Almost everyone you know has switched from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and they advised you to do the same since the update is free and compatible with most PCs with this operating system. Not knowing much about the subject, however, you decided to search the Internet and you came straight to this tutorial of mine.
That’s the way it is, right? Then I’m more than happy to help you find out how to switch from windows 10 to windows 11 giving you all the information you need to update your operating system without losing your data. I assure you it’s less difficult than you might think.
So if you’re ready, and you have a few free minutes to dedicate to me, I’d say don’t waste any more time and go straight to the heart of the explanation, to find out everything you need to know about Windows 11, how it works and how to upgrade. Having said that, all that remains is for me to wish you a good reading and a good continuation!
Switching from Windows 10 to Windows 11 pays off
If you’re here, you’ve probably wondered how convenient it really is to switch from one operating system to another and want to know what it takes to upgrade your PC to Windows 11. I can start by telling you that, in general, updating your computer is almost always a good idea: operating system updates, especially those majors, like Windows 11, are designed to bring new features and enhance existing ones. Additionally, updates increase your PC’s security levels and help your computer run better overall.
Specifically, Windows 11, compared to its predecessor, has a minimalist design and is designed to meet the needs of smart and remote working and recreational PC use, gaming included; the basic idea for the development of him, in fact, was to bring the user closer to his passions and his multiple interests.
As for the first point, smart and remote working, Windows 11 includes Microsoft Teams (the video conferencing platform from Microsoft) and offers the possibility, through simple operations, to use more virtual desktops at the same time to devote to different activities.
As regards the second point, i.e. recreational use, Windows 11 raises the performance of PCs in terms of quality of gaming and is designed to meet any user need with the introduction of widgets, useful for customizing your PC based on how you want to use it. Also also the Microsoft Store is renewed and lets you run android applicationshybridizing mobile and desktop operating systems in order to have a greater and simpler connection between the different devices you own.
With regard to the more technical aspects, however, you must know that not all computers can support this update and that there are specific hardware standards to be respected. Your PC must meet these minimum requirements: a 1GHz processor or higher with two or more cores in a compatible 64-bit processor SoC (system on a chip), a 4GB RAM or greater, a free disk space of at least 64GBa compatible graphics card DirectX 12 with drivers WDDM 2.0a screen HD (720p) from at least 9 inchesa Firmware system compatible with UEFI and the microcontroller TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module 2.0.) Without one of these components, the update is not supported. Besides that, to upgrade, you also need a Internet connection and of a Microsoft account.
Windows 11, moreover, is free for all who are in possession of a regular Windows 10 license. If you bought a computer with this operating system, or if you bought Windows 10 directly some time ago, you are entitled to the free upgrade that will be provided to you by Microsoft through Windows Update, if your PC is compatible. Learn more about features and prices here.
How to switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11
If you want to know how to switch from windows 10 to windows 11, know that it is a rather simple operation that does not require particular computer skills. The update, as mentioned above, is automatically provided by Microsoft for all compatible computers via Windows Update, but there are other ways to get it faster as well. However, you will find everything explained in detail below.
How to switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free
As mentioned in the previous chapter, Windows 11 is a free upgrade for anyone with a valid Windows 10 license. If you don’t have it, or if you need to buy it for any reason, you can proceed by following the advice in my post on how and where to buy Windows 11, where you will find all the necessary information.
Generally though, you don’t need to worry about the price since it’s free and it’s a matter of time before Windows Update makes it available on your PC.
Switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11 without losing data
Are you determined to switch to Windows 11 but afraid of losing all the precious files on your PC? In this case you don’t have to worry: through the simple update procedure you can keep all your files intactprecisely as they were on Windows 10. If your PC meets the requirements and you are not willing to “force” the update (with the possibility of even causing permanent damage to your PC) you have nothing to fear.
To proceed, the first method that I advise you to implement is to make use of Windows Update, the stock update service that comes with your Windows PC. The first thing you need to do is therefore check if your computer is ready or not to receive the Windows 11 update: then press on the menu start of Windows (represented by the flag at the bottom left) and then click, in the menu that has opened, on the item Settings. At this point, in the panel that you see open, press the icon Update and security and, under the heading Windows Updateclick the button Check for updates and wait for the verification result.
If the PC is ready for the update, and has all the necessary requirements to correctly download Windows 11, you will see an additional button called Download and install. Click on it to start downloading Windows 11 and, in the new panel that has opened, press the button Accept and install, then wait for the operation to finish. Once finished, all you have to do is press the button Restart, to restart your computer and begin using the new operating system. Automatically, without the need for any particular operation, your files will be exactly as you left them.
A second method that you can use, in case your PC is compatible with the minimum requirements but Windows Update is not yet giving you the possibility to update (it can happen, the transition is gradual and it can take a long time), is the ‘use of’Windows 11 Setup Assistant. In a nutshell, through the Microsoft website, you can download the assistance and immediately run the update.
To proceed connected to the Microsoft web page dedicated to downloading Windows 11 and click on the button Download now under the entry Windows 11 Setup Assistant. In this way you will see the download of the file appear in the lower left part of the screen Windows11 Installation Assistant.exe: Press it twice, then click the keys Yup and Runto install the Assistant.
At this point wait for the device compatibility check, then click on the button Accept and install. Once the installation of Windows 11 is complete, as the last thing, press the button Restart now and, at the end of the operation you can use the PC with the new operating system. Naturally, even in this case, the files, folders and everything that was present in the PC memory will be in its place and no data will have been lost.
Upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 11
You are a possession of Windows 10 Pro, the version designed for business and work purposes, and want to switch to Windows 11? Then, also in this case, the passage is totally free. Also as regards the procedure there are no differences compared to the Home version (the one for more “domestic” use).
Therefore, if you want to update your operating system, you can follow the same instructions that I gave you in the previous paragraph without any changes: you can check for the update via Windows Update or proceed with the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, in case the update is not available directly from the PC.
Are you wondering which version of Windows 11 will be downloaded in this case? The same one you own the license for. So, to put it simply, if you own Windows 10 Pro you will get it for free Windows 11 Pro.
Switching from Windows 10 to 11: problems
Have you tried to follow the instructions but your PC doesn’t want to know about updating? The most probable cause is that the PC does not completely meet the minimum requirements for installing Windows 11. The absence of just one of the hardware components that I have listed above is enough for the update to fail .
What you can do, to eliminate any doubts, is to proceed with the compatibility check using the Installation Assistant, as I showed you previously. Indeed, after downloading it, it will give you an overview of suitable and unsuitable computer components.
The main problems are usually related to the processor/CPU and al TPM 2.0 microcontrollers which are not compatible. In this case, then, you can proceed via aclean installation from ISO file for unsupported CPUs or via the removal of controls if it’s a TPM issue.
In both cases, however, these are “forced” installation procedures that can cause even serious problems, undermining the stability of the operating system and causing damage of various magnitudes to the PC. Also, by forcing the installation, you will lose the warranty on your device and you will not receive system and security updates. In short, your PC will no longer be supported by the manufacturer and Microsoft.
If you still want to proceed, since these are not illegal operations but only dangerous for the functioning of the computer (and therefore not particularly recommended), you can read my guides on how to install Windows 11 without requirements and how to install Windows 11 without TMP.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and takes care of the technological section of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he simply answers thousands of computer-related questions. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.