How To Install Windows 11 Preview On Your Gaming PC
The first insider build of Windows 11 is now live, but how can you install it? Should you even install a preview version of the OS if your current gaming PC is working perfectly fine?
Here’s everything you need to know on how to install Windows 11 on your PC right now officially.
Windows 11 System Requirements – Can You Run It?
The minimum system requirements to install and run Windows 11 is fairly simple. You’ll the following or better hardware for the new operating system:
- CPU: Minimum 1 GHz or faster, with 2 or more cores on a X64-based CPU.
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Display: 720p or above
- An internet connection will be required for first-time setup on Windows 11 Home
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
For the most part, pretty much any computer from the last 4-5 years running Windows 10 can run Windows 11. You can check if your PC supports it by downloading and using the PC Health Checker App and fix any issues with TPM 2.0 on your PC. Right now Windows 11 is not supported on older AMD Ryzen 2000/1000 CPUs and Intel Core 7th Gen processors, although that might change in the future.
How to Download and Install Windows 11 Insider Build
To download Windows 11 in its preview build form, you’ll need to sign up in the Windows Insider program. Go into the settings menu on your PC, select the “Update and Security” tab, and then select the bottom menu that says “Windows Insider Program”.
Click on “Get Started”, and you’ll be prompted to link a Microsoft account for registration into the Windows Insider program.
After this, you’ll be prompted to restart your PC. After restarting, you can go back into the Updates and Security tab in settings, and a Windows 11 update will be waiting for you to download.
Simply download the update and install it as if it were a regular Windows 10 patch. Voilà! You can now browse Windows 11, but expect some bugs and performance instability as it is a very early build after all. For what its worth, many reviewers have already started testing the new operating system and performance seems to be pretty stable. Regardless, if you use your PC for any critical work, we’d recommend not updating to Windows 11 until it officially releases towards the end of this year.
Windows 11 will be released as a free upgrade for Windows 10 owners with rollout beginning by the end of 2021, and will be available at retail for stand-alone purchase starting early 2022.
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