Windows 11 Has Been Ported to Nokia Lumia 950 XL

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Can my PC run Windows 11?

First, Microsoft has published the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 as follows: Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC). Memory: 4 GB RAM. Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device. TechRepublicHow to tell if your PC can run Windows 11

Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone

The Register 30 June, 2021 - 03:28pm

The enthusiast community has thumbed a nose at Microsoft's hardware requirements for Windows 11, with Insider builds demonstrated on Raspberry Pi hardware and the inevitable mobile phone.

The latter will delight Windows Mobile holdouts, still mourning the death of their beloved operating system and stung by Microsoft's latest take on a telephone, which runs Android.

A video surfaced yesterday showing the operating system running on a Lumia 950XL, inadvertently demonstrating that the operating system is less than ideal on the small screen, even if such wonders as screen rotation appear to work well.

"In case you got doubts," tweeted the author (a Dev botherer of Lumia hardware), "yes, it does do calls lol."

More usable, however, is Windows 11 on a Raspberry Pi. A post on Twitter seemed to show the soon-to-be fussy OS up and running on one of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's finest, which, we're pretty sure, is not noted for being equipped with chippery listed in Microsoft's now infamous compatibility list.

Raspberry Pi 4にARM版 Windows 11をインストールしてみる。 https://t.co/p3PUXkheJ4 #Windows11 #RaspberryPi

Getting Windows running on phones, Pis, and all manner of Arm-based hardware seems second only to the "does it run Doom?" question asked by many a tech tinkerer when presented with something new. Windows 10 on a Pi has long been a staple and the ease with which Windows 11 can be coaxed into life is both a tribute to the enthusiasts involved and an indication how little has changed under the hood, from a hardware standpoint, in the current Dev Channel build of Microsoft's new OS.

After a few hours of play we were also able to persuade a version of Windows 11 to run (somewhat sluggishly) on our Pi-400. Sure, a 16GB SD card was sacrificed in the process and the test mode indicator (along with the odd square window or two and some bits of Windows 10 on show) hinted that some unexpected hoops were being leapt though, but otherwise the experience was relatively painless, if a little slow. Still, at no point during the new Windows 11 OOBE did the operating system complain about the hardware behind the scenes.

As for how it works, the current Windows Insider Dev Channel builds do not yet enforce Microsoft's hardware rules so there is every chance things will stop working once the final incarnation of the Arm version of Windows 11 drops. It also seems very clear that what worked for Windows 10 does not require too much in the way of tinkering to allow Windows 11 to boot (at least at this stage of its development).

Why any person would want to do such a thing is open to question. We like to think that the motivation is one of simply seeing what can be done with hardware and software, even if we have to admit that our Pi 400 seemed a whole lot happier running the Linux-based Raspberry Pi OS.

For now, Windows 11 on a Raspberry Pi (or phone for that matter) remains an intellectual exercise – a fun thing to try, but you wouldn't use it for serious work. Or to write a contentious hardware compatibilty list. ®

America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will now require details of any and all crashes involving self-driving cars from automakers within one day of them knowing about the accident.

“NHTSA’s core mission is safety,” Steven Cliff, acting administrator of the transportation watchdog, said this week. “By mandating crash reporting, the agency will have access to critical data that will help quickly identify safety issues that could emerge in these automated systems.”

The new rules [PDF] apply to vehicles classified between Level 2 and 5 autonomy. That means serious prangs involving everything from Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD-enabled cars to Waymo’s driverless taxi test fleets must be disclosed to the NHTSA on the double.

NASA has been set the ambitious targets of taking humans back to the Moon by 2024, then to later make the order-of-magnitude leap on to Mars. Even for the globally renowned space agency, it is a struggle.

According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) it still isn't quite sure how much this will cost, nor how long it will take to get the equipment ready. Hardware challenges abound, including testing an electric ion propulsion system for the orbiting capsule, dubbed Gateway.

On top of all that, there is the question of whether NASA has the right people in place to take on the Moon mission and the trip to the Red Planet beyond. Trying to come up with some answers is David Meza, senior data scientist within the agency’s people analytics group, who has begun employing graph database technologies to try and help.

