FAQ Windows 11 release | Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?

Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.

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When can I buy a PC that comes with Windows 11 pre-installed?

PCs with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available later this year.


How much does a PC with Windows 11 cost?

It depends! Many different manufacturers will offer a variety of devices that will run Windows 11, all at different price points.


Where can I buy a PC with Windows 11?

PCs that come with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available from a broad selection of retailers later this year. Details to come.


Will my accessories work with Windows 11?

If your accessories worked with Windows 10 and meet the Windows 11 requirements, they should work with Windows 11. If you want to be sure, please check with your accessory manufacturer.


I want to buy a PC now, will I be able to install Windows 11 later?

Most Windows 10 PCs currently being sold will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. For the PC to be able to upgrade to Windows 11, it must meet the minimum hardware specifications and specific hardware is required for some features. The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized but is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device.


How do I know if a new Windows 10 PC meets the minimum requirements?

There are a few ways to find out. If you’re currently shopping for a new PC look for “Free upgrade to Windows 11” on the fact tag. You can also ask your retail sales professional to confirm.


When will I be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on my Windows 10 device?

If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized, but for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. To see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, download and run the PC Health Check app. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Updates.

What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11?

The minimum hardware requirements are available here.


How do I know if my current Windows 10 PC meets the hardware requirements for Windows 11?

If you’d like to see if your current PC meets the minimum requirements, download and run the PC Health Check app.


What if my PC doesn’t meet the minimum hardware specifications? Can I stay on Windows 10?

Yes! Windows 10 continues to be a great version of Windows. We have committed to supporting Windows 10 through October 14, 2025.

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