Microsoft Windows 11

windows 11When developing Windows 11, Microsoft realized that the new Windows had to be a powerful operating system for desktops. As a result, the company paid attention to important areas such as improving multitasking when working with several windows, better support for multiple monitors, modern gaming technology support, and distribution of traditional desktop applications in the Microsoft Store.

Will I be able to install Windows 11 on my PC?

Not all Windows 10 PCs will qualify for Windows 11. Unlike Windows Ten, which had broad backward compatibility with previous systems up to Windows 7, with Windows Eleven, Microsoft has decided seriously to increase the system requirements.

To install Windows 11, you’ll need a computer with UEFI, Secure Boot support, and a TPM 2.0 chip. Also mentioned in the system requirements is “a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC”. Thus, all 32-bit and many 64-bit computers cannot upgrade to the new Windows 11.

To check if Windows 11 will work on your device, run the “PC Health Check” application. If Secure Boot or the TPM microchip is disabled in UEFI, you will get the error “Windows 11 cannot run on this computer”. Once you activate these features, the program will recognize your device as compatible with the new system.

You can also use an alternative tool to check your PC’s compatibility with Windows 11 – WhyNotWin11, showing other reasons why your computer is unsuitable for the new OS.

Windows 11 Review

Microsoft Windows 11 has a major redesign of the system’s appearance. First, the main windows of OS 11 have been rounded, so the design looks more like macOS or Google’s Chrome OS. Second, the position of the Start menu has also changed. Now it has moved to the very middle of the desktop panel.

Next, the designers changed the logo – now, it is a geometric cross framed by a white square. Finally, of course, Windows 11 has added a few dozen new desktop wallpapers.

Meanwhile, Windows Eleven is supposed to be installed on laptops with a touch screen. So the system will work correctly with these devices “out of the box”. In addition, the touch control is available right now, and some of the features are specifically designed for touch control.

For example, a panel of news widgets that have replaced the live tiles in Windows 10. Their content will be formed automatically, based on the user’s behavior.

The team’s communications service will get a serious update. It will be integrated into the system and made more usable. With this, Microsoft wants to compete with the popular messengers – WhatsApp and Telegram. windows 11 desktop & start menuIn addition, gamers will enjoy the possibility of the automatic inclusion of HDR (increased brightness range, making the picture saturated) in standard games. Of course, the key thing is to have a computer display that supports this function.

Also in the system is an integrated Game Pass system with hundreds of free games and “cloud” gamer service xCloud (with it, you can run the digital entertainment on a remote server, and in the presence of good internet, you can play without delay).

Microsoft has specifically focused on the installation of Android applications in their OS. Now users can install them directly from the official Windows Store through integration with Amazon services. It turns out that Microsoft has managed to connect fully with mobile and desktop processors – they promise “smooth and seamless” work of the Android applications.

Unloved by many users, the updating process of Windows has been promised to speed up by 40% – now they allegedly do not have to interfere with the system.

Also, in Windows 11, there will be a function of detailed statistics of the device’s battery use. In addition, laptop users will be able to track the consumption of installed programs through the built-in means of the system.

android apps on windows 11Key Features

Live Tiles have been removed from the system.

Instead, the Start menu is centered on the screen – but it can be returned to the left, as in Windows 10, Windows 7, and other operating systems.

Microsoft will update internal search – Windows 11 can search both locally and on the web, giving search results both on the computer (files, apps, and settings) and from the web.

OS windows have rounded corners and soft shadows – they have been added to all context menus, applications, and Explorer, as well as the new Start and Search. All context menus and windows now have the same design.

The “Settings” have been redesigned.

Microsoft claims that Windows 11 is the company’s “most secure” OS. In addition, it runs faster than Windows 10 “in most tasks” – for example, by optimizing the handling of background tasks.

The size of updates is reduced by 40%. They will be installed in the background.

Microsoft Teams chat integrated into Windows Eleven. Users can communicate in the messenger via chat, voice messages, and video “out of the box.”

