Want to download Windows 11? You need to do these two things first

Updating Windows 11 on a laptop

You will need to take two additional steps before you can download Windows 11.

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Windows 11 began to be implemented in October and brings a new and more aerodynamic design Y updated featuresincluding support for Android applications, easy switch between multiple virtual desktops Y better multitasking. Microsoft included some Mac-like features and the ability to run Android apps on Windows 11.

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But there are some pitfalls to downloading the new operating system. For starters, Microsoft is using a phased release for Windows 11. And before downloading, you will need a Wi-Fi connection and a Windows 11 Home account. But nevertheless, Windows 10 users can update free (here it is how to get windows 10 first so you can download Windows 11). But if you’re setting up a Windows 11 Home account, as most people who will use it on a personal device will be, there are a few additional steps you’ll need to take before accessing the new features.

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We’ll break down everything you need to know before downloading Windows 11, including how to check if your computer is compatible to make sure it meets the new requirements. And this is what you should know if you are thinking about upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 Home. This story was recently updated.

Create a Microsoft account (or sign in to yours)

Microsoft account

You will need to create a free Microsoft account before downloading Windows 11.


To set up Windows 11 Home, you will need a Microsoft account, which gives you access to Microsoft products and services. Don’t worry, it’s free to create one.

In the past, it was possible to choose not to create a Microsoft account and use a local one instead (although the process was not intuitive). It seems that with Windows 11, you will need to create a Microsoft account to get started. After that point, you can delete your Microsoft account and sign in with a local account if you want, and this won’t affect the way you use the operating system, but you won’t be able to sync content across multiple devices. A Microsoft account also allows for an easier transfer from your old PC to a new one and more options for logging in.

Windows 11 Pro and the version built for business use will not require people to sign in to Microsoft accounts.

Here’s how to create a free Microsoft account as Windows 11 is deployed:

one. Go to account.microsoft.com and click Check in.

two. Tap Create one to create a new account. (If you already have an account, you can log in here.)

3. Enter your email address. Or, if you prefer to create a new email address through Microsoft (which will appear as @ outlook.com), click Get a new email address, enter what you want, and click Next.

Four. Create a password and click next.

5. Enter your country / region and date of birth, and click next.

6. Check your email for a verification code and click next.

Connect to the Internet

Updating Windows 11 on a laptop

You need to have an internet connection to set up Windows 11.

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To download Windows 11 Home (and create a Microsoft account), you will also need to be connected to the Internet. The reason for this is that Windows 11 will be delivered primarily as a Windows update, just like newer versions of Windows 10 has been.

You will also need the internet for future updates and to take advantage of some of the new Windows 11 Features, according to Microsoft.

This requirement can pose a problem for those who lack easy access to the Internet. However, after connecting for the initial setup, you don’t need to reconnect if you don’t want to (although you should get important security updates that prevent vulnerabilities).

If you are downloading Windows 11 on your current computer, make sure you are connected to the internet before starting the process. If you buy a new Windows 11 computer after the operating system has generally been released, you should be prompted to connect to the Internet when you are setting it up.

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