How to get Windows 11

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UPDATE 11/16:
Today, based on the positive rollout update experience and user feedback we have seen to date, we are advancing the pace of the rollout faster than we previously anticipated, and are now making the Windows 11 upgrade more broadly available to eligible Windows 10 devices.

Current status as of November 16, 2021 (PT)

In our first phases of the Windows 11 rollout we are consistently seeing a high rate of positive update experiences and user feedback for eligible devices, identified using our latest generation machine learning model. Based on this data, we are advancing the pace of the rollout faster than we originally announced, and now making the Windows 11 upgrade more broadly available to eligible Windows 10 devices. We recommend that you upgrade your devices to Windows 11 to take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections from security threats. We will continue to train our machine learning model throughout the phased rollout to deliver a smooth upgrade experience. We will also provide status updates as we further increase availability over time.

If you are using Windows 10, you can determine if your device is eligible for the upgrade using the PC Health Check app or checking Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. If you have an eligible device, open Windows Update Settings and select Check for updates. Once the upgrade is ready for your device, you will see the option to download and install. Eligible Windows 10 devices must be on version 2004 or later, and have installed the Sept. 14, 2021 servicing update or later, to upgrade directly to Windows 11.

For more information on the Windows 11 upgrade experience, watch this video.



Today, Windows 11 availability begins both for new devices pre-loaded with Windows 11 and eligible Windows 10 devices. Windows continues to be integral to how more than a billion people connect, learn, play and work. Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love, empowering your creativity and productivity while advancing critical elements such as security and reliability. In this post I’ll explain the measured and phased rollout process for Windows 11, and how to get the upgrade when your device is ready.

About the upgrade to Windows 11​

Our launch approach to Windows 11 leverages the well-established systems and processes used for the 1.3 billion Windows 10 devices we have shipped and serviced for over five years. We will use a measured and phased process in offering Windows 11 as we have done with Windows 10 feature updates. Our objective is to provide you with a smooth upgrade experience. We will begin to offer the upgrade to eligible new devices first1,2. Then, as with previous rollouts, we will study device health data and other signals to determine the pace at which Windows 11 is offered via Windows Update.

Over time, we will make Windows 11 available to existing (in-market) devices based on hardware eligibility, reliability metrics and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. If you have a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know via the Windows Update Settings page when it’s available. We expect all eligible Windows 10 devices to be offered the upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.

Oct. 4, 2021 also marks the start of the 24-month lifecycle for the Home and Pro editions of Windows 11.

How to get Windows 11​

Windows 11 devices​

Starting today, a variety of exciting new devices are available pre-loaded with Windows 11, and new devices still shipping with Windows 10 will be the first to be offered the upgrade.

Windows 10 devices​

If you are running Windows 10 today, you can check to see if your device is eligible (i.e., meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11) to upgrade using the PC Health Check app. You can then check to see if the Windows 11 upgrade is ready for your specific device by opening Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and selecting Check for updates3. If your device is eligible and the upgrade is ready, the option to download and install will appear: If you are ready to install Windows 11, simply select Download and install4. For more information on the Windows 11 upgrade experience, watch this video.

Windows Update user interface


Our measured and phased approach to the rollout of Windows 11 means we will offer the upgrade via Windows Update when data shows that your device is ready, as our objective is to provide a good upgrade experience. If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we may put a safeguard hold in place, and not offer the upgrade until that issue is resolved. To learn more about the status of the Windows 11 rollout, safeguard holds, and which holds may be applied to your device, visit Windows release health. Learn more about the ways to install Windows 11.

Information for commercial and education customers​

Windows 11 is tailor-made for today’s hybrid work and learning environments. We have modernized the overall user experience, while still maintaining a familiar feel. In fact, Windows 11 is built on the consistent, compatible and familiar Windows 10 foundation you know. You can plan for, prepare and deploy Windows 11 alongside Windows 10 using the same processes, policies and management applications. For new information about the latest features for commercial organizations, see Windows 11 available today to empower your hybrid workforce.

