A little earlier than expected, Microsoft today announced the general availability of Windows 11 for both new devices preloaded with Windows 11 and in upgrade form for eligible Windows 10 devices. The offer to download Windows 11 ISO file should arrive in the next hours, days, or months.
After releasing for eligible devices, as with previous implementations, Microsoft will study device health data and other signals to determine the pace at which Windows 11 will be delivered through Windows Update.
After all, hardware, reliability metrics, and other factors impact the upgrade experience. According to a recent survey, most professional PCs are not yet compatible with the system.
However, if you want to skip the part of waiting for the update notification — something not necessarily recommended — you can download the Windows 11 ISO files to install using the following walkthrough:
- Go to the official Microsoft website.
- Under Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO), click Windows 11 and then click Download. There will only be one option for Windows 11 as this works for both Pro and Home editions.
- In Select Product Language, choose your language > Confirm.
Microsoft expects all eligible Windows 10 devices to be offered for the Windows 11 upgrade by mid-2022. As of today, the 24-month lifecycle for Windows 11 Home and Pro editions has begun.
Windows Minimum System Requirements
If you are running Windows 10 today, you can check if your device is eligible to update using the PC Health Check app. If so, try going to Settings and then Windows Update Update and Security. If your device is eligible and the update is ready, just click on the download and install option that will appear.