Department of Information Technology

Windows 11 Available Beginning October 5  

Windows 11Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase.

The free upgrade to Windows 11 will be phased by Microsoft and measured with a focus on quality. That means new eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to existing devices, like Seton Hall provided laptops. We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022. If you have a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know when it’s available. You can also check to see if Windows 11 is ready for your device by going to Settings > Windows Update and select Check for updates.

A few highlights on Windows 11 include:

  • With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on. 
  • Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
  • Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
  • Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.

Seton Hall provided laptops have been tested and are verified to work with Windows 11. Users running aging software or custom programs may experience issues in the early days of the rollout process. The Technology Service Desk is available 24/7 via the Self-Service portal where users may chat with a live technician, open a ticket, or schedule an appointment.

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