Microsoft is gradually making Windows 11 available for more Windows 10 PCs over time. You can skip this slow, meticulous rollout process and get Windows 11 right away – even if Windows Update doesn’t offer it on your PC yet.
How to force Windows 11 upgrade now
If you need Windows 11 now, the quickest way to get it is to use Microsoft’s Windows 11 Setup Assistant.
To begin installing Windows 11, visit Microsoft’s Download Windows 11 Website. Under the heading of the Windows 11 Setup Wizard, click the “Download Now” button.
Run the downloaded file “Windows11InstallationAssistant.exe”. It will check whether your computer is compatible with Windows 11 in its current state. If your computer meets the requirements, it will offer to install Windows 11. Accept the license agreement and after a few more clicks the tool will start installing Windows 11 on your PC.
Warning: If you upgrade to Windows 11 in this way, you are skipping Microsoft’s slow and careful introduction. You are at an increased risk of encountering a problem with Windows 11 and your hardware or software configuration. For the safest upgrade process, wait until Windows Update offers you Windows 11. Windows 11 is stable, however, so it will likely work fine on your hardware. If you have a problem, you can downgrade to Windows 10 within 10 days of upgrading.
Top: Make sure you have up-to-date backups of all your important files before upgrading to Windows 11 or any other new operating system.
How to update your PC to Windows 11
How to update if your PC is not supported
If your PC does not meet Windows 11 requirements, the installation wizard will say that you are using an unsupported PC. However, there are still ways to install Windows 11 on many unsupported PCs.
First of all, it is helpful to know why exactly Windows 11 does not support your PC. Download The PC Health Check app from Microsoft. It will check if your PC is supported and if your PC is not supported it will tell you what the problem is.
Once you have more information, follow our guide on How to Install Windows 11 on an Unsupported PC for specific steps on how to fix your issues. To the example, on some PCs, you may just need to enable TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot in the UEFI firmware (also known as BIOS). If the problem is your PC has an older CPU or only has TPM 1.2, there is a registry hack that you can use to bypass the hardware requirements and install Windows 11 anyway.
Many PCs can be upgraded to Windows 11 after some tweaking, even if Microsoft’s installation wizard says they are unsupported. However, Windows 11 cannot be installed on some PCs. If your PC is too old and is experiencing an issue that cannot be bypassed, note that Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 with security updates through October 2025.
If you need Windows 11 sooner, consider buying a new computer. Most computers made in the past few years are running Windows 11. Even if they come with Windows 10, it’s quick and easy to update.
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