Microsoft is perfecting different ways for users to upgrade their old machines to Windows 11, even before we see an official release date.
There’s been a lot of discussion about what the latest Windows update will bring, like new icons, a new start menu, widgets and more. However, as we approach the second half of 2021, doubts grow about how users will be able to upgrade their machines to Windows 11.
Previously, those who were on Windows 7 or 8 were eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 for a set period of time. But with Windows 11 moving into an annual upgrade cycle, users aren’t sure whether this free upgrade method will continue.
However, a support document from Lenovo seems to have cleared up some confusion about this, but there’s a catch!
How can I upgrade to Windows 11?
From what Lenovo explained, you can upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 11 for free, but only with a clean install or reinstall on your PC. This can be tricky for some, as having to re-install all the software you use again is quite time consuming, but if you have more than one hard drive installed, with one exclusively for Windows, it can be easier.
But, without a doubt, it is true that much of the data can be saved on your “extra” hard drive, however installing software and configuring it in a completely new installation will take a lot of time.
Another thing to watch out for is Lenovo stating that while it’s a free upgrade, it can only last a year. “The free upgrade offer does not have a specific end date for eligible systems. However, Microsoft reserves the right to end support for the free offering. This end date will not be earlier than one year from general availability. ”
With the Insider version being tested by many users, it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft details the Windows 11 release schedule and what upgrade eligibility will be.
However, with this information released by Lenovo, it seems that the “free” will not be as long-lasting as it normally would be, but we will have to wait a little longer to understand what Microsoft is thinking of doing.
Source: Windows Last