will begin its wide release today. We’ve already tested and published a full (it’s familiar, but fresh). Microsoft’s first major operating system update in six years is available as a starting today, but the OS won’t roll out to every at once and it won’t have promised just yet, Microsoft said in an August blog post.
While the first general release of Windows 11 will include features like a more streamlined,, an updated , new and , it will not include one of the most anticipated updates: in its new app store. Microsoft also didn’t offer a date for either, other than saying that they would roll out in a “preview” test “over the coming months,” according to the post.
And just because you have a compatible Windows device doesn’t mean you’ll be able to run Windows 11 starting today. The launch will be “phased and measured,” withgetting the upgrade first and the rest getting offered the free upgrade sometime between October and mid-2022, depending on your hardware, age of device and other factors. You’ll get a notification from Windows Update letting you know when Windows 11 is available to you, or you can check manually (here’s more on when the time comes and how to try the preview version).
When it, Microsoft had said the OS would begin rolling out around the holiday season and continue into 2022. But several subsequent hints suggested that the release date would actually be in October: During the reveal event, a Microsoft Teams message popped up on the demo screen that said “excited to turn it up to 11… can’t wait for October!” And many press images for Windows 11 include a date of Oct. 20 in the taskbar, The Verge noted. Plus, Walmart’s website lists a “ ” on certain laptops. Microsoft confirmed the Oct. 5 release date on its blog at the end of August.
Until Microsoft’s new operating system arrives, you can check to see(you’ll need to be running Windows 10 first to do so — here’s if you haven’t yet). But even if it isn’t deemed compatible, there will be a way to that is not supported by Microsoft.
You also don’t have to upgrade to Windows 11 right away if you don’t want to —through October 2025.
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