What are the new features on Windows 11? Is it a good idea to upgrade to Windows 11? Can I run Windows 11 on my computer? If I upgrade to Windows 11, is it free? MiniTool Software will explain the Windows 11 FAQ you want to know to help you decide whether to upgrade to Windows 11.
It has been a few months since Windows 11 was officially released to the public. Now, this new Windows version is widely available for the majority. If you thought the performance of Windows 11 was not stable when it was firstly released, now is a good time to upgrade to it.
Microsoft has fixed many issues and bugs it finds, and it is also continually releasing security updates to protect the Windows 11 devices from the new potential threats. However, Microsoft continues releasing updates for Windows 10. Microsoft will end the service of support for all Windows 10 versions on October 14th, 2025. Until then, it is safe to run Windows 10 on your device.
As per the AdDuplex Report for March 2022, 19.4% of Windows users are running Windows 11 and 0.6% are using Windows 11 Insider preview builds. Perhaps, you want to be one of these users.
So the questions arise: is it better to upgrade to Windows 11 or continue to use Windows 10? If I want to upgrade to Windows 11, what are the issues I need to be aware of? In this article, we will show you the explanations of some Windows 11 FAQ. Maybe these questions can help you make a decision.
In this article, we will introduce and solve some Windows Update FAQ you may encounter before, during, or after a Windows 10/11 update.
Q1: What’s New on Windows 11?
In June of last year (2021), Microsoft has begun to build momentum for Windows 11. At that time, some screenshots of the new user interface, new taskbar, new File Explorer, and new Start menu were leaked on the internet. Then, Microsoft admitted the development of Windows 11 and released Windows 11 preview builds to Insiders in the Windows Insider Program.
The first Windows 11 Insider preview build was released. In this post, we show you how to download and install Windows 11 Insider preview build.
The initial release of Windows 11 proved that these new features are true:
- The taskbar on Windows 11 is centered by default. But you can move it to the left side if you are not used to this position.
- The Start menu on Windows 11 has a new design.
- File Explorer has also been updated with a new ribbon menu.
- The context menu after you right-click on Desktop or in File Explorer is also different. The default displayed menu has been condensed. You need to click Show more options to show up all the available options.
- Microsoft has updated Microsoft Store on Windows 11. You can now install and use some Android apps on a Windows 11 device.
- Snap layouts for desktop apps are supported on Windows 11.
Windows 11 overview shows more new features, changes, and improvements on Windows 11.
Q2: Should I Upgrade to Windows 11?
Windows 11 is more stable now. If your computer meets the Windows 11 requirements, you can feel free to upgrade your computer to Windows 11. Of course, at the beginning of the use, you need to gradually get used to this new operating system.
However, if your device is not Windows 11 eligible, you’d better continue using Windows 10. Windows 10 hasn’t reached the end of life. To get a better experience and real-time protection, you should keep your Windows 10 up-to-date.
Q3: Can I Upgrade to Windows 11 for Free?
According to Microsoft’s statement, it is a free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. The free upgrade might last for one year or even longer. It’s unclear whether and when Microsoft will cancel the free Windows 11 upgrade.
This is good news for you if you are running Windows 10. You can go to Settings > Windows Update to check for updates. If Windows 11 is available, you can click the Download and install button to install it on your device.
Additionally, if your Windows 10 version is too old, you need to update to the latest version of Windows 10 and then install Windows 11 on your device.
If you are still using an older version of Windows like Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, you need to use other methods to install Windows 11. Here are two guides:
- How to Directly Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 11 for Free?
- Windows 8 vs Windows 11 | How to Upgrade to Windows 11?
Q4: Windows 11 Requirements
Windows 11 has new hardware and system requirements. If you want to run Windows 11, your device should meet these Windows 11 requirements. Here are the basic requirements:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
- Memory: 4 GB RAM at least.
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device.
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0, enabled.
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
- Display Resolution: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
- Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity are required for setup for Windows 11 Home.
Besides, your computer should be running Windows 10, version 2004 or later to get a free Windows 11 upgrade.
>> Get more information: Basic Windows 11 System Requirements for PCs & Laptops
Q5: How to Check if My PC Can Windows 11?
You can go to Windows Update to check if Windows 11 is ready on your device. If the result shows Upgrade to Windows 11 is ready, you don’t need an extra tool to make a Windows 11 compatibility check again.
If the result shows that This PC doesn’t currently meet all the system requirements for Windows 11, you will need to use PC Health Check to see if there are things you can do to turn things around. This tool is an official tool from Microsoft.
