Although the official presentation of Windows 11 happened only now, on June 24, in fact, with a strong desire to “get acquainted” with its preliminary version, it was possible a few days earlier: an early build of the new OS from Microsoft “leaked” to the Network on June 15.
At the hour of the dispatch of Windows 10, Microsoft reported the curiosity nearly as “the last Windows in its present show”: they say, from this point forward it’s anything but a “program”, however a “service”; in other words, there will be no more large numbered releases, instead the “ten” will receive regular updates with new features, smooth design changes, and so on. For a long time, this is how it looked: if earlier new versions of Windows were released almost every year, then after the release of Windows 10 the company “took a break” for six long years, during which the current OS received regular updates twice a year. But it looks like Microsoft has finally decided to ditch the idea and unveiled Windows 11 during its June Microsoft Windows Event.
What’s new in Windows 11?
We know that the new platform will be better than the others available now, and this will be expressed literally in everything. So, it will provide high speed, enhanced security system, and at the same time a significant increase in battery life on laptops and tablets through code optimization, the latest energy saving algorithms and a reduction in the number of background processes. However, this is not all that this platform for electronic devices can please. Users in Windows 11 can look forward to a completely new and incredibly beautiful look and feel of the entire interface, which will definitely delight all users. This will be supplemented with new menu items and simplified all navigation to make the process of using this OS easier and more understandable.
According to the currently available data, the new operating system will be able to update unnoticed by the user, that is, all updates will be downloaded in the background, This will undoubtedly delight all users. Moreover, the system for installing updates in Windows 11 will be as reliable as possible, so if something suddenly breaks partially or completely, the user will be able to return everything back within two weeks after installing the update in a couple of clicks, spending literally 5 minutes on it.
Windows 11 system applications , Interface
Down with straight lines and sharp corners – rounded edges are in vogue for windows in Windows 11 again. The shadow of the windows has become a little softer and less conspicuous – because of this, the interface as a whole seems more “flat”, not as embossed and “tangible” as in Windows 10. The differences from the current design, however, are not too serious and they are not particularly striking even at first.
But what will obviously be more useful – the Snap Assist pop-up menu has appeared at the “Expand” button in the upper right corner of the “header” of the window; with its help, you can quickly change the position of the window by moving it to one or another part of the desktop. System applications and utilities in the leaked early build mostly looked the same or almost the same as in Windows 10 – for example, new icons in Explorer, slightly relocated items in Search, and Microsoft Store, Manager tasks “,” Device Manager “,” Calculator “and much more – generally one-to-one as the old ones. Again, this all concerns only the leaked build and, most likely, a number of these utilities will be seriously updated in future beta versions and releases: for example, since spring, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft is actively working on a new version of the Microsoft Store with an improved interface. The Xbox app in Windows 11, by the way, is already new, with convenient access to the game store and social functions; however, the same application is already available for Windows 10, you can download it from the Microsoft Store
Windows 11 ISO System Requirements
These are the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install Windows 11 on your device, and you may need to consider buying a new PC . If you are not sure whether your PC meets these requirements, you can consult your PC original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or, if your device is already running Windows 10, you can use the PC health check application to assess compatibility.
|processor:||1 GHz or faster, with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on chip (SoC)|
|RAM:||4 GB (GB)|
|Storage:||64 GB or larger storage deviceNote: For more details, see “More information about keeping Windows 11 up-to-date on storage space” below.|
|System firmware:||UEFI, supports secure boot|
|TPM:||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0|
|Graphics card:||Compatible with DirectX 12 or higher with WDDM 2.0 driver|
|Showcase:||High-definition (720p) display with a diagonal greater than 9 inches, 8 bits per color channel|
|Internet connection and Microsoft account:||Windows 11 Home Edition requires an internet connection and a Microsoft account to complete the device setup the first time you use it. Switching the device from Windows 11 Home Edition in S mode also requires an Internet connection. Learn more about S mode here .For all Windows 11 editions, Internet access is required to perform updates and download and take advantage of certain features. Certain functions require a Microsoft account.|
The main target of criticism against Windows 11 was the updated system requirements, which discouraged many PC users. So, after the presentation, it suddenly turned out that, among other things, to install a new OS, the computer must have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 cryptographic module, and the motherboard must have UEFI support and the Secure Boot system’s secure boot function. Added fuel to the fire and publishedMicrosoft has a list of supported processors, which has left the owners of computers with chips older than the second generation AMD Ryzen or the eighth generation of Intel Core. The company explained the “rejection” of obsolete equipment as a desire to provide the best platform security, as well as compatibility with modern means of encryption and authentication.
