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Alder Lake is Intel's next significant architectural shift for its family of Core processors consumer desktop and laptop product segments. Intel's 12th generation processors will be built on an enhanced 10nm SuperFin process, feature a hybrid big.LITTLE-style core arrangement and support both DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 technologies. The first Alder Lake processors are due during Q4 2021, although it's not clear if the desktop or mobile processor will launch first (or if they will launch simultaneously). According to previous rumors, a potential October launch for Alder Lake would coincide with the release of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 11 operating system. A newly leaked Intel Commercial Client... Read more...
Microsoft is settling into a regular cadence with its Windows 11 builds, with a new one arriving about once a week. Today, Microsoft released its Insider Preview Build 22000.71 to testers that are currently on the Dev Channel. One of the biggest updates with Build 22000.71 is the introduction of a new entertainment widget. According to Microsoft, the widget will cycle through newly available featured movies from the Microsoft Store. Clicking on one of the posters for a film will take you directly to the Microsoft Store page, where you can rent or purchase the title in question. Updated "Acrylic Material" context menus in the latest Windows 11 build. In addition, Microsoft says that right-click-invoked... Read more...
Surprising as it may seem, Intel is the first company to release a stable (read: not beta) graphics driver tuned for Windows 11, beating both AMD and NVIDIA to the punch. This kind of aggressive push bodes well for Intel's efforts to infiltrate the modern discrete GPU market, and as far as gamers are concerned, specifically its Xe-HPG part. Just to be clear, the driver Intel just released is not for its upcoming lineup of discrete graphics cards, like the DG2 card for gaming. instead, the WDDM 3.0-compliant driver is for various integrated graphics solutions, dating back to ones found on its 6th Gen Core and related Pentium Silver and Celeron processors. That also includes its newest integrated... Read more...
If all the rumors are accurate, Microsoft will launch its next-generation Windows 11 operating system in October. Windows 11 builds upon the strong foundation that Windows 10 provided but brings some critical functionality and user interface improvements to improve the customer experience. Now, in a Medium post penned by Microsoft's Christina Koehn and Diego Baca, we're getting the inside track on some of the critical design decisions behind Windows 11. Not surprisingly, some of the changes within Windows 11 are due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected the way we work and learn. "We created the digital equivalent of your work desk nestled into your home, empowering you to achieve something... Read more...
Windows 11 is still a work in progress, even as it nears a wholesale release sometime this holiday season (perhaps as early as October). That means there could be new features in the final build that have not been disclosed yet. In the meantime, the Windows Insider program is our, erm, window into Windows 11, and the latest build has a new recommendations feature that appears destined for the final release. The latest Preview build of Windows 11 is 22000.65, which you can obtain and install if you are a member of the Windows Insider program (free to join). In a blog post announcing the build, Microsoft does not really talk about the new feature (not in any kind of detail, anyway), but sort of... Read more...
As people became more comfortable with the Windows 10 Start menu, Microsoft massively changed it with Windows 11. However, there was a workaround to bring back the familiar menu until Windows 11 build 22000.65 was released, which disabled the hack. Now, if you happen to update, the workaround is gone, but there are a few ways to make the Windows 11 Start Menu more comfortable. Several days ago, a workaround to bring back the Windows 10 Start menu to Windows 11 was discovered. To do this, users needed to create a DWORD (32-bit) registry key called “Start_ShowClassicMode” located at “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced” and then set the value... Read more...
Windows 11 is coming this holiday season, although upgrades from Windows 10 won't happen until much later. We're sure that users who are hungry to get their hands on Microsoft's latest OS will be able to do so fairly quickly, though. That's especially true considering Windows 10 Insider Previews have all but dried up, leaving nothing but Windows 11 for Microsoft's volunteer quality assurance testers. However, once users upgrade, there's an alarmingly short time to decide to roll back to Windows 10 without starting over entirely.  An FAQ has made its way to PC maker MSI's website that indicates Microsoft is trimming down the Windows 10 rollback window to just 10 days. The rollback functionality... Read more...
