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 January 26, 2022 (PT)

The upgrade offer to Windows 11 is entering its final phase of availability and is designated for broad deployment for eligible devices*. Since the launch of Windows 11 in October, we have seen strong demand and preference for Windows 11 with people upgrading their eligible PCs at twice the rate we saw for Windows 10. Based on this trend, we are advancing the pace of the rollout faster than we originally announced and entering the final phase of availability for Windows 11 ahead of our initial plan of mid-2022.

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.


Source: How to get Windows 11

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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.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Wordsworth 10000
    CPU
    Core i7 10700K 3.8 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming Wifi
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 64GB 3000MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Radeon RX480 Strix 8GB
    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DSX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 2709m
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro M.2 SSD 500GB; Samsung 980 M.2 SSD 1TB
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand Platinum 850W
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2
    Cooling
    CPU-Noctua NH D15 Chromax, GPU-Stock, Case-Noctua Chromax 3x140
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000
    Mouse
    HP X500
    Internet Speed
    Cable
    Browser
    Vivaldi, MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes 4.4.3, Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Klipsch Promedia 5.1 THX
    Asus External Blu-Ray 16D1X-USB 3.0
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Wordsworth 6000
    CPU
    Core i7 6700K 4.0 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Z170 Pro
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 32GB 3000MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar SE
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP X24ih
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel 760p M.2 SSD 500GB; Intel 540 SSD 480GB; Intel 335 SSD 240GB
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W
    Case
    Lian Li PC-B70
    Cooling
    CPU- Noctua NH-D15; GPU-Stock; Case-Noctua Chromax 2x140, 2x120
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5050
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5050
    Internet Speed
    Cable
    Browser
    Vivaldi, MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes 4.4.3, Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP bd 340
    HP bd 240
    Denon DRA-800H
    Klipsch RP-600M
    Klipsch R-100SW (2)

    System 3 Specs
    Core i7 10700K 3.8 GHz
    Asus ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming Wifi
    Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 32GB 3200MHz
    Asus Radeon RX560 Dual 4GB
    Xonar SE
    Samsung 980 Pro M.2 SSD 1 TB (2)
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 850W
    Fractal Design Meshify 2
    CPU-Noctua NH D15 Chromax, GPU-Stock, Case-Noctua Chromax 2x140,1x120
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.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro [Build 19045.4291]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (4900 Mhz)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570S Aorus Master
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 64 GB DDR4 3600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster AE-7
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 46" TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO NVMe SSD 4000 GB (OS/Games)
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD 2000 GB (Games)
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD 4000 GB (Games)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1500i (1500W)
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Black)
    Cooling
    Corsair H150i PRO RGB
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518 Legendary 16000 DPI
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium 4.6.12
    Other Info
    Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (M.2 Add-in Card)
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro [Build 26100.1]
    Computer type
    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 AX850 (850W)
    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 Premium 4.6.12
    Other Info
    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (PCIe Add-in Card / HP 6VF53AA)
    Asus USB 3.1 2x Type-A 10Gbps (PCIe Add-in Card)
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.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
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 19045.4291]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (4900 Mhz)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570S Aorus Master
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 64 GB DDR4 3600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster AE-7
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 46" TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO NVMe SSD 4000 GB (OS/Games)
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD 2000 GB (Games)
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD 4000 GB (Games)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1500i (1500W)
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Black)
    Cooling
    Corsair H150i PRO RGB
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518 Legendary 16000 DPI
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium 4.6.12
    Other Info
    Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (M.2 Add-in Card)
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro [Build 26100.1]
    Computer type
    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 AX850 (850W)
    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 Premium 4.6.12
    Other Info
    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (PCIe Add-in Card / HP 6VF53AA)
    Asus USB 3.1 2x Type-A 10Gbps (PCIe Add-in Card)
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
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 19045.4291]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (4900 Mhz)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570S Aorus Master
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 64 GB DDR4 3600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster AE-7
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 46" TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO NVMe SSD 4000 GB (OS/Games)
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD 2000 GB (Games)
    Samsung 860 EVO SSD 4000 GB (Games)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1500i (1500W)
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Black)
    Cooling
    Corsair H150i PRO RGB
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518 Legendary 16000 DPI
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1000/1000 Mbit
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium 4.6.12
    Other Info
    Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (M.2 Add-in Card)
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro [Build 26100.1]
    Computer type
    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 AX850 (850W)
    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 Premium 4.6.12
    Other Info
    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (PCIe Add-in Card / HP 6VF53AA)
    Asus USB 3.1 2x Type-A 10Gbps (PCIe Add-in Card)
We plan to buy a box version of Windows 11 some time soon.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    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"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440@240Hz, 2560x1440@70Hz
    Hard Drives
    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.
  • Operating System
    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
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Corsair Virtuoso Headset
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

