Microsoft’s October 5 rollout to mainstream users of Windows 11 begins as the clock strikes 12:01 AM in Australia and New Zealand. As Microsoft releases Windows 11 to more users, here’s what you can expect.

Windows 11 is available for download today, starting at 4 p.m. on October 4. ET)

Windows 11 will begin rolling out in the mainstream of more than 190 countries as soon as it reaches 12:01 a.m., October 5. lataa windows 11 can be downloaded immediately to PCs purchased from Microsoft or its OEM partners that have Windows 11 preloaded. New PCs that meet Microsoft hardware requirements for Windows 11 will also ship with Windows 10, but they will not be eligible for an upgrade.

Windows 10 will also be available to “seekers” who can run Windows 10 on machines that meet Microsoft hardware requirements (TPM and CPU). It will also be possible to download it and install it automatically. To check if their computers meet Microsoft’s hardware requirements, users can use Microsoft’s updated PC Health Check application. Windows Update Settings can be used to check for updates and determine if Windows 11 has been released for that device. If the device has been deemed eligible by Microsoft, it will be available for download and installation.

Does Microsoft use the same phased rollout approach for Windows 11 as it did with Windows 10?

Yes. Microsoft will offer Windows 11 to the first machines it believes will enjoy Windows 11 (based upon its testing, telemetry, and self-hosting). Microsoft claims that by 2022, all eligible Windows 10 devices will be able to obtain Windows 11.

When will Windows 11 become available via the Media Creation Tool

Windows 11 installation media will become available at 4 p.m. ET on October 4, following the global upgrade rollout. Microsoft has changed the name of the Update Assistant tool to Installation Assistant in conjunction with the launch of Windows 11.

When will Windows 11 become available on the Volume Licensing Center and MSDN subscriptions? The partner portal, etc. What is the best way to get Windows 11?

Windows 11 is being released today. Officials stated that it could take several days before downloads are available in the VLSC or similar channels for all products, markets, and languages.

Update (October 8th): Microsoft has added a footnote in its blog post that states Windows 11 will become available in the VLSC, and other channels during the week of October 11.

What will the time frame be for consumers and businesses to continue to upgrade to Windows 10?

Support for Windows 10 continues through October 14, 2025. Users will still be able to purchase/license/install Windows 10 until then, according to Microsoft. Microsoft officials have not yet indicated if Extended Support Updates will be made available for Windows 10, so that users can continue to receive security updates beyond October 14, 2025.

If Windows 11 is offered to consumers or business users, how will they be able to refuse it?

Windows Update notifies eligible Windows 10 customers. They can choose to upgrade to Windows 11 when they are ready or to stay on Windows 10. Microsoft does not provide specifics. Officials said that enterprise customers can use policies to ensure Windows 11 is not available to end-users before IT is ready to roll out the rollout. They can also use Windows update for business, Endpoint Manager, and other tools.

Are Insider Beta and Release preview Channels able to upgrade to Win 11 from their final builds? Or do you need to install a fresh copy?

Windows Insiders who are in the Beta or Release Preview Channels don’t need to act as they will be able to transition to the final build upon release. Details about when and how this will occur are still not known.

Does Windows 11 have an expiration date? Or will it be available to all users who have a valid license key?

There is no end date to the free upgrade offer for eligible systems. Microsoft reserves the right to terminate support for this free offer at any time, but it will last at least one year after the general release.

It seemed for a time that Microsoft would allow virtual machines to bypass the new Windows 11 hardware requirements. This loophole is now closed.

Windows 11 on VMs will follow the same hardware requirements ( ) as physical PCs. To ensure compliance with Windows 11 VMs running on Azure, customers using Windows 11 VMs should use Trusted Launch. This will enable TPM 2.0 and secure boots as part of the VM configuration.

Windows 11 and Azure Virtual Desktop now support Trusted Launch. This allows for TPM 2.0 to be enabled and secure boot on virtual machines.

Windows 365 Enterprise/Cloud PC support Windows 11 from October 5.

Microsoft will still allow users with systems that don’t meet the Microsoft hardware requirements for Windows 11 to install it and run it at their own risk.

Yes. Yes. Users who accept the uncertainty about compatibility issues and Microsoft’s claim it may not provide all security upgrades to users running Windows 11 on non-supported hardware can still do so. Officials say that users can bypass hardware checks by using Media Creation Tool to either do a clean install or bare metal. Officials say that although we don’t know the exact timeframe for Microsoft to maintain this option, it appears they have no plans to do so shortly.

What is the deal with Windows 11 for Arm processors

Windows 11 will be made available simultaneously for Arm, AMD, and Intel processors starting today. Microsoft unveiled a new interface for application building on Windows 11 on Arm in June. It’s called ARM64EC (“Emulation Compatible”). This interface allows Microsoft to deliver the promised X64 emulation for Arm in this Windows 11 release.

What will be the support period for Windows 11 by Microsoft?

October 4, 2021, marks the beginning of the 24-month-long lifecycle of Windows 11 Pro and Home editions. It also marks the beginning of the 36-month support window to Enterprise and Education. Microsoft will release one feature update per calendar year for Windows 11.