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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...
At the Windows 11 reveal event, we got to see several new features, which are quite exciting. One of these new features is the ability to install and run Android apps on Windows 11, as if they were regular programs, via the Amazon Appstore. But what about cases where an app you need is not available for the Appstore? The Android apps feature coming to the Windows 11 is happening is thanks to a partnership between Amazon and Intel with its Intel Bridge Technology. This technology is the important part of the equation here, as it is a “runtime post-compiler that enables applications to run natively on x86-based devices, including running those applications on Windows.” In short, this... Read more...
We can now say with 100 percent certainty that Windows 10 is the not the last version of Windows. Following a barrage of leaks, rumors, and speculation, Microsoft this week finally introduced the world to Windows 11, with the goal of "bringing you closer to the people and things you love." The question is, will it run on your PC? To help find out, Microsoft released a PC Health Check app to see if your setup is compatible, and in some instances it is causing some undue stress. That's because it is telling people their PCs are not compatible with Windows 11, when all that is really needed is a simple BIOS setting adjustment. Windows 11 Minimum Requirements That is not the case for every PC that... Read more...
Windows 11 upgrades may be free, but the hardware is certainly going to cost you. That's the message sent by Microsoft yesterday as the company published system requirements for the upcoming operating system, due during the Holiday season later this year. At first blush, the Windows 11 system requirements calling for a dual-core CPU and 4 GB of system memory doesn't sound like a lot, but once we dug into the nitty-gritty details, it became obvious that Microsoft is cutting ties with some pretty recent hardware.  The most restrictive requirement appears to be a mandatory Trusted Platform Module (TPM). This technology has been with us for more than 15 years, but more specifically, Windows... Read more...
Windows 11 has finally been announced, and it seems that many of the leaks and rumors were true. However, there is much more to cover that we had not heard about yet, so let’s take a look at what Microsoft showed off today during its Windows 11 livestream… Windows 11 User Interface As we mentioned, it turns out that many of the leaks about the Windows 11 interface were true, but what Microsoft did with Windows 11 is still fascinating. Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer for Windows and Devices, explained that the OS has been “redesigned for productivity, creativity and ease.” One of the most notable of these changes is the repositioning and reworking of the iconic... Read more...
Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 today as its next-generation operating system that will run on millions, if not billions, of devices in the coming years. As a result, many people are likely interested in upgrading to the new OS and want to know if their PC will be supported. But first of all, Microsoft confirmed our earlier suspicions about upgrades. Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. We would expect that this upgrade chain will extend back to Windows 7 and Windows 8.x PCs as well, which are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrades. The worst-case scenario is that you might have to upgrade their older machines to Windows 10 before leaping Windows 11, but we've reached... Read more...
As it turns out, Windows 10 will not be the last version of Windows. Plans have changed, and Microsoft is now getting ready to introduce the world to Windows 11 during a scheduled livestream. Hopefully some of the lingering questions we have will be answered during the event, and you can bet we will tuning into it. You can too, if you want. To be clear, the "Windows 11" branding is not yet official, though a leaked build making the rounds leaves little doubt about what the "next generation of Windows" will be called. Microsoft has not exactly been subtle with its teasers, either, including a bizarre 11-minute video of slowed down Windows startup sounds from over the years. Regardless, it will... Read more...
The official unveiling of Windows 11 is right around the corner, but many of us have already been able to sample the operating system, thanks to a well-timed leak last week. However, the company is taking the setback in stride and today released a new teaser via Twitter which is just 10 seconds long. A young woman turns to look directly at the camera in the teaser, which then zooms in on her eye. In the reflection of her eye, you see what looks to be the new default wallpaper included with Windows 11. What’s next? Find out June 24th at 11 am ET when we go live. Set your reminder 👉 https://t.co/bk0mVX2d5S pic.twitter.com/bLZmqRyIgH — Windows (@Windows) June 22, 2021 Fortunately for... Read more...
Have you heard? There is a new version of Windows coming, and unless the leaked build going around and all the hints Microsoft has been dropping are big fake outs, then it will be called Windows 11. The leaked ISO is neat because it gives us an early glimpse at what is in store for the post-Windows 10 era, and while the final build will inevitably be at least a little bit different, a lot of it probably won't change. What's also interesting is that the early Windows 11 build can be customized with a handful of registry tweaks. If this is the first time you are hearing about Windows 11, you might be wondering, 'Wasn't Windows 10 supposed to be the last version of Windows ever?' You are not mistaken—that... Read more...
At this point, it is no longer a secret that Windows 10's days are numbered (it will stop being supported in 2025), and that a new version of Windows is right around the bend. And courtesy of a leaked Windows 11 ISO that has been making the rounds, we have been able to learn a little bit about the "next generation of Windows," such as how to bypass the internet setup requirement and use a local account instead. We assume this will be a relatively easy and straightforward process once Windows 11 actually ships out to consumers at large in October. As it applies to the leaked ISO, however, the early build essentially hides the option to use a local account, at least at first—you can link... Read more...
