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Windows 11 has just been announced, and it seems like a major step up from Windows 10 as many new features are being introduced in this new operating system. The recent Windows 11 Launch Event told us about all the new features that are going to be introduced in this new version of Windows and whether you would be able to download it on your current device or not.
If you missed the event, take a look at this article to read all about the best-revealed features. Since then, people are very excited about its release, but on the other hand, they are also having a lot of questions in their minds about the upcoming Windows 11. This article will answer the top 10 questions asked about Windows 11 upgrade to make everything clear for you.
Windows 11 upgrade FAQ
1. Will I be notified when the Windows 11 upgrade is available for me?
Whenever Windows 11 is released, and your PC is eligible to download it, you will get a notification about its availability so that you can install it on your device. You can check about it by going into settings and then Windows updates. According to Microsoft, Windows 11 will be released at the end of 2021 and will continue to roll out till 2022. So all you have to do is make sure that your computer is compatible enough to fulfill the requirements of Windows 11 given by Microsoft, and you will be good to go.
2. Does it cost money to upgrade to Windows 11? If yes, how much?
Microsoft has made sure that if your device is running the latest version of Windows 10 and is eligible according to the minimum hardware requirement criteria given by the manufacturers, you will be able to download it completely free.
3. Is there a difference between upgrade and update?
If you are confused between the terms upgrade and update, let us dumb it down for you. An update brings security, bug fixes, newer features, and other general improvements. An update is always confined to a single operating system, whatever that may be. An upgrade, on the other hand, is going from one level to the next. For example, switching from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be called an upgrade and not an update. An upgrade also means changing your Windows version, like replacing your Windows 10 home edition with the Pro one.
4. Will the upgrade offer last for a limited time?
Till now, Microsoft has not given a particular end date of free upgrade offer of Windows 11 for the eligible devices, but there is going to be at least one year time from its release date for people so that they don’t have to rush and can purchase a PC which fulfills the minimum hardware requirements and then install the Windows 11. With that being said, Microsoft has the power to end the free upgrade offer whenever they want, though.
5. Can I keep using Windows 10?
Yes, you can continue to use Windows 10 for at least the next four years as Microsoft has promised to support Windows 10 till October 2025, which means that you will continue receiving the updates for Windows 10 till then. If you want, you can keep on using Windows 10 after its end-of-life date, but that will be severely at your own risk. After Windows 10’s end-of-life date, your computer will be susceptible to harmful entities such as malware, adware, and other viruses, which may keep your sensitive data hostage or render it inaccessible. However, there are certain steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming infected with malware, such as keeping your browser and programs up to date, using a strong password and changing it often, avoiding suspicious websites, and avoiding unverified download sources.
6. Will Windows 11 utilize more space than Windows 10?
Windows 11 may seem like something over the top, but it shares this one similarity with its high functioning predecessor, and that is similar disk space initially. Still, as soon as you begin upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10, you will observe that Windows 11 will require considerably more space. However, the extra space will be removed from the operating system in more or less 10 days after completing the installation.
7. Will Windows 11 replace Windows 10?
As time changes, new features are introduced now and then, whether about technology or something else. So you can say that Windows 11 is a new upgrade for Windows 10 with much better features and interface. Still, if you are happy with your current operating system, you don’t have to worry because Microsoft will support Windows 10 till October 2025.
8. Will my files be deleted after upgrading to Windows 11?
One of the best parts about upgrading to Windows 11 is that all your locally present files and data will stay there as it was before. However, if you still want to be sure that you will not lose any files or data, we recommend you back up your files before starting the installation process. In this way, your Windows experience will not be hindered in any way possible.
9) Will Windows 10 be accessible after upgrading to Windows 11?
Microsoft has made everything very easy and clear for its users not to face any difficulty running anything. If you have installed Windows 11 on your device and you are not happy with it or if you are missing your previous operating system and wants it back, then there is nothing to worry about as Microsoft has given 10 days period where if you want to go back to Windows 10 then you can do it without moving any files or data that you brought previously with you. When the given time is over, You will have to do a “clean install” to go back to Windows 11, but before that, don’t forget to back up all your files and data; otherwise, you will lose it.
10) Can I upgrade to Windows 11 using the S mode?
Yes, If you are running the S mode on your Windows 10, you can easily upgrade to windows 11. However, make sure that you are using the Home edition of Windows 10 in S mode because Windows 11 can only be upgraded to its Home edition in S mode. Likewise, if you use the Pro edition of Windows 10 in S mode, you will have to log back in normally to upgrade to the Windows 11 Pro edition.
Windows 11 has us hoping high, but given the complexity of the situation, it is natural for people to be confused regarding certain aspects of this upcoming operating system. Therefore, in this article, we have put to rest 10 of the most burning questions related to the Windows 11 upgrade, which will launch at the end of this year. This is sure to answer and clear many things that you might have had in your mind lately. We hope that this article will answer all your important questions about Windows 11.