Windows 11 is almost here. Microsoft revealed the next generation of windows in June at its virtual event. It is a successor to Windows 10, released in 2015. As per the company, some significant changes are coming to Windows 11, including its first name change in six years. Just after the rollout of the latest version of Windows 10, the announcement came. On October 5, the full release will begin rolling out but the Windows 11 public is already available for download. The launch will be phased and measured.
Microsoft had confirmed that Windows 11 would come as a free upgrade to Windows 10 users at the time of its announcement. As per compatibility, all eligible PCs can thus upgrade to Windows 11. The PCs are only limited by the hardware specifications that Windows 11 demands. It brings lots of upgrades to user’s computing experience.
Upgrades in Windows 11 –
- The new designs and sound bring a fresh twist to the operating system. The operating system features new design icons and themes, softer visuals, and transparent background. Windows 11 have round corners, as seen on both Android and iOS.
- The all-new Start menu brings a whole new use-case on Windows 11. To provide a fresh perspective on the user’s content, it has been repositioned to the center of the screen. It also utilizes Microsoft 365 and the cloud to show users recent files from multiple linked devices to work efficiently across devices.
- The new addition is the Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops, and these will optimize the screen real estate on Windows 11. These features will allow users to multitask efficiently by dedicating screen sections to different apps for simultaneous work. Users will be able to plug and unplug from a monitor more efficiently without losing where the user’s open windows are located.
- It will have Widgets, small graphical apps that at a glance, will provide information related to topics like the stock market, news, weather, sports, and more. It will be easily accessible directly from the Windows 11 taskbar.
- A redesigned interface is present throughout the operating system, like spherical geometry, a new color palette, transparency, and shadows.
- By default taskbar, the bottom is centered aligned.
- Task View feature will have refreshed design and will support different wallpaper to each virtual desktop.
- Microsoft Teams will be directly integrated with Windows 11 and will be accessible through the taskbar. Users will be able to open the Microsoft Teams chat right from the taskbar. It will provide a faster way to connect with a network.
- Will allow users to install and run Android Apps on their device using the new Window System for Android and the Android Open Source Project. These apps can be found in the Microsoft Store via the Amazon AppleStore. This feature will require an Amazon Account, Microsoft Account, a one-time install for the Windows Amazon Appstore client. Android app can be installed through any source using the Android Application Package file format.
- To improve the gaming experience Windows 11 will get certain features found in Xbox consoles like DirectStorage and Auto HDR.
- Will let users set up the virtual desktops.
Microsoft, PC Health Check App –
Through Microsoft, PC Health Check App will help determine whether the PC is compatible with Windows 11 as the blog post by the company in August. Previously the app was removed by Microsoft as it reported that it was not giving accurate information. Microsoft said the app is back online for users who have Windows Insider Program and will be available in the coming weeks for everyone.
How to check in the Microsoft PC Health Check App –
The users who have Window Insider Program then following steps can be followed –
- Click installed by opening the file and agreeing to the term of service. The users must ensure that the box is checked that says Open PC Health Check and click Finish.
- The app home will pop up and will say PC health at a glance. At the top users will find Introducing Windows 11. Click Check now.
- “This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements,” will be shown if the PC is not compatible.
Windows 11 Insider Preview build –
Users can download the 1st Windows 11 Insider Preview build today and test its new features like the new Microsoft store, virtual desktop, snap layouts, widgets if they cannot wait till it is officially rolled out.
Steps to download Windows 11 Insider Preview build –
- The licensed version of Windows 10 is needed for that, and the user has to administer the device.
- Go to Settings – Update & Security – Windows Insider Program.
- Click get started.
- Under Pick an account to get started.
- Select + to connect the Microsoft account registered with and continue.
- Follow the instructions to choose the experience and channel the user wants to get.
- Review the Privacy Statement and terms and Click confirm.
- Click Restart now.
- Make sure data settings are correct after restarting so that the preview build can be downloaded. To do this, Settings – Privacy -Diagnostics & feedback, and make sure the Optional Diagnostic Data switch is flipped to On.
- Go to Settings – Update & Security – Windows Update. Click the Check for updates button. The latest Insider Preview can be seen based on the settings selected.
How to download Windows 11 –
- Once it is generally available, users will be able to download using the following steps. The upgrade will be free if the user is already using Windows 10. When it is rollout, users will be able to upgrade the same way they did for Windows 10 as long as the PC is compatible has the minimum requirement to install it. Settings – Update and Security – Windows Update – Click check for updates. If it is available, users will see a Feature update to Windows 11. Click to download and install.
The system requirements to install Windows 11 –
- Processor – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster.
- Ram – 4 gigabytes (GB).
- Storage – 64 GB or larger storage device.
- System firmware – UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
- TPM – version 2.0.
- Graphics Card – Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
- Display – High definition display.
- Internet Connection – The home edition requires an internet connection.
- Microsoft Account – Windows 11 requires a Microsoft account.
Release Windows 11 –
In an official support document in June 2021, the Windows 11 name was accidentally released. Later on, on June 15, 2021, leaked images of a purported beta build of Windows 11’s desktop surfaced online. The leaked build and screenshots show an interface resembling the Windows 11 branding, OOBE, Windows 10X.
On June 24, at a media event, Microsoft announced that Windows 11 would be released in Holiday 2021. On June June 28, the release of the 1st preview build and SDK of Windows 11 to Window Insider was announced. On August 31, 2021, it was announced that Windows 11 would release on October 5.
Windows 11 rollout will be slow. It could take months before it is available on the user’s PC. The update will come 1st to new PCs, and by mid-2022, all compatible devices are expected to receive, depending on device age and hardware. If the PC is already having Windows 10, then it will free to download. Windows Update will send notifications to users letting them know when Windows 11 is available or availability can be checked manually.