A few months ago, Microsoft officially announced Windows 11, the next major release of its Windows operating system. The company plans to roll it out at the end of the year, but in the meantime it has also decided to roll out the beta so the public and developers can test it ahead of time.
If you’re excited about what Windows 11 will bring like the ability to run Android apps, here’s what you need to do to download and install Windows 11 beta on your computer.
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Check if your PC meets the hardware requirements
Obviously, to run Windows 11, your PC will need to meet certain hardware requirements. These requirements are Microsoft compliant which states that your PC must have:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4 GB of RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System firmware: UEFI, secure boot compatible
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x compatible graphics
- Display:> 9 with HD resolution (720p)
- Internet connection: Microsoft account and Internet connectivity required for Windows 11 Home setup
For the most part, unless your PC is very old, you should be able to meet the minimum requirements. The only problem would be whether or not your computer has TPM 2.0, which you can find out in this article ” How to check if your computer is ready for Windows 11 “.
Join the Windows Insider program
In order to download the Windows 11 beta or pretty much any pre-release software from Microsoft, you’ll need to be part of the Company’s Insider program. It’s basically a kind of beta program where you can access certain features before the general public to help Microsoft identify bugs and provide feedback.
To join the Insider program if you’re not already a member:
- On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings
- Go to Update & Security and in the navigation bar on the left, select Windows Insider Program
- Click on Start
- Click on Link an account
- Choose your Microsoft account or sign in with a different one if you prefer
- On the next screen, you will be asked to select your “Channel”. The beta channel is usually where releases are the most stable and it is recommended unless you are more technical which might interest you in the dev channel. Once you have selected your channel, click Confirm.
- Click Confirm again to accept the terms and conditions
- You will now be asked to restart your PC now or later
Download and install Windows 11 beta
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Now that you are part of the Windows Insider program, the next step would be to download the beta version of Windows 11 to your computer.
- Go to settings
- Go to Update & Security
- Select the Windows Update tab and click on “Check for updates”
- You should now see an update called “Windows 11 Insider Preview” which will start to download
- Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to restart your PC
- Once your PC restarts, Windows 11 beta will be installed and you are good to go