Updated: Jul 4, 2021
This is a tutorial on how to get Windows 11 and install it on your Windows 10 PC. The current Windows 11 hardware requirements include: A 1 GHz or faster CPU with at least two cores (64-bit only). System on a chip is also supported. 4 GB of RAM 64 GB or more of storage space UEFI with Secure Boot enabled Trusted Platform Module 2.0 A DirectX 12 compatible graphics card with a WDDM 2.0 driver A 720p or higher resolution display that is more than 9” in size (diagonally) and that supports 8 bits per color channel. Internet access. For this I used a Dell Optiplex 790 with i5-2400 second generation CPU, along with 16Gb of ram, and a Nvidia GT-1030 2gb VRAM onboard. Running Windows 10 Pro. 1st- you will need to make sure Hyper-V is enabled. How to enable Hyper-V: 1 -Enable the Hyper-V role through Settings 2 -Right click on the Windows button and select 'Apps and Features'. 3 -Select Programs and Features on the right under related settings. 4 -Select Turn Windows Features on or off. Select Hyper-V and click OK. Once Hyper-V is enabled you need an ISO of Windows 11. I used the leaked version to get things started. Here's how you setup a virtual machine on Hyper-V: In Hyper-V Manager, Find Quick Create in the right hand Actions menu. Customize your virtual machine. (optional) Give the virtual machine a name. Select the installation media for the virtual machine. You can install from a .iso or .vhdx file. If you are installing Windows in the virtual machine, you can enable Windows Secure Boot. Otherwise leave it unselected. Set up network. If you have an existing virtual switch, you can select in the network dropdown. If you have no existing switch, you will see a button to set up an automatic network, which will automatically configure a virtual network. Reminder: Make sure to select at least two CPU's and 8 GB of RAM. This will allow the operation of Windows 11. Click Connect to start your virtual machine. Don't worry about editing the settings, you can go back and change them any time. You may be prompted to ‘Press any key to boot from CD or DVD’. Go ahead and do so. As far as it knows, you're installing from a CD. Congratulations, you have a new virtual machine. Now you're ready to install the operating system. Once you set up your Windows 11 virtual machine on Hyper-V you can boot Windows 11 and go into settings. While you are in settings go into the windows update tab in Windows 11 and find the Windows insiders program. Create an account with your email you are planning to use. Then register your Microsoft ID to gain access to the Windows 11 preview. Select the Dev Channel, you will see a prompt stating that by choosing this channel you agree to let Microsoft collect information about your experience. If you are OK with that, then click the Confirm button. Finally, you will see a prompt stating that you need to reboot your PC. Go to Windows update and check for updates. Downloading the update will bring the previous version of win 11 up to date with the latest preview build. I was able to play music and use photo manipulation software such as Affinity Photo with ease. Just to give you an idea of what you can do on Windows 11 on this configuration mentioned above.