With Windows 11 officially released and Microsoft slowly rolling it out to users, it could take months before the update reaches to you. Another way to get Windows 11, other than waiting for the update to come organically to your system, is to buy any of the latest laptops that are released with pre-installed Windows 11.
But, that’s an expensive way for just experiencing the new OS. If you want to upgrade to Windows 11 and don’t want to wait for it to organically come on your PC, there are ways to do that and for free. Here I have discussed how to upgrade to Windows 11 free of charge instead of waiting for Microsoft to organically roll you the update.
Also, you can check out this article on how to install Windows 10.
How To Upgrade to Windows 11 Free?
Windows 11 is available for free on Microsoft’s official website, even though the update is not available yet for everyone organically. Instead of waiting for Microsoft, you can download Windows 11 directly from their website and use it to update or clean install on your PC. So, how to get Windows 11 for free? Here are the ways you can do it!
Before you try upgrading to Windows 11, you will need to check if your PC supports it. If you have already done that, skip this step.
So, if you haven’t yet checked whether your PC supports Windows 11, here is how you can do it:
- You can download it by clicking on this link or visit Microsoft’s official website and download it (scroll to the end of the page to find the download link in the Check for Compatibility section).
- After you have downloaded it, install it in your system. Once the installation is finished, run the PC health check app and click on the Check now option.
- See if your system is compatible with Windows 11. If yes, then jump to the methods. If your system is not compatible, then you will have to ensure it is compatible first.
If your processor or RAM is not supported, you can still install Windows 11 but it won’t be a pleasant experience. If report shows that you need to have TPM and Secure Boot enabled, then you will have to do that from the BIOS.
You may have to update your BIOS if you don’t find the Secure boot option. Also, if your motherboard doesn’t come with a TPM chipset (many old motherboards didn’t), then you will have to upgrade your system or use one of the modified Windows 11 ISO.
Modified Windows ISO can be created with applications like Rufus, which doesn’t need the TPM or secure boot during installation. Or it likely simulates that the PC already has the TPM and Secure boot enabled.
Whichever the case, the Windows 11 ISO doesn’t need TPM or Secure boot once it’s modified by these applications.
Method 1: Use The Windows 11 Installation Assistant
Windows 11 installation assistant is a tool provided by Microsoft for updating your PC to Windows 11. You can use this tool to update your system easily. Here is how you can do it:
- Visit this Windows 11 download page and download the Windows 11 Installation Assistant tool.
- After you have downloaded it, run the tool. Accept the UAC prompt. The tool will check if your PC is compatible and then start the update. Wait for the tool to download Windows 11 and restart when prompted for installation.
- Follow the instructions on your screen to complete the process.
Some prerequisites for this tool are:
- You need to have a Windows 10 license.
- Your PC must be running on Windows 10 version 2004 or higher.
- Your PC must be compatible with Windows 11.
Method 2: Update From Within Windows 10
You can also check if Windows 11 has already rolled out on your PC. If it has, then you won’t need to go through all the extra steps in the above methods for upgrading to Windows. You would be able to do it directly from the Windows 10 settings. Here is how you can check:
Remember that your PC must be compatible with Windows 11 to get the update. And, your Windows 10 must be up to date.
- Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.
- Click on the Update & Security option.
- Select Windows Update and click on Check for Updates.
- If you find that the Windows 11 update is available, then do it.
- Wait for the update to finish downloading and restart to install.
Method 3: Use Media Creation Tool
If you haven’t got the Windows 11 update or using an older version of Windows, then clean installing Windows 11 will be the faster option. Windows 11 ISO is available for download in the Windows 11 download page, which you can visit by clicking on the link from method 1.
Once you are there, you can either directly download the ISO and burn it in a DVD, or download the Media Creation Tool and let it do all the work. Here is how you can use the Media creation tool to first create a Windows 11 installation disk/device and then install it in your system.
Create Windows 11 Installation Media With Media Creation Tool
Download the Media Creation tool and run it on your PC. Now, follow the steps given here:
- Run the Media Creation Tool and accept the Terms and Conditions.
- In the Select Language and edition page, keep the Use the recommended options for this PC box checked and click on Next.
- Now, you will have to choose the type of installation media you want to create. If you want to create the installation media on your USB storage device, select the USB flash drive option. Or you can simply create the ISO file and burn it on a DVD later. Here I will explain the steps to for creating a USB Flash drive installation media.
- Click on Next and plug in your USB Flash drive.
- Select the Refresh drive list option and click on the device you just connected.
- Wait for the media creation tool to finish creating the installation media.
Once the installation media is created, you will have to install it. I have explained it in the next section.
Install Windows 11 With Installation Media
After you have created the installation media, here is how you can install it.
- Plug the USB flash drive with the Windows 11 installation media and restart your PC.
- When the PC starts, keep pressing the BIOS key. Once you enter the BIOS, change the Boot order to prioritize the USB installation media first.
- Save and exit from the BIOS.
- Your PC will now boot using the installation media and you will find the Windows 11 installation window.
- Click on Install Windows 11 and follow the on-screen prompts. Once you follow all the prompts, you will have installed Windows 11 and also finished setting it up.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to upgrade to Windows 11 free. If you have any queries, ask them in the comment section below.