Windows 11 is the new operating system, which is still largely based on Windows 10 but has a new user interface. As a result, some settings have changed or have been added. From October 2021, Windows 11 will gradually be distributed to everyone via Windows Update if the hardware requirements are right.
Microsoft said that Windows 11 is available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PC/Laptops. It’s a piece of good news for Windows 10 device users as the next version of Windows can be installed free of charge.
However, an upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 11 is only possible through Windows 10. It should be noted the hardware (UEFI, TPM, Secure Boot and CPU) plays a huge role. You have to do some research on your PC to see if it meet Windows 11 minimum requirement guideline.
From Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 11: Free Upgrade?
A direct upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 11 will not be possible. Since as for the minimum requirement, Microsoft has specified Windows 10 2004 and higher, or 1909 for the Enterprise. This means that you first have to upgrade to the current Windows 10 in order to be ready for Windows 11. You have to decide for yourself whether this really pays off. Perhaps a “cut” and a completely fresh installation of Windows 11 would be appropriate here.