Windows 11 is now officially available for download in India and around the world. The new Windows operating system has been released as a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs. It will also come preloaded on new Windows PCs from manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo, among others. Windows 11 supports a variety of form factors, such as convertibles and 2-in-1 devices, alongside traditional desktops and laptops. It also works with a range of silicon from companies like AMD and Intel.
Microsoft is aiming to offer Windows 11 to all eligible Windows 10 devices by mid-2022, as announced via a blog post. Meanwhile, the Windows 11 update will be available initially for new Windows 10 PCs. New PC models from manufacturers like Asus, HP and Lenovo have started to come with Windows 11 pre-installed. Soon there will be more than partners like Acer and Dell. Microsoft will also bring Windows 11 pre-installed to its new range of Surface devices coming to the US starting today.
How to get the Windows 11 update on an existing PC
Along with the new PCs, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 for eligible PCs on a gradual basis. You can check for the Windows 11 update on your PC by going to the Windows Update section. You can also download Microsoft’s PC Health application on your PC to check if the machine is eligible to receive the update after your arrival.
If your PC is eligible for Windows 11 but the update has not yet arrived, you can get the latest Windows operating system using Microsoft’s Setup Assistant. You just need to press the download now in the Installation Wizard, and then follow the instructions on the screen.
Microsoft has also provided an option to create a bootable DVD or USB drive from their Windows 11 software page. Additionally, you can create a Windows 11 disk image (ISO) that will be available on a bootable installation media, such as a USB flash drive or DVD, to help you install the new version of Windows on your machine.
Windows 11 Features
Introduced in June, Windows 11 is designed as Microsoft’s most advanced PC operating system. The new version brings a new user interface that includes a centrally aligned Start menu and updated fonts, as well as notification sounds. It also integrates Microsoft Teams to allow users to connect with others through chat, voice, or video calls. Windows 11 also improves multitasking with Snap Layouts and Groups. It is also compatible with various desktops and has a variety of accessibility features such as Narrator, Magnifier, Subtitles, and Windows Speech Recognition.
For newer form factors, Windows 11 comes with larger touch targets and includes haptic feedback support for stylus pens, including the Surface Slim Pen 2.
There are also dedicated features for PC gamers. These include DirectX 12, an option to turn Auto HDR on and off, and DirectStorage that is claimed to reduce load times and help render detailed and better graphics using a DirectX 12 GPU and NVMe SSD storage.
Microsoft has also pre-installed the Xbox app to allow users to browse, download, and play more than 100 PC games. The dedicated app allows access to Xbox Game Pass (membership sold separately) to allow gamers to get a number of games to play on their PCs.
In addition to regular users, businesses and students can experience Windows 11. Microsoft has enabled organizations with the ability to move their computers to the new version of Windows through the cloud using Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop.
Windows 11 will also have features including the ability to run Android apps in the future. Microsoft at launch demonstrated dedicated access to the Amazon Appstore within the Microsoft Store that will allow downloading of new Android applications on Windows 11 PCs.