Installation and Upgrade Upgrade to Windows 11


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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.

Most devices available for purchase now will be upgradeable to Windows 11. You will have the option to upgrade, clean install, or reimage Windows 10 devices to move to Windows 11. For Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 devices that meet hardware requirements, you will need to clean install or reimage to go directly to Windows 11.

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, Windows 11 will be generally available on October 5, 2021. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Update.

It will be free to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. But only Windows 10 PCs that are running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware specifications will be able to upgrade. You can check to see if you have the latest updates for Windows 10 in Settings/Windows Update. The free upgrade offer does not have a specific end date for eligible systems. However, Microsoft reserves the right to eventually end support for the free offer. This end date will be no sooner than one year from general availability.

Windows 11 minimum system requirements:

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


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This tutorial will show you step by step on how to manually upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7.


Here's How:

1 Disable or uninstall any 3rd party AV or security program you have installed first to prevent it from interfering with the upgrade to Windows 11. You can enable or reinstall it again after Windows 11 has finished installing.

2 Temporarily disconnect all non OS hard drives until Windows installation has finished to avoid Windows Setup from installing files on other hard drives by mistake. You can reconnect the drives after Windows 11 has finished installing.

Step 2 is optional, but is recommended to prevent Windows adding a recovery partition on by mistake.


3 Do the step below depending on how you want to upgrade to Windows 11.
  • step 4: To Upgrade to Windows 11 with an ISO file
  • step 5: To Upgrade to Windows 11 with USB Installation Media
4 To Upgrade to Windows 11 with an ISO file

A) If you have not already, you will need to download a Windows 11 ISO file.​

B) In Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, mount the ISO file, and go to step 6 below.​

C) In Windows 7, you will need to extract the files in the ISO to a new folder on your desktop, open the folder, and go to step 6 below.​

5 To Upgrade to Windows 11 with USB Installation Media

A) Connect and open the Windows 11 USB, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)​

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6 Run the setup.exe file to start Windows 11 Setup. (see screenshot below)

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7 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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8 Windows 11 Setup will now start preparing. (see screenshot below)

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9 Click/tap on the Change how Setup downloads updates link. (see screenshot below)

You can check or uncheck (default) I want to help make the installation better depending on what you want. This will send setup info to Microsoft to help improve.


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10 Select (dot) Download updates, drivers and optional features (default) or Not right now for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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11 Windows 11 Setup will now start getting things ready. (see screenshots below)

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12 Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

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13 Windows 11 Setup will now check for and install any available updates. (see screenshot below)

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14 Windows 11 Setup will now check compatibility to make sure you're ready to install. (see screenshots below)

If anything is found that needs your attention, you can click/tap on Confirm to accept and continue.


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15 Click/tap on the Change what to keep link. (see left screenshot below)

After doing step 16, click/tap on Install when ready to start the upgrade to Windows 11. (see right screenshot below)


If wanted, you can close the Windows 11 Setup window at this point to safely cancel the upgrade before it starts.


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16 Select (dot) Keep personal files and apps (default), Keep personal files only, or Nothing for what you want to keep, and click/tap on Next. (see left screenshot below)

When you click/tap on Next, you will go back to step 14.

When you get to step 15 again, click/tap on Install when ready to start the upgrade to Windows 11. (see right screenshot below)


If wanted, you can close the Windows 11 Setup window at this point to safely cancel the upgrade before it starts. It will be too late after this step.


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17 Windows 11 Setup will now start upgrading to Windows 11. (see screenshot below)

Your PC will restart several times. This might take a while.


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18 When the upgrade to Windows 11 has finished, you can dismiss the lock screen and sign in to Windows 11. (see screenshots below)

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19 After a bit, you will be on your desktop in Windows 11 with the Start menu open. (see screenshot below)

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20 Make sure that you have the correct time zone, date, and time set.


That's it,
Shawn Brink

 

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Now we can finally point people to the first part of this tutorial about the availability to usersin 2022 versus RTM in late 2021.

People seem to always ignore the fact that RTM =/= release to public.
 

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Now I think I have an idea how to disable my Eset security suite but am unsure of how to disconnect the other hard drive (D:) without having to physically remove the D: drive before going ahead with the upgrade.
I am also unsure whether to do it now or wait until the official release of 11 in October?
OH, one more thing so I have it right the upgrade is not done straight from the Windows update feature?
 

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OH, one more thing so I have it right the upgrade is not done straight from the Windows update feature?

I believe that you have it wrong. The "upgrade" will be offered via Windows Update.

The reports on that said that the upgrades will be spread out into 2022. I'm unclear on whether Microsoft will offer an earlier manual upgrade via the Media Creation Tool or a direct ISO download.

My own version is an unblessed one, through a clean install from a uupdump.net download. I hope that it'll be updated to the GA (general availability) version just as it has received all updates through 2200.184.
 

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Ok Bob so I can take it I will not have to mess with an ISO on a stick? if so then it will be that much easier as I also am not clear from what I read in this tutorial.
 

