Windows 11 preview has been out since the beginning of July and it has had several updates (mostly smaller ones with quality improvements) since then. The preview builds have several issues, but these known issues don’t appear to be affecting the stability of the operating system.
Windows 11 is now set to begin rolling out to consumers and businesses on October 5 and Dell has confirmed that most PCs sold on their e-commerce website will be able to run the new operating system. Dell has also updated its website with a list of devices that will be able to upgrade to the new OS in October and later.
“Customers who buy an eligible Windows-based PC on Dell.com will now be offered a free upgrade to Windows 11 when it’s available. This includes the Dell XPS 13, Alienware x15, Alienware x17 gaming laptops, and more,” Dell said in a press release published earlier today.
Dell is also working on tools to help users (consumers and commercial clients) get Windows 11 through the free upgrade process. Business customers can also purchase PCs with “Windows 10 Pro pre-installed with Windows 11 Pro license included”. This will allow businesses to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro when it is ready.
In a separate support document, Dell has shared a long list of devices officially eligible for free Windows 11 upgrade. The list of supported Dell PCs include:
- Alienware Desktop
- Alienware Laptop
- G-Series Desktop
- G-Series Laptop
- Inspiron Desktop
- Inspiron Laptop
- XPS Desktop
- XPS Laptop
- Vostro Desktop
- Vostro Laptop
- Precision Workstation
- Mobile Precision
Dell’s Windows 11 guidelines are pretty straightforward. You’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free if your device is mentioned in the support document or the company’s website.
In the support document, Dell has over 100 devices listed.
Dell has also warned that Windows 11 won’t be offered on devices that do not meet the minimum hardware requirements which have caused some confusion and frustration for users.
If you’re not sure about the minimum system requirements, download and run Windows 11 compatibility check tool called “PC Health Check”.
While you can install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, remember that the release isn’t optimised for older processors and Microsoft says unsupported hardware is more vulnerable to Blue Screen of Death errors.
Microsoft suggests getting new hardware and they have also shared a list of premium devices eligible for Windows 11:
- Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55) and Acer Swift X (SFX14-413).
- Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363 and Flip OLED UX363.
- Dell Alienware X-Series laptops.
- Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro Series and 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7.
- HP ENVY x360 14 and 15.
- Dell’s flagship XPS 13.
- Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Book Pro 360.