Windows 11 is now officially available for download in India and across the world. The new Windows operating system has been released as a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs. It will also come preloaded on new Windows PCs from manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Windows 11 supports a wide variety of form factors such as convertibles and 2-in-1 devices, along with traditional desktops and laptops. It also works with silicon from several companies, including AMD and Intel.
As announced via a blog post, Microsoft is aiming to offer Windows 11 to all eligible Windows 10 devices by the middle of 2022. Meanwhile, the Windows 11 upgrade will initially be available for new Windows 10 PCs. New PC models from manufacturers including Asus, HP and Lenovo are starting to come with Windows 11 pre-installed. Coming soon from partners like Acer and Dell. Microsoft is also bringing pre-installed Windows 11 to its new range of Surface devices, starting today in the US.
How to Get Windows 11 Updates on Existing PCs
Along with the new PCs, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 to eligible PCs in a phased manner. You can check for Windows 11 updates on your PC by going to the Windows Update section. You can also download Microsoft’s PC Health app on your PC to check whether the machine is eligible to receive the update once it arrives.
If your PC is eligible to receive Windows 11, but updates are yet to come, you can use Microsoft’s Installation Assistant to get the latest Windows operating system. you just need to hit download now button on the Installation Assistant and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Microsoft has also provided an option to create a bootable USB drive or DVD from its Windows 11 software page. Additionally, you can create a Windows 11 Disc Image (ISO) that will be available on bootable installation media such as a USB flash drive or DVD to help you install the new Windows version on your machine.
Windows 11 Features
Unveiled in June, Windows 11 is designed to be Microsoft’s most advanced operating system for PCs. The new version brings a new user interface that includes a centrally aligned Start menu and enhanced fonts as well as notification sounds. It also integrates Microsoft Teams to let users connect with other people over chat, voice or video calls. Windows 11 also improves multitasking with Snap Layout and Groups. It also supports multiple desktops and has many accessibility features like Narrator, Magnifier, Closed Caption and Windows Speech Recognition.
As for the new form factor, Windows 11 comes with bigger touch targets and includes haptic feedback support for stylus pens, including the Surface Slim Pen 2.
There are also dedicated features for PC gamers. These include DirectX 12, the option to turn Auto HDR on and off, and DirectStorage, which claims to help reduce load times and provide detailed and better graphics using NVMe SSD storage and DirectX 12 GPU.
Microsoft has additionally pre-installed the Xbox app to let users browse, download and play over 100 PC games. The dedicated app allows gamers access to Xbox Game Pass (subscription sold separately) to receive a range of games to play on their PC.
Along with regular users, Windows 11 can be experienced by enterprises and students. Microsoft has enabled organizations with the ability to migrate their teams to the new Windows version via the cloud using Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop.
Windows 11 will also get features including the ability to run Android apps in the future. At launch Microsoft demonstrated dedicated access to the Amazon Appstore within the Microsoft Store that would allow new Android apps to be downloaded on Windows 11 PCs.