All about Windows 11

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All about Windows 11

Windows 11 is a major release from Microsoft and is the direct successor to Windows 10. Windows 11 received positive reviews, with critics praising its security, design and productivity features. One of the security enhancements is the requirement for a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 security coprocessor, otherwise known as TPM 2.0. According to Microsoft, the TPM 2.0 coprocessor is a critical building block for protection against firmware and hardware attacks. Microsoft requires that Virtualization Based Security (VBS), hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI), and Secure Boot enabled by default.

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Release Date

Windows 11 was released on October 4th 2021. Windows 11 is a free upgrade to Windows 10 users if the computer meets the new hardware requirements.

End of Life Date

Support for Windows 11 ends on October 10th, 2023 for the Home and Pro license, or October 8th, 2024 for Enterprise and Education licenses. When your Windows 11 is nearing the end of support, you will likely be offered an upgrade to the latest version (i.e. Windows 12).

Updates

Updates for Windows 11 are always free to both consumer and business users. You should never pay for any Windows 11 updates.

Versions

Windows 11 has five major versions, shown below:

  • Windows Home
  • Windows Pro
  • Windows Pro for Workstations
  • Windows Pro Education
  • Windows Enterprise

Hardware Requirements

Processor: A compatible 64-bit processor (x86-64 or ARM64) with at least 1 GHz clock rate and at least 2 processor cores
RAM: At least 4GB
Hard drive size: 64GB or larger hard disk
System Firmware: Secure Boot enabled by default
Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display: High Definition 720p (1280 × 720 pixels)
Internet Connection: Internet connection and Microsoft account required to complete first-time setup

Support for optional features

BitLocker to Go: USB flash drive (available in Windows 11 Pro and higher editions)
Hyper-V: Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
DirectStorage: NVMe Solid-state drive
DirectX 12 Ultimate: Available with supported games and graphics cards
Wi-Fi 6E support: New WLAN IHV hardware and driver, Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router
Android apps support: A supported processor and a solid-state drive At least 8 GB of RAM (minimum) At least 16 GB of RAM (recommended)

Download Windows 11

You can download Windows 11 via Microsoft using the Media Creation Tool. This tool creates either an ISO image file, or a USB installation stick (you’ll need a USB Drive with at least 8GB of space). You can install Windows without a key, but features are limited until a valid key is registered.

Windows 11 Key

valid key is required to enable all the features of Windows 11. They can be obtained from Microsoft or purchased from a third-party.

Screenshots

Windows 11 - Start Menu Windows 11 - Search Box Windows 11 - Settings -> System Windows 11 - Settings -> Windows Update Windows 11 - Settings -> Personalization Windows 11 - Settings -> Gaming Windows 11 - Microsoft Store Windows 11 - Dark Theme Windows 11 - Dark Theme Windows 11 - Glow Theme Windows 11 - Captured Motion Theme Windows 11 - Sunrise Theme Windows 11 - Flow Theme

Introducing Windows 11 (Microsoft Video)

Conclusion

Should you upgrade to Windows 11? I recently upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 (I did a clean install) and love it. No bugs or crashes, and it runs my older applications flawlessly. I also had a client that happened to have a laptop that met the new hardware requirements, and Windows automatically upgraded to Windows 11. There have been no issues at all other than showing her the new navigation. I can recommend you upgrade to Windows 11 if your PC meets the new hardware requirements.

If you have any questions about Windows 11, hit me up in the comments, socials, or email.

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