If you’re an IT administrator, we recommend that you begin targeted deployments now as part of your regular Windows Update motion. For a list of the latest resources and tools, see our post on Tools to support Windows 11 deployment. In addition, to help make Windows 11 deployment easier, there are new capabilities coming in Endpoint analytics to help you assess your organization’s readiness for Windows 11 and hybrid work at scale. You can learn more in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager blog. In addition, Microsoft built the Windows 11 Readiness report in Update Compliance to help IT administrators identify which devices meet the Windows 11 minimum system requirements and are capable of an upgrade, and which are not capable and why.

Windows 11 is available through familiar channels and processes including Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update for Business, and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)5 for phased deployment using Microsoft Endpoint Manager or other endpoint management solutions. Oct. 4, 2021 marks the start of the 36 months of servicing support lifecycle for Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 11. As it is being released in the second half of the year, the version number for this original release of Windows 11 is 21H2.

Protected and productive​

As I’ve noted in past blogs, being on the latest version of Windows provides you with the best in creativity, protection and productivity. This has never been truer than with Windows 11! Windows 11’s minimum system requirements enable a new era of experiences, reliability and security. As Panos Panay shared in June, this is the first version of a new era of Windows. And, for customers who are using a device that is not eligible for Windows 11, Windows 10 is a great place to be. Windows 10 will be serviced through Oct. 14, 2025 and we previously announced that the next feature update to Windows 10 is coming very soon, continuing to offer you both support and choice with Windows.

As we closely monitor the measured and phased rollout of Windows 11, we will continue to share timely information on the status of the rollout and known issues (open and resolved) across all Windows feature and monthly updates via the Windows release health dashboard and @WindowsUpdate. As always, please continue to tell us about your experience by providing comments or suggestions via Feedback Hub.


1 The Windows 11 upgrade will start to be delivered to qualifying devices beginning Oct. 4, 2021. Timing varies by device.

2 Eligible Windows 10 devices must be on version 2004 or later, and have installed the Sept. 14, 2021 servicing update or later, to upgrade directly to Windows 11.

3 Certain features require specific hardware; see Windows 11 specifications for more information.

4 New Windows 11 users will be shown and need to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms after selecting “Download and install” before the download will commence.

5 Downloads will be available the week of October 11th in the VLSC and similar channels across all products, markets and languages.


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wordsworth

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I got home just a little before 3PM today and found that Windows Update was not yet ready to download and install W11 so went the W11 Upgrade Assistant route. I first thought the download was for the Assistant only and was going very slow for what I thought would be a small application; but when all was said and done from clicking on the Assistant Download button to the Windows 11 desktop was around 42 minutes. Not bad considering my internet signal was not good (almost cancelled the process because of it). Have some exploring to do now in this new interface to see what I think of it.
 

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SuperConker

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Is it even possible to get Windows 11 if you build your own PC?

Let's say you've been a Mac-user your whole life, and want to build a PC for the first time
(with Windows 11 on it).

Would a person like that even be able to buy Windows 11 for his computer?


I don't see any options for buying Windows 11 anywhere.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro [Build 19044.1415]
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    PC/Desktop
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    Evga
    CPU
    Intel Xeon E5-1660 V3 (4400 Mhz)
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    Evga X99 Classified (E999)
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    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR4 (2667 Mhz)
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    Evga Titan X Hybrid SuperClocked (Maxwell)
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    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
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    Google Chrome
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    Malwarebytes 4.5.0 Premium
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    Windows 11 Pro [Build 22000.376]
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    Evga
    CPU
    Intel Xeon W3690 (3733Mhz)
    Motherboard
    Evga X58 Classified (E760)
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 24GB DDR3 (1600 Mhz)
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    Evga Titan X Hybrid SuperClocked (Maxwell)
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    Realtek HD Audio (ALC 892)
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    Samsung 24" SyncMaster 2493HM
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    1920x1200@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 950 PRO NVMe 512 GB (OS/Games)
    4x Seagate Barracuda ES3 2000 GB (Storage)
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    Corsair AX860 (860W)
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    NZXT Phantom 820 (White)
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    Corsair H100
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    Logitech G400S
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    Logitech G19S
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    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
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    Google Chrome
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    Malwarebytes 4.5.0 Premium
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    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (PCIe Add-in Card / HP 6VF53AA)
    Asus USB 3.1 2x Type-A 10Gbps (PCIe Add-in Card)

bobkn

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Is it even possible to get Windows 11 if you build your own PC?

