Would you like to upgrade your PC with Windows 10 to Windows 11, but you’ve heard that not all computers are eligible for this upgrade, which would require meeting a large number of requirements. So you would like more clear information about how to upgrade windows 10 to windows 11 and therefore you ended up on this tutorial of mine, hoping to find the answers you are looking for.
If this is the case, know that you are in the right place and that I will be happy to dispel all your doubts on the subject, explaining in detail the requirements and ways to upgrade to Windows 11. What you need to know is a minimum 1 GHz processorwith two or more cores in a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC (system on a chip), a memory 4GB RAM is one minimum 64 GB free disk space. Also, one is required DirectX 12 compatible graphics card with WDDM 2.0 drivers is one at least 9″ screen with HD resolution (720p) or higher. But it doesn’t end there.
To upgrade you must also have a firmware system compatible with UEFIthe TPM 2.0 microcontrollers (acronym for Trusted Platform Module, a microchip integrated or added to the PC motherboard that allows low-level data protection by generating and storing keys based on the system in use), a Internet connection it’s a Microsoft account. If you have everything ready, or if perhaps your only problem is the absence of the TPM, read on: in the next chapters I’ll reveal how to switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in just a few clicks!
Before upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 you need to make sure you have a regular operating system license. At least until October 2022, Microsoft ensures thefree upgrade from windows 10 to windows 11 to all who own a copy of the above operating system regularly activities.
Those who, on the other hand, need to assemble a new PC or need to switch to a more advanced edition of Windows (e.g. want to switch from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Pro) must purchase a Windows 11 product key. How? There are several options and several dealers you can contact.
The official Microsoft store – at least at the time of writing – only sells Windows 10 licenses (to be used to upgrade to the equivalent edition of Windows 11) at prices equal to 145 euros for the Home edition and 259 euros for the Pro edition of the operating system. It is possible though save large sums of money and buy specific licenses for Windows 11 by contacting third-party resellers.
Among the most established and reputable third party resellers is Mr Key Shop: site managed by a company with offices in Italy and England that sells 100% original licenses for Windows 11 and other editions of the Microsoft operating system (such as Windows 10 and Windows Server, which I also told you about in my guide on where and how to buy Windows Server), a lower prices than the official onesas these are resold licenses that previously belonged to companies and companies that then moved to the cloud (a perfectly lawful practice according to European regulations on the matter).
The purchase of licenses on Mr Key Shop takes place in a simple way completely digital and 100% Eco Friendly, without waste of materials and physical shipments. After payment – which can be done with various secure payment methods, such as PayPal, Amazon Pay and card – you will receive both the purchased product keys and the relative activation instructions directly by email in a few seconds. Also there are the money back guarantee on all items and the chance to get free specialized Italian assistance (which is rare for similar services).
That said, to purchase your Windows 11 license on Mr Key Shop, connect to this page of the site and first click on theedition of the operating system of your interest and then on the button to add it to cart. Among the available editions, I point out the upgrade package from Windows 10 to Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Professional and Windows 11 Enterprise.
On Mr Key Shop, however, 100% original licenses are also available at a discounted price for Microsoft Office 2021, Microsoft Office 2019, older versions of Microsoft Office (which I also told you about in my tutorial on where and how to buy Office 2021 for PC and Mac) and various popular antivirus software.
After adding all the products of your interest to the cart, go to cashier of Mr Key Shop, carry out the payment following the on-screen instructions and you will get your licenses and related usage instructions via e-mail. For more information, take a look at my specific tutorial on where and how to buy Windows 11.
How to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free
If you are licensed to Windows 10 Home and if your PC has all the above requirements, theWindows 11 upgrade is free and is provided directly by Microsoft. And for upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Windows 11? Same speech: in the presence of all the necessary requirements, regardless of the Windows 10 package you have, you can update the operating system by following one of the procedures described below.
Windows Update is the service that deals with the updates of Microsoft Windows operating systems and, for this reason, you can update your Windows 10 system to Windows 11 through the latter. To check if your PC is ready to receive Windows 11 do the following: click on the button start (the Windows flag) and, from the menu that has opened, press on the item Settings. Then, in the panel that you see open, select the item Update and security and, below the wording Windows Updateclick the button Check for updates.
If the update is ready to be installed and if the PC meets all the requirements you will see the button appear after a few seconds Download and install on which you will have to press to start the download. Once the procedure has started, click on the button Accept and install in the new panel that has opened and wait for the download to finish.
When the download is complete, press the button Restart, precisely to restart the device and start using your new operating system after the procedure is finished and the PC is back in action. Simple, right?
Windows 11 Setup Assistant
Your Windows PC is compatible but the update to Windows 11 is late in arriving on Windows Update (it can happen, as the distribution of the operating system takes place gradually) and you want to know how to upgrade windows 10 to windows 11 via an alternative method? No problem. If you have a PC with a 64-bit processor you can use theInstallation assistant by Microsoft.
To use this software, then connect to the official Microsoft page dedicated to downloading Windows 11 and click on the button Download now placed under the heading Windows 11 Setup Assistant.
Once this is done, double click on the file Windows11 Installation Assistant.exe and press on the buttons Yup and Run. Then wait for the compatibility of the device to be verified and, once you have read the terms and conditions, press the button Accept and Install. Once this is done, wait for your PC to install the new operating system and, once the operation is complete, press the button Restart nowto start the various restart procedures after which you can start using Windows 11 without losing any data.
For all the details relating to the Windows 11 installation procedure, I refer you to my dedicated tutorial.
How to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 without requirements
You don’t have all the necessary requirements but you would still like to “force” upgrade to Windows 11? This is not impossible, nor illegal, even if not particularly recommended. By doing this, in fact, you risk damaging your PC by compromising its stability (which can also cause very serious damage) or, in the event that everything goes in the right direction, you will lose the manufacturer’s warranty, Windows support and the ability to receive updates.
If, despite this, you are willing to proceed, you can use the clean install procedure via ISO file (burn to USB flash drive or DVD).
To use this method, the first thing you need to do is connect to this page of the official Microsoft site and click on the button Download nowunder the heading Creating Windows 11 installation media. This step will cause the .exe file of the Media Creation Tool, on which you will have to press twice. Once this is done, click on the buttons Yup, Accept And Come on.
At this point you just have to put the check mark next to the item ISO filesthen press the button Come on and decide in which PC folder to save the ISO image. After the image is saved you have to copy it to USB with the software Rufus, which eliminates control over the TPM. You can use the program and therefore upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 without TPM following the instructions I have given you in this guide.
In the event that for any reason you cannot use Rufus, you can go and act directly in theRegistry Editor and force the removal of the checks on the TPM – then freely install the operating system from a USB stick or DVD created using the official Media Creation Tool – as I explained to you in my specific guide on how to install Windows 11 without TPM.
How to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 without losing data
If the procedures I described above regarding the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 having the requirements and the upgrade to Windows 11 without requirements have been successful, you should not have lost any data on the PC.
In both cases, in fact, just before the definitive installation of Windows 11, it is asked if you want keep personal files and apps, keep only personal files or keep nothing. By selecting the first option it is possible not to lose any of your data regarding files and applications, therefore basically keeping everything that is present on the PC.
Article made in collaboration with Mr Key Shop.
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.