“Devices running Microsoft’s Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system cannot be directly upgraded to Windows 11 using the Upgrade feature in Windows” – that’s the information from Microsoft’s German news site for mobile devices. organizations and enterprises Enterprise.
Specifically, starting later this year, businesses will be able to bring eligible computers directly to Windows 11 if they’re running Windows 10 Enterprise version 1909 or later or Windows 10 Pro version 20H1 or later.
The minimum Enterprise version of Windows 10 is version 1909, the minimum Pro version is 20H1 according to the article. While the post doesn’t mention the typical user’s PC, it’s likely that Windows 10 version 20H1 will be the minimum version needed for consumer devices when upgrading to Windows 10. .
When Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015, it allowed direct upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. However, Windows XP and Vista users cannot directly upgrade to the new operating system even if it is compatible.
The main options then are to run two upgrades, one from XP or Vista to Windows 7 or 8.1, and then upgrade to Windows 10. Similarly, the same method can be used to upgrade devices. Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, before upgrading again to Windows 11.
This method requires the device to meet the minimum system requirements of the Windows 11 operating system.
In addition, the remaining solution is that you need to install Windows 11 from scratch. The downside of this approach is that all the programs, customizations, and files installed on the main drive will no longer be usable once the installation is complete. You need to make backup copies of these files and reinstall the program.
Note that currently information about personal PC has not been confirmed.