Let's say you've been a Mac-user your whole life, and want to build a PC for the first time
(with Windows 11 on it).

Would a person like that even be able to buy Windows 11 for his computer?


I don't see any options for buying Windows 11 anywhere.

It's not a problem.

You purchase a Windows 10 license, and then use the key to activate Windows 11. You'd need the ability to download 11, which could be done on a different PC than the one you're doing to new installation on. Clean Install Windows 11

I don't know when Microsoft will make a retail Windows 11 package available, not that such is of much practical significance.
 

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    Asus Tuf X570 Plus Gaming
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    32GB Gskill DDR4 2800
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    Radeon RX 6900 XT
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    onboard
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    Asus PA329C
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    3940 X 2160
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    WB Black SN850 1TB M.2 NVME SSD
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    Seasonic SS-1250XM
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    Corsair Obsidian 750D
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    Corsair H100i RGB Pro XT
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 10 19044.1151
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 3900X
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung LU28R550UQNXZA
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160
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    Sabrent 1 TB PCI-E 4.0 X4 NVME M.2
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SuperConker

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Would a Retail-copy of "Windows 10 Pro" still be considered a "Retail-license" when doing that?

I don't really want to call Microsoft to re-activate Windows 11,
just because i replaced the CPU/Motherboard in the future.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro [Build 19044.1415]
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    PC/Desktop
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    Evga
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    Intel Xeon E5-1660 V3 (4400 Mhz)
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    Evga X99 Classified (E999)
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    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR4 (2667 Mhz)
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    Evga Titan X Hybrid SuperClocked (Maxwell)
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    Samsung 46" TV
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    1920x1080@60Hz
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    Samsung 980 PRO NVMe 1000 GB (OS)
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    Corsair AX1500i (1500W)
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    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Black)
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    Corsair H150i PRO RGB
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    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB
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    Logitech MX518 Legendary 16000 DPI
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    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
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    Google Chrome
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    Malwarebytes 4.5.0 Premium
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    Evga
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    Intel Xeon W3690 (3733Mhz)
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    Evga X58 Classified (E760)
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    Samsung 24" SyncMaster 2493HM
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    Samsung 950 PRO NVMe 512 GB (OS/Games)
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    Corsair AX860 (860W)
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    Corsair H100
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    Google Chrome
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cereberus

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Would a Retail-copy of "Windows 10 Pro" still be considered a "Retail-license" when doing that?

I don't really want to call Microsoft to re-activate Windows 11,
just because i replaced the CPU/Motherboard in the future.
Keep a copy of your W10 Product key, and you will not need to call MS but you may need to use telephone activation in some cases.
 

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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    Realtek built in
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    N/A
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    Yep, got one
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    Stella Artois
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    Built in
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    Bluetooth , wired
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SuperConker

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If i would need any kind of telephone-activation just because i replaced some component,
then i guess i will need to wait for a Retail copy of Windows 11 to be released instead.

Receiving an "OEM-license" for Windows 11 (when upgrading from a Windows 10 "Retail-license") is just horrible.

I'd rather pay 199 dollars (or whatever it would cost) for a full copy.


So far i have a full Retail copy of "Windows 7 Ultimate" (which cost me 319.99 USD back in 2009)
and also a Retail copy of Windows 10 PRO (and that cost me 199 Dollars in 2015).

I gladly paid for those, to get rid of the OEM-restrictions.


