Windows 7 Users Can Upgrade To Windows 11, But There’s A Catch

Is it really an "upgrade"?


Are you a Windows 7 user? Does your PC meet Windows 11’s system requirements? If the answer to that question is positive, your Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 11 is possible. However, there’s a catch like there always is when it comes to Microsoft.

Lenovo has put up an FAQ Page on Windows regarding Windows 11. FAQs answer questions regarding Windows 11 availability and upgradability for Lenovo laptops. There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Windows 11 and its availability. Let’s find out what’s in store for Windows 7 users.

Windows 7 Users Will Need To Clean Install Windows 11

Lenovo’s FAQ reveals that Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 11 only via a clean install. The FAQ reads:

“Most devices available for purchase now will be upgradeable to Windows 11. You will have the option to upgrade, clean, install, or reimage Windows 10 devices to move to Windows 11. For Windows 7 devices that meet hardware requirements, you will need to clean install or reimage to go directly to Windows 11.”

Since it’s an FAQ on Lenovo’s website, you might think it’s only for Lenovo PCs or Laptops. But, it is safe to assume that the fact holds for all Windows 7 systems, given that they’re eligible for it.

There’s no obvious answer as Windows 7 was released long back in 2009 and TPM 2.0 came in 2014, which is needed to install Windows 11. To be sure if your Windows 7 system is eligible for Microsoft’s latest upgrade, we recommend using the PC Health Check tool.

In contrast with Windows 7, Windows 11 is miles apart in terms of visuals and aesthetics. So, if your PC is eligible, you might want to upgrade when the OS finally comes out as a public release.

For now, Windows 11 is available in the Windows Insider Dev channel and seems promising, as it is quite stable for an initial release.

Are you a Windows 7 user? Would you want to ‘upgrade’? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, make sure to check our up-to-date Windows 11 coverage.

Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth Dudeja

An engineering student with a keen interest in most aspects of technology. Likes to write about Microsoft, Apple, Laptops, Gaming, etc.
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