Microsoft releases first ISOs for Windows 11 vNext


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Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22454, the second Dev channel build since it split away from the Beta channel. Now, you can download an official ISO of the build. The company is now offering official Insider ISO images for Windows 11 build 22454, build 22000.132, and Windows 10 build 19044.1202.

This is the first time that Microsoft has released ISO images for Windows 11 vNext. It’s not explicitly tied to the next version of the OS, which is due out next fall, but it’s a prerelease build. That’s how the Dev channel works. It exists to test out new features under a perpetual state of ‘vNext’.

It’s also notable that Windows 10 build 19044 is available in ISO format, as that’s a preview build of Windows 10 version 21H2. That means that this is the only way to enroll your machine in 21H2 testing. You see, Microsoft started seeding builds to the Release Preview channel, but it’s only for those that had been kicked off of the Beta channel for not meeting the Windows 11 requirements.

Unless you were in the Beta channel on June 24 and got kicked off, there’s no way to enroll. Now, at least you can install the ISO if you want it.

Obviously, ISO images can be useful if you want to do a clean installation of the OS. So now, if you want to get your hands on Windows 11 vNext, you don’t have to install Windows 11 and then enroll in the Dev channel. You can just download the ISO and start fresh.

As usual, there are three editions of Windows 11 (or Windows 10) that you can download. Those include Windows 11, Windows 11 Enterprise, and Windows 11 Home China. And of course, those three come from three channels, including Dev, Beta, and Release Preview. You can download the Windows 11 Insider Preview ISOs here.

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Microsoft finally clarifies Windows 11’s TPM requirements

TechRadar 10 September, 2021 - 07:40pm

This is a small chip found on the motherboard of your PC, which encrypts crucial data, so if the machine is stolen, the data on your hard drive is safe  - as long as TPM is enabled.

From the perspective of security, it made sense for Microsoft to make it a requirement, but the messaging was handled in a way that confused power users and casual users alike. Many people hadn’t even considered that their PC would have TPM, and there were even suggestions that Windows 11 would have its system requirements changed amongst all the confusion.

However, it looks as though Microsoft has finally acknowledged this through a tweet and a guide as we get closer to the October 5 launch.

Microsoft kept saying it wouldn't compromise with Windows 8 when it came to the unpopular decision to remove the Start menu, but user reaction reversed that policy in the end, which in-turn damaged the operating system's reputation for a long while.

Ummmm…. yeah.... we need to talk to you about TPM 2.0 and Windows 11.Read the memo: 8, 2021

“This article is intended for users who are not able to upgrade to Windows 11 because their PC is not currently enabled with TPM 2.0 or their PC is capable of running TPM 2.0 but is not set up to do so. If you are unfamiliar with this level of technical detail, we recommend that you consult your PC manufacturer’s support information for more instructions specific to your device.”

The wording of the tweet and that first paragraph of the support post leads you to believe that Microsoft doesn't want confusing messaging as we approach the October 5 release date for Windows 11.

However, with Asus updating motherboards to support the upgrade, it could encourage other manufacturers to follow suit and allow other products to upgrade to Windows 11 without the TPM requirement.

After the success of Windows 10, which made the Start menu front and center again, Microsoft won’t want the TPM confusion putting people off from upgrading to Windows 11.

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As Windows 11 launch nears, Microsoft is squashing bugs fast | ZDNet

ZDNet 10 September, 2021 - 10:17am

The October 5 release date for Windows 11 is a little over three weeks away, so it's highly unlikely Microsoft will throw in new features, but Windows engineers are still trying to wrangle some bugs before it starts rolling out the update. 

Here are ZDNet's current top picks for a variety of use cases.

Windows 11 will roll out fairly gradually as a free upgrade for a narrow set of new hardware that meets Microsoft's minimum hardware requirements. 

SEE: Windows 11: Here's how to get Microsoft's free operating system update

The latest Windows 11 preview for the Beta Channel in the Windows Insider Program delivers build 22000.184, Microsoft announced in a blogpost

There aren't many changes in this preview release, but Microsoft is working on fixing glitches spotted by insiders and acknowledges there are several known issues affecting core parts of Windows. 

There are only two fixes addressed in this build, but they're fairly minor compared with the problems in its known issues list, which include problems with the Start menu, Taskbar, Search from Start, Widgets. Microsoft Store search, and the Windows Sandbox security feature.  

Microsoft is investigating reports that after upgrading to Windows 11, Beta Channel users aren't seeing the new Taskbar and the Start menu is broken. Microsoft recommends uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows and then reinstalling it by checking for updates.   

It's also working on a fix for an issue that prompts some Surface Pro X's to bugcheck with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. 

Other known issues affect Search from Start and the Taskbar, as well System and Windows Terminal missing when right-clicking on the Start button or using the shortcut WIN + X. 

The Taskbar also sometimes flickers when switching input methods.   

Widgets are an important visual change to Windows 11 and a new take on Windows 10's news and interests feature. It consists of a panel displaying news snippets, weather updates and reminders. It can be customized with additional widgets. 

Unfortunately, it's not working smoothly yet. "The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again," Microsoft concedes. 

Additionally, widgets can show up in the wrong size on external monitors. To get around this, Microsoft recommends launching widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on the primary PC display first, and then launching it on a secondary monitor.

There are several problems with Windows Sandbox, the main one being that the language input switcher fails to launch after users click the switcher icon on the Taskbar. Users can try these tricks: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space. However, Win + Space is only an option if Sandbox is full-screened.

The two fixes include one that addresses a problem where the new learn more info in OOBE about Windows Hello wasn't translated for non-English languages, and another where some languages were missing translations across the UI in Windows 11. 

SEE: Windows 11 FAQ: Release date, requirements, price -- plus when and how to upgrade

People can see if their PC is eligible for Windows 11 when it arrives by downloading the PC Heath Check app from Microsoft's Windows 11 landing page

In late August, Microsoft said it would maintain its minimum hardware requirements, which ZDNet's Ed Bott points out will exclude most PCs from 2018 and earlier, including those running 7th Gen Intel Core and first-generation AMD Zen CPUs.

The actual minimum requirements for Windows 11 are: a PC needs at least 4GB of memory and 64GB of available storage; UEFI secure boot must be enabled; the graphics card must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver; and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 must be included. 

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