Windows 11 version 22H2 is almost here, and it’s a packed update for Windows 11 users – and even more so if you’re still on Windows 10. It includes new touch gestures, Start menu folders, the return of drag and drop to the taskbar, and more. But since this is such a major update, you might be wondering if you can get it for free if you’re running the first release of Windows 11, or even an earlier version of Windows. And the answer is yes, Windows 11 version 22H2 is a free update as long as your PC is compatible.
For those who are already using Windows 11, updating to version 22H2 should be a breeze. Once it is available to you, you can check for updates in Windows Update and it should show up as an optional update. You can just download and install it, which can take a few hours (for most modern PCs it should be less than an hour), but other than that you don’t have to worry about anything. It probably won’t install automatically, but you can get it for free.
You must meet the Windows 11 system requirements
If you are using an older version of Windows, most likely Windows 10, you may have a hurdle when it comes to system requirements. Windows 11 version 22H2 does not bring any major changes compared to the initial release of Windows 11, which means that Windows 10 users still have some important things to worry about. Windows 11 requires newer CPUs, more RAM and more storage compared to Windows 10 and earlier.
As a reminder, these are the system requirements for Windows 11:
|Processor:||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)|
|RAM:||4 gigabytes (GB)|
|Storage:||64 GB or larger storage device|
|System firmware:||UEFI, suitable for secure boot|
|RPM:||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0|
|Graphics Card:||Compatible with DirectX 12 or higher with WDDM 2.0 driver|
|Display:||High definition (720p) display larger than 9 inches diagonal, 8 bits per color channel|
|Internet connection and Microsoft accounts:||Windows 11 Home edition requires an internet connection and a
Microsoft account to complete the device setup on first use.
Windows 11 version 22H2: Windows 11 Pro edition also requires an internet connection and a Microsoft account to set up the device for personal use. Switching a device from Windows 11 Home into S mode also requires an internet connection. Read more about S mode here. All Windows 11 editions require Internet access to perform updates and download and use some features. Some features require a Microsoft account.
Of course, if your PC doesn’t meet these requirements, you’ll need to find a way to meet them, which could mean buying a new laptop. In that sense, if you’re using Windows 10, Windows 11 isn’t exactly a free upgrade, but it’s no different with version 22H2.