Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows 11, the company’s latest and greatest operating system. As exciting as Windows 11 is, it’s unveiling naturally raises a slew of questions.
And the largest of them all? What will the price of Windows 11 be? Additionally, will Windows 11 be available as a free upgrade from Windows 10?
Continue reading to discover the answers to these and other pertinent questions.
Microsoft Announces the Release of Windows 11: It’s a Free Upgrade
While Microsoft meticulously cultivated the suspense surrounding its “What’s next for Windows” event, the actual event omitted some fairly critical information. Not least, how much Windows 11 will cost. As was the case with Windows 10, which was a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, Microsoft will offer Windows 11 to Windows 10 users for free. However, the Windows 11 minimum requirements may cause some existing Windows 10 users to delay upgrading, at least temporarily.
- Processor with 64 bits
- CPU with a dual-core clock speed of 1GHz
- 64 GB of memory
- RAM: 4 GB
- UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), Secure Boot, and TPM 2.0
- Compatible with DirectX 12/WDDM 2.x
The most notable changes between Windows 10 and Windows 11 are the addition of a 64-bit processor requirement, the requirement for at least 4GB RAM (up from 2GB), and the upgrade to TPM 2.0. (up from TPM 1.2).
According to Microsoft’s documentation, “Since July 28, 2016, all new device models, lines, or series (or when updating the hardware configuration of an existing model, line, or series with a significant update, such as a CPU, graphic card) must implement and enable TPM 2.0 by default.”
When Will Windows 11 Be Available?
Microsoft was once again evasive when it came to a specific release date for Windows 11. However, Microsoft’s official statement at the time of writing is that “Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday season.”
Additionally, Windows 10’s second major update is scheduled to arrive later this year. 21H2 of Windows 10 was widely hailed as a significant visual overhaul of Windows 10, code-named Sun Valley. Now that Windows 11 is a possibility, many believe the 21H2 update will serve as the Windows 11 launch, though this is pure speculation on our part.
Whatever happens, Windows 11 will begin shipping to PCs in late 2021. That much is established.