Windows 11 is coming, and millions of PCs will be eligible for the free upgrade. However, those reticent to upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 11 will be in for a slightly more complicated transition (if they decide to make the jump). It's worth noting that Windows 7 was first released back in 2009 and was replaced by Windows 8 in late 2012. However, it's not likely that PCs that initially shipped with Windows 7 even meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, which necessitates a TPM 2.0 module and an Intel 8th generation Core or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor (among other stipulations). But even if your PC does meet these requirements, Lenovo is explaining that the upgrade procedure... Read more...
With all the excitement building around the upcoming fall release of Windows 11, we have some good news to share with you. Microsoft just released Windows 11 Build 22000.65 to everyone currently on the Windows Insider Dev Channel. Microsoft introduced some pretty significant UI updates with Windows 11, along with some stringent hardware requirements (like the need for a TPM 2.0 module and an AMD Ryzen 2000 or newer processor, for example). With that said, here are the latest updates that are coming with Build 22000.65: Changes and Improvements Start now has a search box to make it easier to find what you're looking for. Taskbar will now show across multiple monitors which can be enabled via Settings... Read more...
We are all cautiously optimistic (or at least hopeful) that Windows 11 will arrive to PCs without a hitch. That is never a given when a new operating system comes out, and even though Windows 11 is more akin to a major Windows 10 update, it would not be surprising if some bugs came along for the ride. That is where you come in—Microsoft is dangling a carrot in front of Windows Insiders to help catch bugs before Windows 11 releases, as part of its first Windows 11 Bug Bash event. What exactly is that? It is a series of "Quests," as Microsoft calls them, found within the Feedback Hub. They are essentially various tasks to help Microsoft root out issues and quirks. Some of the tasks are fairly... Read more...
In case there was any doubt, the answer is yes, your ASRock Z590 OC Formula motherboard will play nice with Windows 11 when it ships out later this year. Same goes for ASRock's X570 Aqua and a host of other motherboards based on various AMD and Intel chipsets. There are still other Windows 11 requirements at play, but as far as motherboards go, anything relatively modern should be good to go. For the most part, we have not had to discuss motherboard compatibility when new versions of Windows came out in the past. For example, if your PC was running Windows 7, the motherboard would not have prevented you from running Windows 8/8.1 when it arrived, or Windows 10. It has become a topic now, however,... Read more...
Windows 11 is finally out in the wild, and though there are some early caveats, it appears to be a nice update to the Windows ecosystem. However, now that Microsoft has made it publicly available, it also means people get to tinker with it to the extreme. Some developers have done just that as well, with reports of Windows 11 now running on Android phones with just a little software help. Xilin Wu is a developer behind the GitHub project “Renegade,” where “people try to port edk2 to different phones.” EDK2 is an open-source UEFI implementation that would allow ARM-based operating systems to be loaded on phones once ported. In this case, the goal was to get Windows 11 working... Read more...
The infamous blue screen of death (BSOD) that occurs when Windows runs into a critical error and barfs all over itself could be changing color, to black. If so, we can recycle the same BSOD abbreviation—it will just stand for black screen of death when Windows 11 arrives. Or at least that is the way it is looking right now, with the official Windows 11 Insider preview build. A BSOD screen is associated with a stop error, which occurs when something trips up Windows. It can be bad RAM, a wonky driver, or any number of things. I am not sure if Microsoft has ever officially acknowledged or confirmed this, but the prevailing thought on the use of the color blue for a system crash is because... Read more...
Microsoft may have needlessly stressed a lot of people out when it released its PC Health Check app, which was designed to help determine a system's compatibility for running Windows 11. Seemingly capable PCs could (and did) fail the test because of a Trusted Module Platform (TPM 2.0) requirement, even though in many cases, it just boils down to a simple BIOS setting. And to that end, several motherboard makers have responded to the situation by announcing which models support Windows 11. There are a lot that do (more on that in a moment). TPM is an added layer of security, and Microsoft has decided to require it for Windows 11. There are dedicated TPM chips you can install on some motherboards,... Read more...
Microsoft is hard at work on the next generation of Windows, aptly named Windows 11. Microsoft first revealed the operating system last week, hinting at a late 2021 launch, and excitement has been relatively high in anticipation of its release. However, we're now beginning to hear rumblings that the operating system will launch in October. Several of Microsoft's press images for Windows 11 have the date set to October 20th, with the time dialed in at 11:11 am. Even if the October 20th date doesn't hold up, for whatever reason, Microsoft seems locked in on the month of October regardless. The first hint at an October launch for Windows 11 in the Microsoft Teams message (Click to Enlarge) "Good... Read more...
