In case you didn’t get the memo, there’s a new version of Windows available. Microsoft released Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. As the successor to Windows 10, Windows 11 is equipped with several new features and improvements. It features a new “Fluent Design” interface, for instance, and it features faster web browsing — for all web browsers — as well as faster authentication for Windows Hello. How do you upgrade to Windows 11 exactly?

Launch the Windows Update Tool

If your computer is currently running Windows 10, you can use the Windows Update tool. You don’t have to purchase a copy of Windows 11, nor do you have to install a fresh installation of Windows 11. The Windows Update tool will allow you to update your computer from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free.

You can launch the Windows Update tool by clicking the “Start” menu and selecting “Settings,” followed by “Update & Security” and then “Windows Update.” On this screen, choose the “Check for updates” option. Windows will then check to see if your computer is eligible for Windows 11. Assuming it’s eligible, you can then upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system.

Use the Installation Assistant

The easiest way to upgrade to Windows 11 is to use the Windows Update tool. But there’s another option available: the Windows 11 Installation Assistant.

You can download the Windows 11 Installation Assistant for free by clicking here. It’s a program that, as the name suggests, will walk you through the steps of upgrading your computer to Windows 11. Once downloaded, launch the Installation Assistant and select the “Accept and Install” option. You will then be prompted to restart your computer. After restarting, the Installation Assistant will begin the upgrade process.

Manually Install Windows 11

Of course, you can manually install Windows 11 on your computer. When compared to the other methods listed here, manually installing is probably the most time-consuming. Nonetheless, it will allow you to upgrade your computer to Windows 11.

To manually install Windows 11, you’ll need to download the installation media from Microsoft’s website. You can download it to any type of removable storage device, such as a USB flash drive.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping Windows 10. Microsoft isn’t abandoning Windows 10 — at least not yet. It will continue to release bug fixes and other improvements to Windows 10. But if you want to upgrade to Windows 11, you can do so by using one of the methods outlined here.