New features: Snap Layouts lets you quickly spread open windows across areas of the screen, and Snap Group enables you to group apps together and remembers the location of their windows on display.

Windows 11 remembers the position of windows when external monitors are connected – apps will open on the “right” screen when working with multiple screens.

Users will be able to create and configure multiple desktops and quickly switch between them. For example, you can create separate desktops for work and entertainment.

The system will have a separate page with personalized dashboards (Windows Widgets), which select relevant information with the help of AI technologies. Among the built-in widgets are news, weather, maps, and Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft has improved gestures to make it easier to control Windows via the touch screen. For example, instead of tablet mode, the system adapts to screen taps.

In addition, the design is better optimized for tablets. For example, handwriting and voice typing have been improved, and some styluses will support haptic feedback. In addition, apps will automatically change position when you rotate the device.

The on-screen keyboard has changed.

The new Windows 11 supports Android apps out of the box. You can pin them to the taskbar and work in the same windows as Windows apps.

The built-in Amazon Appstore and Intel Bridge technology are used to support Android apps.

The company has updated the design and functionality of the Microsoft Store. 

Developers can add x86 and Android apps, use their payment system – and get 100% of the profits from the user.

Windows Store app updates will also be available through the developer’s network outside of the Windows 11 store.

You can install apps from your browser – without having to visit the Microsoft Store.

The Xbox app is built into Windows 11 to support Xbox Game Pass subscriptions and Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming. 

The system supports AutoHDR: It automatically turns on HDR images in supported games, such as Skyrim.

Win 11 supports Direct Storage, which will speed up the loading of games by downloading game data into graphics card memory. It will require a modern NVMe SSD drive. Devices that support Direct Storage will be marked with a special sticker.

Windows 11 will get one big update a year – instead of two, as it was on Windows 10. Microsoft plans to release them in the second half of the year.

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What’s the difference between Windows 11 and 11SE

To begin with, Windows 11SE is a logical extension of Windows 10 Cloud. Despite the “cloud” name, it doesn’t run on Microsoft’s remote servers. Its primary difference from the full version of Windows is the absence of the possibility to install software, not from the official Microsoft store.

We assume that users will use such light versions of the OS for studies or other non-trivial tasks. For example, editing text or simple photo processing. With Windows 11SE, Microsoft plans to compete with Chrome OS, popular among Western students and schoolchildren.

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Windows 11 and 11SE system requirements

Immediately after the official presentation, Microsoft announced the minimum system requirements for the new OS.

64-bit dual-core 1GHz processor,
4 GB of RAM,
64 GB of free memory space,
Any video card compatible with DirectX 12,
Any HD screen with a resolution of over 720p.

If you’re not sure if Windows 11 will run on your computer, install a special program from Microsoft that will check its capabilities.

There are no system requirements for Windows 11SE, but they won’t differ much from the “big” version of the OS from its looks.

What devices will run on Windows 11

Perhaps the most important question users are concerned about is the devices that the new OS from Microsoft will support. Only manufacturers know the exact information, but Ferra has compiled a list of laptops that will run Windows 11.

The list includes series ASUS Zenbook, Vivobook, ProArt; HP Pavillion, ENVY, Spectre and others, all Acer models no older than three years, some models from Dell, such as Inspirion, G, Alienwave, and others.

However, it is necessary to keep in mind that your device on the list does not guarantee the correct operation of the new system on it. Microsoft recommends using the PC Health Check application to check your device’s compatibility with the operating system.

How much do Windows 11 and 11SE cost?

Considering Microsoft’s pricing policy in previous years, the new version of Windows will cost customers at least $100. Windows 11SE is not likely to be available for free sale. It will be pre-installed on some models of PCs and laptops for work or study.

Where to download and how to install Windows 11 and 11SE?

Let us warn you right away that by downloading and installing any unlicensed version of Windows, you are violating Microsoft’s copyrights. So, for now, it is not worth installing Windows 11 as your primary system.