Robinhood, the app that looks like the lovechild of a stock-trading platform and a video game, was hit with a record $70m bill by a US watchdog for causing investors to lose millions in total from misleading financial information and system outages.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ordered the software biz to cough up $57m in fines plus pay back $12.6m to customers to cover their losses with interest.

“The fine imposed in this matter, the highest ever levied by FINRA, reflects the scope and seriousness of Robinhood’s violations, including FINRA’s finding that Robinhood communicated false and misleading information to millions of its customers,” Jessica Hopper, the head of FINRA’s Department of Enforcement, said in a statement.

Feature The State of Maine has enacted what the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes as the strongest state facial-recognition law in the US amid growing concern over the unconstrained use of facial-recognition systems by the public and private sector.

The Maine bill, LD 1585 [PDF], forbids state officials from using facial-recognition technology, or entering into agreements with third parties to do so, except under a relatively limited set of circumstances having to do with serious crimes and searches of vehicle registration data. It imposes the sort of broad limitations that civil liberties advocacy groups have been advocating.

"Maine is showing the rest of the country what it looks like when we the people are in control of our civil rights and civil liberties, not tech companies that stand to profit from widespread government use of face surveillance technology,” said Michael Kebede, policy counsel at the ACLU of Maine, in a statement.

Updated The outlook continues to look a little bleak for NASA's veteran Hubble telescope as a former astronaut and a Space Shuttle manager weighed in on repair options and the possibility of a fix.

NASA has remained silent on the fate of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) since an admission last week that back-up computer hardware exhibited the same behavior as the primary payload computer system, which unexpectedly halts and puts the spacecraft goes into safe mode, suspending scientific operations. Engineers have since spread the fault-finding net a little wider.

Writing on Twitter, former astronaut Clay Anderson gave voice to the fears of many, saying that he believed the observatory was "beyond repair."

MITRE's Centre for Threat-Informed Defence (CTID) and Microsoft have jointly rolled out Security Stack Mappings for Azure, aimed at bringing the former's Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) framework into the latter's cloud platform – with rival platforms to follow.

Launched in 2015, MITRE's ATT&CK framework was created to provide businesses with "a globally accessible knowledge base of adversary tactics and techniques based on real-world observations" in the hopes of building a foundation for threat-model development.

While access to ATT&CK is provided for all at no charge, MITRE is looking to boost its usage, hence the Microsoft partnership. The deal made Azure the first cloud platform to actively link to ATT&CK by mapping in-built security controls to the framework.

A man has been arrested in Kuwait for allegedly insulting the weather on social media app TikTok.

The offending video depicted the man driving through a sandstorm in the Gulf state while laughing sarcastically and swearing about the heat and dust.

The clip was posted to TikTok and later shared widely there and on Twitter, to the grave dissatisfaction of the Kuwaiti authorities. As a result, the video's creator – an Egyptian national who has not been identified – was arrested and charged with “insulting Kuwait”, Gulf News reports.

IBM's planned company-wide email migration has gone off the rails, leaving many employees unable to use email or schedule calendar events. And this has been going on for several days.

Current and former IBMers have confirmed to The Register that the migration, 18 months in the making, has been a disaster.

"I feel bad for bringing this to the press but I'm afraid that I'm only one of the many thousands at Big Blue who are utterly disgruntled at the moment," one employee told us. "If we can't even handle our own cloud migration program then why would any customer trust us?"

Europol, the US Department of Justice, and Britain's National Crime Agency have taken down a VPN service they claimed was mainly used by criminals – boasting that they hoovered up "personal information, logs and statistics" from the site.

The DoubleVPN site went dark yesterday after law enforcement agencies swooped on its servers, with a joint public statement this afternoon confirming that the takedown was genuine.

Led by the Dutch national police, servers behind DoubleVPN in multiple jurisdictions were seized by law enforcement.

System76 has released Pop!_OS 21.04, based on Ubuntu 21.04 but with a distinctive desktop called COSMIC.

