Is Windows 11 released?
Windows 11 is an upcoming major version of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Announced on June 24, 2021, with an expected release in late 2021, Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10, released in 2015. wikipedia.orgAnnouncing Windows 11
30 August, 2021 - 05:20am
But it's not clear at this point if the manual installation option will extend to updates as well, or if those releases won't be available to users on Microsoft-designated outdated hardware. No Windows Updates? Putting possibly withheld new Windows 11 features aside, users would also miss out on important drivers and security updates. That's not good.
It's been more than six years since the release of Microsoft's current operating system, Windows 10. The release of a new operating system, especially one that has received positive reviews so far, is a welcome development. Requiring users with computers that may only be a couple years old to buy a brand new PC is not.
It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft changes its mind due to what will certainly be significant blowback once Windows 11 finally releases. Or maybe the company will find that the number of people who just resign to go out and buy a new PC — or stick with the perfectly fine Windows 10 for the time being — is a worthy tradeoff.
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30 August, 2021 - 05:20am
Back in June, Microsoft released a new tool called PC Health Check that can be used to check whether your PC is eligible for Windows 11 or not. Based on the feedback from Windows Insiders, Microsoft pulled the app to make further improvements.
Early this week, Microsoft released an updated preview version of the PC Health Check app to Windows Insiders. This new version improves the Windows 11 eligibility check feature with more complete and improved info on eligibility. It also offers links to relevant support articles that include potential remediation steps like the below.
After collecting the feedback from Insiders and with the additional updates for the newly supported processors, Microsoft will re-release the PC Health Check app for all users next month.
You can download the updated Windows PC Health Check app here for free.
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30 August, 2021 - 04:36am
Windows 10 testers are now being informed of whether they’re okay to upgrade by Windows Update
Currently, to check whether they’re eligible to upgrade to Windows 11, those testing Windows 10 must use the recently revamped preview version of Microsoft’s PC Health Check tool (the one that was briefly released when Windows 11 was first announced, and then swiftly pulled due to issues, if you recall). But now testers in the Release Preview channel are getting a direct message from Windows Update on the compatibility status of their PC, as Windows Latest spotted.
Assuming all is well, you’ll receive the following message: “Great news – your PC meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. Specific timing for when it will be offered can vary as we get it ready for you. Note: Some Windows 10 features aren’t available in Windows 11. Certain apps and features may have additional requirements.”
Or, on the other hand, you’ll be told that your machine won’t support Windows 11. A link is also provided by Windows Update so you can check out the exact device specifications required for the revamped version of the operating system.
Remember, though, that even if your PC is declared as unfit for Windows 11, it will be possible to go ahead and install the new OS manually via an ISO file, because as we recently heard, Microsoft won’t prevent this.
Note very carefully, however, that ignoring compatibility warnings and going ahead and taking this DIY route to get Windows 11 on your PC will have some major caveats, including the possibility that your system might become seriously unstable.
Not only that, but you will be running Windows 11 unsupported in this case, meaning you won’t get cumulative updates and the likes of crucial security fixes. So, in short, it’s not much of an option – it’s only really there for businesses running PCs which don’t have internet access – except perhaps for checking out the OS and giving it a trial (which you could do now with the preview version, of course).
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29 August, 2021 - 06:40am
Manufacturers such as HP, Dell or Asus will release devices that are compatible with Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system, but what if you need a PC right now?
Some manufactures highlight whether a device will get a free upgrade to Windows 11; this also means that the hardware is compatible.
If the information is not provided, you could ask the support about compatibility with Windows 11, but it is always a good idea to double-check to make sure you are getting a compatible device.
If you plan to build the PC from scratch or buy from a third-party site, then you may not be able to contact support to inquire about Windows 11 compatibility or find the information on site. Things will get better once the operating system is out, but for now, you need to take a few extra steps to verify that the device or hardware is compatible.
If you look at Windows 11's system requirements, you will notice that the majority of requirements are met by more or less any PC or device that you may buy nowadays. Four Gigabytes of RAM and 64 Gigabytes of storage, a 720p or greater display, a DirectX 12 graphics card should not pose any issues when selecting devices.
It is the process and motherboard that may cause problems in regards to Windows 11 compatibility.
Microsoft lists a 1 GHz or faster processor with 2 cores as the system requirement on the main page, but if you dig deeper, you will notice that it limits processors to certain processor generations.
Generally speaking, if the processor is an 8th generation or newer processor, it is compatible with Windows 11. Microsoft published updates system requirements this week that include some 7th generation Intel processors as well.
Here are links to the processor listings of CPUs that are compatible with Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system:
All you have to do is compare the processor of the device you are interested in with the listing; if it is found on the listing, it is compatible with Windows 11.
One example. You can buy an HP laptop with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor. 11th generation means that it should be compatible, and you get the verification if you search the Intel processors listing for the processor.
