Tuesday, August 31st 2021

Windows 11 Releases October 5th, Free Upgrade from Windows 10

Previously thought to be delayed to 2022, the free upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 will now begin from October 5, 2021. Microsoft announced that from this day, Windows 10 PCs should receive the free upgrade to Windows 11. Desktops and notebooks with pre-installed Windows 11 will also be available from this day. Microsoft however put out this disclaimer: "The Windows 11 upgrade will start to be delivered to qualifying devices beginning on October 5, 2021 into 2022. Timing varies by device." Windows 11 introduces an overhaul to the user interface, with more of Modern UI replacing Win32. To gamers and PC enthusiasts, Windows 11 offers DirectX 12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, and Audio HDR, as well as optimization for the next breed of hybrid-core processors, such as the 12th Gen Intel "Alder Lake."
Source: Microsoft Windows Blog
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79 Comments on Windows 11 Releases October 5th, Free Upgrade from Windows 10

#1
Chrispy_
This sort of news is pointless because what Microsoft say and what Microsoft do are two very different things.

I can still use Windows7 and Windows8 keys to install Windows 10 Pro, years after the "free upgrade" period ended. It seems like if you have a COA with a key you are good for any version of Windows, period.
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#2
awesomesauce
tip of the day: do not upgrade the first month of release. wait for the bug to be fix :cool:
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#3
Chrispy_
awesomesaucetip of the day: do not upgrade the first 6 months of release. wait for the bug to be fix :cool:
FTFY
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#4
neatfeatguy
awesomesaucetip of the day: do not upgrade the first month of release. wait for the bug to be fix :cool:
I agree.

I got on Vista about a year after it launched. No issues. I thought it worked great. Unlike folks that first jumped on the wagon with Vista....many of those people said Vista was awful.
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#5
MrDweezil
awesomesaucetip of the day: do not upgrade the first month of release. wait for the bug to be fix :cool:
Upgrade immediately, stability is for cowards. If my PC is always working properly I'd have nothing to tinker with.
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#6
P4-630
neatfeatguyI agree.

I got on Vista about a year after it launched. No issues. I thought it worked great. Unlike folks that first jumped on the wagon with Vista....many of those people said Vista was awful.
Never had any issues with vista (64 bit) and I liked the transparent windows effect and ofcourse windows dream scene!! :rockout::D
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#7
Xex360
We'll be spamed by the update.
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#8
jboydgolfer
ive been running 11 a month or so, & ive not encountered a single issue yet.
the first time i installed it when it was first available to insiders, it was bad, but not anymore.
ill be moving my kids PC's to it soon since its free if i do
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#9
Metroid
Finally a release date. I will only upgrade if there is a need to, not going to fall for the trap of being a guinea pig.
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#10
ThrashZone
Hi,
Nice timing right on time for halloween trick or treat lol
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#12
Sandbo
Here we start the actual beta
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#13
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
Am I the only one excited for Windows 11. I like mostly everything I have seen on it. UI, performance, etc.
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#14
demian_vi
neatfeatguyI agree.

I got on Vista about a year after it launched. No issues. I thought it worked great. Unlike folks that first jumped on the wagon with Vista....many of those people said Vista was awful.
I got on Windows 10as an insider 5 months before launch without an issue
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#15
zlobby
demian_viI got on Windows 10as an insider 5 months before launch without an issue
Generalizations is always bad. It doesn't reflect the objective truth. In the cases of Vista and 10's early days the truth is that many people had many issues with these OS. Vista was so baf that Microsoft brought it down months later.
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#16
CrAsHnBuRnXp
I ran Vista on release, ran Windows 7 on release, ran Windows 10 on release. I didnt have issues. Yes, Vista was a resource hog, but that was what vLite was for. Ill run Windows 11 on release too. Ill make an image of my Win10 install so that way if there are any major hiccups, i can revert pretty easily.
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#17
Liquid Cool
Purchased my HP Pro x2 612 G2 brand new about two years ago...the processor is not supported.



It's the only device running Windows in the house. If I could find a suitable linux distribution to run on a tablet....It would be running something else, but I can't and believe me I have searched hi & low(Zorin and Feren OS are close). It's also quite hard to divine exactly what Microsoft is saying because they seem conflicted as to what they want to do...at least that is my interpretation after reading numerous articles from PC World. At any rate, if it ends up that my tablet pc isn't "officially" supported by Windows 11, I'll toss it on ebay and be done with this nonsense.

I'd call Microsoft a drama queen...but in truth, they give me the creeps.

From my perspective...Windows 11 is one step further in to a dystopian nightmare. When in truth...the company should have been broken up years ago. Same with Amazon, Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, and Walmart.

Walmart? They single-handedly destroyed just about every small town in America....Amazon is wiping up the residue.

Residue? Just take a trip down route 66...and see the carnage.

Enjoy!

Best,

Liquid Cool
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#18
lexluthermiester
awesomesaucetip of the day: do not upgrade the first month of release. wait for the bug to be fix :cool:
If the beta is any indication of what the final will be like, that's not going to be an issue. 22k.168 is bug/glitch free as far as I can tell, and I've been running it through it's paces.
Liquid CoolPurchased my HP Pro x2 612 G2 brand new about two years ago...the processor is not supported.
Workarounds will be functional and advisable.
Liquid CoolI'd call Microsoft a drama queen...but in truth, they give me the creeps.
It's not the programmers, they are doing their job and it shows. It's the nitwit, tree-swinging, crap-flingers making the decisions about the limitations/requirements.
MxPhenom 216Am I the only one excited for Windows 11. I like mostly everything I have seen on it. UI, performance, etc.
Nope, I love that aspect of Windows 11! It's a refreshing experience with a lot of feature updates and improvements that make it a very compelling upgrade. What's holding it back are those dumbass UEFI/TPM/SecureBoot requirements, which are COMPELETLY artificial as Windows 11 installs and runs fine even on old Core2Duo based PCs(personally tested this), after installer workarounds employed of course. In that area, microsoft is flat out lying about things.
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#19
Darmok N Jalad
I bet MS got full persuasion from Intel to get Windows 11 out the door ahead of Adler Lake. Can’t have bad benchmarks on review day.
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#20
Ravenmaster
zlobbyBrickfest! Yey!
Brickfest is the most important meal of the day :p
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#21
docnorth
This is also a hint about Alder Lake launch date.
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#22
Easo
MrDweezilUpgrade immediately, stability is for cowards. If my PC is always working properly I'd have nothing to tinker with.
You are highly likely to be dissapointed, because it, just like W10, will "just work" (Todd). Seriously though, the average PC of the average user will not have issues with stability ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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#23
LordFarquaad
For those on the insider builds, would you just keep your current install or download the official release ISO?
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#24
zlobby
RavenmasterBrickfest is the most important meal of the day :p
I bet Microsoft engineers have these meals every day: launch, brickfest, d'ohner (in that order).
EasoYou are highly likely to be dissapointed, because it, just like W10, will "just work" (Todd). Seriously though, the average PC of the average user will not have issues with stability ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What about the rest of us? Better luck with other Windows-compatible OS?
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#25
Wirko
EasoYou are highly likely to be dissapointed, because it, just like W10, will "just work" (Todd). Seriously though, the average PC of the average user will not have issues with stability ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Like W10? For those who stay on 10, there will indeed be fewer reasons for update-o-phobia from now on. 11, however, will keep getting feature updates and UI changes for many years to come, each one with a lot of potential to break a thing or two.
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