The long wait is finally over, and we have a stable build for Windows 11. Microsoft released Windows 11 a day early while technically on time (*ahem*, time zones). This means that eligible users should start seeing the free update in Windows Update. Windows 11 ISOs are available on Microsoft’s website, but you should stay put from manual installs just yet.
Microsoft has been exciting its latest operating system over the past few months as the world sees more and more Insider builds. However, users have mixed feelings about the “upgrade” to Windows 11. After using Windows 11 Insider builds for a while, I can tell you it’s more like a Windows 10 refresh rather than an upgrade.
Windows 11 is undercooked and has compatibility issues
Above all, Microsoft failed to deliver all the features it promised at the Windows 11 launch event. While it’s a stable build for most users, it lacks some patches and features that should’ve been there at launch. Furthermore, Microsoft promised Android app support using Intel’s Bridge technology at launch, but the quality isn’t coming anytime soon due to delays.
If your PC meets Windows 11’s system requirements, you should soon see a Windows 11 upgrade in Windows Update. You can always download Windows 11 ISO and perform a clean install if you don’t see it. However, you shouldn’t.
Why? Because it’s the initial phase of the significant release of Windows 11, and we all know how often Microsoft makes a mess of Windows updates. The Windows 11 rollout will occur in a phased manner, becoming available to eligible users. Hence, if you don’t see the option to upgrade yet, there’s a solid chance that something could go wrong.
For instance, some hardware component drivers on your PC may not be fully compatible with Windows 11. This will turn out to be the specified component not working as it should. Windows Update will only show you an update when your hardware is fully compatible with Windows 11.
Don’t mistake this for not performing clean installs, just putting them on hold for now. The initial stages of a Windows rollout are incredibly unpredictable, so you should be on the safer side.