Before starting the Windows 11 system upgrade, a few things that should be aware of.
1. Perform the System Backup: Back up the personal data and create the factory system restore media
MSI strongly recommends users back up all personal data, and create the system recovery flash drive with the pre-installed software.*1
For notebook that pre-installed with the system, run the pre-installed software: a. MSI Center/MSI Dragon Center/MSI Creator Center and use Backup/MSI Recovery/MSI Burn Recovery (FAQ), b. MSI Center Pro to run MSI Recovery/MSI Customize Recovery (FAQ/Tutorial) to create the system backup file just in case that a system restore is needed later.
2. System Compatibility: Make sure that the system is compatible to run Windows 11
Refer to MSI Windows 11 Compatible List to confirm if the system supports Windows 11 upgrade.
*If the notebook model doesn't show on the upgrade compatible list, run the Microsoft PC Health Check App to check if the system meets the minimum upgrade requirements.
3. Starting the Upgrade: Perform the Windows 11 system upgrade
Follow the instructions to get the Windows 11 upgrade from Windows Update.
*Windows 11 Upgrade rollout plan is scheduled to begin in late 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device, MSI recommends users to wait until the Windows 11 upgrade option is available at Windows Update as the early builds are usually not as stable and might lead to some unknown issues.
4. System Restore: Return to Windows 10
Windows 11 provides a 10-day period allowing users to move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data, a clean Windows 10 installation (Tutorial), or restore the factory system settings (FAQ1 & FAQ2 / Tutorial).
*1: Only for the notebook that pre-installed with the system is able to create the system backup file with MSI Centers.