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How do I get Windows 11?

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

Can you download Windows 11?

The quickest way to get a final Windows 11 version from Microsoft will most likely be to download it manually or to - rather expensively - buy a new PC. Windows 11 will, however, be a free update for existing users and for anybody buying a PC now. Pocket-lint.comHow to download Windows 11: Here's how you'll update later in the year

Is Windows 11 officially released?

Microsoft is making available today to Insider testers in the Dev Channel the first officially released build of Windows 11 today, June 28. Build 22000.51 includes some but not all of the features that Microsoft showed off last week during its Windows 11 unveiling. ZDNetMicrosoft rolls out first test build of Windows 11

Will I get Windows 11 for free?

Microsoft: Windows 10 devices will get Windows 11 for free, but not until 2022. Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 11 this week with the good news that it will be a free upgrade and that it will be released later this year. Notebookcheck.netMicrosoft: Windows 10 devices will get Windows 11 for free, but not until 2022

Windows 11 demands TPM 2.0 and here's what that means for you

PC Gamer 29 June, 2021 - 06:27am

Why is Microsoft demanding you have TPM 2.0 for Windows 11, and what the hell is it anyway?

This confusion certainly hasn't been helped by Microsoft itself which had system requirements listed online, detailing a soft and hard floor for Window 11. That was basically the difference between being able to install and being advised not to.

But that has been corrected now to state that the only way you're going to be able to get Windows 11 on your home PC is if it's got specific TPM 2.0 support.

TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module, and its job is to protect data used to authenticate the PC your using. TPMs can actually be found in lots of different types of devices, but we'll focus on PCs here. The TPM can also be used to maintain platform integrity, facilitate disk encryption, store password and certificates, the list goes on.

TPM chips are useful, from a total system security perspective, and that's something Microsoft feels it needs to enforce with Windows 11.

Windows is the most popular OS in the world, and that has made it a relatively easy target for hackers. By making TPM 2.0 a requirement, Microsoft is hoping to make the life of hackers just that little bit harder.

As David Weston, Director of Enterprise and OS security says on this blog:

"Today, we are announcing Windows 11 to raise security baselines with new hardware security requirements built-in that will give our customers the confidence that they are even more protected from the chip to the cloud on certified devices."

If your machine is relatively up to date (less than four years old), then there's a very good chance that you do, although pedants may argue over whether that's true hardware TPM support or the firmware based TPM, which is basically offered by your CPU. You may need to enable TPM 2.0 in your UEFI/BIOS, but there's a very good chance it's there.

Intel has various technologies that offer TPM 2.0 support, under a variety of names, but keep an eye out for PTT (Platform Trust Technology) and IPT (Identity Protection Technology) before trying to turn on TPM 2.0 in your UEFI/BIOS. Essentially though, Intel has supported TPM 2.0 on all its chips since Skylake, and on selected chips up to two generations before that.

AMD has supported TPM 2.0 since the Ryzen 2500, with its fTPM (Firmware TPM). So all of its Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors are also covered. 

Microsoft has produced a full list of supported CPUs, here's the Intel list and the AMD CPU one. If your processor is on there, then you're good—or at least your CPU is not the reason Windows 11 refuses to play ball.

One option, if your CPU doesn't natively support TPM 2.0, is that you can add a separate physical module to your machine to upgrade its support. You need to check your motherboard manual to make sure there is an SPI TPM 2.0 header present, and then it's a case of tracking down a compatible module. Your CPU will still need to be on that aforementioned list though, so if it isn't, there's not much point adding a TPM separately.

There are reports of scalpers buying up these modules, in which case it may just be worth waiting—remember Windows 11 isn't due out until the end of the year. It's certainly not worth paying over the odds for a module that you may not even need. Upgrading to a more recent CPU is probably a better use of your money.

If you've switched on your PC's TPM in the BIOS, then you can check what it's capable of using the Windows Powershell. You'll need to run this in Administrator mode, which you can do by right-clicking the Start menu and select Windows PowerShell (Admin), then simply type get-tpm. The main things you want to check here is that it is present, ready, and enabled.

