Windows 10 20H1 and newer required for upgrading to Windows 11: Updating will be ‘user-initiated’ only

Windows 10 20H1 for Windows 11 OS
Windows 10 20H1 or newer required on a qualifying PC. Pic credit: okubax/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Microsoft is being upfront and straightforward with Windows 11 rollout. Upgrading to the latest version of Windows OS will be entirely in the hands of Windows 10 users.

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade to all previous versions of Windows OS. However, there are a few conditions that a Windows PC user must meet.

Windows 11 will need a newer version of Windows 10 to perform an ‘Upgrade’:

Microsoft will initiate Windows 11 rollout later this year. The company is continuing Windows as a Service, a way of deploying updates to Windows OS.

Accordingly, upgrading from Windows 10 should be a simple process. However, Windows 10 OS users will have to first install a newer version of the Cumulative Feature Update on their computers.

For in-place or Direct Upgrade using Windows Update on Windows 10, users will need Windows 10 version 20H1 (May 2020 Update) or newer. Incidentally, there is a 20H2, and even a 21H1 update already available.

What Microsoft has indicated is that the update process might not work if the Windows 10 PC is still running a version older than 20H1. Incidentally, this applies to all consumer-grade iterations of Windows 10, which are Home and Pro.

Additionally, the Windows 11 update will certainly be quite larger than the standard Cumulative Feature Updates. Hence, both the download and installation should take longer to complete.

For enterprise customers, Microsoft advises their Windows 10 PCs should be on version 1909 (November 2019 Update) or newer. Needless to mention, v1909 is an earlier version than 20H1 (May 2020 Update).

As reported earlier, PC users still holding onto Windows 7, will have to perform a “Clean Installation”.

Qualifying PCs will have to “Self-Initiate” upgrade process:

Microsoft assures it is offering complete control and transparency over Windows Updates. In other words, Windows 10 OS users will not start their computers and suddenly see the upgrade process has begun automatically.

Microsoft has ensured that Windows 11 will be a user-initiated or seeker process. This means Windows 10 OS users will need to manually “seek” the update to Windows 11.

It is important to note that all computers must meet “Minimum System Requirements”. If the PC fails to qualify, seeking an update will not work.

Moreover, Microsoft will also reportedly block the update when users attempt to use Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant tool on an unsupported device.

The company has insisted PCs must have TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot to install Windows 11. However, determined users can bypass these requirements.

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