With the current public release of Windows 11, Microsoft is giving away upgrades to anyone with a valid licensed install of Windows 10. Just like Microsoft did with Windows 10 so many years ago, Windows 11 will also be available for free update for a limited time.
As most of you know I have been following the Beta release and have been testing them out for the last few months. I am happy to report that I have been able to upgrade most of my office equipment to Windows 11. The only problems I foresee is how to bypass the minimum security requirement that does requires all computers to have a TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module). This requirement is an actual hardware piece and usually requires a computer tech to install it and set it up. Some of my newer laptops actually come preloaded with a TPM 2.0 but most of my desktop computers did not. Luckily we have found a work-around for this and was able to get passed it and install Windows 11 without any incidents. For most common users this requirement is going to be a red flag and cause them to not be able to partake in the free upgrade to Windows 11.
I would also like to severely stress the need to backup your data before performing any major upgrade like this. We did have one computer that lost all of its user data including documents and desktop items, but fortunately for us we had that system on our offsite backup and was able to replace the missing data without a lot of effort or stress. We are offering our off-site backup service to our clients so that they too can enjoy a worry free upgrade as well.