What To Do Before Upgrading To Windows 11

Here is a quick guide if you want to install Windows 11

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Not all PCs or laptops can support the new OS. These are the minimum requirements for Windows 11:

Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or AMD Zen 2 CPUs and up.
TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) support.
4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

Use Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to check if your laptop or PC is compatible with Windows 11.

As you can see, my laptop cannot support Windows 11. Sad.

Backup Your Data

The next thing you should do before updating to Windows 11 is to backup all your important data and applications.

This step can be done easily with the help of the Windows Control Panel.

After opening the control panel, select System and Security, then the Backup and Restore buttons.

If this is your first time backing up your PC, or recently upgraded your version of Windows, select Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

If you’ve created a backup before, you can wait for your regularly scheduled backup to occur, or you can manually create a new backup by selecting Back up now.

Windows 11 Automatic Update

Image from Microsoft.

Now that you are ready for the upgrade, head to Settings, click on Update & Security then, Windows Update.

If you see the upgrade is available, just click on Download and Install, your device will restart automatically after the installation process and after that you will have a Windows 11 device.

What if I don’t have the automatic Windows Update?

You can still easily download Windows 11, just go straight to the Windows 11 Installation Assistant page.

Image from Microsoft website.

The Installation Assistant gives you more than one way to upgrade to Windows 11 from creating a bootable USB or DVD drive, to a bootable media or a virtual machine install by downloading a disk image (ISO).

The easiest way to upgrade to Windows 11 through the assistant is to click the Download Now button. Then you will see on-screen prompts that will later complete the installation for you.

Then your device will automatically restart.

After the restart your device will be running Windows 11.

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