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Microsoft has finally started the gradual rollout of Windows 11, the most significant refresh in more than a decade. In this new version, you will find many significant changes and features, including a fresh new interface with rounded corners and transparent elements. There’s a new Start menu and Taskbar that now are front and center. Action Center has been replaced for two new experiences known as Notification Center and Quick Settings. You will find a new version of Settings, and there are several new features, such as Widgets, Chat from Microsoft Teams, Snap layouts and Snap groups, Auto HDR and DirectStorage for a better experience, and much more.
Although the company has finalized the development earlier to spend more time tweaking and fixing bugs and other problems before the official release date, the new version includes many code changes that could mean many unknown issues, compatibility problems with hardware and drivers, and more.
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Since Windows 11 requires complete reinstallation, computers may also experience other problems that are not caused by the new version. Instead, the upgrade process may get stuck or fail because of driver issues, incompatible applications, device drivers, custom configurations, or problems with some pieces of hardware.
In this Windows 11 guide, we will share some of the problems you may encounter during and after the installation and their possible solutions.
On Windows 11, you may come across two types of problems. You can stumble upon commonly known issues during and after the upgrade, such as problems with storage, features, activation, and updates that are not problems directly tied to the new OS.
Also, there are those problems that are direct results of bugs with the new version. For instance, the installation may fail because of a compatibility issue with an app or hardware, or these problems could be related to drivers and security software like antivirus.
Since Windows 11 is based on Windows 10, the same installation problems you may see on Windows 10 are likely to appear on Windows 11.
This guide focuses on helping you get around common upgrade problems and steps to mitigate specific known issues (if available) during and after the installation.

One of the biggest confusions with the new version of Windows is the new system requirements, and this is because they are different from the previous version, and it’s not clear what devices are compatible, causing a lot of confusion among users.
Here are the minimum hardware requirements to install Windows 11:
To confirm the basic hardware specifications on Windows 10, use these steps:
Confirm the processor, memory, and system type.
Windows 10 PC specsWindows 10 PC specsSource: Windows Central
Quick note: The RAM has to be larger than 4GB, and the processor must be an Intel’s 8th Gen or newer or an AMD Zen 2 or newer. You can find more information on the processor compatibility in this guide. Also, the system type must be 64-bit since Windows no longer comes in 32-bit.
Confirm the hard drive is larger than 64GB.
Check hard drive spaceCheck hard drive spaceSource: Windows Central
You can also confirm the device hardware specifications on the manufacturer’s support website.
Once you confirm the hardware specifications, make sure the device has an enabled Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. You can complete this task with these instructions.
Also, the new version of Windows requires Secure Boot. You can use this guide to check the feature state and the steps to turn it on as necessary.
Alternatively, you can run the official PC Health Check (download is at the end of the page) application to confirm whether your computer will run Windows 11. The tool will let you know precisely the compatible components and those that are not so that you can act accordingly.