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Ok Bob so I can take it I will not have to mess with an ISO on a stick? if so then it will be that much easier as I also am not clear from what I read in this tutorial.
Right. Get Windows 11 | Microsoft

In particular, "How will I know when the upgrade is available for my Windows 10 PC?"

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update.​

Personally, I'd prefer to get the ISO anyway. That would be a single download, which would save time if the Windows Update upgrade runs into problems. It's also handy to have a bootable installation USB for some maintenance/repair tasks.

There may not be a tutorial about using Windows Update until such updates become available. I don't know whether that will be on 5 October or later.
 

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Thanks Bob I will wait until then but I do have an ISO on a stick just in case I just don't want to mess up my apps as per they are now so I shall just have to be careful eh?
 

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Before upgrading to Windows 11, ensure you have image backups, backups, backups...
 

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Before upgrading to Windows 11, ensure you have image backups, backups, backups...
Yes Stigg but I am not that savvy to make backups that will take me back to Windows 10 all I want is for the 11 to carry over my security and other apps I have running. I would make a clone of the drive but it is one of those NVMe ones and I don't have an adaptor to do that with or I would just go down that path.
Edit Well I suppose I do have a second drive in the machine suppose I could use that eh?
 

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Edit Well I suppose I do have a second drive in the machine suppose I could use that eh?
Yes, having a secondary drive makes image backups very easy. It is my preferred way.
No doubt many people have already suggested to you to make a backup with Macrium Reflect FREE onto your secondary drive.
 

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Yes, having a secondary drive makes image backups very easy. It is my preferred way.
No doubt many people have already suggested to you to make a backup with Macrium Reflect FREE onto your secondary drive.
Ok Stigg I have made an image of my C: drive to the D: drive using Macrium what is still concerning me is having to disconnect the D: drive before going with the upgrade. I do have the ability to disable the D: drive in the boot section of the BIOS and taking it offline using disk management and am wondering if that would suffice because having to physically remove the drive beforehand is a pain in the neck to do.
 

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Ok Stigg I have made an image of my C: drive to the D: drive using Macrium what is still concerning me is having to disconnect the D: drive before going with the upgrade. I do have the ability to disable the D: drive in the boot section of the BIOS and taking it offline using disk management and am wondering if that would suffice because having to physically remove the drive beforehand is a pain in the neck to do.
Did someone suggest that you disconnect the D Drive for a Windows upgrade?
It's not necessary. Just upgrade through Windows. It's not going to upgrade to another drive.

People often suggest disconnecting other internal drives when performing a clean install.
This is to prevent any confusion and possibly installing to the wrong drive.
 
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Did someone suggest that you disconnect the D Drive for a Windows upgrade?
It's not necessary. Just upgrade through Windows. It's not going to upgrade to another drive.
Yes Stigg it is in point 2 of this tutorial Upgrade to Windows 11 see this in it
2 Temporarily disconnect all non OS hard drives until Windows installation has finished to avoid Windows Setup from installing files on other hard drives by mistake. You can reconnect the drives after Windows 11 has finished installing.
Which I will do but am trying to avoid opening the machine up and taking out the D: drive.
 

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Yes Stigg it is in point 2 of this tutorial Upgrade to Windows 11 see this in it
2 Temporarily disconnect all non OS hard drives until Windows installation has finished to avoid Windows Setup from installing files on other hard drives by mistake. You can reconnect the drives after Windows 11 has finished installing.
Which I will do but am trying to avoid opening the machine up and taking out the D: drive.
OK.
Well, it is not for me to debate the tutorial. Being a tutorial, I guess the author is being very cautious.

All I can say is that all my computers have more than one internal drive, and I have never disconnected them just for an existing Windows upgrade. A clean install is another story.

Edit: If you are really concerned and not sure about things, why not just upgrade via Windows Update?
 
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Edit: If you are really concerned and not sure about things, why not just upgrade via Windows Update?
Yes I suppose you are right mate and I have that backup on the D: drive just in case things go belly up.
 

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Ok Shawn just to be sure I do the right thing - I don't have a DVD drive on my machine so I am able to boot from a USB stick that I have created as in point 6?
One last point I can disable the security suite on the machine but can only disconnect/ take offline the secondary HDD drive in disk management willthis be suffice to do the upgrade?
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Hi,
Don't believe a win-11 iso will fit on a dvd not sure a recent win-10 will either
 

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Ok Shawn just to be sure I do the right thing - I don't have a DVD drive on my machine so I am able to boot from a USB stick that I have created as in point 6?
One last point I can disable the security suite on the machine but can only disconnect/ take offline the secondary HDD drive in disk management willthis be suffice to do the upgrade?

Hey John, :-)

Actually, you do not need to boot from the USB. You could just connect it, and run the setup.exe file on it to start the upgrade.

Disconnecting or taking offline non OS hard drives is not required, but more a precaution to prevent any mistakes causing something to be installed or used on those drives.
 

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Thanks, Shawn that sounds a lot easier than what I thought I was going to have to do:D
 

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    Genaric
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