Confusion is still swirling around Windows 11 and what PC systems will be fully supported at launch. Microsoft first attempted to address this with the PC Health Check app, but the first iteration was clueless in its attempt to tell users why their systems were incompatible with Windows 11. Microsoft quickly updated the PC Heath Check app to provide more information on customers' error messages. For example, if a system lacked a TPM 2.0 module, the updated app would explain this deficit when attempting to upgrade. However, Microsoft now admits that even this updated PC Health Check app doesn't go far enough in providing prospective Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgraders with an ideal experience.... Read more...
Windows 11 is the hot topic these days in the PC community, as it is the follow-up to the nearly 6-year-old Windows 10 operating system. Unfortunately, Windows 11 has steep hardware requirements along with necessitating the inclusion of a TPM 2.0 module. However, Microsoft is adding a new Windows 11 feature that will be much appreciated by those that work unplugged from the wall for a considerable amount of time if you have the supported hardware. Microsoft added Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) to Windows 11, which allows the operating system to automatically switch to a lower refresh rate based on what you're currently doing on your PC. For example, Microsoft says that a 120Hz refresh rate is ideal... Read more...
The official announcement of Windows 11 last month brought both excitement and confusion for enthusiasts. A brand-new Windows operating system only comes around every few years, but Microsoft’s hardware requirements left many scratching their heads. Chief among them is the instance on mandatory TPM 2.0 modules and AMD Ryzen 2000 or 7th generation Intel Core (and newer) processors. The processor cutoff was particularly puzzling, considering that AMD’s first-generation Ryzen 1000 processors came out in 2017, which is not that old in the grand scheme of things. For example, the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 1800X is still a perfectly acceptable processor for everyday productivity tasks. After... Read more...
Last week, we heard all about Windows 11 with its new features, alongside all the caveats that came with it, like requiring a TPM 2.0 module. Despite this, it is exciting to see a new version of Windows on the horizon, and you can try it right now if you wish. The Windows Insider Program (which coincidentally spells WIP or Work-In-Progress) is a way for enthusiasts to get their hands on the latest features and updates while letting Microsoft test things out. Within this program, there are three rings: The dev channel for the technical users who get access to updates first. The beta channel for “early adopters,” where user feedback is most important The release preview channel that... Read more...
The pending release of the next generation of Windows is not without a bit of controversy. Microsoft has been receiving some backlash for requiring that PCs embrace the latest Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 technology in order to run Windows 11, which not everyone is happy about. As it turns out, however, there will actually be some exceptions to the rule. What's the big deal with TPM, anyway? It is an added layer of security at the hardware level, provided either by an actual TPM chip on the motherboard, or baked into the central processing unit (CPU). Intel, for example, has been implementing TPM into its CPUs since its Haswell chips, which were released back in 2013. By default, most motherboards... Read more...
Windows 11 is shaping up to be a nice upgrade for users of the existing Windows 10 operating system. However, Microsoft has some rather strict hardware requirements for Windows 11 that will make it more difficult for customers to upgrade. As we mentioned in previous articles, Windows 11 requires the use of AMD Ryzen 2000/Intel 8th generation Core (and newer processors) and a TPM 2.0 module before it will even install. There are also some other requirements in place that shouldn't be too much of a burden, like a minimum of 4GB of system RAM and 64GB of free storage space. However, even if your PC meets all minimum system requirements, it looks as though you won't be able to upgrade your current... Read more...
Scalpers are an opportunistic bunch, aren't they? Try shopping for a graphics card or one of the latest generation game consoles (Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5), and you will run into jacked up pricing on eBay and Craigslist, because these parts are in short supply (relative to demand). Here is one more item to add to the pile—Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chips. Say what? TPM provides an added layer of security by storing cryptographic keys that can be created with encryption software, such as Windows BitLocker. Without the key, data remains encrypted. But why the sudden spike in demand? Microsoft recently announced the next generation of Windows, called Windows 11, and one of the requirements... Read more...
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