Windows Update is the recommended method to download and install Windows 11, but sometimes you may run into errors that can prevent your computer from getting the update.
If you get the message saying: This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements, it means that one or more required components are missing, and unless you resolve them, you won’t be able to continue with the installation.
Windows 11 TPM and storage errorsWindows 11 TPM and storage errorsSource: Windows Central
Usually, the setup will explain the problems blocking the upgrade. For example, you these or other reasons:
In addition to these, the Windows 11 setup may also complain about Secure Boot. If you have a device with UEFI and TPM 2.0, then the device is likely to have the Secure Boot feature.
To check the storage space on Windows 10, use these steps:
Under the “Storage” section, confirm the size of the drive.
Windows 10 storage informationWindows 10 storage informationSource: Windows Central
If the drive is under 64GB, you will need to upgrade the storage. The system is referring to the maximum capacity, not the free available space.
To check and enable the TPM 2.0 module on Windows 10, use these steps:
Warning: Changing the incorrect settings can make the computer unbootable. You should access the motherboard settings only when you have a good reason. It’s assumed that you know what you’re doing.
Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.
Windows 10 Recovery Settings Advanced StartupWindows 10 Recovery Settings Advanced StartupSource: Windows Central
Click on Troubleshoot.
Advanced Startup Troubleshoot optionAdvanced Startup Troubleshoot optionSource: Windows Central
Click on Advanced options.
Windows 10 Advanced Options Windows 10 Advanced Options Source: Windows Central
Click the UEFI Firmware settings option.
Windows 10 UEFI firmware settings option Windows 10 UEFI firmware settings option Source: Windows Central
Quick tip: If you have a legacy BIOS, the option will not be available.
Click the Restart button.
Windows 10 reboot to enter BIOS/UEFIWindows 10 reboot to enter BIOS/UEFISource: Windows Central
Open the security settings page.
Quick note: The UEFI settings are usually different per manufacturer and even per computer model. As a result, you may need to check your manufacturer support website for more specific details to find the security settings.
Select the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) option and press Enter.
UEFI TPM settingsUEFI TPM settingsSource: Windows Central
Select the Enabled option and press Enter.
UEFI enable TPMUEFI enable TPMSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, the security module will allow you to configure and use features like BitLocker or pass the compatibility check to install Windows 11.
If you need additional assistant, follow the instructions in this guide.
To enable Secure Boot on your computer, use these steps:
Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.
Windows 10 Recovery Settings Advanced StartupWindows 10 Recovery Settings Advanced StartupSource: Windows Central
Click on Troubleshoot.
Advanced Startup Troubleshoot optionAdvanced Startup Troubleshoot optionSource: Windows Central
Click on Advanced options.
Windows 10 Advanced Options Windows 10 Advanced Options Source: Windows Central
Click the UEFI Firmware settings option.
Windows 10 UEFI firmware settings option Windows 10 UEFI firmware settings option Source: Windows Central
Quick tip: If you have a legacy BIOS, the option will not be available.
Click the Restart button.
Windows 10 reboot to enter BIOS/UEFIWindows 10 reboot to enter BIOS/UEFISource: Windows Central
Open the boot or security settings page.
Quick note: The UEFI settings are usually different per manufacturer and even per computer model. As a result, you may need to check your manufacturer support website for more specific details to find the corresponding settings.
After you complete the steps, the security module will enable, and the computer should now meet the Windows 11 requirement.
In addition to the system requirements problems, you may also encounter Windows Update issues, but you can use the built-in troubleshooter to solve the most common issues.
To fix Windows Update to download Windows 11, use these steps:
Click the Additional troubleshooters option.
Additional Troubleshooters optionAdditional Troubleshooters optionSource: Windows Central
Click the Run the troubleshooter button.
Windows Update troubleshooterWindows Update troubleshooterSource: Windows Central
Click the Apply this fix option (if applicable).
Quick note: If the “Apply this fix” option is not available, it does not mean the problem was not fixed. The tool will run a series of fixes, and if there is something else to repair, the option to apply the fix will appear.
Continue with the on-screen directions.
Click the Close button.
Windows Update troubleshooter completeWindows Update troubleshooter completeSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, the Windows Update settings should now operate normally to install Windows 11.
If you get the error 0xc1900223, it means that there’s an issue downloading the new version, and there’s nothing else you need to do. At a later time, the system will try to download it again.
When upgrading to Windows 11, you may see the error 0x80073712 message, which means that one or more required files are either missing or damaged.
Using the Deployment Servicing and Management (DISM) tool, you can resolve this problem to restore the system files to a known good state.
To use DISM to fix Windows Update, use these steps:
Type the following command and press Enter:
dism /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
DISM Restorehealth commandDISM Restorehealth commandSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, the required files will be repaired, and Windows Update should start working to download and install the first semi-annual update of Windows 10.
If you use Windows Update to upgrade your device, you may see the error 0x800F0922, which means that the computer cannot connect to the update servers or the System Reserved partition is too small or out of space.
Usually, you will see the error 0x800F0922 trying to upgrade to Windows 11 when a VPN connection is active.
To disconnect the VPN session, use these steps:
Click the Disconnect button.
Windows 10 VPN disconnect optionWindows 10 VPN disconnect optionSource: Windows Central
If you use another VPN client software, check the software vendor documentation for more specific instructions to disconnect the device.
Third-party security software (for example, antivirus) can store data in the System Reserved partition that may cause a halt in the Windows 11 installation.
Windows 11 System Reserved partition upgrade fixWindows 11 System Reserved partition upgrade fixSource: Windows Central
You can resolve this problem by using a third-party tool to resize the partition to make it equal to or larger than 500MB. Alternatively, you can choose to perform a clean installation. This process will not only fix the problem, but you will start the device with a new installation that can resolve other issues and improve system performance.

