[Ultimate Guide] How to Update to Windows 11 from Windows 10

Microsoft has recently released their latest operating system, Windows 11. Windows 11 is the newest version of the Windows operating system and is designed to be the future of Windows.

Windows 11 is much more different from Windows 10 and is designed to be compatible with the newest available technology, operating systems, and hardware.

The official notification for Windows 11 is released to the public.

This blog post instructs you in detail on how to update to Windows 11 from Windows 10 with a complete step-by-step guide.

So, let’s start!

Minimum Requirements for Windows 11 Update

Microsoft mainly focused on three main principles to design Windows 11 for the best and quality user-friendly experience.

  1. Reliability,
  2. Security, and
  3. Compatibility

Before Upgrading to Windows 11, there are some minimum requirements, or specifications for a system to be compatible with the latest Windows 11 OS.

These minimum requirements are essential for a system to run Windows 11 smoothly and effectively.

So, at first, we have to check whether our system qualifies the minimum requirements for this major update or not.

If your device is not compatible and does not meet the minimum requirements, or specifications, then you cannot update to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or any other versions.

Here are the minimum requirements for a system or PC on how to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

RAM

A minimum of 4 GB RAM is required.

Solution Tip

If your system does not meet this requirement, check for the options that your system has an empty slot to upgrade an additional RAM or replace the 4 GB RAM with 8 GB RAM.

ROM or Storage

The minimum storage capacity is 64 GB.

Solution Tip

I think most of the PCs have more than 64 GB storage capacity. If your PC does not meet this requirement, consult the nearest retailer and ask for the options to meet this minimum criterion.

CPU or Processor

The processor of a PC is a significant requirement factor for Windows 11.

The clock speed should be 1GHz or faster, and the number of cores should be two or greater than two, to upgrade to Windows 11.

Note: Windows 11 run only on 64-bit CPUs. 32-bit CPUs or processors are not supported to run Windows 11.

From Microsoft Windows

Solution Tip

Before confirming the clock speed and the number of cores, check for the supported and approved CPUs list for Windows 11 update, which Microsoft has released officially.

If your processor is available in the list, then your system or PC is eligible.

Here is the list of

  1. Supported Intel Processors – Check Here
  2. Supported AMD Processors – Check Here
  3. Supported Qualcomm Processors – Check Here

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Version

A TPM chip (Trusted Platform Module) is a hardware-based crypto-processor mainly designed to advance security-related features and functions to carry out cryptographic operations.

The TPM (Trusted Platform Module) should be 2.0 to upgrade to Windows 11.

How to Fix (Solution)

If there is no TPM 2.0 enabled on your PC, your PC can run TPM 2.0, but it is not set up on your PC to do so.

Most devices shipped over the last five years can run TPM 2.0 as it is an essential requirement to run Windows 11 on your PC.

How to Check TPM 2.0 is enabled or not

There are two methods to check if TPM 2.0 is enabled on your device or not.

Method #1 Using Microsoft Windows App

Firstly, click on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Device Security

👉 Check for security processor details under the “security processor section” and verify that your version is 2.0.

If it is less than 2.0, you cannot update to Windows 11 as it is an essential requirement.

👉 If you do not see any security processor section, your device may have a TPM, but it is disabled.

To enable TPM, consult your PC manufacturer’s support officials or any nearest Retailer.

Method #2 Using Microsoft Management Console

Step 1: Press [Windows key] + R or click on Start > Run.

Step 2: Type “tpm.msc” and press enter.

typing tpm.msc and selecting ok
How to Check TPM 2.0 in Windows 10

First Point: If a message appears like “Compatible TPM cannot be found,” it means that your PC may have TPM, but it may be disabled.

message showing that compatible tpm cannot be found on pc
Compatible TPM cannot be Found

Consult your PC manufacturers support organization or any nearest Retailer to enable TPM in your system if it exists.

Step 3: After enabling the TPM on your system, check the second point to verify that your TPM is 2.0 or not.

Second Point: If a message appears like “TPM is ready to use,” check the version under “TPM Manufacturer Information” to verify it is 2.0. If TPM is less than 2.0, then you cannot update the OS to Windows 11.

Firmware BIOS

Your system should be capable of Secure Boot and UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).

Secure Boot will only be enabled with UEFI because it is an advanced security feature designed to prevent viruses from loading when your system boots or starts up.

How to Fix (Solution)

If your system is not Secure Boot capable and does not meet the minimum requirement, consult your PC Manufacturer’s Retailer or check the below section for steps on enabling Secure Boot on your PC.

How to enable UEFI/BIOS Secure Boot in Windows 10

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to enable UEFI/BIOS Secure Boot on your PC.

