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Windows 11 is here and it’s time to upgrade! But how do you do that? Well, it’s actually ridiculously simple this time around. Whether you do it through a download, update, or other means, Windows 11 is quite easy to slot over your Windows 10 install, with very minimal downtime between the two.
You might be wondering why we’re not using the Windows 10 Update Assistant and instead of the Windows 11 Installation Assistant and that’s because Microsoft has a branding issue. The Update Assistant does nothing for us, we’ll just want to hop over to their dedicated Windows 11 upgrade page.
But before we do get you onto the next version, you need to make sure you have certain things turned on and to see if your specifications match the current system requirements. If you’ve got anything on AMD’s Ryzen 1 or Intel 7th generation and below, unfortunately, you’ll have to look for other ways to get Windows 11 on your machine.
Microsoft isn’t taking any chances with lackluster hardware giving Windows 11 a bad name like what happened with Windows Vista, so they’re effectively culling hardware from the recommended specs and preventing official installs.
You’ll also want to turn on your TPM 2.0, which happens to either come with your motherboard or should be built into most – if not all – CPUs as software, especially those that meet the minimum requirements.
A TPM is a security chip or piece of software that can be activated to give an additional level of security to your system. It’s required to run Windows 11, as Microsoft are increasingly worried about ransomware and various attacks on their new operating system due to the complete deluge of attacks on Windows 10 systems.
Microsoft has made this one of the easiest installs ever, with an entire program that will quite literally do things for you. All you need to do is download the Installation Assistant from their website, then proceed with the program’s instructions. It’ll do its usual thing of downloading the entire operating system into a format it can then parse. The whole process should take a couple of hours in total, including the constant restarts.
Once you’re done, you can simply log in with your regular Windows 10 credentials.