Windows 11 is now officially available as a free upgrade for all systems that meet the hardware requirements. But it’s well past the fifth of October and you still haven’t received the official update. Why is this so and what can you do to get Windows 11 right now? Here’s everything you need to know.
Where’s the official update for Windows 11?
Although Windows 11 was released on the 5th of October, there are a great many people who have been waiting with bated breaths but to no avail. That is because Microsoft wants to roll out the update in a staggered manner, similar to how it’s done with Windows features in the past.
Besides raking in additional revenue from OEMs such as Dell and HP that license Windows OS, the phased release will also ensure that any issues detected can be fixed before most of the users get the update. The wait is not as long, though. Microsoft expects all compatible Windows 10 to get the Windows 11 update by the summer of ’22.
How to fix Windows 11 update not showing (7 methods)
Having said that, you may want to keep all channels open on the off chance that the update is actually rolled out to your PC. So if you find that the Windows 11 update isn’t showing and you can’t officially update your PC, here are a few things you must check to allow the update to come through.
Fix #01: Check if your PC meets the system requirements
Firstly, check if your PC actually meets the system requirements to run Windows 11. Microsoft will not push the update unless the hardware specifications are met. Though it’s possible for users to bypass this and install Windows 11 even if their system hardware is not up to the mark, it’s not generally recommended.
Fix #02: Make sure Windows update is working
It’s also possible that you may have paused Windows updates in the past and forgot about it, or that the feature was disabled by an app or a bug. To check if that’s the case, press
Win + I to open Settings. Click on Update & Security.
If your Updates are paused, click on Resume updates.
Fix #03: Restart your PC
Sometimes, corrupted temporary files can derail Windows updates, and the fastest way to fix this is to restart your PC. It’s a simple and easy fix and one that takes no time to execute. So make sure to give your PC a soft reboot and check to see if any updates are available. To restart your PC, press Windows key + X, then click “Shut down or sign out” and then Restart.
Fix #04: Troubleshoot Windows Update
Windows has its own built-in troubleshooter to diagnose problems and offer fixes. In many cases, the Windows Update troubleshooter will find what’s keeping the updates from being installed and recommend solutions. Here’s how to run it:
Win + I to open the Settings app. Then click on Update & Security at the bottom.
Click on Troubleshoot on the left.
Click on Additional troubleshooters.
Click on Windows Update.
Then click on Run the troubleshooter.
The troubleshooter will now start looking for problems and will offer potential fixes if any issues are found.
Fix #05: Upgrade with Windows 11 Installation Assistant
The above fixes will make sure that all the available channels are open and receptive to Windows 11 updates whenever they arrive. But if you want to get Windows 11 now, these last few methods will help you get it.
The release of Windows 11 means that you can now find the official Windows 11 Installation Assistant on Microsoft’s website. Installing Windows 11 with this assistant is a breeze. We’ve covered the step-by-step guide for this — so do check it below to know exactly what to do.
Fix #06: Run in-place upgrade with Windows 11 Media Creation Tool
If you haven’t received the Windows 11 update yet, you can also perform an in-place upgrade yourself using the Windows 11 Installation Media. You will need an empty USB flash drive (at least 8GB) for this purpose.
Download: Windows 11 Installation Media
On the page linked above, click on Download Now under “Create Windows 11 Installation Media”.
Plug in your USB drive and then run the downloaded Media Creation tool. Click on Accept.
With the “USB flash drive” option selected, click Next.
From the list of “Removable drives”, select your USB drive and click Next.
The setup will take some time to download and install the Windows 11 upgrade.
Once the process is completed, your USB device will be ready to serve you (or any other compatible PC that it is used on) with Windows 11. You can do so by booting up with the USB and going through the on-screen instruction. Or, you could go into your USB drive (through File Explorer) and run setup.exe.
This will open the Windows 11 Setup window. Follow the on-screen instructions to get updated to Windows 11.
Fix #07: Wait for Microsoft to roll out Windows 11 update to your PC
If Windows 11 update isn’t available for your PC yet and you don’t want to manually upgrade, the only thing you can do is to wait. Microsoft is in the process of rolling out the Windows 11 update slowly to all PCs that meet the system requirements for it. You can expect it to be available for your PC by the middle of 2022.
How to install Windows 11 without an update notification on a supported PC
Well, try the fixes above. That should help you out. Particularly, Fix #5. It’s easy.
Else, download the Windows 11 ISO file and install it right away.
Does Windows 11 not support my PC or CPU?
Well, if the fixes given above do not work, then maybe your PC is not supported by Windows 11.
download the Windows 11 PC Health Check app from here. It will automatically start downloading, but if it doesn’t, click the Download button in the top left.
Double click on the downloaded file to run the PC Health Check app on your PC.
Click the “Check now” button.
If your PC is compatible with Windows 11, you will get this screen:
If your PC meets the requirements, then use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant again. It shall work.
However, if your PC is NOT compatible with Windows 11, you will get this screen:
In this case, see the fix for installing Windows 11 on an unsupported PC right below.
How to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC
Strangely even, yes. And quite easily. Check the link below.
An easy way to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware is to disable the check for TPM and Secure Boot.
You can do this by opening Registry Editor and going to this address:
Here, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value called AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU. Now, double-click on the new Value to edit it, and replace Value data from 0 to 1 and then click OK to save it.
The method above is the best one really, as even Microsoft themselves suggested it. However, if you fear editing a registry file, then you tweak the Windows 11 ISO file to disable it from checking the Secure Boot and TPM requirements and install the Windows 11 upgrade right away.
All you need to do is install Windows 11 using the ISO file provided by Microsoft but removing the appraiserres.dll first inside it.
See the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
There’s been some confusion over why users haven’t been receiving the Windows 11 update, especially now that it’s officially released. Here we answer a few commonly asked questions to help them with it.
What is the latest version of Windows 11?
As of October 08, 2021, the latest Windows 11 version is 10.0.22000. For those who’re a part of the Windows Insider Program, the latest Windows 11 version is Preview Build 22471.
Can you install Windows 11 now?
Yes, you can install Windows 11 now. If you haven’t received the update, you can proceed with an in-place upgrade using the Windows 11 Installation Assistant or the Media Creation tool (see fixes #5 and #6 in our guide above).
Why Windows updates are not showing?
There can be a few main reasons why Windows updates may not be showing. Either, your Windows updates are blocked in some way and will need to be re-enabled (check fixes #1-4), or the Windows 11 update hasn’t been rolled out to you. In both cases, you can apply the fixes given in our guide above and get updated to Windows 11 today.
We hope you were able to get the next generation of Windows on your PC with the aid of this guide.