If you start the Windows 11 installation with a USB bootable media and setup fails, then one or more files may be missing or damaged. The quick fix would be creating a new USB flash drive.
To create a Windows 11 USB flash drive, use these steps:
Under the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” section, click the Download now button to save the file on the device.
Media Creation Tool downloadMedia Creation Tool downloadSource: Windows Central
(Optional) Clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option.
Media Creation Tool language settingsMedia Creation Tool language settingsSource: Windows Central
Select the USB flash drive option.
Create Windows 11 USB optionCreate Windows 11 USB optionSource: Windows Central
Select the USB flash drive.
Select USBSelect USBSource: Windows Central
Quick tip: If the device is not in the list, click the “Refresh drive list” option to make it available.
After you complete the steps, the Media Creation Tool will create a new setup media with the files to install Windows 11.

If you plan to use one of the available installation tools, the Windows 11 setup may stop unexpectedly with the error code 0x8007042B 0x4000D or 0x800700B7 0x2000A, which could indicate that another process is conflicting with the upgrade.
You can close the process in question and restart the setup to resolve the issue. Using a clean boot to restart the setup or remove the app causing the problem could help continue the installation.
To terminate a process or application with Task Manager, use these steps:
Click the End task button.
Task Manager end conflict processTask Manager end conflict processSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, restart the setup and continue with the Windows 11 installation.
To remove an app on Windows 10, use these steps:
Click the Uninstall button.
Windows 10 uninstall incompatible appWindows 10 uninstall incompatible appSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, the upgrade process should finish successfully.

The Installation Assistant is a tool that allows you to perform an in-place upgrade, but sometimes it causes problems during the upgrade process.
Windows 11 Update AssistantWindows 11 Update AssistantSource: Windows Central
Issues with the Installation Assistant are often related to network, and you may be able to resolve them using these tips:
If the problem persists, download the Windows 11 ISO file, double-click the file to mount it to File Explorer, and run the in-place upgrade to Windows 11 manually.

The error codes starting with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011 can indicate various problems during the Windows 11 upgrade process.
These are the common “0xC1900101” errors that you may come across upgrading to Windows 11:
The setup of Windows 11 requires several gigabytes of space to process the upgrade. If the device does not have enough available space, you may see one of the 0xC1900101 error codes. You can get around this problem by using the “Storage” and “Apps & features” settings to free up space.
You can use this guide to find many tips to delete unnecessary files to free up storage space.
If the computer has peripherals like external drives, printers, Bluetooth devices, USB devices, cameras, disconnect them before proceeding to reduce the chances of errors and other issues upgrading to Windows 11. You can always reconnect them after the upgrade.
If there is a problem with third-party security software, you will likely see the error codes 0xC1900101 0x20017 and 0xC1900101 0x30017.
The easiest way to get around this problem is to uninstall the software in question.
To temporarily remove security applications, use these steps:
Click the Uninstall button.
Windows 10 uninstall security app exampleWindows 10 uninstall security app exampleSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, continue with the upgrade. After the process, reinstall the software one more time.
If the installation encounters a driver problem, you may see errors starting with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011.
When downloading a driver update from the manufacturer support website, it’s recommended to use their instructions instead of the general steps as outlined below.
To update device drivers on your computer, use these steps:
Click the View optional updates option.
Windows 10 view optional updatesWindows 10 view optional updatesSource: Windows Central
Quick note: This option is only available when there is a driver update through Windows Update.
Click the Download and install option.
Update drivers to fix Windows 10 upgradeUpdate drivers to fix Windows 10 upgradeSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, the driver update should resolve any errors preventing the installation of Windows 11.
One of the 0xC1900101 errors could define a problem with the current setup. You may be able to resolve the issue using the Deployment Servicing and Management (DISM) and the System File Checker (SFC) command-line tools to repair the installation.
You can use this guide to use these tools to repair the Windows 10 installation.
Alternatively, you can also use the CHKDSK tool to repair logical and specific physical errors on the installation drive.
To use the CHKDSK tool, close all running apps, and then use these steps:
Type the following command and press Enter:
chkdsk/f c:
Windows 10 version 21H1 fix upgrade with CHKDSKWindows 10 version 21H1 fix upgrade with CHKDSKSource: Windows Central
After the computer reboots, the CHKDSK tool will repair any drive problems.
If the laptop or desktop computer continues to show an error code 0xC1900101, you should continue with the upgrade using a bootable USB to perform a clean install.

