Has Intel revealed the October 2021 release date and name for Windows 11?

Windows[German]Let me put it this way: For me, it has been clear since the presentation that Microsoft will release its Windows 11 so sometime in October 2021 – even though the broad rollout with a free Windows 10 upgrade is not supposed to happen until 2022. Now, Intel may have unintentionally revealed the release date for Windows 11 as October 2021.


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The official Microsoft channel on Twitter did, after all, announce something of a roadmap for Windows 11 delivery on June 26, 2021. The following tweet speaks of a release “later in 2021”, with the rollout to take place over months. 

Windows 11 release timeline

However, the free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will not start until the first half of 2022 – so Microsoft is not very quick with the rollout.

Will it be a Windows 11 October 2021 update?

Neowin.net noticed that Intel is already talking about Windows 11 when introducing new hardware. In the Intel Download Center, the Intel® Graphics – Windows® DCH Driver has been offered for download in version 30.0.100.9684 since July 14, 2021. The list of supported operating systems can be found there:

  • Microsoft Windows® 10-64 – October 2018 Updated (1809)(RS5)
  • Microsoft Windows 10-64 – May 2019 Update (1903)(19H1)
  • Microsoft Windows 10-64 – November 2019 Update (1909)(19H2)
  • Microsoft Windows 10-64 – May 2020 Update (2004)(20H1)
  • Microsoft Windows 10-64 – October 2020 Update (20H2)
  • Microsoft Windows 10-64 – May 2021 Update (21H1)
  • Microsoft Windows 11 – October 2021 Update

The last entry in the above list is about Microsoft Windows 11 October 2021 Update, which could be the name for this new Windows 11. We will have to wait and see if this is the case.


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