Windows 11 is officially available now for select devices

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Oct 5, 2021 11:55 AM

Microsoft has officially begun to roll out updates for eligible systems to the new Windows 11 operating system. Although it was released a day early for some, it is now available to everyone, but depending on your system you will either be able to upgrade through Windows system updates, or through the official download on Microsoft’s web page.

Essentially, Microsoft is slowly rolling out an official upgrade for Windows 10 users through Windows Update and Security in Settings. Through there, you can upgrade to Windows 11 easily and quickly. However, if it’s not available for your system yet, then you can still download it manually.

Newer devices will be offered the free update first, and Microsoft will then slowly start rolling out the update to older systems based on user feedback. This is to make sure that all hardware compatibility and reliability is accounted for, but again you can still manually download Windows 11 and upgrade now if your PC meets the Windows 11 system requirements, though it is not recommended.

What do you think? Will you be downloading and installing Windows 11? Or will you wait a little while first? Let us know!

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00:09 Oct-09-2021

Not going to upgrade until I must.

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11:36 Oct-07-2021

Funnily enough, it popped up on my laptop, which has an i7-7700HQ, which isn't even on the supported list.


Already running it on my destkop and uh, I'd go back to 10 if I didn't have to do a clean install. 11 isn't good at all. Only good thing is the new sounds. Context menus are still inconsistent, new style, yet not the same everywhere. When will Microsoft learn ffs..

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01:05 Oct-07-2021

Upgrade to win 11 and lose 20 - 30% FPS.

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07:57 Oct-07-2021

after testing some games (Doom:E, BF5, horizon zero dawn, outriders, valheim and control) now that i have proper win11 drivers i have seen literally zero difference, bar some stuttering during round one of terrorist/counter-terrorist in Rogue Company. as soon as round 1 is over, stuttering stops 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️. maybe this is tied to the memory allocation security stuff Gamers Meld mentioned a day or two ago, and appears to be a setting turned on by default with OEM and prebuilt PC's. its also to be noted these "features" can be turned off using a bit of RegEdit.

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01:05 Oct-09-2021

What settings did you have for the VBS?

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08:57 Oct-07-2021

I've had the same or better performance. What have you been smoking?

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00:59 Oct-09-2021

Nothing that would get me high sadly.


The thing I wanted to point out is the VBS (virtual based security). VBS is definitely a useful security feature (purportedly prevents 60% of malware infections), tho I would advise caution. Should you wish to upgrade to win 11 I advise to make a system lvl img of your win 10 OS and everything installed in case you FPS tanks due to VBS (so you have an option to revert back to win 10 with min downtime).

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12:46 Oct-07-2021

I think Gank meant that W11 loses 5-25% perf on OEM pre-builts and laptops due to the security layers that are forced upon OEMs. This does not affect custom and boutique rigs, but is (for now) a big issue for OEM pre-builts...like...why would you buy one only to get far less perf than if you built it yourself? Linus talked about this on the WAN show, not sure if they made more videos on it yet.

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00:44 Oct-06-2021

I've been using it. Well try to.


I hate it. Half baked. You can't change taskbar size unless you use a third party tool like winaero tweaker. Seriously, this is pathetic. I'm honestly done with Windows. Moving to Linux.


Start menu is so bad. The recommend section cannot be removed at. Its another Windows 8 kind of thing. But fully forced upon. Perhaps in the future, you won't be able to bypass TPM. And with Microsoft's whole Pluton chip with the cloud bs, yeah we're all !^%#ed. more spying for them

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08:53 Oct-06-2021

Nevermind me switching to Linux.


But I still hate what Microsoft is doing

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00:11 Oct-06-2021

I will wait a bit first, I am in no rush. Windows Update did let me know I am compatible, but didn't offer me to install it. So for now I am in wait and see mode, to see if there are any major issues and waiting for them to get patched. Afterwards, I will likely proceed with clean install. I never trusted update process from one release to another. So I always prefer to give it "clean" start to avoid issues due to extra luggage that gets carried over. Might be good opportunity to maybe get another SSD and finally switch to NVMe, since my current SSDs are SATA, plus use opportunity to fresh install 11.

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19:53 Oct-05-2021

I've upgraded one of the gaming machines. Let's see.

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19:00 Oct-05-2021

started with my gaming desktop on beta. added a lot to the different discussions. moved my large laptop when it became more stable. found some odd issues that that got cleaned up. moved my small laptop 2 weeks over. getting official drivers on everything is making life better using them.

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18:15 Oct-05-2021

I was so happy when they finally added the clock to all task bars for multi monitor setups, now with windows 11 that's gone.. What the hell microsoft, why?


Other than that you'll rarely notice a difference to windows 10, as always a lot of stuff is just carried over.

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14:54 Oct-05-2021

Running the beta since two months and I can't believe that a half made product is being released already. The start menu and task bar are build from the ground up, yet contain only 20% of the features that the windows 10 variant has.


What a sh!tshow of an OS. I'm staying on W10 on my laptop and keep on using Linux with KDE.

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14:39 Oct-05-2021

Upgrade today. Looks similat to MacOS. Why be original when u can copy someone or someting.

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14:10 Oct-05-2021

I'll give it a try when they add that android app compatibility layer or whatever it was, since I want to know whether that would be better than just running my games with Bluestacks.

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16:52 Oct-05-2021

That's about the only exciting feature of W11, and it's not here at launch! What's the point of calling it a "launch" then...

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12:52 Oct-05-2021

I don't really need it right now so nope.

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12:52 Oct-05-2021

Definitely waiting for it to mature. Even if I'd find a way to "upgrade" to win11 - I'd have to do all sorts of trickery to bypass TPM (due to my "stone age" CPU) and that would be a massive hassle anyway, since I use my PC for work. I'll probably wait a year...

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16:43 Oct-05-2021

Gaming perfomance so far and from what i have seen in videos is the same in both versions, some games perform better, some worse like 1-4 fps difference

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16:48 Oct-05-2021

Gaming performance the ONLY thing that matters. Software support, any glitches or crashes that would lose me rendering, any OS quirks that don't play well with something, any driver instabilities, missing features (of which there are still plenty for power users), etc.


On top of that it would be a massive hassle for me to clean-install everything again due to how much software I have, so it just makes sense to upgrade when time comes to clean up a bit. My OS is very stable right now, so I'll keep it that way for a bit, I'm not in a rush to beta-test W11.

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12:43 Oct-05-2021

been waiting a couple of weeks for release day, nice to finally have proper GPU drivers rather than WDS drivers, Novabench up from 171fps to 268fps!!

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12:50 Oct-05-2021

Why did you rush, though? It's never a good idea to upgrade something as big and complex as an operating system when the major release is that fresh (and in your case - it wasn't even officially out!), so I'm not quite sure why anyone would do it. Massive curiosity?

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12:55 Oct-05-2021

don't know really, started back with vista when a friend of mine got a early copy of win7, just habit now i guess.

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