Hopefully they start selling Full copies of Windows 11 soon.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro [Build 19044.1415]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Evga
    CPU
    Intel Xeon E5-1660 V3 (4400 Mhz)
    Motherboard
    Evga X99 Classified (E999)
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR4 (2667 Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Evga Titan X Hybrid SuperClocked (Maxwell)
    Sound Card
    Creative Recon-3Di
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 46" TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 PRO NVMe 1000 GB (OS)
    Samsung 860 PRO 4096 GB (Games)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1500i (1500W)
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    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Black)
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    Corsair H150i PRO RGB
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    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB
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    Logitech MX518 Legendary 16000 DPI
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
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    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes 4.5.0 Premium
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    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (M.2 Add-in Card)
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro [Build 22000.376]
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Evga
    CPU
    Intel Xeon W3690 (3733Mhz)
    Motherboard
    Evga X58 Classified (E760)
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 24GB DDR3 (1600 Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    Evga Titan X Hybrid SuperClocked (Maxwell)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio (ALC 892)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" SyncMaster 2493HM
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 950 PRO NVMe 512 GB (OS/Games)
    4x Seagate Barracuda ES3 2000 GB (Storage)
    PSU
    Corsair AX860 (860W)
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 (White)
    Cooling
    Corsair H100
    Mouse
    Logitech G400S
    Keyboard
    Logitech G19S
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes 4.5.0 Premium
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    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (PCIe Add-in Card / HP 6VF53AA)
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We plan to buy a box version of Windows 11 some time soon.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self Built
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    Ryzen 9 3900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Strix x570-E
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32Gb@3600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Strix 3080 Ti OC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Odyssey G7 32" Curved Gaming Monitor, IIYAMA XUB2792QSU-W1 27"
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    2560x1440@240Hz, 2560x1440@70Hz
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    Samsung 980 Pro 1 Tb (OS), Samsung 970 Pro 1 Tb (games), Samsung 860 Evo 1Tb (data), Samsung 860 Evo 4 Tb (games), Crucial MX500 1Tb (photos), Synology DS920+ 32 Tb NAS.
    PSU
    Corsair RM850x
    Case
    Corsair Crystal 680x
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i Se Platinum, 8 Corsair QL120/140 fans
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB Mk 2 SE Rapid Fire
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 Elite
    Internet Speed
    58/12 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Astro a50 Headset, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet.
    Creative T6300 5.1 Speakers. TPM 2.0 Module.
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    Arch Linux KDE
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600x
    Motherboard
    Asus Strix B550-E
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 32Gb@3200MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX2070 Super Gaming OC
    Sound Card
    Creative Soundblaster AE-5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus Strix XG43VQ 43" Ultrawide
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1200 @ 120Mhz
    Hard Drives
    Aorus Gen 4 NVMe 1 Tb (Windows Insider), Samsung 850 Pro 512Gb (data), Samsung 850 Evo 1Tb (backups), Samsung 860 Evo 2Tb (Home folder), Blu-ray player
    PSU
    Corsair RM750i
    Case
    Fractal Define R6
    Cooling
    Scythe Mugen 5 rev B and Corsair QL fans
    Mouse
    Glorious Model D
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire
    Internet Speed
    58/12 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
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    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
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    Corsair Virtuoso Headset

Winuser

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If i would need any kind of telephone-activation just because i replaced some component,
then i guess i will need to wait for a Retail copy of Windows 11 to be released instead.

Receiving an "OEM-license" for Windows 11 (when upgrading from a Windows 10 "Retail-license") is just horrible.

I'd rather pay 199 dollars (or whatever it would cost) for a full copy.


So far i have a full Retail copy of "Windows 7 Ultimate" (which cost me 319.99 USD back in 2009)
and also a Retail copy of Windows 10 PRO (and that cost me 199 Dollars in 2015).

I gladly paid for those, to get rid of the OEM-restrictions.


Hopefully they start selling Full copies of Windows 11 soon.
You can buy the retail version of Win 10 and use the key to clean install Win 11. It does not revert to the OEM version.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
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tinmar49

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I am waiting for Microsoft to get around to upgrading my latest pc home build from W10 pro to W11. If you are intending to build from scratch, the first thing to do would be research the compatible processors. My particular one is an AMD Ryzen 3 3200G, as my needs do not include a dedicated GPU. An SSD as they are very affordable now, I chose an M2 WD Black SN750 500Gb. A recent motherboard that has a TPM socket, although you do not need to get hold of a TPM module to enable the firmware TPM. I bought an OEM system builder licence and DVD which activated no problem with my Microsoft account, to my great relief.