Pop!_OS describes itself as "an operating system for STEM and creative professionals." It uses the GNOME desktop but customised as COSMIC – which supposedly stands for Computer Operating System Main Interface Components, but someone at System76 must like rockets and comic books.

Pop!_OS was born when Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, abandoned the Unity desktop. The rationale was that Canonical is focused on the enterprise, but System76 is focused on the desktop, as is Linux Mint, another popular Ubuntu derivative.

Internet Explorer 11 may only have a year left, but Microsoft still found itself releasing a patch to resolve some PDF issues in the elderly browser.

The issue could stop PDFs working in either IE 11 itself or the all-important WebBrowser control, upon which many apps depend (despite Microsoft pushing out Edge-friendly alternatives).

The out-of-band patch, KB5004760 for Windows 10 21H1, 20H2 and 2004, follows just over a week after 21 June's KB5003690 preview. '3690 contained an impressive number of fixes and updates: notably one to deal with "lower than expected" gaming performance following an earlier patch and another to strip Adobe Flash from computers once and for all.

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Check out this Raspberry Pi 4 running Windows 11

Windows Central 30 June, 2021 - 02:05pm

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While Microsoft enthusiasts with $5,000 gaming rigs are suffering at the hands of Windows 11's strict adoption requirements, one person is living the good life without a trouble in the world. That person is Etaprime on YouTube, who has been enjoying Windows 11 on his Raspberry Pi 4.

The Raspberry Pi 4 can handle Microsoft Edge, the calculator app, and more, all via the power of Windows 11. It can even run Minecraft, albeit in an undesirable state. For the full rundown of what the Pi can and cannot handle when paired with Microsoft's latest OS, check out Etaprime's video. Spoiler: It's not a big fan of the YouTuber's Elgato capture card.

It's an impressive video, given what's being run on what. And then, when you compare it against all the people with standard PC setups claiming they're ineligible for Windows 11, it's even more impressive. Mind you, much of said ineligibility can be attributed to Microsoft's TPM requirements, the likes of which are even confusing seasoned PC users, many of whom have never had to consider the security inclusion before now.

With that said, many of the people who have managed to get Windows 11 running without issue (on standard rigs, not a Raspberry Pi 4) are having a good time with it thus far. You can be one of those people if you're on the inside loop and are keen on grabbing the Insider build that's available right now.

Our news writer is more excited about Windows 11 than any piece of tech in years, and he's not going to let anyone say he shouldn't be hyped.

Right on schedule, Mojang Studios has offered one last farewell as Minecraft Earth closes down for good. The game will no longer be available or be functional.

The Shroom and Doom Update is one of the biggest releases yet for Grounded's early access, and it's now available to everyone. Highlights of the update include all-new building pieces and crafting recipes, the ability to tame pets, the terrifying Broodmother boss, Achievements, and more.

If your PC somehow does not have trusted platform module (TPM) support through firmware and your UEFI BIOS, we'd recommend checking your motherboard manual for a TPM header. If you have one present, you can try to see if one of these will be compatible to get you ready for Windows 11.

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This time its real - Windows 11 running on the Lumia 950XL (video) - MSPoweruser

MSPoweruser 30 June, 2021 - 01:13pm

Last week we incorrectly reported that Windows 11 had been ported to the Lumia 950XL, but the developer of the Windows 10 on the Lumia 950XL project reported that this was just a premature tease, but that a proper solution would not be long away.

Today Gustave Monce delivered, posted a video of the venerable Windows 10 Mobile handset winning Windows 11.

It did not take too much work to port the OS, according to Monce only a day, and even better, he was able to port the phone stack from Windows 10 Mobile to Windows 11, allowing him to make phone calls.

In case you got doubts, yes, it does do calls lol pic.twitter.com/Vs1wS1Xvaf

— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) June 29, 2021

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Yeah, the Lumia 950 XL can technically run Windows 11, because why not?

Windows Central 30 June, 2021 - 12:18pm

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With the official Windows Insider build of Windows 11 now available, we can begin the process of putting it on anything with a processor, including a Raspberry Pi 4.

Now, for no real significant reason, Windows tweaker and engineering student Gustave Monce has managed to get Windows 11 running on a 2015-era Lumia 950 XL.

