Windows 11 is free, but your CPU might not be supported

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The Verge 25 June, 2021 - 04:35am 34 views

Will Windows 10 users get Windows 11 upgrade?

Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 customers. This means that if you run a genuine Windows 10 copy on your computer, you will be able to download Windows 11 without having to pay anything extra. India TodayWindows 11: When you can download, price, upgrade options, other key details you should know

When will 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

Is the Windows 11 upgrade free?

Microsoft has today confirmed that the new Windows 11 operating system will be available as a free upgrade for existing, licensed Windows 10 users. PC GamerMicrosoft confirms Windows 11 will be a free update for licensed Windows 10 users

Microsoft’s Windows 11 hardware changes are surprising some

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That potentially rules out millions of existing Windows 10 devices from upgrading to Windows 11 with full support, and even devices like Microsoft’s own Surface Studio 2 which the company is still selling right now for $3,499. Older devices that aren’t officially supported will be met with a warning during the Windows 11 install that the upgrade is not recommended, but the OS should still install.

Windows 11 will also only officially support AMD Ryzen 2000 and newer processors, and 2nd Gen or newer EPYC chips. You can find the full list of supported processors on Microsoft’s site, but here’s the basic breakdown:

Microsoft notes that CPU generation requirements are a “soft floor” limit for the Windows 11 installer. That should allow some older CPUs to be able to install Windows 11 with a warning, but it’s not clear how these devices will be supported long term. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to clarify its CPU requirements and support, and we’ll update you accordingly.

Many Windows 10 users have been downloading Microsoft’s PC Health App (available here) to see whether Windows 11 works on their systems, only to find it fails the check. As Microsoft now requires a TPM (Trusted Platform Module), this has led to some additional confusion around hardware support.

Windows 11 will require a TPM capable of at least 1.2 support, and UEFI Secure Boot. Both of these technologies are designed to improve the security of Windows, and prevent malware and ransomware from tampering with encryption keys and other secure elements of the operating system.

While Microsoft has required TPM support for OEM hardware certification since Windows 10, it hasn’t actively required Windows to have this fully enabled. That’s changing in Windows 11, and it means if your laptop or PC shipped without these BIOS options enabled then you’re going to have to go searching for a setting to switch on.

If you’ve enabled TPM support but you’re still not passing the Windows 11 upgrade checker, it’s likely because your CPU isn’t on the fully supported list. Intel has confirmed Microsoft’s Windows 11 CPU requirements. “A broad range of Intel-based platforms are expected to support Windows 11: 8th Gen and newer Intel Core processors, as well as Intel Pentium processors and Intel Celeron processors from the ‘Apollo Lake’ generation and newer,” says an Intel spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

This is the first significant shift in Windows hardware requirements since the release of Windows 8 back in 2012, and the CPU changes are understandably catching people by surprise. Microsoft is also requiring a front-facing camera for all Windows 11 devices except desktop PCs from January 2023 onwards. It’s another change that will shape the hardware that Windows 11 will run on in the coming years.

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Intel's Bridge technology will allow Android apps to run natively on Windows 11

Engadget 25 June, 2021 - 06:02am

With the help of Intel's Bridge technology, Microsoft's Panos Panay promised the integration would be "seamless and smooth." What he didn't say was exactly how the technology would work, but now that's something we have an answer to as well.    

Intel says Bridge is a runtime post-compiler that allows applications that were originally designed for a variety of different hardware platforms to run natively on x86 devices. The company points out the technology is part of its ongoing XPU strategy, which means it won't be merely limited to bringing Android apps to Windows 11.     

For those worried about AMD compatibility, worry not. Microsoft says Intel Bridge will work across x86 processors, including those made by AMD.

In practice, the inclusion of a feature that allows Windows 11 to natively run Android apps makes the operating system a much closer match for Apple's M1-based Macs, which can run iOS apps without a developer making any modifications to their software. 

Update 3:06PM ET: Added information on AMD compatibility from Microsoft. 

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