If you are interested in trying out the next version of Windows, this article will point you resources and steps for getting your device ready for Windows 11.
Step 1: Backup your computer:
When making significant changes to your computer such as updating the operating system, you should always backup. See links to resources about backing up by clicking the link for the respective version of Windows you are running: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1
Step 2: Check if your computer is Windows 11 compatible:
Microsoft provides a handy app that lets you check if your computer is Windows 11 compatible
NOTE: Microsoft has since discontinued the Windows PC Health app.
Step 3: Create Recovery Drive for reinstalling Windows 10:
Step 4: Join the Windows Insider Program to get access to Windows 11:
Windows 11 Preview is available to early adopters who would like to share feedback about the operating system before its general availability. If you are finding it difficult to download the preview, you might need to first sign up:
How to Join the Windows Insider Program from within your current version of Windows 10 then upgrade to Windows 11:
Step 5: Decide how you are going to Install Windows 11 - Partition or Virtual Machine:
There are multiple ways to try Windows 11, you can upgrade your existing Windows installation or you can install on a separate partition or in a virtual machine.
If you are already in the Windows Insider Program, here are steps to upgrade your existing build to Windows 11:
Install in a Virtual Machine:
Install on a Partition:
Step 6: Troubleshoot Windows 11 Installation Problems
As with every preview, you might encounter problems installing Windows 11, here are some steps you can try to ensure your installation goes smoothly:
Step 7: How to Go Back to an earlier version of Windows from Windows 11: