Why did my computer not receive Windows 11 upgrade notification in Windows Update on October 5? It is normal. Here are some explanations about this issue. However, if you want to get Windows 11 manually, you can try the tools mentioned in this MiniTool post.

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Microsoft Released Windows 11 on October 5, 2021

On October 5, 2021, Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 to the public. This represented the initial release of this new Windows version. Windows 11 introduces a new user interface (UI), start menu, taskbar, many new features and improvements.

Windows 11 is a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. But this doesn’t mean that everyone can get the Windows upgrade on the first release day. Why did my computer not receive Windows 11 upgrade on October 5, 2021? Many users are facing this issue. To help you understand why you haven’t got the Windows 11 upgrade, we will talk about the rollout process of Windows 11.

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The Rollout Process of Windows 11

Your Device Should Meet the Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements for Windows 11

To guarantee the security, stability, and performance of your computer, Microsoft issues new hardware and software requirements for Windows 11. A Windows 11 eligible computer should at least have a modern dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage space, and enabled Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0) and Secure Boot.

If your PC is not getting Windows 11 upgrade, you’d better check whether the device meets Windows 11 requirements. You don’t need to check manually check these requirements one by one. You can download and install PC Health Check and use it to check whether your computer can run Windows 11.

PC Health Check

Windows 11 is not a mandatory upgrade in Windows Update. If you still want to use Windows 10, you can choose to get Windows 10 updates but not Windows 11.

Windows 11 is an optional upgrade

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If your computer is not compatible, you will be unable to find the optional Windows 11 upgrade in Windows Update. However, you can still use other ways to get Windows 11. Microsoft offers three tools to manually install Windows 11:

  1. Windows 11 Installation Assistant
  2. Windows 11 Media Creation Tool
  3. Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) download

We will explain these tools later.

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Which PCs Are Installing Windows 11?

Microsoft is using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to decide which computers can be the first to get the Windows 11 upgrade.

In the beginning, Windows 11 upgrade starts with the newer devices that meet the hardware requirements and have a good upgrade experience. Of course, from the first release day, retailers and computer companies like Dell, ASUS, Acer, HP, and more are beginning to ship some of the new PCs (including laptops and desktops) with Windows 11 pre-installed.

As per the previous experience, a new version of Windows may have some bugs and loopholes. To avoid the quick spread of the possible issues, Microsoft has throttled the availability of Windows 11 in the initial period after launch. Once an issue is found, there will be a temporary block on the device. The compatibility hold remains until the issues are solved.

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After a period (perhaps a few weeks or months), this new Windows version will become more and more reliable and stable. Then, more and more computers will get the Windows 11 upgrade notification in Windows Update.

Of course, some other elements can also influence the Windows 11 upgrade timing, including the problems with peripherals, incompatible drivers, apps, security software (such as third-party antivirus software), and your location.

The first deployment of Windows 11 will continue through the first half of 2022 when there will be a new version of Windows 11 rolling out to the devices that meet the minimum requirements.

How to Download and Install Windows 11 Immediately if You Haven’t Received the Windows 11 Upgrade Notification?

If you haven’t seen the Windows 11 upgrade notification in Windows Update or your PC can’t run Windows 11, you can use other ways to download and install Windows 11 on your computer though it is not recommended.

Note: If you install Windows 11 on an unsupported device, there may be some compatibility issues. And your computer will not receive the subsequent major updates.

Microsoft has published three ways to manually get Windows 11. You can see them on the Windows 11 software download page:

  1. Windows 11 Installation Assistant
  2. Windows 11 Media Creation Tool
  3. Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) download

Windows 11 Installation Assistant

Windows 11 installation assistant

This assistant is for users who want to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11. Please note the following situations:

  1. You have a Windows license.
  2. Your PC is running Windows 10 version 2004 (20H1) or a higher version.
  3. Your PC meets the minimum hardware and software requirements for Windows 11.
  4. Your PC has at least 9 GB of free disk space to download Windows 11.

If your device is eligible, you can click the Download now button to download this assistant and run it to install Windows 11.

run Windows 11 installation assistant

Windows 11 Media Creation Tool

Windows 11 Media Creation Tool

You can use Windows 11 Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 11 installation USB or DVD and then install Windows 11 from USB or DVD. You can also use it to create a Windows 11 ISO file for further use.

run Windows 11 Media Creation Tool

Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO) Download

download Windows 11 Disk Image

Microsoft even allows you to directly download Windows 11 ISO files. As long as you follow the prompts step by step, and you will get the Windows 11 ISO version you want. Please note: there are only Windows 64-bit ISO files available.

install Windows 11 using ISO

If you have a Windows 11 ISO file at hand, you can even install Windows 11 using ISO.

Wrapping Things up

If you can’t see the Windows 11 upgrade notification on your supported computer, you should not worry about it. It's not the best time to upgrade to Windows 11. But you still can use the three tools from Microsoft to manually perform a Windows 11 upgrade. Should you have other issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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