Windows 11 Released on October 5, 2021

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Through its official website, Microsoft revealed that Windows 11 could be accessed globally on October 5. Microsoft explains that new eligible devices will get the update first. The update is free and Microsoft will send a notification when an update is available.

Microsoft targets all eligible devices to be offered the update by mid-2022. Update availability can be checked manually by going to Settings > Windows Update > select Check for Updates.

Quoted from GSMArena, updates will be rolled out from time to time to devices in the market based on an intelligence model taking into account hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, device age, and other factors that affect the upgrade experience.

As for PC specifications that can receive Windows 11 updates, these include:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB or more great
  • System Firmware: UEFI Secure Boot-capable
  • display: Resolution HD (720p) with a screen size of more than 9 inches (diagonally)
  • Graphics: the graphics are compatible with DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x

Windows 11 brought a number of changes that are more attractive, including Redesigned Start menu, refreshed UI, widgets, Microsoft Store apps, and more.

For additional information, PCs using 7th generation Intel processors (eg Intel Core X-series, Intel Xeon W-series, and Intel Core 7820HQ with DCH drivers) can update to Windows 11. However, for CPUs from AMD, Microsoft said it wouldn’t add support for devices running the first generation AMD Ryzen.