 
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    Athlon 3000G
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    Asrock A320M-HDV r4.0
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    8Gb Crucial DDR4 2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27
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    2560-1440
    Hard Drives
    WD black SN750 M2 500Gb
    PSU
    400W Novatech semi modular 80+bronze.
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    Fractal Design Define R2
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    front 2 x 120mm rear 100mm stock psu
    Internet Speed
    215/21
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    Firefox and edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Security and free Malwarebytes
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    W11 pro 64
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    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 3200G
    Motherboard
    MSI B450M PRO-VDH
    Memory
    2 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black M2 SN750 500Gb
    PSU
    Be Quiet 400 semi modular 80+gold
    Case
    Coolermaster Silencio 650
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    140mm front, 120 rear Akasa Vegas Chroma AM
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    21/215
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    edge/Firefox
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    WD plus Malwarebytes free

orlbuckeye

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If i would need any kind of telephone-activation just because i replaced some component,
then i guess i will need to wait for a Retail copy of Windows 11 to be released instead.

Receiving an "OEM-license" for Windows 11 (when upgrading from a Windows 10 "Retail-license") is just horrible.

I'd rather pay 199 dollars (or whatever it would cost) for a full copy.


So far i have a full Retail copy of "Windows 7 Ultimate" (which cost me 319.99 USD back in 2009)
and also a Retail copy of Windows 10 PRO (and that cost me 199 Dollars in 2015).

I gladly paid for those, to get rid of the OEM-restrictions.


Hopefully they start selling Full copies of Windows 11 soon.
If you upgrade a you it would be the retail version of Windows 11.
 

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System One

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    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Book 2
    CPU
    Intel Quad-Core i7-8650U, 4.2GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 6GB
    Sound Card
    Dolby Atmos support for headphones
    Screen Resolution
    15-inch display, 3240 x 2160, 260 PPI.
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD 512

Wenda

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For the first time since 3.1, I'll be giving this one a big miss and a big thumbs-down.

I have no intention whatsoever of paying $2000+ to replace this 4 year-old 7th gen I7 laptop when it still works perfectly.

I can see no valid reason for this machine to not be compatible with Win 11, and so I'm simply not going to bother.

And I really do hope this short-sightedness ends up costing MS big-time.

Wenda.
 

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    Windows 10

hclarkjr

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I got home just a little before 3PM today and found that Windows Update was not yet ready to download and install W11 so went the W11 Upgrade Assistant route. I first thought the download was for the Assistant only and was going very slow for what I thought would be a small application; but when all was said and done from clicking on the Assistant Download button to the Windows 11 desktop was around 42 minutes. Not bad considering my internet signal was not good (almost cancelled the process because of it). Have some exploring to do now in this new interface to see what I think of it.
i took the same route yesterday, very fast and smooth update. only hiccup was after it was done doing the install it went to desktop and stopped, no restart at all. i had to manually restart the computer for it to finish installing. about the same time frame for me too.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware aurora R9
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-9700
    Motherboard
    Alienware 0T76PD
    Memory
    Kingston X5H5PW-MIE 8 GB DDR4 X2
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (8 GB)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P2418HT 23.8" 1920X1080 LED IPS Touch Monitor
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB (2000 GB, PCI-E 3.0 x4)
    ST1000DM010-2EP102 (1 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA-III)
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    CITIZENS fiber

FDretired

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My old system was windows 7. A few months before the release of Windows 8 Microsoft was selling win 8 key for about 40 dollars. I purchased a few.
I used it on my Black box PC and used the key to install win 8. About 5 years ago I upgraded the motherboard and used the key to install win 10. A computer shop do these hardware upgrades for me. I only upgrade disks .

