Microsoft to offer free Windows 11 upgrade to non-managed business PCs in April 2024

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Key notes

  • Starting April 2024, unmanaged Windows 10 Pro devices on business networks can upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
  • Users can upgrade, schedule it later, or stay on Windows 10.

Starting with the April 2024 security update, Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 11 for non-managed Windows 10 Pro and Pro Workstation devices on business networks. This applies to devices joined to cloud or traditional domains but excludes those managed by tools like Microsoft Intune or other third-party management software.

Non-managed devices refer to Windows 10 Pro and Pro Workstation devices on a business network that are not actively managed by specific IT tools. IT departments typically use these tools to centrally control, configure, and secure devices within an organization.

Eligible users will receive an in-system notification prompting them to upgrade to Windows 11 version 23H2. They can accept the upgrade immediately, schedule it conveniently, or decline and remain on Windows 10.

This initiative aligns with Microsoft’s goal of increasing Windows 11 adoption before the end of support for Windows 10 Home and Pro (version 22H2) on October 14, 2025. It is important to note that Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 11, but the decision ultimately rests with the individual user.

Organizations managing devices through tools like Microsoft Intune can upgrade to Windows 11 version 23H2 using Windows Autopatch. They are not included in this specific update notification rollout.

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