The Redmond giant has confirmed that Windows 11 has reached such a good state of maturity that, in theory, it is available for a wide or “massive” deployment. What does this mean? Well, it’s very simple, that any user who has a compatible computer, that is, that meets the minimum requirements, can download it through Windows Update and install it.
Typically, Microsoft takes this step for operating systems that have been in a slower, more controlled phased-in phase of deployment for at least a few months. This allows you uncover potential unresolved bugs, and prevent them from having a huge impact between users. It is very easy to understand, think what would happen if there were a massive deployment of Windows 11 and it turned out that it had a serious bug. By releasing said operating system in a more controlled way, the severity of the previous case would be much less.
With the massive deployment of Windows 11, any compatible PC can access said operating system, and the update is completely free from Windows 10. If we use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 we can also upgrade for free, but we will have to do a clean installation of said operating system. We cannot update directly from both operating systems.
Remember that, as we have said, it is essential that your computer meets all the requirements of Windows 11, since if it does not, you will not be able to update through Windows Update, although you will have the possibility of installing said operating system using a clean install. If you find yourself in that case, I would recommend that you stick with Windows 10.
On the other hand, it is important to note that even if we meet all the requirements of Windows 11, it is possible that we will not be able to update. At the moment we only know of one case in which this can happen, and it is in those computers that give a serious compatibility error due to a specific Intel SST driver. This massive rollout may help speed up the adoption rate of Windows 11, although I personally think its increased requirements will continue to be an issue in this regard.