Windows 11 won’t work on your PC without a TPM — how to check

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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 Doesn't Want You to Upgrade to Windows 11

PCMag 29 June, 2021 - 09:41pm

Yes, TPM affords more security for your PC, but that’s not why it’s required for Windows 11.

No matter what Microsoft does, there’s an outcry of righteous indignation. The announcement of Windows 11 is no exception. On the one side, you have the loud chorus of traditionalists shouting: Bring back Windows XP! No new features! No new design! On the other side (or maybe even some of the same people?) they are decrying the system requirements for Windows 11, angered and outraged that they won’t be able to run the new OS.

It actually makes me sad for the people still running Windows 7 or older, when I think back to the days of how slowly those systems booted and how lacking they were in capabilities. But the voices rising up against the inability to install Windows 11 are louder, on account of what one Apple-focused site claims are "dramatic increase in system requirements," which is pure clickbait. The system requirements are almost ridiculously low (see below).

Microsoft has cobbled a feature onto its old system health utility that’s supposed to tell you whether you can run Windows 11. I tried this on three computers all of which I confirmed to have TPM 2.0 (one tech site points out that Microsoft’s own documents contradict this requirement) and are using Secure Boot. For all three, the utility reported that I can not run Windows 11 on them, even though all far surpassed the other minimum system requirements of a 1GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. Even for Microsoft’s own Surface Book, Windows 11 was a no-go!

What’s more, the utility reported the wrong OS versions: One running 21H1 was reported as being 2009 (October 2020 Update), and the same for a system running a preview build of 21H2. The Settings app’s System > About page clearly showed the correct OS versions.

My takeaway is that if the utility is flawed at being able to even identify the currently running OS version, perhaps it’s flawed in its ability to identify whether you can run Windows 11 on the hardware. Another hypothesis is that the utility is testing whether your PC supports all of the new features in Windows 11, like an NVMe SSD for the gaming DirectStorage feature and an HDR monitor for the new Auto HDR feature.

More PCs will be able to run the new OS than this utility now reports, because something is off with it.

This harks back to a strategy Microsoft used with Windows 10, used because the company wants you to buy a new PC. Why? Microsoft isn’t making any money by letting you upgrade your old PC for free. Even the utility discussed above, after reporting that you can’t run Windows 11 on the current system, says that you have two options: Continue getting updates for Windows 10 till that party’s over, or buy a new PC.

Another possible reason the utility is set up this way is that Microsoft wants to limit the number of existing PCs that can run Windows 11. The company wants to roll it out gradually. New Windows versions always have glitches, and you don’t want all 1.3 billion Windows PCs to suffer from these simultaneously.

In truth, I don’t have a big problem with either of these reasons Microsoft may not want all existing PC users to upgrade to Windows 11. People with iPads or iPhones a few generations old are well aware of their device’s inability to run current versions of iOS, and Android devices are notoriously often not upgradable to new OS versions. If some huge error appears in the future for Windows 11, it’s best it be relegated to a few early adopters rather than to billions.

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Windows 11 will allow you to sideload Android apps

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According to Miguel de Icaza, a Stack Developer working at Microsoft confirmed that you will be able to side-load APK files and run them on Windows. While de Icaza didn’t share exactly how this will be able to be done, you can rest easy knowing that it will at least possible.

One question answered opens the door for more questions, such as how will the apps be installed? Are these going to be APK files that can just be opened from a folder? Or is Windows 11 going to introduce some type of magic where it turns an APK into a .exe file that can just be double-clicked to open.

Microsoft is set to release the first developer beta of Windows 11 next week, but it’s already been confirmed that the new Microsoft Store won’t include support for Android apps yet. The new operating system isn’t slated to actually launch for everyone until this Fall. So we have plenty of time to get the answers to our questions, while Microsoft has enough time to make sure everything is ready to go on day one.

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I Will Never Use a Microsoft Account to Log Into My Own PC - ExtremeTech

ExtremeTech 25 June, 2021 - 08:22am

According to Microsoft, Windows 11 will take a substantial step backward relative to Windows 10. Specifically, Windows 11 Home will now require both internet access and a Microsoft account in order to set up the PC.

Speaking as a reviewer, this requirement is ludicrous. I build and wipe testbeds on a regular basis. I am not interested in creating a burner account to handle this task and I do not always need to connect a testbed to the internet. If I am attempting to benchmark the behavior of two specific versions of Windows, an OS that forces me to update to the latest version as a condition of installation literally prevents me from doing my job.

I recognize, however, that I’m a niche case. While I find these strictures annoying, they aren’t problems for your average PC user. And they aren’t the reason I will never log into a Microsoft account in order to use my own PC.

I’m willing to cop to the fact that this may be an artifact of the time in which I grew up. To me, my PC and “the internet” are two entirely different things. I connect to the latter to download files, read news, and watch content, but it is not the totality of my personal computer. Using an online account to log into my personal PC breaches the distinction between the two. Weird as it is — because I’m willing to admit this is a personal oddity — I find that distinction matters to me. It actually matters a lot. I don’t want my local Windows account to be synonymous with an online login.

But that’s not my only reason.

The other reason I won’t use an online account is that Microsoft won’t stop trying to force me to use one.

I’m not accusing Microsoft of having spied on users or abused its data-gathering capabilities. While there were some telemetry concerns with Windows 10 initially, the company addressed them in later updates. There have been no privacy or security scandals caused by the use of a Microsoft account instead of a local account. As far as I’m aware, using a Microsoft account instead of a local account does not risk your personal privacy or security.

My problem with Microsoft and non-local accounts is this: Since the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has pulled every dirty trick in the book. It has obfuscated the ability to create a local account by hiding it in unclear language. It has deployed installers that hid the option to create a local account unless you were offline when you ran setup. It has deployed “Get Windows 10” tools that were so aggressive, they acted more like malware than a product built by a Fortune 500 company.

I will not be browbeaten into adopting an online account as a local login because Microsoft found it convenient to gaslight its own users into submission. Had Microsoft offered the option as a feature with Windows 10 and left the issue alone thereafter, I might have switched eventually. But it didn’t. It’s important to Microsoft that you use an online account.

That’s why I’ll never use one.

I don’t know why Microsoft wants everyone to use an online login. I don’t know why Microsoft felt it had the right to treat its customers the way it did with the Get Windows 10 campaign or its six-year battle to push everyone to use online accounts. But I will not play this game. I will not hedge and say “Well, you can actually create a local account after you sign in for the first time and switch to that.” Defaults have tremendous power and Microsoft knows it.

The option to create a Windows login via an online account is great. The requirement to do so is an unacceptable intrusion into what’s supposed to be the user’s personal computer. I am uninterested in joining the Greater Microsoft Data Conglomerate in any capacity beyond the level I’m already forced to participate in and I’m will not reward what I view as borderline abusive behavior with compliance. Companies that intend to treat your data ethically do not grasp for it like a slobbering ambulance chaser.

According to Satya Nadella, “Windows has always stood for sovereignty for creators and agency for consumers.” Maybe it did once. Today, “agency for consumers” appears to mean “agency for consumers, so long as they make Microsoft-approved choices, use Microsoft services and products, do not wish to delay updates, and do not mind their PCs rebooting out from under them without warning.”

That’s not the kind of agency I had in mind when I sat down to learn MS-DOS 3.1 some thirty years ago. It’s not the kind of agency I had in mind when I bought my first PC running Windows 98 SE. It’s not the kind of agency I’m willing to accept today.

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