Hi, all. I just wanted to chime in on this particular post since it is something that will probably come up the closer it gets to shipping. And since I am currently using Windows 11 on my desktop, I can certainly understand the desire to have the ‘latest and greatest’ from the get go.
However, one thing to consider is this: Until Windows 11 is Released to Manufacturing (RTM) we cannot install it on a device for sale. Considering that, currently, Microsoft is saying October for that release, that would mean that the Eve would have to complete its manufacturing after that time - this includes, but is not limited to, having the OS itself to install, along with testing of all functionality, to the extent that possibly new drivers for hardware would have to be developed / obtained, setting up the base install and sysprepping that base image so that the end user can have their OOBE when they first power it on. October is the beginning of Q4, so after Q3, and after waiting for the final bits and then setting it up and testing, that could push shipping dates into 2022. And that’s only if Win11 is RTM on time to begin with.
So, to keep things in line with the current timeline, the V 2021 is better off shipping with Windows 10 installed. It is simply not feasible with the current timeline to have the units shipping with Windows 11 pre-installed. No matter how much I want it to (yeah, I’m really digging Win11, even in its currently unfinished Insiders Preview form, in case you can’t tell).
However, the specs meet all the requirements for installing Windows 11, once it is available, and since, as of right now, Microsoft is saying that all Windows 10 users with legitimate licenses (which all V 2021 devices will have) will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11, it’s really not going to be a problem, and in my opinion, is actually the best way to go. There will be some users who don’t want to use Windows 11, invariably, and they can continue to use Windows 10 with full support from Microsoft on the V 2021 through October 2025.
Those that do want to use Win11, however, can upgrade their existing Win10 to Win11. And, as with previous versions of Windows, anyone should be able to install it, try it out for a small while, and if they don’t like it, revert to their Win10 install and still continue to use the V 2021 as they have been. As seen with other devices, though, having a device that comes pre-installed with a brand new OS and having users ask to downgrade gets a lot trickier.
I hope all of this clarifies the questions in this thread thus far. If you have any more questions regarding the installed OS on the V 2021, please feel free to reply back.