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th. The new operating system will be available as a free upgrade with Windows 10 for qualifying computers or on new hardware that comes with Windows 11 preloaded.

The free update for Windows 11 will begin shipping on October 5th, but like many Windows updates, it will be released in stages. New qualifying devices will receive the update first, then Windows 11 will be available for more devices on the market in the weeks and months after October 5th.

“By following the Windows 10 learning experience, we want to make sure we’re delivering the best experience possible,” explains Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft. “We hope that all qualifying devices will be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid 2022.”

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On computers running Windows 10, Windows Update will let users know when the update will be available for Windows 11. The user can also check if their device is eligible for the Windows 11 update through Windows Update or from Microsoft’s dedicated PC Health Check application.

Even though Windows 11 is released on October 5th, not all features announced will be available. Microsoft will bring Android applications to Windows 11 in partnership with Amazon and Intel, but this same feature will not be available on October 5th.

Microsoft clarified its minimum system requirements for Windows 11 last week, but also unveiled a workaround for those who didn’t. You can install Windows 11 on any hardware using an ISO method, as long as the PC has a 1GHz 64-bit processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a TPM 1.2 chip.

In cases where computers are not fully compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft will still support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. However, it is not yet clear how many major updates Microsoft will release for Windows 10 in the next four years old.

Source: Windows

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