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If you upgrade to Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, you will have to sign a waiver first
by Sayan Sen
While we now know that Microsoft will only provide support for the new OS to the processors from both Intel and AMD that are in its list of supported CPUs, the company also stated that users on unsupported systems could still go ahead with an install using ISOs if they are interested. But this in return would leave their systems in an unsupported state.
It has been reported that this unsupported state may even mean that such PCs won't also receive critical security updates. So when a user does want to upgrade to Windows 11 from such existing systems, the following formal agreement, or something similar, would be popping up.
Essentially, in the terms, Microsoft seemingly has clarified that such unsupported systems being upgraded to Windows 11 are not eligible for further updates, stating these PCs "will no longer be supported and won't be entitled to receive updates". It still isn't clear though whether this would also include crucial security-related updates too.
It has been a bumpy ride as far as messaging about unsupported hardware goes, in fact the minimum hardware requirements changed again at the end of August, so it is still possible that the messaging and waiver could still change before or after the release of Windows 11.
For those wondering if their systems are Windows 11-ready or not, the firm launched an updated PC Health Check app version 3.0.210914001 a couple of days ago that will let users know. You can read more about it here.
Source and image: The Verge
Microsoft may be planning to launch a new Surface Pro X with Windows 11 tomorrow
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft is holding its annual Surface event tomorrow where the company is expected to announce new Surface hardware, including the Surface Pro 8.
Now, a new leak suggests that the Redmond giant is planning to launch a refreshed Surface Pro X as well. First spotted by Windows Latest, the new Surface Pro X recently received the Energy Star certifications which also confirmed the specs. According to the listing, the device will come with up to 16GB RAM and will support Windows 11. While the listing includes Microsoft SQ2 processor, we expect the device to come with a refreshed ARM based Microsoft SoC.
The new Surface Pro X has been certified in: United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada.
Earlier this month, a device with the same model number received FCC approval in the USA. The device is also rumoured to carry a 120Hz display with 3:2 aspect ratio that is now standard for all Surface devices.
At tomorrow's event, we expect Microsoft to launch the refreshed Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, Surface Go 3 and more. While Surface Pro 8 will come with Thunderbolt support for the first time, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft adds Thunderbolt support to other Surface products as well.
By Steven P.
Microsoft restores PC Health Check app for Windows 11 compatibility
by Steven Parker
It has been around three months since Microsoft last offered an update on the PC Health Check app, which was subsequently pulled due to varying and incorrect results. Now, (via: Windows Latest) Microsoft has restored the app, which is still called a preview version, and it can once again be downloaded from the official page at Microsoft. However, in order to download it, you must be signed into a Microsoft ID and registered as a Windows Insider.
The new version, 3.0.210914001 does not come with a changelog, so it's not possible to see what has changed, and Microsoft has seemingly decided to launch it quietly, without announcing it in a blog post.
When running the app, you can now get a detailed view of what is compliant or not. Microsoft has attempted to clarify the minimum hardware specifications for Windows 11 a number of times since the announcement in June, the latest guidelines added some seventh-gen Intel CPUs at the end of August, but those were limited to mainly non consumer SKUs, namely:
Microsoft later clarified that if people went ahead and installed Windows 11 on unsupported systems, they would be blocked from receiving updates. Ahead of general availability on October 5, Microsoft has already begun blocking Virtual Machines without access to a TPM from updating Windows 11 builds. Physical unsupported machines will continue to receive new builds and updates until October 5, after which they will be rolled back to Windows 10.
If you still need to check if your device is eligible for the free Windows 11 upgrade, you can grab the PC Health Check app from here, but as previously mentioned, you will have to be signed into a Microsoft ID and be registered as a Windows Insider. You can also view the detailed minimum requirements here.
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By Steven P.
Nvidia GeForce 472.12 release is the first official Windows 11 Game Ready Driver
by Steven Parker
Nvidia today has launched its latest GeForce Game Ready 472.12 WHQL driver. Although the previous driver, released on August 31 supported Windows 11, Nvidia has made a point of stating that this release is the first official Windows 11 Game Ready driver, with the following announcement in the release notes:
Here's what's new
As usual, the new 472.12 driver also fixes some bugs:
There are also some unresolved issues that remain:
The 472.12 Game Ready driver is now available for download on the GeForce Experience app. Those looking for the official standalone installation links can find them below:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 11, 10 – Standard | DCH
Windows 11, 10 - Standard
You may find more details on the official blog post here, and here are the release notes.
By Usama Jawad96
Closer Look: File Explorer in Windows 11
by Usama Jawad
Windows 11's general availability is just a couple of weeks away, and while we have covered its main features from a bird's eye-view already, we have also been diving deeper into the capabilities on offer to provide our thoughts on the changes via our Closer Look series too.
