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We were all waiting for Windows 11 to launch on October 5, 2021, but Microsoft has decided to surprise everyone by releasing the latest version of its operating system a day early.

Microsoft posted about the early release of Windows 11 on its website:

Today marks an exciting milestone in the history of Windows. As the day becomes October 5 in each time zone around the world, availability of Windows 11 begins through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11 that can be purchased beginning today.

The people who recently purchased a Windows 10 PC will be the first to get the update through the Setting app in Windows 10. Microsoft says, “We expect all eligible Windows 10 devices to be offered the upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.” That means you might need to be patient if you want to go through Windows Update.

For most users, going through Windows Update will not bring Windows 11 to their PC. It’s a very gradual rollout. However, you can attempt to skip the queue by using the Windows 11 Update Assistant. Feel free to download it and upgrade your system if the features offered by Windows 11 sound appealing to you and your computer is eligible for it.

Of course, that answers the question of how to update to Windows 11. But it doesn’t answer the question of whether you should upgrade your PC to Windows 11 or not. There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing whether to jump from one version of Windows to another.

You can also choose to purchase a new Surface device with Windows 11 pre-installed on October 5 if you want some shiny new hardware with the latest version of Windows ready to go.

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