Windows 11: no free update before 2022 for Windows 10 users

Windows 11 will probably arrive a little later than expected on current Windows 10 machines. The firm announced in a tweet on Saturday, June 26 that the deployment would take place several months after the official launch of the general public version.

You have Windows 10 and are very eager to be able to test the stable version of Windows 11? You may find the time long. Indeed the stable version of Windows 11 is expected in the coming months before the end of 2021, but according to a tweet from Microsoft, current Windows 10 users will have to wait longer to benefit from a free update.

The wait will likely last until the end of the first half of 2022, which may seem like an eternity for some. However, it is noted that Microsoft does not provide a specific release date at this time – a necessarily important point in assessing the actual deployment schedule that users will see.


When asked by a Twittos about the exact release date of Windows 11, Microsoft explains: “Windows 11 is due to be released a little later in 2021 and will be issued over a period of several months. The deployment of the update for existing Windows 10 devices will begin in 2022 until the end of the first half of the year”.

Two pieces of information seem to be available from this tweet. First of all, not all new PCs will come immediately with Windows 11, since it seems that the deployment with OEMs will take several months. The other thing is that we’re going to find ourselves in a strange situation very quickly.

Indeed, current Windows 10 users will be entitled to a free update – since Microsoft confirms it one more time. But presumably there will be a floating period during which Windows 11 will be commercially available, without current Windows 10 users being entitled to a free update.

Thus, it is likely, according to Microsoft’s statements, that the most impatient will have to buy a copy of Windows 11 to take advantage of the new version of the operating system as soon as it is available.

Windows 11 is due out later in 2021 and will be delivered over several months. The rollout of the upgrade to Windows 10 devices already in use today will begin in 2022 through the first half of that year.

— Windows (@Windows) June 25, 2021

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