According to Microsoft's statement, if you have a device running Windows 10 and want to try Windows 11 the moment it's released, you might be forced to buy it. On the other hand, there is a possibility that someone will find a workaround to force the update.
You can also test Windows 11 before release if you are part of the Windows Insider program, but the experience may not be the best as development of the operating system is still ongoing. However, users of the Windows Insider Program can already test the preview build released in the last few hours and all the preview versions that will be released until the official release.
We remind you that not all users will be able to install Windows 11, as there are minimum requirements to be met. While Microsoft will also make the update free for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users - presumably with slightly older PCs - the company has raised the bar of minimum requirements, cutting out a large chunk of devices. The supported AMD processors are those ranging from AMD Ryzen 3 3250C onwards and the Intel ones are from the eighth generation onwards. You will then need to have at least 4GB of RAM, at least 64GB of storage and TPM 2.0.
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