Microsoft Windows 11 OS
Microsoft has detailed the feature update and quality update rollout plan for Windows 11 on its official support site.
The company confirms that “it will provide a single Windows 11 feature update annually, targeted for release in the second half of each calendar year.” This is in contrast with Windows 10 update schedule, that received two major updates every year. However, Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices will continue to receive regular monthly quality updates to provide security updates and bug fixes, the company says.
New in Windows 11
Windows 11 spotlights on another UI, another Windows Store, and enhancements to execution. The OS currently includes an updated plan language, something buyers needing from the up and coming age of Windows. These incorporate another middle adjusted Taskbar and Start button. The Live Tiles that have been around in some structure since Windows 8 are currently gone. All things considered, we have a matrix of symbols that can be adjusted and stuck to the new Start Menu.
There are adjusted corners, alongside widgets that incorporate things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard. There’s additionally a further developed System Tray with another split Notifications and Quick Actions UI. Additionally, Windows Update will be quicker and more efficient with updates that are 40% more modest and install in the background.
Minimum system requirements for Windows 11
Windows 11 also requires a hardware security component called a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), along with UEFI firmware (no legacy BIOS allowed) and Secure Boot. Virtually all PCs designed and built since 2015 include TPM 2.0 support, although you might have to go into the firmware settings to enable it.
The Minimum System Requirements for Windows 11 :
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB)
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver
Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel
Naturally, you’ll need an internet connection to keep Windows 11 up-to-date and to download and use some features. Windows 11 Home edition requires an internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete the out-of-box device setup; the option for a local account is now available only on business editions, where it’s a necessary first step on the road to joining a PC to a Windows domain.
And this might be a good place to raise a farewell toast to 32-bit Windows, which is now officially retired. Windows 11 is available only as a 64-bit OS for 64-bit CPUs (32-bit Windows apps will continue to be supported, however).
When was Windows 11 released to the public and how much could it cost?
Microsoft says the official release of Windows 11 (what the company calls General Availability, or GA) will arrive on new hardware in late 2021. Most knowledgeable observers expect the Windows 11 GA release to arrive in October 2021, and you would be foolish to bet against them.
The process of updating Windows 10 PCs that meet Microsoft’s hardware requirements will start around the same time and will extend into 2022.
On any PC with a properly licensed copy of Windows 10, the upgrade to Windows 11 will be free.
Microsoft hasn’t announced prices for Windows 11 retail editions yet, but it’s reasonable to expect they will be identical to the prices of corresponding Windows 10 editions.
How to Download Windows 11
- Sign up for the Windows Insider Program by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. And then, press Register and Sign Up. If you’re already a part of the Windows Insider community, you can sign in to your account and click Start flighting.
- Review the Privacy Statement and terms appearing on your screen and click Submit.
- Select Dev Channel from the Insider settings to download and install the current Windows 11 build meant for Windows Insider Preview and hit the Confirm button.
- Your machine will now ask you to Read the Microsoft Insider Privacy Statement and Agreement. Once you have reviewed the statement and terms, click on Confirm.
- Now, press Restart Now to restart your machine to get the Insider Preview build.
- After restarting, make sure you are connected to an active Internet connection. You can then go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click the Check for updates button.
- Your PC will start downloading the latest build from a Microsoft server.