Of course, people have been putting Windows on random computing objects for years. We put Windows 10X on a Surface Pro, and a few years ago, someone put Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, so this is nothing new. But it's still nice to see that it is possible with some clever modifications to the OS.

Whether Windows 11 on a six-year-old phone is actually helpful in 2021 remains to be seen.

It does make you wonder about those Windows 11 processor requirements though. As we've mentioned, older CPUs can run Windows 11, but Microsoft is just not letting them, likely for security reasons.

But hey, if this phone can run it, there is hope for your aging laptop too.

Our news writer is more excited about Windows 11 than any piece of tech in years, and he's not going to let anyone say he shouldn't be hyped.

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If your PC somehow does not have trusted platform module (TPM) support through firmware and your UEFI BIOS, we'd recommend checking your motherboard manual for a TPM header. If you have one present, you can try to see if one of these will be compatible to get you ready for Windows 11.

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Check out this video of Windows 11 running on the Lumia 950XL

OnMSFT.com 30 June, 2021 - 10:11am

To his credit, Monce managed to get an ARM64 build of Windows 11 working on the nearly six years old handset after just "a day of work," and the result is quite impressive. Obviously, Windows 11 was never intended to work on a 5.7” phone with really outdated specs, but the OS still looks pretty much usable even though the transition from portrait to landscape mode usually takes a couple of seconds to happen.

Windows 11 doesn't ship with a phone stack, but Monce also managed to make phone calls work on his Lumia 950XL by leveraging the Windows Phone component used for handling calls. The above video doesn't show everything, but if you're curious you can find more screenshots of Windows 11 running on the Lumia 950XL on Monce's Twitter account.

In case you got doubts, yes, it does do calls lol pic.twitter.com/Vs1wS1Xvaf

— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) June 29, 2021

It's been pretty fun to see Windows Phone hackers over the years trying to breathe new life into Microsoft's last Windows phones, and it is indeed impressive to see that the OS can run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor from 2015. Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows 11 won't be officially supported on Qualcomm SoCs older than the Snapdragon 850 from 2018, which means that the first-gen Windows 10 on ARM PCs powered by older Snapdragon 835 SoCs won't be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

Are you impressed to see Microsoft's Lumia 950XL still holding its own after all these years? Sound off in the comments below if you think we'll still be talking about the handset when the successor to Windows 11 comes out in a couple of years.

Windows 11 on ARM runs well on Lumia 950 XL and RPi 4

SlashGear 30 June, 2021 - 03:08am

Yes, Windows 11 was just ported to a six-year-old smartphone

Android Authority 30 June, 2021 - 01:51am

Gustave Monce posted a YouTube video and screenshots on Twitter (h/t: Liliputing), showing Windows 11 on the Lumia 950 XL. Monce posted a screenshot earlier this month that appeared to show Windows 11 on the device, but he later clarified that this was simply Windows 11 running on the phone via remote desktop.

This time, however, the tinkerer has confirmed that we’re indeed looking at a native port of Windows 11 Arm running on the Lumia 950 XL. Check out the video below for a better idea of how it all works.

The Lumia 950 XL’s Snapdragon 810 chipset definitely chugs while running Windows 11, and you do see delays when double-tapping the screen, launching the file explorer, hitting the start menu, and accomplishing other tasks. It also looks like screen rotation is very buggy now. Nevertheless, we do get a great idea of how the UI looks on a smartphone and how features like Snap Layouts would work on a small screen.

Windows 11 previews don’t support Android apps just yet, but we wonder how the Lumia 950 XL will cope when this capability comes to the preview. It wouldn’t be the first time a Windows Phone gained Android app support in a preview, either.

We’ve previously seen Windows 10 Arm ported to the six-year-old phone as well, so there’s definitely a precedent here. Still, the fact that Windows 11 is running on such an old phone (and on phones at all) is a cool achievement. It’s especially noteworthy when you consider Microsoft’s confusing system requirements for the update.

Would you run Windows 11 on a smartphone if it included Android app support? Let us know via the poll below.

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