Windows 11 Free Upgrade from Windows 10 [How-to] Step by Step

Jean updated on Aug 11, 2021 to Knowledge Center

Stay longer till the Windows 10 support ended in 2025, or engage yourself in the overwhelmingly refreshed Windows 11? Is it a question for you?

On the day 24 June, Microsoft unveiled the next OS generation Windows 11, which comes with an overhaul new UI, Start Menu arrangements and solid security requirements of a TPM 2.0 chip and UEFI secure boot. The overall security improvement in Windows 11 is optimistically estimated to be a 40% increase than Windows 10! Microsoft hopes that all the modern computers and laptops get the Windows 11 free upgrade from Windows 10 since they meet the minimum system requirements as below.

windows 11 system requirements

For machines within 4-6 years, they're most likely to be able to meet the hardware and system requirements and hopefully get the free upgrade. If you're not sure about your computer's age or specific configurations like the mentioned processor, graphics card or system firmware settings, use a Windows 11 upgrade checker to help measure the compatibility for you.

Step 1. Download EaseUS Windows 11 Upgrade Checker.

Step 2. Click the Check Now button to start.

click check now

Step 3. The Windows 11 compatibility result window will soon appear. All the incompatible and compatible configuration items will be listed.

check windows 11 compatibility result

Do You Need Any System Tweaks Before Upgrading to Windows 11?

Since the CPU, processor, or TPM are the components you cannot change or do an in-place replacement, for those old-fashioned computers we suggest they stay with Windows 10, which is stable enough and unlikely to be outdated in the long run. Meanwhile, according to the returned checking results, even some modern computers don't get a 100 score in each required section. Despite that imperfect testing result, they can do some system tweaks to make the PC competent. And here, we mainly talk about the failed test in UEFI secure boot.

As for now, the UEFI mode is the trending firmware setting that is gradually replacing the aging Legacy BIOS mode, due to its security and flexibility enhancement. To be able to boot your computer from the UEFI firmware settings, the hard disk must be built in the GPT style. Shortly, Legacy BIOS is on an MBR basis while UEFI is on a GPT basis. To enable UEFI secure boot on a support computer, you'll need to convert MBR to GPT on a system hard disk in advance.

Download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the guide to convert MBR to GPT on a Windows 10 hard drive without losing partitions or data.

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Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer.

Step 2. Right-click the MBR disk that you want to convert and choose "Convert to GPT".

convert MBR to GPT - 1

Step 3. After that, find and click the "Execute 1 Operation" button on the toolbar and choose "Apply" to start the conversion.

convert MBR to GPT - 2

You can do more with EaseUS Partition Master to set up your computer eligible with Windows 11. If your Windows 10 system C drive is running low disk space, less than 64GB free space on the hard drive, try to transfer some free space from D to C with the Allocate Space function.

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How to Download Windows 11 ISO to Install Windows 11 for Free

Are you interested in a free, fast and simple method to get Windows 11 free upgrade from Windows 10? EaseUS Win11builder can help achieve the goal. It saves your time by directly offering the downloadable ISO image for you so you can start with one click. Follow the below guide to download and install Windows 10 without any hassle.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD EaseUS Win11builder on your computer. It's a free Windows 11 iso downloader that helps you download the latest Windows 11 operating system (Current OS build:  ).

Step 2. Launch the Win11builder after installation. The obtained system information is available on the home screen, and it keeps updating all the time.

Step 3. Connect your USB flash drive to the computer. Win11builder will automatically detect your USB device, so all you need to do is click the Create button. Tick the option "Bypass TPM2.0..." so you can later install Windows 11 on an unsupported computer without trouble.

win11builder step 1

Step 4. The software will empty your USB drive data if it's a used one. Once the downloading process begins, wait there until it finished or leave for a while to do you own job.

win11builder step 2

Step 5. After successfully downloading the Windows 11 iso image file on the USB drive, start to install Windows 11 from the bootable USB drive on your computer by following the installation wizard step by step.

How to Automatically Upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 for Free

Windows 11 is not finished yet and Microsoft said that the full release will soon come later this year and many devices can receive the update at the beginning of 2022, but members of the Windows Insider Program can get the Windows 11 preview at the moment. 

The most direct way to get the Windows 11 preview build is via the Dev channel (for developers) from Windows Update in settings. Here, we'll present you how to get the Windows 11 free upgrade in the Windows 10 system settings.

Important
You won't expect Windows 11 upgrade messing around your computer, right? Then do it with a secure backup of everything you care about. It's definitely a wise decision to back up Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11, in case you need a system rollback after a 10-day period.

Besides, to ensure a smooth and trouble-free Windows 11 upgrade on your computer, do some prior work in the following:

  • Check if the Internet/wifi connection is stable, and disconnect any unnecessary external devices from your computer if possible.
  • Keep your laptop battery charging during the Windows 11 update download and install.
  • Keep your Windows 10 build the most up-to-date (19043, May 2021 Update)

Step 1. Press Windows + S to open Settings and choose Update & Security.

go to windows settings > update and security

Step 2. Navigate to Windows Insiders Program and click Get Started. You'll need the Microsoft account to continue.

Step 3. Follow the instructions to choose the experience and channel you want to get the early Windows 11 preview build on your computer. Choose Dev channel.

choose dev channel

Step 4. Confirm the Privacy Statement and terms and click Restart Now.

Step 5. After restarting, go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback to check if the Optional Diagnostic Data switch is On. Finally, return to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for updates. There you should be able to see the latest Insider Preview build for Windows 11. 

Step 6. Wait for the Windows 11 automatic download and install on your computer.

* When the Windows 11 official version is generally available to download, none Insiders users can directly go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click the Check for updates button for a full Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade.

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