So far, we have taken a look at Search, Widgets, the Start menu, Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, the Taskbar, quick settings and notifications, Virtual Desktops, power and battery settings, and default apps configurations in Windows 11. Today, we'll be taking a look at a crucial part of the OS - from an end-user perspective -, namely, File Explorer.
For the purpose of this hands-on, we'll be taking a look at Windows 11 build 22000.194 that was released to the Beta Channel a couple of days ago versus a publicly available and up-to-date Windows 10 (version 21H1 build 19043.1237). As usual, it is important to note that the OS is still under active development so it's possible that some of the features we talk about may change by the time of Windows 11's general availability.
File Explorer in Windows 10 Instead of discussing the features and capabilities present in Windows 10 this time, I just want to focus on the UI of File Explorer. This is because it will take me a lifetime if I start writing about each and every feature. Frankly, I'm not even aware of all the capabilities it offers, and that's because my usage of File Explorer is highly dependent on my use-cases. There might be faster and better ways to perform the activities I do in File Explorer, but I don't Google (or Bing, or anything else for that matter) the most optimal way to complete a task on the software, unless I am blocked.
So, I'll just briefly talk about the UI. File Explorer offers a ton of customization options on this front, you could have checkboxes next to each item, file previews, file extensions, thumbnail size, sorting and filtering techniques, and whatnot when it comes to UI. There's also a ribbon which shows you categories like File, Home, Share, View, and more, depending upon the file you have clicked on. I find it quite satisfactory to use and I think it's a powerful utility to have.
File Explorer in Windows 11 Coming over to File Explorer in Windows 11, the first thing you'll likely notice is the new icons for Windows folders like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos. This extends to other system icons like that for devices and drives as well as user-created folders. The new File Explorer also contains rounded corners, which is a design staple for Windows 11. I personally like the design revamp because it just feels fresher.
Another thing you'll likely notice is that Microsoft has done away with the traditional File Explorer ribbon, which has now been replaced with a set of quick action buttons. Depending upon the file you have clicked on, you'll see a set of quick action items such as New, Cut, Copy, Paste, Rename, Share, Delete, Sort, and View. This has all the options I need for most use-cases so I'm not bothered by this change at all. In fact, it simplifies the UI for me so I can quickly perform common tasks.
File Explorer ribbon drop-down in Windows 11 But if you're thinking about how you would perform other more advanced tasks, fret not. Microsoft has added a drop-down in the same quick actions pane that offers you some more customization, and groups other in the "options" category.
More options for File Explorer in Windows 11 While I haven't done a one-to-one comparison between all the configurations present in Windows 10 versus Windows 11, but I was able to most of the options I was looking for. As stated previously, I have never used all the utilities available in File Explorer anyway, but Microsoft hasn't detailed any functionality being deprecated from File Explorer in Windows 11. So if the company did remove any functionality behind-the-scenes without announcing it, I am yet to find it.
Context menu for File Explorer in Windows 11 There is a new context menu (or "right-click menu", depending upon what you call it) and just like the simplified ribbon in File Explorer, you'll see a set of quick actions like Cut, Copy, Rename, Share, and Delete in the pane at the top followed by some other functionalities below it. All the other options that you are likely used to on Windows 10 have been moved to the "Show more options" setting. That said, this is not a File Explorer-specific setting but is similar across the desktop's context menu too. As such, I plan to cover it separately in a dedicated Closer Look article in the near future.
That's pretty much it when it comes to File Explorer in Windows 11. No new functionalities to speak of (or nothing that I have found yet) but a bunch of design changes that I welcome. The UI is much more simplified and easier to use, especially for people like myself who only use the most common functionalities.
That said, if there was one new capability I would really appreciate in File Explorer, that would be the ability to have tabbed instances in the same app. I think this would enhance my productivity tenfold. Microsoft announced this interface revamp under the brand name "Sets" back in 2017, but the project was shelved in 2019. It isn't a part of Windows 11 either, which is a bit disappointing. I wasn't expecting it to be there at all, but given the mockups and general enthusiasm we have seen for the feature online, I really hope Microsoft considers starting development on it again.
What do you think of File Explorer in Windows 11? Do you like the design revamp and simplification? Are there any features that are present in Windows 10 but not available in Microsoft's upcoming OS? What else would you like to see the company improve? Let us know in the comments section below!
Take a look at the section here or select from the links below to continue exploring Windows 11 in our ongoing "Closer Look" series:
Closer Look: Search in Windows 11 Closer Look: Widgets in Windows 11 Closer Look: Start menu in Windows 11 Closer Look: Snap Layouts and Snap Groups in Windows 11 Closer Look: Taskbar in Windows 11 Closer Look: Quick settings and notifications in Windows 11 Closer Look: Virtual Desktops in Windows 11 Closer Look: Power and battery settings in Windows 11 Closer Look: Default apps settings in Windows 11