Follow these instructions carefully.

Step 1: Click on Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and choose “Restart now” under the Advanced startup option.

showing recovery option and restart now button under settings app on pc
Windows Settings app

Now, the system gets restarted!

Step 2: Finally, click on Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart

clicking on troubleshoot to enter uefi firmware settings
UEFI Firmware Settings

👉 For Changing these settings, you have to switch system boot mode from “Legacy/CSM BIOS” to “UEFI/BIOS” under Boot Mode.

👉 If there is an option to enable the BIOS, you have to choose UEFI as the first or only option.

switching system boot mode from legacy/csm bios to uefi bios
Switching from Legacy/CSM Bios to UEFI Bios

Step 3: Go to Boot Mode Section, select UEFI, and Click on Enable.

how to enable uefi bios secure boot in windows 10
How to Enable UEFI Bios Secure Boot in Windows 10

Therefore, these changes help your PC to make it capable of UEFI/BIOS.

If you cannot make these necessary changes, I recommend you consult your PC manufacturer’s retailer to enable UEFI BIOS.

Graphics Card

Your system must be compatible with DirectX 12 or more with a WDDM 2.0 driver.

Display

Your PC Display must be high-resolution 720P with greater than 9″ diagonally and 8 bits per color channel.

If your display is less than 9″, the windows user interface may not be visible or unclear.

Windows Version

Your PC must be windows 10 version 2004 or more to update to windows 11.

Solution Tip

To check for updates on your PC, Go to Settings > Update & Security.

So, these are the minimum requirements for a PC with solutions on How to update to Windows 11 from Windows 10.

Above those requirements have many steps or processes and may acquire some time.

The below section is about how you can check all these requirements with a single windows app on your PC.

But, this app works only on Windows 10 PCs.

Check via Windows PC Health Check App (Windows 11 Compatibility Check)

Microsoft Windows has made an easy process to check whether your PC is determined to meet the minimum requirements to be eligible to update it to Windows 11.

For this, you have to download the “PC Health Check App” on your PC. Microsoft provided this app only for Windows 10 PCs.

Download this app from the official Microsoft website here.

Once you open the app on your PC, there will be a simple “check now” button, and click on it to check eligibility for Windows 11.

If a pop-up appears like “This PC can run Windows 11“, it means that your PC is eligible for an update to Windows 11.

a message showing this PC can run windows 11
Windows PC Health Check App

If your PC is not eligible and does not meet minimum eligibility criteria, then a pop-up appears like “This PC can’t run Windows 11“.

a message showing that this pc can't run windows 11
This PC can’t run Windows 11

Finally, I have discussed all the minimum requirements, or specifications for a system to run Windows 11.

Now, let’s go to the next section on updating to Windows 11 from Windows 10.

How to Update to Windows 11 from Windows 10

Microsoft has officially released the Windows 11 OS on October 5, 2021.

how to update to windows 11 from windows 10
How to Update to Windows 11 from Windows 10

Microsoft has also stated that each Windows 10 device may get its official Windows 11 update by mid-2022.

But, we do not have to wait much time and want to run Windows 11 on our system now. Isn’t it?

Note: Please, make sure to back up your PC before Continuing to run Windows 11.

So, there are three methods to download and install Windows 11 on your system.

  1. By Official Windows Update.
  2. By Windows 11 Installation Guide.
  3. By Creating Windows Installation Media Tool.
  4. By Windows 11 ISO File.

Read carefully and choose the one that best meets your criteria.

Before Downloading, check the minimum requirements and Windows pc health check app to run windows 11 on your system.

METHOD #1 By Official Windows Update

If you want to update your PC from Windows 10, then wait for the official Windows update, that your Windows 11 is ready for your PC.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > click on check updates.

This is the Official method for Windows 11 Update Checker.

Below are other methods on how to upgrade windows 10 to 11.

METHOD #2 By Windows 11 Installation Guide

This method is the best and easiest way to install windows 11 on your PC only when your device is eligible.

Before you start, make sure your PC has 9 GB disk space to download windows 11.

Step 1: Visit Microsoft’s official Windows 11 download page here.

Step 2: click on the “download now” button under the “windows Installation Assistant” section. An Exe setup file will be downloaded.

Step 3: Run the Exe file as an administrator, and accept all the terms and conditions.

Step 4: Make sure your device is connected to the internet, and wait for a couple of minutes to download Windows 11 OS.

Step 5: Finally, click on restart now, and your computer will start installing Windows 11 OS.

Therefore, a new Windows 11 interface appears and enjoys a quality, user-friendly experience after the system restarts.

METHOD #3 By Creating Windows 11 Installation Media Tool

If you want to run Windows 11 on another PC with clean Installation, then this option suits you.

