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Windows 11 is now designated for broad deployment

Starting today, every user can download the latest and the last version of Windows 10 via Windows Update. Microsoft just marked Windows 11 ready for broad deployment.

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Microsoft didn't want to be in a rush to update Windows 11. Instead of forcing all users to upgrade from Windows 10 to 11, the company decided to roll out Windows 11 in waves.

Today's change means that everyone with Windows 10 installed will be offered to upgrade their device to the latest Windows version. But upgrading to Windows 11 remains optional, so you can continue using Windows 10 until 2025.

According to the initial plan, the Redmond-based firm wanted to complete Windows 11 availability expansion by mid-2022. So this finally happens.

To install Windows 11 via Windows Update, you need a computer with the following specs (or better):

  • CPU: Intel 8th gen CPU and newer or AMD Zen+ (2nd gen Ryzen) and newer.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM.
  • At least 64 GB of Storage.
  • A motherboard with UEFI support, Secure Boot, and hardware or software-based Trusted Platform Module 2.0.

The Microsoft support website also states that the Windows 11 upgrade is not offered for devices that have a specific Intel SST driver installed. To resolve this issue, you need to install the newer Intel Smart Sound Technology driver version 10.30.00.5714 (or higher) or 10.29.00.5714 (or higher). You can read more about it at this link.

 

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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