The most reasonable thing would be to organize a virtual machine on your PC and install the “raw” version of the OS. Then, even in the worst case, you will lose only the installation time.

Which operating system can I upgrade to Windows 11?

Microsoft has officially confirmed that users of recent versions of Windows 10 will upgrade to version 11 for free if their computer allows it.

According to Microsoft, the updates will start “sometime in early 2022.”

Should I upgrade to Win11 and 11SE?

Upgrading to the latest version of Windows is worth it. Another thing is when. The most reasonable time to run the upgrade system is a few months after the system’s official release.

By this time, the developers from Microsoft will have fixed all the critical bugs in their new OS.

First Windows 11 OS versionwindows 11 dark theme

Windows 11 is now available to participants in Microsoft’s early software testing program.

The early build number Build 22000.51 is officially available for Windows Insider program users.

It is a bit different from the one leaked before the official Windows 11 presentation. Microsoft has changed the Explorer command line, the Microsoft Store app, and the interface for connecting external monitors to the notebook.

The best way to install Windows 11 on your PC is to use the special application PC Health Check.

You can use it to find out if the computer hardware is suitable for working with the new operating system.

windows 11 settings

How to install a pre-release version of Windows 11

While the final version of Microsoft Windows 11 is due out this fall, a preview version of Windows Insider, designed for Windows fans and experts who understand the risks associated with downloading unfinished software, is available today!

Before installing, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

You must have a 64-bit system, at least 4 GB of RAM, a video adapter compatible with DirectX 12 or later, a WDDM 2.0 graphics driver, TPM 2.0 crypto, and UEFI – the interface between the operating system and firmware, which has replaced BIOS.

If the Windows PC Health utility shows that the PC is suitable for Windows 11, you can start signing up for the test program and installing it:

Go to the Windows Insider site;
Click the “Register” button and log in to your Microsoft account;
Then go to Computer Settings – “Update and Security” – “Windows Preliminary Evaluation Program”. Here you need to click on the “Start” button.

What’s next? You need to select the channel through which the pre-builds will be delivered. Windows has three of them:

Dev (for developers);
Beta (for users who like to test software);
Release Preview (the most stable preview builds).

Windows 11 is only available on the first variant at the moment.

After selecting the Dev channel, you need to accept the agreement and restart your computer. You can then download Windows 11 through Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update Center. Since this is a pre-build and may have bugs, it is best not to install the system on your work PC.

Once again, please be reminded that Windows 11 is still in the testing phase and is not highly recommended for installation on computers used for business. In addition, you should not rush to upgrade if you are not ready to put up with possible bugs or are not confident in your abilities. Whatever you do, you do it at your own risk.

If you don’t want to risk your work PC, your only option is to wait for the full release of Windows 11 in late 2021. Microsoft is hinting at Oct. 20, but it looks like Windows 11 will be available first to buyers of new devices with Windows pre-installed. After that, we will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at least in 2022. For Windows 10 users, we remind, the update will be free.

Download Links

  • OS name: Microsoft Windows 11
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • OS Bit: x32-64 bit
  • Interface language: Multilingual
  • Upgrade Methods: Windows Update Center, Microsoft Store
  • Official website: www.microsoft.com

Test Build 21996 of Windows 11 has appeared on the web. This version is not final, but many changes are already present.

Important: To install the test build, you will need: TPM 2.0, Secure Boot.

Although it is still a test build for Windows 11 with an updated user interface, similar to MAC OS, Microsoft may change many elements in the final version of the OS.

This is only an unfinished version of the test build and is not a stable and definitive Windows 11.

  • Windows 11 Test Build (ISO file) 4.53 GB
  • Build 21996 (windows-11-21996_1-x64-pre-beta)

System requirements:

  • Processor: at least 1 GHz or SoC;
  • RAM: 2 GB;
  • Hard drive space: 20 GB;
  • Video Adapter: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver;
  • Screen: 800 x 600.

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