The advantage of using this method is that you can keep Windows 11 OS in your USB drive and install it on any device, anywhere.

Before using this method, please make sure to follow the below rules.

👉 You should have an 8GB+ free USB drive or a blank DVD because you have to install windows 11 on another PC with this USB drive or blank DVD.

👉 The USB drive or DVD should not contain any files because all those files will be deleted.

Step 1: Firstly, go to the official windows 11 download page here.

Step 2: click on the “Download Now” under the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” section.

Step 3: Now, an Exe setup file will be downloaded, and Run the Exe file as an administrator.

Step 4: Now, select the language and the edition as Windows 11, and click on the Next button.

Also, uncheck the box as shown in the below Image.

selecting english language and windows 11 option
How to Update Windows 11 Media Installation Tool

Step 5: Next, select the USB flash drive option, and click on the Next button.

selecting usb flash drive option
Select USB Flash Drive Option

Step 6: Select your inserted USB Flash name and click on the Next button.

Step 7: Finally, necessary files will be downloaded to create windows 11 bootable media.

Step 8: Now, insert the USB into another PC you want to install windows 11.

Step 9: Press F2, F10, F12, or Esc key when you start your PC to enter Boot mode and select your USB Flash name.

selecting inserted USB flash drive name
Selecting USB Flash Drive Name

Note: Different PCs have different methods to enter into Boot Mode. You have to press the keys as fast as possible until you enter into the boot mode.

Select your System specific Boot press key from the below Image.

image showing list of different systems with different windows bios keys
Different PCs – Different Windows Bios Keys

Step 10: Finally, a clean installation of Windows 11 will be set up on your PC.

If you cannot install Windows 11 using these instructions, I recommend watching this video below for a complete and clean Installation.

METHOD #4 By Windows 11 ISO File

This method is helpful for those who want to install windows 11 on a virtual machine or server.

Although, Method 3 and Method 4 are almost the same, like installing Windows 11 on another PC!

Note: Your USB drive must have 8GB+ free space to install Windows 11.

Below is the step-by-step guide on how to update to Windows 11 from Windows 10, and follow these steps carefully.

Step 1: Firstly, visit the Windows 11 official download page here.

Step 2: Click on Download under “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)“. A 5.12 GB ISO file will be downloaded.

Step 3: Similarly, Download the Rufus application here to create a bootable USB flash drive.

how to download rufus application software
How to download Rufus Application Software

Step 4: Now, insert a USB drive, and open the Rufus application.

Step 5: Select your USB flash drive name and select the downloaded Windows 11 ISO file.

some settings in rufus application software
How to Download Windows 11 Disk Image ISO file

Step 6: Next, click on the Start button, then a pop-up appears, click on Ok.

Step 7: Finally, all your Windows 11 files will be copied to your USB drive.

Step 8: Now, restart your PC.

  • Press the F2 or F12 Esc key to enter the Boot mode.
  • Select your USB flash drive name.
list of different pcs with different bios keys
List of Different PCs with Different Bios Keys

Step 9: Finally, Windows 11 will be set up on your PC successfully.

If you didn’t understand this method on how to update to Windows 11 from windows 10, I recommend watching this video for more clarification.

Finally, these are the methods on how to update to Windows 11 from Windows 10.

FAQS

Is Windows 11 available?

Yes, Microsoft has made Windows 11 publicly available from October 5th, 2021. However, you can download Windows 11 OS from the official Microsoft Website.

Should I update to Windows 11?

If you are a person, who wants to change your PC to look like a MacBook, or are bored of using Windows 10, then I would recommend you to update to the latest Windows 11.

Is Windows 11 update Free?

Yes, Windows 11 is absolutely free. You can check it on the Official Microsoft Windows Website to Download.

How do I update to Windows 11?

There are a total of four methods on how to update from Windows 10 to Windows 11. You can choose any method that best suits you.

How to update Windows 10 to Windows 11 without losing Data?

Yes, you can update Windows 10 to Windows 11 without losing Data by following Method 1 and Method 2 of this Blog Post.

Will Windows 10 update to Windows 11?

Yes, PCs with Windows 10 OS can update to Windows 11 OS.

Conclusion

Therefore, I have provided you with detailed step-by-step guidance, and instructions on how to update to Windows 11 from Windows 10.

👉 Please make sure you read the minimum requirements section before upgrading your PC. Always backup your windows before updating.

If your PC is not eligible and does not meet the minimum requirements, or specifications, Windows 10 will be the best option for you.

Microsoft stated that they will support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025, and also, the Windows 10 feature update will arrive soon this year.

If you have any queries regarding this, then you are free to ask in the comment section below.

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