Windows 11 is here, Microsoft tools to install or upgrade Windows 10

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This Tuesday, October 5, Microsoft began distributing its new Windows 11 operating system, the successor to Windows 10 that arrived in 2015. But not everyone will receive an invitation through Windows Update at this time, although Microsoft offers tools to force manual installation.


In your city, Microsoft celebrated the event by inviting the press to an event to highlight its new Surface devices, but also computers offered by manufacturing partners. An exhibition hall had been completely decorated in the colors of Windows 11 for the occasion.

We could discover a ping-pong table in Windows 11 colors supporting the latest Surface pro 8 or even a foosball table on which rested PCs from partner manufacturers.



Messages left here and there, like next to a Van and a surfboard with Windows 11 branding, showed what Microsoft has in mind: to be present on devices, from the office to the coffee machine, or even at the end of the world.


If the decor set the mood, it was above all an opportunity to handle certain products, and in particular Microsoft's latest, the Surface Laptop Studio and its unique hinged display.


The stylus with haptic feedback offers a comfort of use that should appeal to creative people and all those who use this type of tool for work. However, you will have to wait as the Laptop Studio will not be on sale in your country before early 2022.


Right next door, the dual-screen smartphone, the Surface Duo 2 under Android, was also present.



In a dedicated space it was about games with an installation that allowed you to play Flight Simulator with which to fly a plane as if you were there.



Also present were several computers from third-party manufacturers, such as this 16-inch LG Gram, impressive for the delicacy of its edges and its lightness. It will obviously come with Windows 11 preinstalled.


Progressive distribution subject to compatibility

If the presentation of all these products makes your mouth water, the star of the day is the operating system software, and unfortunately not everyone will have the right to try it out. Microsoft has set the bar very high in terms of system requirements and many will not have the technical ability to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

To be sure, you should first test your hardware using the software with the compatibility verification tool that Microsoft has been offering for some time.

In practice: is my PC compatible with Windows 11 and, if not, why?

With the announcement of the launch of the upcoming Windows 11, Microsoft has also introduced a new tool aimed at verifying your computer's compatibility with the new operating system: PC Health Check (Windows 11 compatibility tool).

  • Release date: 01/11/2022
  • Auteur: Microsoft
  • License: Free license
  • Categories: Utilities - Operating System
  • Operating System : Windows

Windows 11 Upgrade or Installation Tools

If your computer is new enough and shows compatibility with Windows 11, don't expect to upgrade today. In fact, Microsoft has warned that the distribution of its operating system would be progressive. And it is the newer computers that will be asked to switch to Windows 11 first.



But since October 5, Microsoft has also made available several tools to "force" the upgrade or install Windows 11 again. However, a message from the publisher warns that the best solution is to wait: for Windows 10 upgrades, we recommend that you wait for Windows Update to inform you that the upgrade is available for your PC."

Undoubtedly, not everyone will be so patient and many will run the installation wizard today, the official tool to upgrade to Windows 11 for free, subject to compatibility and with a valid Windows 10 license.

You want to install the new Microsoft operating system on the computer you are currently using, then you must go through the Windows 11 Setup Wizard, the official Microsoft utility.

  • Release date: 11/17/2022
  • Auteur: Microsoft
  • License: Free license
  • Categories: Utilities - Operating System
  • Operating system : Windows 10 / 11

It is also possible to choose to install Windows 11 again using the Windows 11 Media Creation Tool. A wizard will allow you to create a USB key with the installation files or retrieve an ISO file to burn it later on a DVD or use it as is.

Windows 11 Media Creation Tool is a very simple utility for creating bootable storage media to install Microsoft's new operating system: Windows 11.

  • Release date: 09/29/2022
  • Auteur: Microsoft
  • License: Free license
  • Categories: Utilities - Operating System
  • Operating system : Windows 10

However, if you choose one of these two tools to upgrade to Windows 11, be sure to back up your important files first. Indeed, installing a new operating system is an operation not to be taken lightly.

The more cautious will follow Microsoft's advice and wait for the proposal to appear by running Windows Update through the settings. If the publisher's claims are accurate, all compatible PCs will have been offered the Windows 11 upgrade before the end of the first half of 2022.


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