When you see the error code 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, or 0x80070070 – 0x60000, it means the computer doesn’t have enough space to process the setup. Clearing up temporary files to make more room in the drive will usually resolve the problem.
To free up storage space to continue with the update, use these steps:
Under the “Storage” section, click the Temporary files option for the system drive.
Storage Sense temporary filesStorage Sense temporary filesSource: Windows Central
Check the items to remove.
Delete Temp Files to fix storage problemsDelete Temp Files to fix storage problemsSource: Windows Central
Quick tip: When selecting the items, do not choose the “Windows Setup temporary files” or “Windows ESD installation files” options since these are the upgrade files.
Once you complete the steps, continue with the upgrade to the first release of Windows 11.
If you cannot make enough room, you can connect external storage (such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive) with at least 16GB of space that the setup can use as temporary storage for the upgrade.
You can also use this guide with more recommendations to clear up more storage space on your computer.

On Windows 11, the error code 0x80070002 0x20009 indicates an issue with the setup unable to locate the installation files.
You can get around this problem by disconnecting ANY external drive that isn’t part of the installation, including USB flash drives (except the setup media) and hard drives, and restart the setup.

In the rare case that the error code 0xC1900107 appears, it means that the device is trying to upgrade, but the cleanup of the previous installation is still pending. You can fix this problem by deleting the copy of the previous setup or restarting the device.
To remove the previous installation files, use these steps:
Under the “Storage” section, click the Configure Storage Sense or run in now option.
Configure Storage Sense or run it now optionConfigure Storage Sense or run it now optionSource: Windows Central
Click the Clean now button.
Delete previous Windows files fix 0xC1900107Delete previous Windows files fix 0xC1900107Source: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, the upgrade process to Windows 11 should be able to continue.

If the device is running Windows 10, and you plan to upgrade to Windows 11, the error code 0x800F0923 indicates a compatibility problem with a program or driver. Typically, this is a graphics driver problem.
In the case this is a driver issue, installing the latest updates from the manufacturer support website may help fix the problem. When you cannot find a newer driver, it’s possible to use a beta version since it might include the solution.
If the driver doesn’t have any new updates, you could remove it to continue installing. Then you can reinstall it after the Windows 11 upgrade.
When the problem is an application, you have two choices: install a newer update or remove it before continuing with the setup.
To uninstall apps, use these steps:
Click the Uninstall button.
Windows 10 uninstall security app exampleWindows 10 uninstall security app exampleSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, continue with the installation of Windows 11. After the process, you can install the applications again.
To uninstall a device driver, use these steps:
Right-click the component and select the Uninstall device option.
Device Manager uninstall driver fix Windows 11 upgradeDevice Manager uninstall driver fix Windows 11 upgradeSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, the driver will be removed, and the installation should go through without problems.

When upgrading to Windows 11, the error code 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C indicates a conflict with an application. The quick solution is to uninstall the app in question.
To uninstall a conflicting app, use these steps:
Click the Uninstall button.
Windows 10 uninstall security app exampleWindows 10 uninstall security app exampleSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, continue with the Windows 11 setup.

A black screen is a common issue during or after a new installation, and many times, it’s the graphic driver or another problem with the upgrade process.
Since it can be difficult to find out the root of the problem, the easiest way to deal with this situation is to roll back to the previous version.
To uninstall and roll back to the previous version of Windows, use these steps:
Click the Recovery page on the right side.
Recovery pageRecovery pageSource: Windows Central
Under the “Recovery options” section, in the “Previous version of Windows” settings, click the Go back button.
Windows 11 to Windows 10 rollback optionWindows 11 to Windows 10 rollback optionSource: Windows Central
Quick note: If the option is not available, you may need to use the reinstallation process as outlined below.
Select any of the reasons available.
Windows 11 remove reasonsWindows 11 remove reasonsSource: Windows Central
Click the No, thanks button.
Check for updates before rolling backCheck for updates before rolling backSource: Windows Central
Click the Next button.
Windows rollback warningWindows rollback warningSource: Windows Central
Click the Next button again.
Windows 11 rollback password optionWindows 11 rollback password optionSource: Windows Central
Click the Go back to earlier build button.
Windows 11 rollback to earlier build optionWindows 11 rollback to earlier build optionSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, you should wait until a new update that fixes the problem releases to try the upgrade again.

