We’re still learning new pieces of information about Windows 11, and it’s likely to be until it starts rolling out to computers in a few months. Speaking of which, one of the things we’ve learned recently is that the free upgrade to existing Windows 10 computers won’t arrive at the same time, not even this year: Microsoft waits until 2022 before starting to upgrade Windows 10 computers .
This is if you are using Windows 10 and want to upgrade to the site using Windows Update. There will still be the option to perform a clean install, and assuming you have a valid Windows 10 license, the same key should activate Windows 11.
However, if you do not want to do a clean install, you will have to wait a little longer.
Windows 11 is due to run out later in 2021 and will be released for several months. The release of the update on already used Windows 10 devices will begin in 2022 until the first half of this year.June 25, 2021
Microsoft's official Windows account on Twitter clarified the Windows 11 calendar, saying it "will have to come out later in 2021 and be delivered for several months." Meanwhile, "the upgrade to Windows devices already in use today will begin in 2022 until the first half of this year," Microsoft added.
This means waiting six months (starting today) or more before making the leap to Windows 10, through an on-site upgrade using Windows Update. And this is very good and elegant: the opposite of waiting a little longer than others is for Microsoft to solve any initial problems of the initial launch of the first adopters.
We've seen it over and over again in the continuous evolution of Windows 10. Feature updates have happened twice a year, and every time there are bugs. Most are minor, but there have also been quite large headaches along the way.
One of the most notable hiccups was the initial October 2018 update for Windows 10, which introduced full support for DirecX Raytracing (DXR). An error was also introduced that caused some files to disappear from Windows 10 computers after the upgrade. Microsoft ended up pausing the update while investigating the situation, before resuming the launch a month later.
In a sense, you can think of Windows 11 as another important feature update, but with a new name. Microsoft could have made Windows 11 another fortnightly update, and if it had followed that path, it would have qualified as one of the biggest updates since Windows 10 arrived.
While it doesn’t go that route, we assume that there will still be some issues that need to be addressed when it is first published. Hopefully they are nothing more than minor inconveniences, but you never know with such an ambitious update. That is, waiting until the first half of next year is not such a terrible proposition.