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We bring you an article with all the information about Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. This new chapter in the history of the operating system changes its visual appearance with many improvements and new features. Still, it also has many other additions that are worth knowing about.
Windows 11 has Already Arrived
Windows 11 was officially unconfined on October 5. It has arrived as a free update for PCs with original Windows 10 that support it, and in the coming months, we will become that the new computers that are launched will begin to be pre-installed. Its deployment will be gradual, so the update may take time to reach some users while it has already reached others. Microsoft expects everyone to have it by 2022
If the free update does not reach you, you have several options to force its installation. For that, you have to go to the download/windows11 website, where you will have three different options or ways to download Windows 11:
Windows 11 Installation Assistant
You download a file called Windows11InstallationAssistant.exe. It is an executable that you can use on any Windows computer, and it launches a wizard that merely guides you through the entire installation process.
Create Windows 11 Installation Media
You download a file called MediaCreationToolW11.exe. With it, you will be able to create an installation USB or DVD in a simple and step-by-step way. Then, this USB can be connected to any computer to install Windows 11 on it.
Download Windows 11 Disc Image (Iso)
You will download an ISO image of Windows 11. Then you can mount the ISO image on any USB manually and use it to boot and install Windows 11 on any computer you want.
Of these three, the first two methods are the easiest since they work through programs that act as assistants, guiding you step by step through the process to install Windows 11 or to create a drive with which you can install it. The third is suitable if you use another operating system but want the ISO to prepare a campaign to install Windows 11 on the side or another computer.
Which Computers are Compatible With Windows 11
We have long known what the minimum requirements for Windows 11 are. And you should pay attention because some have changed a bit compared to Windows 10. These are the minimum supplies that Windows 11 asks of you:
Two or extra cores of 1 GHz or more must be a compatible 64-bit mainframe or system on a chip (SoC).
RAM: You will need the lowest of 4 GB of RAM.
Storage: You will want a minimum of 64 GB of the free universe on the hard drive where you will install it.
It would benefit if you had a computer with UEFI, and compatible with Secure Boot.
It would help if you had support for Trusted Platform Module 2.0 or TPM 2.0, which since 2016 is required for any Windows computer hardware. We have written how to check if you have a TPM chip in your computer since it will be the most onerous requirement to meet.
Your graphics card wants to support DirectX 12 or later and the WDDM 2.0 driver.
You will need a screen with a minimum of 9 inches diagonally, with 720p high definition and 8 bits per color channel.
You’ll need to have a Microsoft account, and you’ll need to be connected to the Internet for initial setup and any updates.
Windows 11 has changed some of the requirements that were in Windows 10. For example, you will need 4 GB of RAM instead of the 1 or 2 GB that the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 need. Unfortunately, 64-bit processors, so 32-bit processors, which must be very old, will not receive this update.
But without a doubt, the most significant controversy comes from the obligation to have a TPM 2.0 chip in your computer. The TPM is a security chip, a crypto processor used to store the Windows encryption keys and thus protect the privacy of your most sensitive files. Unfortunately, you have to activate the TPM from the Windows UEFI on many occasions because it is possibly something your computer has without your knowledge.
Windows 11 Features
Next, we consent you to a list of all the new features of Windows 11, which is a significant facelift to what Windows 10 is. There are many aesthetic changes with a complete facelift, but many new features are also under the hood. Here is the list with everything.
New Start Menu
The start menu and shortcuts to your pinned apps are placed in the center of the taskbar, although this is something you can change to move it to the left. The start menu also changes, dropping tiles to show a much cleaner layout with a set of app shortcuts pinned to it and another set of recommended apps. There is also an option to see the complete list of apps as usual and a search engine so you can find specific things.
Android App Support
The big surprise in Windows 11 is that you’ll be able to install Android apps through the Amazon store. In addition, they will be integrated into the Microsoft Store, although it is a feature that will not be set for launch day and will arrive possibly throughout the following year.
New and Better App Store
When they arrive, Android apps will be part of the new Microsoft Store, revamped and vastly improved. Microsoft is very aggressive and does not charge commissions for developers to bring their apps to the store. It has meant that it already has many more powerful apps than the Windows 10 store, even in its beta phase. You will see many web apps and complete applications and games, with much better-ordered menus and options and more attention paid to top apps.
Emancipated Classic Apps
Some classic Windows apps will no longer be install directly into the operating system. Instead, they will be install via the Microsoft Store, updating independently of the system, now from the app store.
New Screenshots App
The Snipping app is changing in Windows 11. It changes aesthetically to fit the new design language of the operating system, but it also rearranges itself so that you can set the clipping mode before launching it.
New Windows Terminal
No more having to choose between Command Prompt or PowerShell. Now Windows 11 will have a new Terminal app, where you can have different tabs with Command Prompt or PowerShell. All in one, and being able to customize your design.
Windows 11 remains the latest major release of Microsoft’s Windows NT working system that was announced on June 24, 2021, and is the inheritor to Windows 10, which was released in 2015.