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CNET 02 July, 2021 - 01:43pm 61 views

How do I get Windows 11?

Users need to enroll into the Windows Insider Program and then navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program on a Windows 10 PC to enable dev channel and obtain Windows 11 builds. Microsoft recently launched the Windows 11 preview build. News18How to Get Windows 11 On Your PC Right Now: New Features And Why You May Want to Wait

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PC can't run Windows 11? Buy a $55 Raspberry Pi 4 instead

PC Gamer 02 July, 2021 - 04:46pm

No more faffing around with Windows 10's sub-par IoT Core.

Raspberry Pi is generally associated with the Linux OS and tends to have trouble dealing with the graphical intensity of other, flashier operating systems. Officially, Pi users wishing to run newer Windows operating systems on their devices have been confined to Windows 10 IoT Core. Simply put, it's a cut down version of Windows 10, only really meant for less intensive applications, but it's a little lacking.

Now though, both Tom's Hardware and YouTube channel leepsvideo, among others across the web, have successfully installed the Insider Preview version of Windows 11 on a Raspberry Pi 4 (via Golem). 

This comes as a bit of a surprise, albeit a welcome one, as the RPi 4's 64-bit Broadcom BCM2711B0 4-core, 4-thread A72 processor (ARMv8-A), which maxes out at 1.5GHz, has not been officially listed in the Windows 11 Compatibility cookbook. Originally set to exclude first-gen AMD Ryzen CPUs, or any Intel processor that came before Coffee Lake, the Windows 11 minimum compatibility has since seen some edits, though the minimum requirements still detail TPM 2.0 and a fairly modern chip as a necessity. 

The main takeaway is that running Windows 11 on a Raspberry Pi 4 is a definite possibility, though, as expected of a processor just skirting the system requirements hard floor, at somewhat limited capacity. For one thing, YouTube videos only seem to work at 480p says Tom's. Still, at least it's said to work better than any attempts at running 2020 Windows 10 have done in the past.

What this seems to say is that Windows 11 may well be the RPi users best bet at getting a Microsoft OS running on their Pi4 projects, when it comes out later this year.

Whether or not the final Windows 11 build will be as accommodating to the Pi, though, we can't be sure. A lot could change between now and the Windows 11 release date later this year.

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