Getting Started!

Assess readiness

Create a Windows 11 deployment plan

Take advantage of cloud-based endpoint management

Windows 11 includes great new capabilities for end users and commercial organizations; capabilities developed in direct response to your feedback and perfectly suited to support hybrid work.

There’s new value for IT, too, from the chip to the cloud. Windows 11 uses modern hardware to deliver the most secure Windows ever, with TPM and virtualization-based security support for everyone.

We’ve also added over 1,000 new management controls to make it easier to move away from older management systems like Group Policy.

Create a Plan

Define early adopters

representing a cross-section of users, devices, LOB application users, business units, and other relevant criteria. Prepare early adopters for the new experience. Send out communications that include links to relevant web pages and videos so they know what to expect. Summarize tips to help them take advantage of new features. Offer information on any specific scenarios you’d like them to validate and clearly outline the mechanisms they can use to provide feedback.

Fine-tune your servicing strategy

You’ll be running Windows 10 alongside Windows 11. By design, you can approach the Windows 11 upgrade using the same tools and processes you use to manage Windows 10 feature updates today. That said, it’s a good time to review those tools and processes and actively optimize or simplify. By seeing the deployment of updates as an ongoing process—instead of a singular project—you can more quickly roll out new features and quality, security, and productivity enhancements.

Evaluate your infrastructure and tools

Before you deploy Windows 11, assess your deployment infrastructure (that is, tools such as Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune, or similar) and current configurations (such as security baselines, administrative templates, and policies that affect updates). 

Prep your helpdesk.

Update scripts and manuals with screenshots to reflect the new user interface, the upgrade experience, the initial experience for new devices.

Embrace Cloud-based Management

Windows Autopilot

will enable you to deploy new Windows 11 devices in a “business-ready” state that includes your desired applications, settings, and policies, or to change the edition of Windows (for example, from Pro to Enterprise).

Microsoft Intune

offers full control over apps, settings, features, and security for both Windows 11 and Windows 10. You can also use app protection policies to require multi-factor authentication (MFA) for specific apps.

Cloud Configuration

offers a standard, easy-to-manage, device configuration that is cloud-optimized for users with curated apps, cloud-based user storage, Windows Autopilot, and Fresh Start to make worry-free management at scale a reality. Consider Cloud Configuration for appropriate devices with limited legacy needs.

Endpoint analytics

can help identify policies or hardware issues that may be slowing down your Windows 10 devices today and help you proactively make improvements before end users generate a help desk ticket, and before your roll out Windows 11