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Last month, Microsoft officially unveiled its new operating system  Windows 11, which is expected to be available for free to all users of the Windows 10 OS as long as the computer meets the system requirements of the platform. Now, it was discovered that owners of Windows 7, as well as other older versions of the OS, will be able to get the update.

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Windows 7 And 8.1 Users Can Upgrade To Windows 11, But With A Catch

Microsoft itself is yet to reveal it intends to provide a free update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. However, some manufacturers have addressed this issue by publishing hardware compatibility lists and ways to activate or emulate the TPM.

Lenovo has published an FAQ page that explicitly states that you can upgrade your computer from Windows 7 to Windows 11; but only using a “clean install”, which actually requires a complete formatting of the system drive. In other words, there is no direct way to upgrade to Windows 11 using a downloadable Windows Update update.

Although Microsoft provides a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, according to a report, license keys from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will also be supported; so if you have a computer with powerful hardware and an old OS, the upgrade is quite possible.

It is worth recalling that Microsoft still has not closed the loophole for updating Windows 7 to Windows 10. In theory, this allows you to upgrade the OS to the tenth version and then to Windows 11 without having to delete all information from the system disk.

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