An upgrade differs from an update in that it moves your PC from a previous version of Windows—such as Windows 10—to Windows 11. This FAQ is intended to answer questions about upgrading to Windows 11.
An update ensures you have the most recent features and security improvements for your current version of Windows. If you want to update your device and need more info, see Windows Update: FAQ.
For some answers to questions you might have about the upgrade to Windows 11, select any heading below. It'll open to show more info. Windows 11 offers new productivity features and functionality designed to meet the challenges of the hybrid world.
It has a completely refreshed look and feel that helps you get more done with less stress. Learn more about what’s new at Windows.com/Windows-11. Upgrades to Windows 11 from Windows 10 will be free.
Due to the size of the download, however, ISP fees may apply for downloads that occur over metered connections. Note: To upgrade to Windows 11, devices must meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements.
Some Windows 10 features aren't available in Windows 11. System requirements to experience some Windows 11 features and apps will exceed the Windows 11 minimum system requirements.
Find Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. The upgrade rollout plan for Windows 11 is still being finalized. It's scheduled to begin in late 2021 and continue into 2022.
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Specific timing will vary by device. We'll have more to share in the coming months. Note: To upgrade to Windows 11, devices must meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Some Windows 10 features aren't available in Windows 11.
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System requirements to experience some Windows 11 features and apps will exceed the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Find Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements.
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Once Windows 11 has been tested and validated for your specific PC, Windows Update will indicate that the upgrade is ready for installation. To see if your PC is eligible, download the PC Health Check app once it becomes available. Download PC Health Check app. Once it's available, you can use the PC Health Check app to determine if your PC can upgrade.
Find Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. The default experience will be for files and data to move forward with the new installation. However, we always recommend that you back up files before installing a new Windows version.
If you already sync your files to OneDrive, you may not need to take any additional action to create a backup. For more info on getting started with OneDrive, see Upload and save files and folders to OneDrive. Most software and accessories that worked with Windows 10 are expected to work with Windows 11.
Before you begin
Check with your software publisher or accessory manufacturer for specific details on your products. Timing will vary, particularly based on internet speed.
Downloading and installing Windows 11 will most likely take longer than a typical Windows 10 feature update.
You can use your PC while you’re downloading it and then you have the option to schedule the install to happen at a specific time when you aren’t planning on using your PC. Yes, once you have upgraded to Windows 11, you have 10 days to move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you.
After that 10-day period, you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to move back to Windows 10.
Once you've determined which PC you'll use to run Windows 11, you'll want to ensure you're signed in with a Microsoft account and that your files and folders are backed up to OneDrive.