For a slightly prettier way of checking this, you hit [Win]+R and type tpm.msc into the run windows before hitting return. You'll find whether you've got TPM enabled and working via this window, with the version supported at the bottom. 

It's worth noting that all the uncertainty around TPM 2.0 support is largely focused either on machines you've built yourself and bespoke gaming rigs from boutique vendors. Laptops will generally support TPM off the bat, as are plenty of machines that are intended to be used in managed office environments. Obviously, if you have any doubts, you should run the PC Health Check tool and see what it says.

Could this ultimately mean that you're going to need to buy a new PC in order to run Windows 11? It could, and that seems like utter madness right now. Microsoft needs a healthy installed userbase for its latest OS, no matter what, and right now it feels like there's a barrier in place to dissuade potential upgraders. 

Unless something changes, it feels like Windows 10 is going to stay the dominant OS for years to come—which is frustrating for us gamers, as DirectStorage is currently down as a Windows 11 exclusive.

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Microsoft is easing some of the system requirements for the Windows 11 preview | Engadget

Engadget 28 June, 2021 - 03:27pm

"By providing preview builds to the diverse systems in our Windows Insider Program, we will learn how Windows 11 performs across CPU models more comprehensively, informing any adjustments we should make to our minimum system requirements in the future," the company said.

Microsoft says its "confident" PCs with 8th-generation Intel and AMD Zen 2 processors will meet the security, reliability and compatibility standards it plans to set with Windows 11. The company plans to pay close attention to those who test the OS on systems with 7th-generation Intel and AMD Zen 1 CPUs to see if some of the models in those families meet its standards.

Microsoft has also temporarily stopped offering its PC Health Check. The software was at the center of a lot of the confusion that came out over whether a specific computer could run Windows 11 or not. Acknowledging that fact, Microsoft said the app "was not fully prepared to share the level of detail or accuracy you expected from us." The company plans to address the faults of the app before rereleasing it later this year, ahead of the general availability of Windows 11 in the fall.

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Windows 11 release date hints (Update: Details confirmed for upgrades)

Android Authority 28 June, 2021 - 12:03pm

According to the tweet, Windows 11 will land as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 devices in 2022. The release date of the operating system is still scheduled for the “holiday” of this year. It will also start to land on new computers around that time. The free upgrade, though, won’t start rolling out until early next year.

Microsoft wasn’t clear, though, on whether or not you could pay to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 earlier than that. From the wording of the tweet, that does seem likely.

Original article, June 28, 2021 (10:25 AM ET): Last week, Microsoft took the wraps off the newest iteration of its desktop operating system, known as Windows 11. During the launch event, the company revealed a ton of details related to the software.

However, it did not divulge a Windows 11 release date. It confirmed that early beta testers will get a chance to use the software this month. It also confirmed that the stable rollout would happen at some point during the “holiday” period of this year. It didn’t give any more specific info, though.

Related: You told us: You’ll definitely be running Android apps on your Windows 11 PC

Thankfully, The Verge deduced ways to figure out when Microsoft will most likely launch Windows 11. For example, in one image Microsoft shared, you can see a Microsoft Teams conversation between Stevie Bathiche and Panos Panay, two key execs at Microsoft. In the message, Bathiche tells Panay that he “can’t wait for October.”

Drilling down to an even more specific time isn’t tricky, either. There are multiple instances in which the date and time shown in Windows 11 images are 11:11 on October 20, 2021. Granted, there are a few others that reference October 6, 2021, but it appears very clear that October is when we’ll see the Windows 11 release date.

There’s still some confusion surrounding which existing PCs would be eligible for the free Windows 11 upgrade. Microsoft has promised to release a blog post soon giving more information on what you’ll need to do to get your PC ready for the upgrade as well as what you’ll be able to do if your hardware isn’t officially eligible.

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