Windows 11 will be launched on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, and it will be made available for download for members of the Windows Insider Preview program. While Windows 11 is currently available for Insiders beta testers, many are curious about how different the all-new upgrade is, and how to download it.
There will be a free upgrade. It will be free for users of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7. Migration from these old versions to the new ones will be in the form of an update available from early 2022. So if you are already upgraded to Windows 7 or any previous version of Microsoft OS, there is no reason to try to get yourself a pirated version of an incomplete operating system.
The following are the minimum requirements for its compatibility with your PC:
- Processor: 1 (GHz) gigahertz or faster with two cores on a 64-bit processor or compatible SOC (or system-on-a-chip).
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot compatible
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
- Graphics card: Higher with WDDM 2.0 driver or directX 12
- Display: 720p, 8 bits per color channel, and a 9-inch HD screen
- Internet connection and Microsoft account: An Internet connection to carry out updates and benefit from certain features, and a Microsoft account to perform initial operating system setup.
How to download Windows 11?
Windows 11 is available in beta. To download, subscribe to the Windows insider program on the publisher’s site; Open https://insider.windows.com/en-us/register in a web browser to subscribe. Another possibility is to go through Windows 10 in the Settings> Updates and Security> Windows Insider Program menus, then activate the Insider Preview channel. The OS will then guide you according to the hardware settings of your machine.
Before you start, be sure that your PC meets the Windows 11 minimum requirements listed above. If this is the case, we recommend that you backup your PC before continuing, in order to protect yourself from possible problems and to be able to restore your important files and settings if necessary.
Once done, you will need to register for the Windows Insider program.
The Windows Insider program
To do this, open the Settings app and click “Update & Security”, then “Windows Insider Program”.
You might need to enable optional diagnostic data to view this option. Go to Settings, then Privacy, then Diagnostics, then Feedback, and choose “Optional diagnostic data.”
Click “Get started” to register in the “Windows Insider Program.” Then click on “Link an account,” in the window that appears, and choose your Microsoft account and click “Continue.”
Install Windows 11 Insider Preview
Once you have restarted your machine, open the Windows Update app. You can achieve this by searching for “Windows Update” in Windows 10 taskbar search bar or go to Settings, then Update & Security, and then Windows Update.
In the window that comes up, click on “Check for updates.” Then the Windows 11 insider preview page will appear, and you can then download and install it.
Perform installation of Windows 11
The steps listed above will upgrade your Windows 10 PC to Windows 11. However, if you want to install Windows 11 from the beginning, you can download the Windows 11 Insider Preview ISO.
Make sure you’ve signed up for the Windows Insider program to be able to do this.
How to download the ISO of Windows 11?
Windows 11 is already available as ISO. What to carry out a clean installation of the OS or an update. You can find it on the Windows Beta (Insider) download page. You must first register for this program to benefit from it.
What’s new in Windows 11?
Windows 11 now offers a more detailed performance review application, which can recommend certain tasks to better extend the life of your PC, whether it is a desktop or a laptop.
The latest Insider version also offers better support for more than one monitor, allowing you to easily sort the taskbar if needed, as well as more instant layouts available in portrait mode on one.
The design and experience of Windows 11 have been made more comprehensible to promote productivity and inspire creativity. The graphic theme of the OS is lighter than Windows 10. Also like Windows 10, a dark theme is available. The following has also been made available on Windows 11:
- A new Start menu: The Start menu is still there, but it can be found in the center of the desktop. Compared to Windows 10, it is effective in readability.
- Multitasking management increased tenfold: On the productivity side, Windows 11 upgrades multitasking. It allows through the Snap Layouts function, to reflect simultaneously on the screen up to three application windows side by side by choosing the desired layout. As for the Snap Groups device, it allows you to return to an arrangement already used utilizing the taskbar.
- The integration of Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams is integrated into Windows 11. The tool reflects in the form of a clarified interface accessible from the taskbar of the OS. It includes chat, audio, video calls, and multi-party video conferencing. This is likely to be the free version of the video conferencing tool.
- Information widgets: Windows 11 also introduces information widgets such as weather reports, stock market position, and news. Nestled in a retractable side panel, they can be arranged based on the interests of the user.
- A new game engine: Microsoft has included a new game engine for gamers. In addition, Microsoft integrates two technologies from its Xbox console like its direct storage, which accelerates the loading speed of games and reduces latency, and also an Auto HDR which allows for high-resolution streaming regardless of the game.
- A redesigned marketplace that integrates Android apps: Microsoft’s OS will introduce, for the first time, especially support for Android applications which will be downloaded through the Amazon Appstore. However, this new feature will not be available from the launch of the final version of Windows 11 on October 5. It will first be offered in beta “in the coming months.”
Is it possible to install Windows 11 on a non-compatible PC?
It is quite possible to install Windows 11 on a PC that does not have all the necessary specifications, especially if it is not equipped with the latest generation Intel processor. In this case, Microsoft nevertheless disclaims all liability.
During installation, a window will display the following message: “Installing Windows 11 on this PC is not recommended and may cause compatibility issues. By installing, your PC will no longer be supported, and will no longer be able to receive updates. Damage to your PC caused by incompatibility is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.”
How does Windows 11 work in tablet mode?
Microsoft is trying to unify the desktop mode and the tablet mode of the OS. By self-adapting according to the size of the screen, the taskbar is unique in both modes.
In addition, the OS manages the super-position of application windows, which was not present in Windows 10. Users can now stack windows on top of each other and therefore benefit from multitasking.
Also, voice input, which is very useful when on the move, has been improved.
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