Here is a guide on how to use it: How to Use PC Health Check App to Check PC Health/Compatibility?
What happens if my computer can’t run Windows 11? You can just stay on Windows 10. Microsoft is still offering service of support for Windows 10.
Q6: When will Windows 11 Be Available on My Computer?
The Windows 11 upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized and is scheduled to begin in late 2021 and continue into 2022. Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 to the most eligible devices in the beginning. But very soon, more and more Windows 11 eligible computers are receiving Windows 11 in Windows Update.
When will Windows 11 be available on your Windows 10 computer is not a question now. Microsoft is widely rolling out this new Windows version now to grab the market share. If you are sure your computer can run Windows 11, you can just go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to check for updates and see if Windows 11 is ready on your device. By doing this, you can quickly get the answer.
Q7: What Will Happen to My Files during the Windows 11 Installation?
In theory, all your files and data will be kept with the new Windows 11 installation. However, to avoid some unexpected issues that may cause data loss, we recommend that you can back up your files and system using MiniTool ShadowMaker.
Back up Your Files and System before a Windows 11 Upgrade
This is professional Windows data backup software, which can make a backup of your files, folders, partitions, disks, and systems, and restore your files and systems when necessary. This software has a trial edition. You can use it for free within 30 days.
Rescue Your Lost Files after a Windows 11 Upgrade (if Necessary)
If unfortunately, some of your files get lost after upgrading to Windows 11 but there is no available backup, what should you do then? You can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a free file recovery tool, to rescue your files.
This data recovery software can work on all versions of Windows including Windows 11. With it, you can recover all kinds of files from laptops, HDDs, SSDs, USB drives, memory cards, and some other data storage devices.
This post shows you the methods to recover your lost files after upgrading to Windows 11 and some related information.
So, you should not worry about your data during the installation.
Q8: Can Windows 11 Work with My Current Accessories?
If your software and accessories can work with Windows 10, they are expected to work with Windows 11. If you are not sure, you can check with the software publisher or accessory manufacturer for specific details.
Q9: How Much Disk Space does Windows 11 Take up?
A Windows 11 installation requires at least 64 GB of storage space on the C drive. But this doesn’t mean that the size of Windows 11 is 64GB.
The Windows 11 install size is not fixed. If you clean install Windows 11 on your device, the total size is about 27GB. If you upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11, the occupied space on drive C can be even more than 64GB, because the temporary files, regular Windows update files, system restore files, and more will eat up more disk space.
>> Get more related information: How Much Space Does Windows 11 Take on Your Disk?
If your computer doesn’t have enough free space, you need to take measures to free up disk space on Windows 10.
Q10: How Long Does It Take to Upgrade to Windows 11?
The time it takes to upgrade to Windows 11 is determined by many factors, most notably internet speed. Downloading and installing Windows 11 in Windows Update will take a long time, which is likely longer than a typical Windows 10 feature update. But you can use your computer as normal during the process.
When downloading and installing are finished, you still need to restart your computer to complete the whole installation process. You can schedule the installation or directly restart your computer to complete the installation according to your situation.
Q11: Can I Go back to Windows 10 if I Don’t Like Windows 11?
If you don’t like Windows 11, you can go back to Windows 10 within 10 days. This operation will not remove your files and data. If you have exceeded the 10-day period, you will need to clean install Windows 10 on your device. Don’t forget to back up your files before a Windows 10 clean installation.
>> Learn the ways to go back to Windows 11: Downgrade/Uninstall Windows 11 and Go Back to Windows 10.
Q12: What Will Happen if I Decline the Windows 11 Upgrade?
Currently, it will not affect your computer if you don’t upgrade to Windows 11. Microsoft continues the support service for Windows 10. You can get new features, improvements, and fixes from the optional updates and security updates.
In addition, you will not lose the opportunity to free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. If one day you want to experience Windows 11, you can just go to Windows Update to perform a Windows 11 upgrade at any time.
>> Get more information: What Will Happen if I Decline Windows 11 Upgrade?
Windows 11 Installation Errors You Might Encounter
During the Windows 11 installation process, you might receive some error codes like 0xC1900101, 0x80070070, 0xC1900107, etc. You can go to visit this article to get some useful solutions: Fixes for Some Windows 11 Upgrade and Installation Errors.
If your Windows downloading or installation gets stuck, there are also fixes:
The Windows 11 FAQ mentioned here should clear up some confusion for you. You might have other questions that are not answered here. If so, you can leave a message in the comments, or you can contact us via [email protected].