Windows 11 release date: This is when you can install Microsoft's free update

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CNET 01 July, 2021 - 05:00am 31 views

How do you get Windows 11?

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

Does Windows 11 require TPM?

TPM 2.0 was only released in 2019, suggesting that PCs made prior to that year may be incompatible with Windows 11. In an email to CRN on Friday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that “TPM 2.0 is a minimum requirement; Windows 11 will not install without it.” CRNMicrosoft Now Says Windows 11 TPM Requirement Is For Version 2.0 CRN 2 hrs ago

When does 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

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 on Thursday, and it includes a bunch of new features -- including the ability to run Android apps. But there was there was already a way to do this, if you had a Samsung Galaxy phone. Certain Android phone users can currently access Android mobile apps directly from their Windows 10 PC, thanks to an update to the Your Phone app that Microsoft rolled out to the general public last August. Windows 10 also lets you run multiple Android mobile apps side by side on your Windows 10 PC and supported Samsung devices. 

This feature lets you pin your favorite Android mobile apps to the Taskbar or Start menu on your computer for quick and easy access. The apps will open in separate windows from the Your Phone app, letting you use them basically the same way you would on your phone -- even if the Your Phone app isn't open. Windows 10 also lets you search for your previously pinned apps from within your Start app list, without needing to install the apps on your desktop or sign into them again. 

With many people moving to a remote or hybrid work environment due to the ongoing pandemic, the ability to access phone apps on a larger desktop or laptop screen, with a mouse, pen or touchscreen, could help with multitasking. 

Though the feature is available now, at this point it's available only for Samsung Galaxy phones. Find the full list of supported phones on Microsoft's support site. 

You'll also need the latest version of the Your Phone app, and Link to Windows. On your phone, you'll need to be running Android 9.0 or greater, with the Link to Windows integration. 

Finally, your phone and computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network for the feature to work.

Read more on TechRepublic: Windows 10: A cheat sheet

Once you have everything you need and your phone and computer are connected, the Your Phone app window should appear on your desktop. To open your Android apps on your desktop: 

Note that not every app will work with your mouse or keyboard, but many will. 

And here are a few more tips for interacting with your mobile apps on your desktop with your mouse and keyboard, according to Microsoft

For more, check out Windows 10 hacks you need to know and the best Android 12 features we've found

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How to Check if Your PC Has TPM for Windows 11

groovyPost 29 June, 2021 - 05:31pm

One of the system requirements your PC needs to run Windows 11 is TPM version 2.0. Here are a few ways you can use to check to see if you have it.

A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a security device hardwired into your computer’s CPU. For operating systems like Windows 10, you need to use features like BitLocker, encryption, and decryption of the hard drive. In fact, when Windows 8 first came out, you needed TPM version 1.2 for BitLocker. However, there was a workaround for Windows 8.1. But I digress…A requirement for running Windows 11 (at least from what we know now) is that your PC needs TPM 2.0. Here are a couple of ways to see if your PC has TPM and the version.

First, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialog. Then type: tpm.msc and hit Enter or click OK.

Next, The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) utility will launch. Here you want to look for Status and TPM Manufacturer Information. In my example below, the status is: “The TPM is ready to use.” And the Manufacturer info is version 2.0. That means my CPU is good to go for running Windows 11.

That’s all there is to it. Once you have the data, you can close out of the console.

Another way you can find out about TPM on your system is by using Device Manager. Right-click the Start button and then click Device Manager from the so-called “Power User Menu.” You can also type: devmgmt.msc into the Search box and open it from the result at the top. And keep in mind that you can create a desktop shortcut to Device Manager if you use it often.

Once Device Manager opens, scroll down and click on “Security Device” to expand the menu and see if any TPM entries exist.

You can use the Command Prompt to look for TPM, too. Hit the Windows key and type: cmd and launch the Command Prompt as Administrator.

Then copy and paste the following command and hit Enter.

To know you have TPM installed, three values need to come back as TRUE:

There are other ways to find if you have TPM, like using your BIOS or UEFI, but it isn’t as easy as the methods above. Also, make sure to use the Windows PC Health Check app to make sure your system will support Windows 11. At the time of this writing, Microsoft is updating it to give you better information.

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Microsoft's Windows 11 Release Event: TLDR Version

Wccftech 27 June, 2021 - 08:09am

Microsoft introduced us to the next generation of Windows today, borrowing elements from the now-shelved Windows 10X, but calling it Windows 11. Through this release, the company is focusing on design changes and improvements more than the functionality of the OS. Missed the event updates or feel like it's way too much information to go through? Here are the top highlights.

Windows 11 begins releasing for Insiders in the Dev Channel next week through Preview Builds. Thanks to new system requirements, however, you might not be able to get these builds. Check the details here to confirm what are the exceptions to these limitations.

The general release begins later this year, with the company aiming for October. While new devices will ship with Windows 11 this holiday season, existing machines will have to wait since this will be a staggered release that could take over several months.

Finally, and probably most importantly, Microsoft is moving to a once-a-year upgrade process. This means unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 will only get a new feature update once every year, in the second half of the year. The operating system will receive regular monthly updates like Windows 10, focusing on quality improvements.

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