Windows fans can look forward to it: Windows 11 will not be finally released until autumn, but a beta version is available now. This means that anyone interested in Windows 11 can try out the new operating system free of charge via the Windows Insider Program. A Windows 11 ISO is available in a small detour. Here’s how to get Windows 11 before anyone else.
Windows is suddenly important again for Microsoft and you can see that from the fact that Windows 10 is now getting a successor. Windows 11 makes some things new and also sets them Hardware requirements up. In fact, Microsoft still has a little more work to do in Windows 11. It should be ready by the end of 2021, but the rollout will certainly drag on until next year.
If you don’t want to wait that long, you can now try Windows 11. But be careful, Microsoft only has with that Test of Windows 11 about the Windows Insider Program began. Pre-release versions of Windows 11 are now available. They are neither complete nor error-free, which is why they should not be used for productively deployed systems.
Hardware check for Windows 11 in advance
Using an old cucumber as a test PC for Windows 11 is generally a good idea. But the hardware must not be too old, Windows 11 has increased hardware requirements. So test in advance whether Windows 11 is running on the intended system at all. Microsoft provides the PC Health Check ready. But because the program was heavily criticized by users in the first few days, Microsoft wants to revise it and re-publish it in the fall.
You can still check your system for Windows 11 compatibility. You can get more information with the open source tool anyway WhyNotWin11.
Test Windows 11 now
With the Windows Insider Program you can follow the development of Windows 11 up close. If there is something new, it will only be distributed to the insiders after internal tests at Microsoft. To become a Windows Insider, you need to register with your Microsoft account. Then you can try out Insider Updates for free. Important: We advise against doing this on productive systems, because after all, Insider versions of Windows 11 are still beta versions. You should also make a complete backup of the system in advance so that you can return in the event of an error.
The insider updates are activated in the Windows 10 settings under “Update and Security”. You will find the menu item “Windows Insider Program” on the left in the sidebar. Note, as an insider, you must provide full telemetry data to Microsoft. Save your Microsoft account in the insider settings and select the appropriate channel. To look at Windows 11, select the “Beta Channel”. After a restart, Windows Update should show the latest developer builds.
ISO image for Windows 11
So far, Microsoft has not made an official Windows 11 ISO image available for download. That would be the most convenient method for anyone who wants to do an in-place upgrade or is planning to set up Windows 11 from scratch. But there is a possibility to load the Windows 11 installation files from Microsoft and build an ISO image from them yourself.
The freeware UUP dump does this. You have to plan around an hour until the Windows 11 ISO is ready on your computer. We have detailed instructions for you in this post knitted.
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What is Windows 11?
Windows 11 was only a rumor for a long time, until recently it was not clear whether there would ever be a successor to Windows 10. Microsoft has now officially announced Windows 11. Specifically, this means that Windows 11 is a comprehensive update for Windows 10, which above all sets new accents visually. For example, it packs the stripped-down start menu in the middle of the taskbar, brings desktop widgets and improves window control.
Is Windows 11 Free?
It is just as “free” as Windows 10. Microsoft does not give away the current operating system either, but the corresponding update paths from Windows 7 still work. We see Windows 11 more as a visual update for Windows 10, so we don’t expect much to change in terms of prices and update options. On the contrary, Microsoft may even start another major update campaign with Windows 11 to convince users of older Windows versions to switch.
If you are using a current Windows 10 version, you can update to Windows 11 free of charge if the hardware requirements are met.
Where can I download Windows 11?
When is the release of Windows 11?
The finished release of Windows 11 should come for the “Holiday Season” in the USA, ie at the end of the year. An official date has not yet been announced, but existing images could point to October 20, 2021.
Where can I get information from Microsoft about Windows 11?
Microsoft provides the most important information about Windows 11 on a own website together.
What are the hardware requirements of Windows 11?