Microsoft is rolling out its new operating system in stages – but you don’t have to wait. With the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, you can get the operating system sooner than you think. We will go into detail as to what that means for you and your computer.
Windows 11 has started to roll out to suitable devices, as Microsoft launched its new operating system on October 5th. For those using Windows 10, you can upgrade for free if your computer is compatible.
Microsoft recommends that the users who have machines that fit the requirements “take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections from security threats.”
They are also suggesting installing their PC Health Check App and reviewing their minimum system requirements. The app is available to those using Windows 10 version 2004 and later devices.
Back in August, Microsoft said in a blog post that they “expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.” But if you are eager to have the new Windows 11, then continue reading to find out how the Windows 11 Installation Assistant can help.
What does Windows 11 feature?
Windows 11 features a modernised new look, with pastel colours, rounded corners, a new start-up sound and overall, a more Mac-like look. The Windows Start menu has moved to the middle of the screen with all the app icons around it. There are many new desktop tools, for example, widgets, that can give you at-a-glance information. The Android apps will also be integrated into Windows, and you will be able to install them from the Microsoft Store; this feature will not be available straight away.
The update also has a new feature known as Focus Sessions. This is designed to help users focus better and to be able to block out any distractions. The update uses the popular Pomodoro technique, where you work for a fixed period (typically 25 minutes) and then take a small break.
The Windows 11 update is the first significant change to the operating system since Windows 10 launched in 2015. There have been many rumours about the major redesign for the last year. Back in May at the Build developers conference, CEO Satya Nadella explained that Microsoft was developing “one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade,” validating that a massive transformation was on the horizon for the 1.3 billion users of the OS in 2021.
Windows 11 Installation Assistant
Requirements for Windows 11
A Windows 10 PC needs:
- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
- UEFI secure boot enabled
- DirectX 12 (or later) compatible graphics card with a WDDM 2.0 driver
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 enabled if it’s in the hardware.
To see if Microsoft’s deems your device ‘ready’, you can check for the upgrade by opening Windows Update settings.
We must reiterate that the Windows 11 update roll out will be slow, and it could take a few months before it is available on your device. Users with new PC’s will get the upgrade first and the rest to receive by mid-2022, all dependent on the age and hardware of your device.
The best and simplest option for those who don’t want to wait is to download the Windows 11 Installation Assistant.
Choose ‘Run’ after downloading to ensure that the device is compatible.
Click ‘Accept and Install’ – you will agree to the licensing terms, and it will then begin the installation.
Once finished installing, it will ask you to restart the computer. Be aware that your computer may restart several times during the process. Keep your PC on until it is completed.
Windows 11 future
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 will be getting one major update a year; however, several new features will be expected from now until October 2022.
If you are a member of the Windows Insider Program, you will be able to access the Android app support and third-party app stores, and for those who aren’t, you should expect them in the new year.
If you have any concerns or doubt about this, please contact SCS Technology Solutions.