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    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 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    W11 pro beta
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    home built
    CPU
    Athlon 3000G
    Motherboard
    Asrock A320M-HDV r4.0
    Memory
    16Gb Crucial DDR4 2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560-1440
    Hard Drives
    WD black SN750 M2 500Gb
    PSU
    500W Seasonic core 80+gold non modular
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R2
    Cooling
    front 2 x 120mm rear 100mm stock psu
    Internet Speed
    135/20
    Browser
    Firefox and edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Security and free Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    W11 pro 64 beta (from W10 pro system builder pack)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 tomahawk max II
    Memory
    4 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 21.5" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 1Tb Black M2 SN850X on Asus hyper M2 X16 max V2 card
    PSU
    Be Quiet 400 semi modular 80+gold
    Case
    Coolermaster Silencio 650
    Cooling
    140mm front, 120 rear Akasa Vegas Chroma AM
    Internet Speed
    135/20
    Browser
    edge/Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD plus Malwarebytes free
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    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
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build by avadirect
    CPU
    Ryzen™ 9 5900X 12-Core 3.7 - 4.8GHz Turbo, AM4, 105W TD
    Motherboard
    X570S AORUS MASTER, AMD X570 Chipset, AM4, ATX Motherboard
    Memory
    Gskill 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) Trident Z RGB DDR4 3200MHz, CL16, Black, RGB LED, DIMM Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX Radeon™ RX 6900 XT Speedster SWFT 319 CORE, 1825 - 2250MHz, 16GB, GDDR6, Graphics Card
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2721QS 27 Inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Ultra-Thin Bezel Monitor, AMD FreeSync
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2TB 980 PRO 2280, 7000 / 5100 MB/s, V-NAND 3-bit MLC, PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.3c, M.2 SSD,1TB 870 EVO 7mm, 560 / 530 MB/s, V-NAND MLC, SATA 6Gb/s, 2.5-Inch SSD
    PSU
    1000 G5, 80 PLUS Gold 1000W, ECO Mode, Fully Modular, ATX Power Supply
    Case
    H7, Tempered Glass, No PSU, E-ATX, Black, Mid Tower Case
    Cooling
    NH-D15 SE-AM4, 165mm Height, 225W TDP, Copper/Aluminum/Nickel CPU Cooler
    Internet Speed
    CITIZENS fiber
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?
 

My Computer

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
    6 SSDs a mixture of 3 Nvme and 3 Sata.
    PSU
    600w
    Case
    Antec- VSK4000E-U3 Mid Tower
    Internet Speed
    40 MPS download and 3.5 MPS upload. The condo building is nor wired with Fibe yet
    Browser
    Firefox, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
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.

 

My Computer

System One

  • 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
    Hard Drives
    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Mobile Workstation
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.
 

My Computer

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
    6 SSDs a mixture of 3 Nvme and 3 Sata.
    PSU
    600w
    Case
    Antec- VSK4000E-U3 Mid Tower
    Internet Speed
    40 MPS download and 3.5 MPS upload. The condo building is nor wired with Fibe yet
    Browser
    Firefox, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    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
    Internet Speed
    1Gb

My Computer

System One

  • 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
    Hard Drives
    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Mobile Workstation
Hi,
MS phone activation for office wasn't working to good today
Never did receive text message to use it's activation process.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    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
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
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.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • 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
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    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,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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