How to download and install Windows 11 right now
Many people are eager to see how big of a difference Windows 11 makes now that it's ready for Insiders, and they're searching into how to get it.
After speculations of an October release date abound, Microsoft has officially confirmed it, with an October 5 release date.
Before Windows 11 was officially released, there was a leaked build, but we highly encourage you to join the Insider program, which has the testing build ready to go.
Even before we see the final version, there's much to enjoy about this next Windows release, including Widgets, a redesigned start menu, and a strong emphasis on gaming.
If you just have one PC, we suggest delaying installation or, at the very least, putting it on a partition if you truly want to give it a go.
We realize it's annoying to have to wait, but when Windows 11 is launched next month, you'll be able to download it using this simple instructions.
Windows 11 Minimum system requirements
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: 720p, 8-bit per color channel, at least 9-inch diagonal
- Internet Connection and Microsoft Account: Windows 11 Home requires an active internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete initial, first-use setup of the operating system, or when switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S-mode.
What distinguishes them?
Even if you've gone through our overview of the update, there are additional things to consider if you're still willing to check it out.
Windows 11 now has a more comprehensive health-check tool that may suggest specific activities to help extend the life of your PC, whether it's a desktop or laptop.
More snap configurations are available while in portrait mode on a touch-display in the latest Insider version, as well as improved support for multiple monitors so you can quickly sort the taskbar when required.
When a new version of Windows 11 is released, be sure to ‘Check for Updates' to get the latest fixes and improvements.
How can I get Windows 11?
Make sure your PC matches the Windows 11 minimum requirements mentioned above before you begin. If it does, you should make a backup of your computer before proceeding.
This guarantees that if anything goes wrong – such as upgrading to a beta version of a new operating system – your critical data and settings may be recovered at the very least.
After that, you'll have to join the Windows Insider Program.
1. Join the Windows Insider Program
To do so, go to Settings and choose ‘Update & Security', then ‘Windows Insider Program.'
You may need to turn on optional diagnostic data to see this option. To do that go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback and choose ‘Optional diagnostic data'.
In the ‘Windows Insider Program' window, click ‘Get started' to join. From the window that appears, click ‘Link an account' and pick your Microsoft Account and click ‘Continue'.
2. Join the Dev Channel
The Windows 11 Insider build is currently only accessible via the Dev Channel. This is only available to app developers, and it gives them early access to Windows 11. Again, make sure you're willing to install what's likely to be an early version with a number of bugs.
For the time being, we recommend avoiding Windows 11 if you simply want your PC to function normally. If you truly want to test out Windows 11, choose ‘Dev Channel' from the ‘Pick your Insider settings' screen that opens, then ‘Confirm.'
Another window will appear with an explanation of what you can expect from this early build. As long as you are happy to proceed, click ‘Confirm'.
You'll then need to restart your PC. Make sure everything is saved, and click ‘Restart Now' on the window that appears.
3. Install the Windows 11 Insider Preview build
Open the Windows Update program once you've rebooted. You may accomplish this by typing ‘Windows Update' into the search box on Windows 10's taskbar.
It's also accessible via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
Click ‘Check for updates' in the pop-up box that opens. You should see the Windows 11 Insider Preview build, which you can download and install just like any other Windows 10 update.
4. Perform a clean install of Windows 11
The methods outlined above will update your Windows 10 computer to Windows 11. You may download the Windows 11 Insider Preview ISO if you want to start fresh with Windows 11.
Make sure you're a member of the Windows Insider Program and in the Dev Channel (as described in steps 1 and 2), then scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Select Windows 11 from the ‘Select edition' drop-down menu. After you've downloaded the ISO, you'll need to use it to create a bootable USB or DVD.
For additional details, see our article on how to install Windows 10 using a USB or DVD. Although this is for Windows 10, the procedure will be the same for Windows 11.
Should I install Windows 11 Beta on my main PC?
We highly advise against doing so since it may include flaws that may cause your computer to crash or erase your data. Install the Insider Build version on a new partition on your hard drive if you have adequate space.