It may be difficult to make sure that the motherboard components, TPM version and UEFI, Secure Boot capable requirements are also met, especially if the information lacks clarity.
While you can check a computer for TPM compatibility, you usually don't have access to devices that you plan to purchase.
A search for TPM or UEFI may not yield any results, depending on the site that you are on. Amazon's listing for the example device did not provide the required details.
You may want to search the page first to find out if the information is listed. If it is not, you may run a search for the product or attempt to find it on the manufacturer's website. You may not find the information on the site or the Internet sometimes, in which case contacting support is the best option. You could also look around for a comparable product that provides better information.
Microsoft's new system requirements make it difficult to make sure that a PC that you are interested in is compatible with Windows 11. Previously, you could pick almost any device out there and be sure that it is compatible with Windows 10.
There is unfortunately no option to make sure that a PC is compatible with Windows 11 if the information is not provided properly on the manufacturer's website or shopping site. Most devices released in 2020 or 2021 should match these requirements and be compatible with Windows 11, but there is still the chance that some are not.
Most may want to wait for Windows 11 to be released before a new device is purchased to avoid making mistakes and ending up with a device that is not compatible with Windows 11.
Now You: Will you buy a PC that is compatible with Windows 11, or upgrade an existing one?
To the good, I recently loaded Linux Mint and the Cinnamon desktop on an old Dell Versa 11 pro tablet, which includes a keyboard that contains a 2nd battery. This PC was maddeningly unstable with Windows. I nearly tossed it out several times. To my happy surprise, it is stable as a rock with Linux Mint. It’s faster with Linux Mint by a long shot. It updates without making the rest of the PC unusable until it finishes. (I use it as a laptop, not as a tablet.)
The only thing I have difficulty with is Quicken 13 Deluxe (for Windows using WINE) While it works fine, I can’t point it to a mapped drive on a 24/7 home server as easily as under Windows. Perhaps I’ll figure it out later. 123 Free Solitaire under Wine works very well. Otherwise, all the software I need to use is available for free from Linux repositories. Perhaps I’ll migrate to a Linux bookkeeper later.
Also, I suspect Android on a tablet with good specs and a Bluetooth keyboard could do a lot of what I need. Blokada removes enough ads to make Android very usable.
Windows 11 is not a priority with me in any way.
A document this large is bound to be outdated almost as soon as it is published in my opinion. I will wait at least a year before considering a Windows 11 installation. Just today Dell installed a large firmware update for the Intel Core i7-11800H.
Wait . . . why is everyone in such a hurry? Windows 11 stable isn’t going to happen for at least one year–guess. All of the new towers, laptops, etc. will have Windows 11 installed by then. In the past, PC manufacturers always had the latest Windows already on their computers because MS releases to the PC supply side long before the demand side.
Just wouldn’t worry about it. Keep abreast of the news; realize and ask “Is it time for a hardware upgrade. For me it is. So many factors to consider, many of which haven’t materialized.
I always thought PC users were less driven by the need to be first in the queue than Apple Users. Not so. ‘Everyone’ is in such a hurry because ‘everyone’ is talking about it. Lemming mentality!
This christmas will be great, hundreds of millions of computers sitting on the shelves selling like crazy because the prices will plummet. The next day there will be a tsunami of returned items because none of them will be updated to Windows 11. The stores take no responsibility, because they said it wasn’t possible..in the smalles smallest smallest text known to mankind, placed in the middle of a 1500 word text on the back of the SALE-sign.
Windows 8.1 still has a year’s support left so I’m in no hurry to replace it. Also, I’m hoping that 0Patch.com will support it when Windows extended support expires.
The only problem might be with online banking, Generally speaking Dutch banks only allow online access if the OS and the browser are both supported. I’ve had to switch to using Firefox to access my bank account now since Waterfox Classic is no longer supported.
A problem is that some new PCs at stores may have older chips not compatible with Windows 11.
By the time it’s released Windows Penetration Marketing will have pummeled Windows Security Marketing into a state of submission resembling a quivering bowl of Jello under a wet rug. The “real” requirements will be “Anything that runs Win 11.”
You can install it from an ISO, just not through Windows Update, a few teeny tiny Atom processors get a pass, huh?
I don’t know why MS is playing this game beyond this and last year’s tech focus (rightly) on selling security. Security’s something best done without drawing attention to itself. This makes it look like clueless Phone Culture has MS in its maw.
I hope MS doesn’t make Windows 11 a requirement for Gamepass until Windows 10 EOS. Coming from rock stable Windows 7, I don’t want to deal with another new buggy constantly updating OS like Windows 10 was until MS eventually figures it out. Remember the 2 feature update per year nonsense?
The article is an excellent ‘commercial’ for making the switch to a Linux distro. For numerous, or even most, old and not-so-old PCs will be compatible with that operating system. And as an added benefit, users can probably continue using their favourite legacy applications, provided WINE is installed.
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