The big news from Microsoft is that it is getting ready to introduce the "next generation of Windows," which will almost definitely be called Windows 11—it's put out several hints indicating as much, including an 11-minute droning video of slowed down Windows startup sounds from over the years. Another clue is a leaked Windows 11 ISO making the rounds, and one of the things it reveals is a new way to wake up your PC. There are already a few ways to wake up a Windows PC, like pressing the power button or, depending on how you have things configured, mashing a key on your keyboard or clicking a mouse button. We now find ourselves in the era of touchscreen devices, however, and so it looks... Read more...
Back in September of last year, the x86 version of the Samsung Galaxy Book S failed to wow us with its performance and battery life. This ultralight laptop is powered by Intel's Lakefield-based Core i5-L16G7 processor, which was the company's first attempt at creating a hybrid processor with a big.Little architecture consisting of performance and efficiency cores. Back then, we discovered that the Arm64 version of this machine, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx under its hood, was both faster and longer-lasting on its battery. At the time we wondered if the x86 version of Windows really knew the difference between the Tremont-based efficiency cores and the lone performance core on board Lakefield.... Read more...
We're a week away from Microsoft's big reveal of its next-generation Windows operating system. Unfortunately for Microsoft, its announcement was spoiled this week when an early Windows 11 build leaked to the internet, giving us a thorough look at the successor to Windows 10. However, with a new version of Windows on the way, many people wonder how upgrades will work and what operating systems will support an in-place upgrade to Windows 11. It seems evident that Windows 10 users will get a free upgrade to Windows 11, but what about users that are still [for whatever reason] clinging on to Windows 8.x and Windows 7? Well, the fine folks over at WindowsLatest did some digging into Windows 11 Build... Read more...
Microsoft will officially unveil the next generation of Windows on June 24th, but the company's plans prematurely leaked yesterday. We were already relatively confident that the new operating system from Redmond would be called Windows 11, but an early ISO leaked confirming the name and a lot more. Given that Windows 11 is likely to be one of the highest profile software releases of 2021, we were eager to get a taste of what it has to offer (at least in its current state), so we installed it on two of our in-house test laptops. In this case, we chose a Dell XPS 13 9300 complete with a 10th generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 (Ice Lake) processor and 16GB of RAM. We also opted for a Lenovo IdeaPad... Read more...
Is this our very first look at Windows 11? It very well could be if these leaked screenshots from Chinese site Baidu are indeed real. Windows 11 fever is heating up, and these screenshots are likely to fuel those flames. Our first impression from the two leaked images is that Windows 11 looks a lot like Windows 10X. Microsoft canceled Windows 10X -- which was initially designed for dual-screen PCs last month -- but said that many of its features would live on in the mainline Windows operating system. We see a collection of icons centered in the Taskbar along with the redesigned Start menu. Unfortunately, there is no sign of Live Tiles in this early build (which is probably music to the ears of... Read more...
Windows 11 is right around the corner, as Microsoft is set to hold a big online event on June 24th at 11 am EST to announce the new operating system. Although Microsoft has yet to confirm Windows 11 as its official name, all signs are pointing to that designation. So, what's in store for Microsoft's current flagship operating system, Windows 10? According to a recently updated support document, Microsoft has already outlined the end of support. Windows 10 was first introduced on July, 29th 2015, and the new document says that support ends on October 14th, 2025. This end date applies to both Windows 10 Home and Professional, and aligns with Microsoft's 10-year support timeline for its operating... Read more...
The next generation of Windows is coming on June 24th, and Microsoft has become just a little more forthcoming about the operating system. Earlier this month, it prodded us with a new Windows background, with the light shining through the "window" appearing to cast an outline that looks like the number 11. Today, Microsoft is pushing the 11 theme again in the oddest way. It uploaded a new video to YouTube that is 11 minutes long. According to Microsoft, what you're hearing are several Windows startup sounds slowed down by 4,000 percent. "Having trouble relaxing because you're too excited for the June 24th Microsoft Event," Microsoft asks in the YouTube video description. "Take a slow trip down... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geeks webcast, we chat about the new AMD Radeon Pro W6800, yesterday’s launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and a bunch of the hottest topics from our news feed this past week, including Windows 11 and some interesting game consoles. You can watch it right here, but don't forget to hit our YouTube channel to like and subscribe as well... Show Notes: 04:07 - Playdate Portable Gaming Console Hits Preorder Crank Up In July For $179 09:16 - Atari VCS Game Console Finally Launches June 15 With Eye-Popping Price Tag 13:01 - Windows 11 Is Coming, So What New Features Would You Like To See Microsoft Deliver? 21:05 - Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPUs Could Launch... Read more...
From the beginning, we were told Windows 10 would be the last monolithic release of Microsoft's popular operating system, with monthly security patches and bi-annual feature updates shoveled into it on an ongoing basis. For all intents and purposes, Windows 10 was to be an endless road. Except maybe not. Microsoft has teased that a Windows 11 could be on the horizon, which raises the question, what should it entail? We have to wait two and a half weeks to find out for sure. Microsoft is scheduled to reveal "what's next" for Windows on June 24 at 11:00 am ET (2:00 pm PT). The company announced the event on Twitter through its @Windows account, with a short 6-second animation teasing a refreshed... Read more...
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