Obviously, Windows 11 will be offered like a free upgrade to those computers, but however, Microsoft hasn’t provided any specifics in regards to what constitutes a device eligible or otherwise.
However in an argument for PCWorld, Microsoft has confirmed that some Surface devices wouldn’t get the upgrade to Windows 11, as just the latest models would be allowed to install the new OS.
The oldest model getting the Windows 11 upgrade is the Surface Book 2 released in November 2017, though this really is just the case when the system is run by 8th Gen Intel Core processors. If your Surface Book 2 comes with an Intel Core i5-7300 chip, then you won’t get the Windows 11 upgrade.
Here’s the entire listing of Surface models obtaining the upgrade:
Surface Book 3 (May 2020)
Surface Book 2 (Nov. 2017)
Surface Go 2 (May 2020)
Surface Laptop 4 13.5″ (Apr. 2021)
Surface Laptop 4 15″ (Apr. 2021)
Surface Laptop 3 13.5″ (Oct. 2019)
Surface Laptop 3 15″ (Oct. 2019)
Surface Laptop 2 (Oct. 2018)
Surface Laptop Go (Oct. 2020)
Surface Pro 7+ (Feb. 2021)
Surface Pro 7 (Oct. 2019)
Surface Pro 6 (Oct. 2018)
Surface Pro X (Nov. 2019)
“Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs as well as on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your present Windows 10 PC is entitled to the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app,” Microsoft explained.
“We’re also working with our retail partners to ensure Windows 10 PCs you buy today are ready for that upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade will start to unveil to eligible Windows 10 PCs this holiday and recurring into 2022. And then week, we’ll begin to share an early build of Windows 11 towards the Windows Insider Program – this is a passionate community of Windows fans whose feedback is important to us.”
Windows 11 will launch within the fall of this year.