If I replace the motherboard for Win11 compatibility, would I need a new licence for for it?

Using Jellybeans I got this information on my present win 10 system.
..........................................
Windows 10 Enterprise
Product Part No.: [TH]X19-9
Installed from 'Full Packaged Product' media.
Product ID: 00330-80000-00000-AA949 match to CD Key data
CD Key: xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx
Computer Name: ASUSI5-6500
Registered Owner: xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx
............................................

Is windows 10 Enterprise Key transferrable to a system with a
new motherboard and CPU?
 

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    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    No Name - Assembled by a Compute shop in a Strip Mall.
    CPU
    Intel i511400
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS motherboard
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    0
    Sound Card
    0
    Monitor(s) Displays
    28 in Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs a mixture of Nvme and Sata.
    PSU
    600w
    Case
    Mid Tower DEEP COOL
    Internet Speed
    40 MPS download and 3.5 MPS upload. The condo building is nor wired with Fibe yet
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    Firefox, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    McAfee - free with Bell account

zbook

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See this link:



If you want to upgrade in a supported fashion then run the compatibility checker to see if you have all of the other needed parameters for a supported upgrade.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Product : 190A Version : KBC Version 94.56
    Memory
    16 GB Total: Manufacturer : Samsung MemoryType : DDR3 FormFactor : SODIMM Capacity : 8GB Speed : 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Quadro K3100M; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC; PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0
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    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
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FDretired

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Thanks for the information.

There is no mention of transfer of licence. I would conclude that I will need a new licence when I replace the motherboard and CPU probably in 2025.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    No Name - Assembled by a Compute shop in a Strip Mall.
    CPU
    Intel i511400
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS motherboard
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    0
    Sound Card
    0
    Monitor(s) Displays
    28 in Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs a mixture of Nvme and Sata.
    PSU
    600w
    Case
    Mid Tower DEEP COOL
    Internet Speed
    40 MPS download and 3.5 MPS upload. The condo building is nor wired with Fibe yet
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    Firefox, Microsoft Edge
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Mark Phelps

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Thanks for the information.

There is no mention of transfer of licence. I would conclude that I will need a new licence when I replace the motherboard and CPU probably in 2025.
Supposedly, if your logon is through an MSN account, it will retain the activation -- or so I have read over and over.

But when I upgraded my desktop by replacing the motherboard, that did not work. It would not activate, no matter what I did.

So I called MS and they asked HOW my desktop got activated originally. I told them it was upgraded from Win8 which was upgraded from Win7. Since I still have the old Win7 "boxes" around, they told me to take out the product-key page from one of the Win7 boxes and enter that key. I did that and it worked!

I'm guessing the same thing might work if you have a Win 8 key lying around -- but I did not try that.
 

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System One

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    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600X
    Motherboard
    ASRock Steel Legend
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GT 710
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23",24", 19" - flat panels
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    None - only M.2 SATA and NVMe drives
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Antec
    Cooling
    stock Wraith cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair gaming
    Mouse
    Logitech M720
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    1Gb

zbook

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    Windows 10
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    HP
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Product : 190A Version : KBC Version 94.56
    Memory
    16 GB Total: Manufacturer : Samsung MemoryType : DDR3 FormFactor : SODIMM Capacity : 8GB Speed : 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Quadro K3100M; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC; PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0
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    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
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ThrashZone

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Hi,
MS phone activation for office wasn't working to good today
Never did receive text message to use it's activation process.
 

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  • OS
    Linux-Mint-Cinnamon-20.2 Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    asus x3/ one old acer
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k & q9550
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth & Acer WG43M
    Memory
    2x8gb & 4x8gb 3600c16 & 4x8gb 3200c14 & 4x2gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    To many to list
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2 & 750p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & Test benches x2
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
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    xfinity gigabyte
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UPDATE 11/16:

Today, based on the positive rollout update experience and user feedback we have seen to date, we are advancing the pace of the rollout faster than we previously anticipated, and are now making the Windows 11 upgrade more broadly available to eligible Windows 10 devices.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
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    Google Chrome
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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