Has there been a more anticipated version of Windows than Windows 11? From the mysterious hints to the screenshots showing a huge departure from the traditional Windows look and feel, Windows 11 is intriguing. So how do we get our hands on it to make our own judgment? Read on to learn how to download Windows 11 now as a Microsoft Windows Insider preview.
Prepare for Windows 11 Insider Preview
It’s tempting to put Windows 11 on our main computers to see how it will work, but please don’t. If possible, put it on a PC that you don’t depend on every day or install it in a virtual machine Like it Hyper-V†
The Windows 11 Insider Preview is not fully baked. It’s just there to let us know what to expect and to provide feedback. It will have problems.
There are some system requirements which many devices do not meet. That’s fine. There is a version or build of Windows 11, the Dev Channel build, which will attempt to install even if the device does not meet the requirements. However, that build will no longer be updated once Windows 11 is released to the general public.
Microsoft did have a PC health check app to verify system readiness. However, if the device failed, it was not explained why. The app also had some other technical issues. So Microsoft stopped making it available. They may make it available again just before the public release of Windows 11.
Is my computer ready for Windows 11?
The system requirements for Windows 11 are a bit different from Windows 10, or probably any operating system.
Minimum System Requirements
The unusual requirements include TPM version 2.0, UEFI, a Microsoft account, and a working connection to the Internet. Once installed, the Windows 11 Insider build does not require an internet connection. If a Microsoft account is not already used to sign in to the device, go sign up for a Microsoft account†
Check the device for TPM 2.0 and UEFI
There is a quick and easy way to see if the device has the TPM v2.0 module and is configured to work in Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode†
- Select the Get started menu button and start typing system† System information appears in the results. Select it.
- The System information window will open to a . to show System overview† Scroll down to BIOS mode and check if it reads UEFI. If not, the UEFI BIOS mode should be changed to UEFI.
- Enter trusted in the Find what field and select Find† If the device has a TPM, the search will find it.
In this case it was found in the Memory subcategory.
The System Information utility is a simple and easy way to view a computer’s specifications for the other Windows 11 requirements as well.
Download Windows 11 Insider Preview
To get the Windows 11 Insider Preview, you need to join the Windows Insider Program. It’s a Microsoft-run community of Windows fans and professionals who want to see the latest, greatest and provide feedback to Microsoft.
- Go to the Windows Insider website and register.
- Once registered, select the Get started then select the gear icon for Settings†
- In the Settings window, select Update & Security near bottom left.
- When the Update & Security window opens, select Windows Insider Program in the lower left corner. Then select Get started† note that Leave the insider program is an option.
- Select Link an account†
- The login screen may show a Microsoft account if used by the user on this device. Choose the pre-filled account or the Microsoft accountnot the Work or school account†
- The Choose your Insider settings window shows up to three options. If the device hardware meets the requirements of Windows 11, choose: beta channel† If not, choose Developer Channel† Dev Channel is installed on devices that do not meet the requirements of Windows 11.
If the Dev Channel build is used, the device will no longer receive Windows 11 Insider builds once Windows 11 is released to the general public. To continue receiving new Insider builds, the device must have a clean install of Windows 10.
If the device meets the hardware requirements, it can be re-enrolled in the Insider Program and receive the next Windows 11 beta. If it does not meet the hardware requirements and is re-enrolled in the Insider program, it will only receive future Windows 10 Insider builds.
- An information band shows links to the Microsoft Insider Privacy Statement and the Microsoft Insider Program Agreement† Select To confirm Get on.
- Select on the next band Restart now†
- After the device has rebooted and logged in, go to Home menu † Settings † Update & Security † Windows Insider† Note that the selected Insider channel and account will be displayed. Also note the option to stop receiving preview builds.
- In the same window, select Windows Update and then Check for updates† If getting the Windows 11 Insider Preview isn’t urgent, just wait until the next time the device automatically checks for updates.
- The Windows 11 Insider Preview will be downloaded.
Once downloaded, reboot your device and enjoy exploring the latest version of Windows and be part of a small group of people who contribute to its improvement.
The Windows 11 Insider Preview is temporary and costs nothing. Test it with CPU- and RAM-intensive processes, find and test new features, or just brag to your friends that you’ve got it. It’s up to you. What are you going to do? Let us know.