Such an excuse was not understood in the user environment, as a result of which Microsoft had to make concessions and announce plans to revise the minimum system requirements. In addition, the company has promised to release special builds of Windows 11 for systems without TPM in selected markets – in countries like Russia and China. It is noteworthy that against the backdrop of these statements, Microsoft temporarily removed the PC Health Check utility, which allowed to check the computer for compatibility with the new Windows 11. All this once again testifies to the confusion that is happening on the sidelines of the corporation.
Firstly, it follows that a PC must have a processor with support for 64-bit instructions. Thus, Windows 11 is the first desktop version of Windows to ship in 64-bit only. At the same time, 32-bit software products will continue to be supported by the system, so there shouldn’t be any compatibility problems.
Secondly, it is highly likely that the new OS in the near future will require the mandatory presence of a webcam on the computer on which it will be used. If now the presence of a front and rear camera for devices is not a mandatory attribute, then from January 1, 2023, according to media reports, all devices based on Windows 11, with the exception of desktop PCs (that is, all laptops and tablets), will have to be equipped with front cameras … Apparently, this requirement is due to the upcoming improvements to the Windows Hello function, designed to log in via facial recognition. Finally, thirdly, enthusiasts have already managed to port Windows 11 to a six-year-old Lumia 950 XL smartphone and run the OS on a Raspberry Pi 4. This means that the aforementioned system requirements for the new system look more far-fetched than justified
How to use WINDOWS 11
Windows needs to be installed initially. Run the installer and select a free disk for your operating system. Next, you need to select a language, region and wait for the end of unpacking. Upon completion of the installation, work with Windows will immediately begin. The workflow is the same as in previous versions.
Windows 11 ISO Start menu, taskbar
The refreshed Windows 11 interface, just as the interaction of its establishment and starting design, strikingly takes after the shut venture of Windows 10X (a framework zeroed in on two-screen gadgets and designed to compete with Chrome OS) and continues to introduce the Fluent Design style into the OS appearance – translucency of window elements, light shadow, rounded corners.
Binding the Start menu and icons of running applications on the taskbar to the lower left corner looked more anachronistic the further it went – this was normally perceived in the first versions of Windows, on screens with diagonals less than 20 inches, but since then, the monitors, let’s say, are somewhat increased in size – and now these important elements are far on the periphery of vision. So now the icons of running and pinned applications are located in the center of the taskbar by default, with the Start button on the left, which immediately evokes involuntary associations with macOS.
The start menu also opens in the center of the screen, and there are no “tiles” in it that are unloved by a large number of users: on the main menu screen, at the top, there are icons of pinned applications, at the bottom – “Recommended”, where recently installed programs and opened documents go. In the “header” of each of these categories there are buttons that open the entire list of installed software and a more extended list of “recommended” content.
All this, of course, can be customized to your liking – remove unnecessary buttons through the right-click menu, or hide the entire category altogether (in the menu settings, you can switch the display of recently installed software or opening documents, as well as the most frequently used applications, plus you can choose which folders to show in it – for example, Network Neighborhood or download / video / image directories, etc.). In general, I must admit, the new Start menu looks simpler, neater and more convenient than the current one in Windows 10.
For those who are accustomed to the traditional arrangement of these interface elements in the lower left corner and do not want to switch to their central location, a switch to the old option is provided in the taskbar locations. On the taskbar, in addition to “Start” and application icons, there is a number of service buttons – “Search” (its window, at least at this stage, has not undergone any noticeable changes compared to Windows 10), “Task List” (can also be called by the Win + Tab keyboard shortcut and shows thumbnails of all running applications with the ability to switch between virtual desktops) and “Widgets” – this is where the tiles from the “Start” menu “moved”. A widget window opens in the left half of the screen and contains various information in the form of cards: weather, stock exchange, news, etc. At the moment, this menu is frankly meager and not configurable in any way, but according to unofficial information, after the release of Windows 11, the developer will add support for third-party widgets and customization.