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How do you get Windows 11?

Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and clicking Check for Updates. If available, you'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install. CNETWindows 11: Price, compatibility, release date and features for Microsoft's new update

Does Windows 11 require TPM?

TPM 2.0 was only released in 2019, suggesting that PCs made prior to that year may be incompatible with Windows 11. In an email to CRN on Friday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that “TPM 2.0 is a minimum requirement; Windows 11 will not install without it.” CRNMicrosoft Now Says Windows 11 TPM Requirement Is For Version 2.0 CRN 2 hrs ago

Is Windows 11 update available now?

Windows 11 will be free to download for Windows 10 users. ... So long as your PC meets the minimum requirements, you'll be able to update to Windows 11 the same way you usually update Windows 10 -- once it starts rolling out during the 2021 holiday season and into 2022 (we don't have an exact date yet). CNETWindows 11 will be free to download. Here's how to make the update (if your device is compatible)

When does Windows 11 roll out?

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update. microsoft.comUpgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

The new Windows 11 operating system should be compatible with the vast majority of PCs on the market, according to a Windows blog post published Thursday.

But if you're planning to upgrade your current PC, we recommend you make sure the updated operating system will work on your computer. Otherwise, you'll probably need to replace your PC by 2025 as Microsoft phases out Windows 10 over the next several years.

Read more: Should you buy a new Windows laptop now, or wait for Windows 11?

1Download Microsoft's PC Health Check here. Open the file, agree to the terms of service and click Install. Make sure the box is checked that says Open PC Health Check, and click Finish

2. The app home page that pops up says "PC health at a glance." At the top, a box reads "Introducing Windows 11." Click Check now

If your machine is not compatible, you'll get a message that says, "This PC will not run Windows 11." Though at first this was all you could see, on Friday, Microsoft updated the tool to give you more detailed information on what system requirements were not met. 

We just made updates to the Windows 11 PC Health Check App. It now provides more detailed info on requirements not met. This should help in cases where folks assumed CPU compat issues were TPM related https://t.co/hTWMe16DWO pic.twitter.com/eZLTZMOdjT

If your machine is compatible, you can download the Windows 11 update for free when it becomes available around the 2021 holiday season.

Here's the full list of system requirements for Windows 11, including at least 4 gigabytes of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 720p display larger than 9 inches diagonally.

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Microsoft kicks Apple where it hurts, says Epic, Steam stores ‘very welcome’ in Windows 11 Store portal

Notebookcheck.net 26 June, 2021 - 12:00am

This latest development follows Microsoft’s announcement back in April that it would drop the cut it takes from sales of games through its Windows and Xbox Stores (in Windows) to just 12 percent, down from 30 percent. Both these moves will have significant implications for Apple with its current court cases and impending antitrust investigations brewing in both the US and the EU. Apple has been pointing to the practices of others and Microsoft’s moves around in-app revenue will really hit Apple where it hurts -- particularly in its case with Epic Games.

In fact, Microsoft’s Panos Panay has told The Verge that both the Epic Games store and the Valve Steam store are both “very welcome” within the new Windows 11 Store. However, one factor that might still prevent this from happening is that Microsoft has said that sales of games through any third-party stores will still be subject to its 12 percent cut. The reason for this differentiation in charges applied to regular apps in-app purchases (no cut) and games (a 12 percent cut) is likely due to the 12 percent cut that Microsoft continues to take for game sales and in-app purchases through its separate Xbox app store within Windows.

Microsoft’s offer to host third-party stores like Steam and Epic within the Windows Store is nonetheless a major development in the app store landscape. Again, this is something Apple strictly prohibits on its iOS App Store, while also continuing to take a 30 percent cut of revenue from both app sales and in-app purchases for companies earning over US$1 million. As Panay puts it,”Windows already in many ways hosts those stores…”, by which he means in-directly through the web via the Windows platform. Panay added, “I really want this experience where you go to the store, you type the app in and you get the app you want.” 

It will be very interesting to see whether Steam or Epic, or any other major third-party games store decides to take up Microsoft on its offer. While they may well lose some revenue for games they sell by inhabiting the Windows 11 Store, it has certainly become a much more viable option than it has been in the past. It might also force those same stores to rethink their own revenue sharing arrangements with developers within their own stores. This will particularly be the case if some of these developers decide to start selling their games on the Windows Xbox Store.

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