Windows 11 release date: Here’s when you can install Microsoft’s free update


Windows 11 will start rolling out over the 2021 holidays.


Nearly six years on from the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Windows 11 operating system, featuring a cleaner, more Mac-like design and a bunch of new features. Windows 11 will be available as a free download for existing Windows users during the 2021 holiday season, according to a Microsoft blog post published after a virtual event on Thursday. (Here’s how to download Windows 11 once it’s available, and everything you need to know about Windows 11.) 

The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Windows 10 PCs around the holidays (so likely November or December), and will continue into 2022, the post said. No specific date was announced. To find out if your computer is compatible, check out Microsoft’s PC Health Check app

If you haven’t updated to Windows 10 yet, you can still take advantage of a trick for downloading Windows 10 free that still works. Now would be a good time to make the switch to prepare your machine for the Windows 11 upgrade. 

For more, check out the best new Windows 11 features and how to use them, and every big difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11

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