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How to Get Windows 11 Free Upgrade Early

After months of testing, Microsoft is releasing the final version of Windows 11 today on its Release Preview channel. This is the final step before its wider release to existing devices on October 5. If you don't want to wait until October 5, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Preview today and get the free Windows 11 upgrade early.

Here's how to upgrade to Windows 11 early:

  • Check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11, using Microsoft's PC Health app (download here).
  • If your PC is supported, you will need to register as a Windows Insider on the Microsoft site to get the Windows 11 upgrade sooner.
  • On your existing Windows 10 PC, go to Settings> Update &Security> Windows Insider Program

How to Get Windows 11 Free Upgrade Early

  • Click the Get Started button and link the Microsoft account you used to register as a Windows Insider.
  • When prompted to choose your Insider settings, select the Release Preview ring.
  • Confirm and accept Microsoft's terms, then restart your PC.
  • Go back to Settings> Update &Security, and you should see a new banner with the optional update to Windows 11.
  • Click on the download and install option and follow the instructions to get Windows 11 sooner.

How to Get Windows 11 Free Upgrade Early

Once you have successfully upgraded to Windows 11, you can then go to Settings> Windows Update and select "Stop getting preview builds" to opt out of updates. Preview update for Windows 11 and stay on the final version.

Microsoft has also released ISO files for the final version of Windows 11, build 22000.194. You can download the ISO file, which will allow you to clean install Windows 11, from Microsoft's Windows Insider website.