will begin its wide release on Oct. 5. Microsoft’s first major operating system update in six years will be available as a starting on that date. However, the OS won’t roll out to every at once and it won’t have promised just yet, Microsoft said in a Tuesday blog post.
While the first general release of Windows 11 will include features like a more streamlined,, an updated , new and , it will not include one of the most anticipated updates: in its new app store. Microsoft also didn’t offer a date for either, other than saying that they would roll out in a “preview” test “over the coming months,” according to the post.
And just because you have a compatible Windows device doesn’t mean you’ll be able to run Windows 11 on Oct. 5. The launch will be “phased and measured,” withgetting the upgrade first and the rest getting offered the free upgrade sometime between October and mid-2022, depending on your hardware, age of device and other factors. You’ll get a notification from Windows Update letting you know when Windows 11 is available to you, or you can check manually (here’s more on when the time comes and how to try the preview version).
When it, Microsoft had said the OS would begin rolling out around the holiday season, and continue into 2022. But several hints suggested that the release date would actually be in October: During the reveal event, a Microsoft Teams message popped up on the demo screen that said “excited to turn it up to 11… can’t wait for October!” And many press images for Windows 11 include a date of Oct. 20 in the taskbar, The Verge noted. Plus, Walmart’s website lists a “ ” on certain laptops.
You can download an early preview of Windows 11 now, if you’re part of the Windows Insider program. You can also check to see(you’ll need to be running Windows 10 first to do so — here’s if you haven’t yet). But even if it isn’t deemed compatible, there will be a way to that is not supported by Microsoft.
You also don’t have to upgrade to Windows 11 right away if you don’t want to —through October 2025.
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