During the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you may come across two messages that are not specific, but they indicate that something went wrong:
If you get one of these messages, you can determine the error code in the Windows Update settings, which you can then use to research online and find the appropriate solution.
To check the error code preventing the version 21H1 installation, use these steps:
Click the View your update history option.
Windows Update view update history optionWindows Update view update history optionSource: Windows Central
Check the error code next to the failed update.
Windows Update installation failure error codeWindows Update installation failure error codeSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, use the error code to research online and follow the instructions to fix it (if applicable).

After upgrading to a new version of Windows, it’s common to encounter problems with Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters. Sometimes, the connection may be no longer reliable, and other times, it could break completely.
While a networking problem can be caused by many factors like drivers, settings, wireless signal, cable, switch, router, and Internet Service Provider (ISP), it could also be a bug with the latest release of Windows 11.
If you recently upgraded the computer, the problem could be a driver or configuration, which you might be able to fix using the network troubleshooter or the network reset feature.
To fix network adapter problems after upgrading to Windows 11, use these steps:
Click the Other troubleshooters setting.
Windows 11 Other TroubleshootersWindows 11 Other TroubleshootersSource: Windows Central
Under the “Other” section, click the Run button for the “Network Adapter.”
Windows 11 network adapter troubleshooterWindows 11 network adapter troubleshooterSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, the device should reconnect to the network as usual.
To reset network adapters on Windows 11 to their default settings, use these steps:
Click the Advanced network settings page on the right side.
Windows 11 Advanced Network SettingsWindows 11 Advanced Network SettingsSource: Windows Central
Under the More settings section, click the Network reset setting.
Windows 11 Network ResetWindows 11 Network ResetSource: Windows Central
Click the Reset now button.
Reset network adaptersReset network adaptersSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, Windows 11 will reinstall all the adapters and restore the default settings. If you are using a wireless connection, you may need to re-enter the password to connect.

If you use VirtualBox, virtual machines won’t start after the upgrade to Windows 11, and you may receive an error. The error occurs because of an incompatible issue between VirtualBox and Windows 11 when you have Hyper-V installed on the computer. Microsoft is aware of the problem, and the company confirms that Oracle is expected to release an update to fix this problem sometime in October.
As a result of this problem, Microsoft is currently placing an upgrade hold for devices with VirtualBox and Hyper-V installed.
If you have already upgraded to Windows 11, you can get around this problem by disabling Microsoft Hyper-V with these steps:
Clear the Hyper-V feature.
Disable Hyper-VDisable Hyper-VSource: Windows Central
Once you complete the steps, you should be able to run the virtual machines in VirtualBox.
In the case that the Windows 11 upgrade is not available on your computer because of this problem, you can either disable Hyper-V (above steps) or uninstall VirtualBox (steps below) and then check for updates to receive the new version.
To uninstall VirtualBox, use these steps:
Select the Oracle VM VirtualBox item.
Uninstall VirtualBoxUninstall VirtualBoxSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, you should now be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

After upgrading to Windows 11, devices using the Intel “Killer” networking software may experience drops on UDP (User Datagram Protocol) packets under certain conditions, making websites load slower and streaming videos may behave unexpectedly.
If you are dealing with this problem, Microsoft is expected to release a fix during the next security update scheduled for October 12.
In the case that you can’t wait for the fix because this is impacting the overall experience, you may want to consider rolling back to the previous version until these and other issues get resolved.
To uninstall and roll back to the previous version of Windows, use these steps:
Click the Recovery page on the right side.
Recovery pageRecovery pageSource: Windows Central
Under the “Recovery options” section, in the “Previous version of Windows” settings, click the Go back button.
Windows 11 to Windows 10 rollback optionWindows 11 to Windows 10 rollback optionSource: Windows Central
Quick note: If the option is not available, you may need to use the reinstallation process as outlined below.
Select any of the reasons available.
Windows 11 remove reasonsWindows 11 remove reasonsSource: Windows Central
Click the No, thanks button.
Check for updates before rolling backCheck for updates before rolling backSource: Windows Central
Click the Next button.
Windows rollback warningWindows rollback warningSource: Windows Central
Click the Next button again.
Windows 11 rollback password optionWindows 11 rollback password optionSource: Windows Central
Click the Go back to earlier build button.
Windows 11 rollback to earlier build optionWindows 11 rollback to earlier build optionSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, you should wait and upgrade again after the problem is fixed.

