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Windows 11 download: Not seeing update? Just do this

Windows 11 download: New OS will roll out to eligible PCs as soon as the date turns October 5.
Windows 11 download: New OS will roll out to eligible PCs as soon as the date turns October 5. (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 update across the world as the date changes to October 5. Windows 11 download will be available, but it will happen in batches.

The Windows 11 update is releasing earlier than planned for most countries. Microsoft had announced releasing the stable version of Windows 11 update on October 5. However, eastern countries like New Zealand and India are already ready to get the stable Windows 11 update. If you are in the western parts of the US, you might still be waiting to get the update. Don’t worry, Microsoft isn’t forgetting you and Windows 11 download will be made available soon enough.

Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 update as soon as clock strikes 12 am on October 5. Hence, in most western countries, the update rollout is withheld until October 5 begins. Those countries where it is already October 5 can keep checking the Windows Update section.

Windows 11 update releases today

While the date is playing some role in the update delay, there are some other factors too if you want to get Windows 11.

 Windows 11 releases earlier than planned, will be rolled out in a phased manner.
 Windows 11 releases earlier than planned, will be rolled out in a phased manner. (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

- Even though Microsoft has released the Windows 11 update, your PC manufacturers needs to approve it for your model and release it accordingly. Since there are countless variants of Windows PCs out in the wild, it might take a while for your PC to get the update notification.

- The newer the PC, the faster your chances come. Windows 11 will be rolled faster for the latest PCs with the latest processors and specifications. Hence, if you have the latest Dell XPS 13 with an 11th Gen chip, you might be getting it today. If you are using an olde version of the same from 2-3 years ago, you may have to wait for months. Cheaper Windows laptop users might need to wait even more.

- PCs on the Intel 7th Gen chips are on the borderline requirements for Windows 11, hence the update might need time to be properly adapted.

How to check Windows 11 compatibility

It’s an easy process. Simply search for the “PC Health Check app” on Google and download it from the Microsoft website. Run it and wait for the app to clarify whether your system supports the new version. The lack of a TPM 2.0 chip and older Intel as well as AMD processors may prevent your PC from getting the update.

Can Windows 11 be sideloaded?

Yes, if you download the ISO file from Microsoft’s official website. However, note that unsupported PCs can also download and install Windows 11 but Microsoft warns users of performance instability.

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