Microsoft updates the “Out of Box Experience” when setting up Windows 10 and offers users an upgrade to the new Windows 11 during installation. Compatible PCs, including the neglected ARM systems, benefit from this innovation.
In a support document, Microsoft addresses the updated “Out of Box Experience” (OOBE) of Windows 10, which is now available for versions 2004, 20H2, 21H2, and the upcoming Windows 10 21H2. With it, the upgrade to Windows 11 can be initiated directly within a new installation or initial setup of Windows 10. The patch KB5005716 is responsible for the innovations, which is only downloaded during the installation process of Windows 10 with the help of an active Internet connection.
New old PCs with ARM chips
As can be seen on Reddit, among other things, the first users are already being offered the upgrade to Windows 11 via the OOBE of Windows 10. Since Microsoft only speaks of “authorized devices” in its patch notes, as usual, the comparatively high system requirements for the upgrade to Windows 11 should also apply here, for example, the use of compatible processors, TPM 2.0, and Secure Boot. This step now opens up the fifth way to update Windows 10 to Windows 11, even if this is associated with a new setup.
The big beneficiaries of the new upgrade option within the “Out of Box Experience” are ARM systems that are not offered the Windows 11 update immediately via the Windows update function. In contrast to Intel and AMD PCs, the installation wizard for Windows 11 does not work for them, nor are they supplied with suitable ISO files by the Media Creation Tool. The only way to upgrade devices like the Microsoft Surface X is either through the Insider Preview or now by setting up the operating system.
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