Microsoft has also found a compatibility issue with the device that has the Cốc Cốc browser. As a result, the company is putting an upgrade hold until the problem is fixed.
If the free upgrade to Windows 11 is being offered through Windows Update, and you have happened to use this browser. You shouldn’t try to upgrade using the Installation Assistant or Media Creation Tool until the problem is resolved. However, you can get around this problem by temporarily uninstalling the browser to remove the block and continue with the upgrade.
To uninstall the Cốc Cốc browser, use these steps:
Once you complete the steps, you should be updated to upgrade to Windows 11. After the problem is fixed, you can install the browser again.

Although the recommended way to upgrade to Windows 11 is using the Windows Update settings, it’s also possible to install this new version with the new “Installation Assistant,” which, like the Update Assistant for Windows 10, it allows you to skip this queue to proceed with the upgrade immediately. However, the app isn’t working for everyone as expected, as it appears (via Reddit and WindowsLatest) that it’s failing with error 0x8007007F.
Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged error 0x8007007F as a problem with Windows 11, but you can quickly get around this by mounting the Windows 11 ISO file and launching the setup process from File Explorer.
To download the Windows 11 ISO file directly from the Microsoft support website, use these steps:
Under the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section, select the Windows 11 option.
Windows 11 ISO download optionWindows 11 ISO download optionSource: Windows Central
Select the ISO language.
Windows 11 ISO languageWindows 11 ISO languageSource: Windows Central
Click the 64-bit Download button.
Windows 11 64-bit downloadWindows 11 64-bit downloadSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, proceeded with the on-screen directions to upgrade the device to Windows 11.

Although the upgrade process to Windows 11 should go smoothly since the company will try to offer the new version only to those devices known to have a good upgrade experience, you may still come across a problem during and after the installation. However, if you plan ahead, you will minimize the chances of problems. And if you do come across problems, you will be able to recover quickly without losing your files.
A full backup is perhaps the best recovery strategy if something goes wrong with the installation and you need to roll back. It’s also an excellent way to protect your files.
Windows backup preparation for Windows 11 upgradeWindows backup preparation for Windows 11 upgradeSource: Windows Central
If you use specific backup software, use it to create a security copy before the upgrade. If you don’t, you can always make a temporary backup using the imaging tool available on Windows 10. In addition, it is also recommended to create a file backup to an external drive or cloud using OneDrive.
A metered connection will prevent Windows Update from downloading the Windows 11 files. If you plan to upgrade through Windows Update, make sure the connection is not configured as metered.
If you have a capped internet connection, connect to another network or disable the metered connection (assuming that you have enough data left) to upgrade to Windows 11.
To disable a metered connection on Windows 10, use these steps:
Select the active network connection.
Select active network Select active network Source: Windows Central
Under the “Metered connection” section, turn off the Set as metered connection toggle switch.
Disable metered connection to install Windows 11Disable metered connection to install Windows 11Source: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, Windows Update should be able to download the Windows 11 files on the computer.
Applications that were not designed for Windows 10 or Windows 11 can cause compatibility problems. You can always avoid these issues by removing those apps that may cause problems before the installation. These apps usually are old programs and third-party security solutions.
To uninstall apps on Windows 10, use these steps:
Select the app you want to remove, and click the Uninstall button.
Windows 10 uninstall security app exampleWindows 10 uninstall security app exampleSource: Windows Central
After you complete the steps, repeat the instructions to uninstall the remaining apps as necessary.
Also, if you use a third-party antivirus or firewall, check the software support website for specific details on how to disable or uninstall the application. After the installation, you can reinstall the apps again.
Non-essential peripherals (USB flash drives, SD cards, external hard drives, printers, scanners, dongles, and Bluetooth devices) can cause the installation to fail. If you have any peripherals connected to the computer, disconnect them. You only need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and internet connection.
After the installation, you can reconnect the peripherals to the computer.
If you have tried many troubleshooting steps, you should stay on Windows 10 and wait a little longer. If you cannot wait, consider doing a clean installation of Windows 11.
The reason is that the laptop or desktop computer will start with a fresh copy of Windows 11, which can also help resolve other problems with the previous installation. On the other hand, an upgrade modifies the previous setup, which can cause problems.
A clean installation is almost a straightforward process. It only takes more time since you need to create a USB flash drive and reconfigure the system after the installation. You can use this guide with all the steps to perform a fresh install of Windows 11.
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