Microsoft has released the first preview build of Windows 11 today. Build 22000.51 is available to download now.
To be eligible for the update, you need to be part of the Windows Insider Program. And you’ll need a Windows system that’s compatible with Windows 11. You can see the minimum requirements below or you can check if your device is compatible with the Microsoft PC Health Check app.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Display: >9″ with HD Resolution (720p)
- Internet Connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home
Note: If you’ve been testing Windows builds before June 24th, Microsoft has stated they will wave the hardware requirements to test the Windows 11 build. (You won’t have to have a TPM)
If you meet these requirements and have enrolled for the Windows Insider Program, on your Windows 10 system you need to go to system settings, update & security, and then Windows Insider Program. This will enable the development channel and you’ll be able to access the Windows 11 builds.
This preview build will not feature all of the updates coming with Windows 11, however you will be able to see the new centered Start menu, rounded corners throughout the OS, updates to light/dark themes, improvements to widgets, Snap groups and Snap layouts and an overhaul of the settings section of Windows 11.
Two of the biggest changes, Android apps on the Microsoft Store and Microsoft Teams integration are still being developed and tested. Microsoft has said these will appear in later preview builds.