We have gathered all possible resources to create a comprehensive installation guide for upgrading to Windows 11. It includes advice and step-by-step instructions on how to turn on all the necessary features for your TPM, secure booting (an official and unofficial way to bypass system requirements), and how to check unsupported PCs.
The easiest way to upgrade to Windows 11 is to wait for Microsoft to make the upgrade available in the Windows Update Settings section to you. If your PC meets the hardware requirements of Windows 11, Microsoft will not push the upgrade for you, but the easiest way is to use Microsoft’s Windows 11 installation wizard.
If you are using an older version of Windows, keep in mind that Windows 11 is available for Windows 10 users who are not on the older version as a free upgrade. However, Microsoft will not postpone the upgrade to you, including security updates, and upgrading to an unsupported system can be risky if you do not consider Windows 11 to be an upgrade.
Windows 11 Upgrade can download from the official website and install on your system. Go to Detect Updates and when you see the list for Windows 11 Upgrades, select the file and click on Download and Install. You will see that there is a Windows 11 upgrade option listed, so select this option and click Install Update.
Windows 10 is the quickest free update offer for Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that expires in a few years. When you update your existing Windows, be it Windows 10 or Windows 11, the fresh, error-free Windows 11 can be downloaded in just a few steps from Microsoft’s official website, which is available on this page. The steps to upgrade from Windows 10 from Windows 7 to Windows 8 for free are the same as Microsoft provides for all updates.
To receive your free upgrade, visit the Microsoft Download Windows 10 website. During the upgrade process, Windows connects to Microsoft’s activation server on your PC to purchase a digital license for Windows 10.
Once the update is completed, go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and you will see the digital licence for Windows 10. You will not be asked for a product key and once the update to Windows 10 is complete and you are connected to the Internet, you will have a digital license for the latest version of Windows 10, which you can confirm under Settings > Update and Security > Activation. After the upgrade the Windows 10 digital license is bound to the device, so you can install Windows 10 cleanly on a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer, continue with the latest version of Windows and then receive a free upgrade to future versions of Windows.
A Reddit user named Cokerobot who claims to be Microsoft employee sheds light on the expiring free upgrade offer for Windows 10. According to him, Windows 10 “s free upgrade has been marketed for years as a” market fluff “to maximize adoption of operating systems.
Interestingly, Microsoft is keeping a secret that is not made public: the fact that users can continue to upgrade to genuine Windows 10 for free. Although Microsoft officially ended its free Windows 10 upgrade offer for users on July 30, 2016, Microsoft believes it leaves a loophole open.
Windows 7 users can’t upgrade to Windows 10 and miss Microsoft security updates, bug fixes and technical support. The official version of Windows 11 is available to all persons upgrading on a PC that meets Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements free of charge for Windows 11. However, Windows 7 users can no longer upgrade to the new operating system for free; they must purchase a Windows 10 product key from Microsoft or other authorized retailers.
Microsoft ended its free upgrade to Windows 10 on 8th May 2010, but nobody has told people how to run the Windows activation server. If your PC has a real Windows 10 button enabled, it should work with Windows 10 in the first year after the free upgrade offers are advertised. Some people have had success using an old Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key to enable the corresponding version of Windows 11, but the open secret is that the Windows 11 installer will continue to accept these Windows 7 and 8 product keys until the official free Windows 11 upgrade offer expires in 2016.
If you know you wish to upgrade to Windows 10 on more than one PC or prefer more flexibility in the event the upgrade fails, select the second option and save the installation file as an ISO file on a USB drive. With Download option, you can create an installation medium (CD or USB) so that you can erase your hard drive for a clean installation and upgrade to the new operating system. One of the most commonly used installation wizard apps that you can install on your PC triggers the normal upgrade and installs Windows Update.
If you create your own Windows 11 installation media (a bootable USB stick) you can require an upgrade if your system does not meet the hardware requirements of Windows 11. If you have a USB drive, you can boot from it, run a clean installation, and run Setup Apps in Windows 10 like a normal upgrade installation. The free upgrade offer ends after you download and run the Windows 10 upgrade tool on an old Windows 7 computer, so expect the activation to fail and ask for a product key.
Six years after the last feature update for Windows 10 (2004) was released in May 2020, Microsoft has turned a blind eye to the fact that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free using the Media Creation Tool.