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How to Upgrade to Windows 11 (from Windows 10) using Windows Update


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July 19,2022

Use Windows Update to install Windows 11 on your computer that came with the Windows 10 operating system.

I. Important information about installing Windows 11

Review the following information before upgrading your computer to Windows 11.

1. Make sure that the computer is eligible for Windows 11 by checking the "How do I know if my computer meets Windows 11 minimum system requirements?" . The Windows 11 upgrade option might not be available in Windows Update if your computer is not eligible for the upgrade.

2. Devices that do not meet the minimum system requirements will remain on Windows 10 and continue to be supported with security updates. Customers using long term service releases (LTSC and LTSB) will continue to be supported through the published end of support dates.

3. Back up your important files.
⚠️Secware recommends that you always back up all important data (such as personal files, photos, videos, documents, applications, and software) before upgrading to avoid losing your data.

4. Before installing Windows 11, update your antivirus software and the antivirus definitions. Set the antivirus application to update automatically. Go to the antivirus software manufacturer website for more information.

5. After you install Windows 11, you automatically receive updates and security fixes from Microsoft. You cannot opt out of this service.

6. Not all Windows 11 features are available on all computers. Your experience with Windows 11 is determined by the capabilities of your computer.

7. Software designed for Windows 10, or earlier operating systems, might not work after installing Windows 11.

8. For computers with available storage of 128 GB or less, the installation might require you to provide a USB flash drive (64 GB or larger). Secware does not recommend using an SD card.

9. Windows Hello requires either a camera configured for near infrared (IR) imaging or a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication.

10. S mode is only supported on the Home edition of Windows 11. If you are running a different edition of Windows in S mode, switch out of S mode prior to upgrading.

II. System requirements for installing Windows 11

Microsoft requires that your computer hardware meets the following system requirements before you can install Windows 11.



III. Install Windows 11 from Windows Update

You can download and install Windows 11 from the Windows Update app in Windows 10.

⚠️ NOTE: If you are upgrading a notebook computer, connect the AC adapter before downloading and installing Windows 11.

1. In Windows 10, click Start, type Windows Update, and then select Windows Update Settings.

2. Click Check for updates. If the Windows 11 update is available, Feature update to Windows 11 is displayed. Click Download and install.

⚠️ NOTE: Depending on the network connection speed, the download may take up to two hours.

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3. If prompted, restart the computer.

4. If your computer has less than 128 GB of free hard drive space, you are prompted to connect a USB flash drive to continue with the installation. Use a blank USB flash drive that is 32 GB or larger. When the installation is complete, Windows 11 Upgrade copies the windows.old file to the USB flash drive. Keep this file on the USB flash drive. The file is required if you decide to revert to the previous operating system.

5. After you download Windows 11 in Windows Update and are prompted to restart the PC, Windows 11 Setup begins downloading additional files. When prompted, click Next.

6. In the Choose what to keep window, select the personal files, settings, and apps that you want to keep, and then click Next.

  • Keep personal files and apps: Keeps all your personal files, settings, and apps.
  • Keep only personal files: Keeps your personal files, but no settings or apps.
  • Keep nothing: Keeps nothing and erases all data.

7. In the Ready to install window, click Install to start the installation.

8. During the installation process, your computer restarts several times. Do not turn off your computer or interrupt the installation process. If the sign-in window is displayed, sign in to your account.

  • If you chose Keep personal files and apps or Keep only personal files, the desktop opens when the installation completes.
  • If you chose Keep nothing, activate Windows.

IV. Windows activation

To verify that you have a genuine copy of Windows 11 that has not been used on more devices than the license agreement allows, you must activate Windows 11 after installation.

Depending on where you acquired your copy of Windows 11, you can activate it using either a digital entitlement or a 25-character product key. 👋🏽Don't have a genuine license? PLEASE CLICK HERE!!

V. Solving common problems after installing Windows 11

SECWARE recommends doing the following if you have problems with hardware or software after installing Windows 11.

If a specific hardware component (such as the touchpad, video display, or keyboard) is not working correctly, or is missing functionality, update the component driver in Device Manager.

1. In Windows, search for and open Device Manager.

2. In the list of devices, expand the device that you want to update.

3. Right-click the device, and then click Update driver.

4. Click Search automatically for drivers, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

5. Restart your computer to complete the installation.

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