The next operating system Windows 11 can begin to be installed on computers with Windows 10 by the end of the year, but users will have a period of ten days to return to the previous version in case the experience is not satisfactory.
New computers that come pre-installed will begin shipping at the end of the year, but Microsoft will allow Windows 10 users update for free to the new version of your operating system.
The possibility of updating to Windows 11 will depend on the characteristics of the computer, that is, whether it is compatible with new versionAlthough in a question and answer document for salespeople, Microsoft points out that the majority of Windows 10 computers currently on the market meet the minimum requirements.
This document states that the distribution plans have not yet been finalized, but that the update will begin at the end of this year and will continue in 2022. During that time, Windows Update will indicate if and when the computer can be updated to the new version.
This update from Windows 10 to 11 will be free, and users will also have a trial period of ten days to decide if the experience offered by the new version meets their needs. If it doesn’t convince them, they can go back to Windows 10, with all your files and data intact.
Windows 11 will give the user a trial period in case they want to return to Windows 10.
After that trial time, if the user wants to return to Windows 10, they will have to perform what is called a “clean installation”, that is, format the computer and install this version of the operating system from scratch, which will also mean having to perform a backup of your data and files so you don’t lose them.
Microsoft clarifies in this same document that Windows 11 maintains performance and safety Windows 10 “with a redesign and a refreshed appearance”, but that introduces new tools, sounds and applications, in order to “refresh” the experience on the computer.
This means that users they do not have to update on a mandatory basis to Windows 11; may remain in the current version of the system, as Windows 10 support will continue until October 14, 2025.
More details of Windows 11
The new operating system that will reach users sometime in the second half of the year and will do so with a new cycle of updates and support different from the one Microsoft has followed so far with Windows 10.
Windows 11 updates will have a annual periodicity, compared to the biannual of Windows 10, and will be available in the second half of the year, as the company has shared in its forum.
Not all users will be able to upgrade their computers from Windows 10 to Windows 11. However, those who have a compatible hardware with the new version of the operating system they will be able to choose to upgrade, and start the process when it is available.
The start menu and the icons of the most used applications of your new Windows 11 operating system. Photo: EFE.
These users will also have the possibility to pause and schedule the update restart, and even decide which updates they want to install on their computers.
Business customers will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on existing Windows 10 service channels and through tools such as Windows Update for Business, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and Windows Autopilot.
The support of this new version of the operating system will vary according to the edition that the user has. Thus, the Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions will have it for 24 months, while for the Enterprise and Education editions it will be 36 months.
In the case of security updates, the monthly distribution will be maintained, although they will be up to 40 percent smaller in size than Windows 10 updates.