Through the looks of products, the free upgrade will be available for devices equipped with an eight-generation processor, though Microsoft has started testing seventh-generation chips as well as area of the Windows Insider program.
A decision in this regard, however, is yet to be made, as Microsoft explains that it’s only trying to figure out how the new operating-system runs on older processors.
In the meantime, there’s another question that many Windows 10 users have in mind: will the free upgrade to Windows 11 be accessible whatever the operating-system version they’re running?
Windows 11 in S mode coming
The fact is, yes. Computers running Windows 10 Home in S mode may also be permitted to proceed to Windows 11, because the new operating-system would are available with a dedicated S mode from the very beginning.
Windows 10 running in S mode restricts users to apps published in the Microsoft Store, therefore blocking the installation of Win32 software, which in turn provides an extra layer of security by closing the doorway on one of the most popular malware distribution channels.
“If your computer meets the minimum hardware specifications, the Windows 10 Home edition in S mode can upgrade to the Windows 11 Home edition in S mode. If your Windows 10 PC is running the Pro edition in S mode, you will need to change of S mode to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. Windows 11 Pro edition isn’t available in S mode,” Microsoft says.
Just like when it comes to full Windows, computers running the S mode is going to be provided with a notification in Windows Update once the new OS opens up for download.