A Windows 11 ISO for build 21996.1 has also leaked to the web

A Windows 11 screenshot showing the version of the OS

A little while ago, screenshots of Microsoft’s next big OS release, Windows 11, leaked to the web, showing off bits of what the CEO of the firm called the biggest update to the offering in “a decade”. Windows 11 brings with it a massive UI refresh and the screenshots reveal that the firm has borrowed a great deal from its now-defunct offering, Windows 10X.

Now, ISOs for Windows 11 build 21996.1 have also leaked, allowing users to take a look at the upcoming OS for themselves. The setup process confirms the Windows 11 name and suggests that Microsoft will be sticking to the usual Home and Pro SKUs. The build seems to be last updated on May 30, so it is possible that more changes have been made to the OS since then.

Windows 11 also features a brand new OOBE (out-of-the-box experience) that resembles that of Windows 10X, though, there are bits of the setup that remain unchanged from Windows 8. The Start menu is now centered and does away with the live tiles for static icons. For those wondering, yes, we have got our hands on the ISO and we will be posting the first look shortly. The ISO is available on the web for those who look hard enough.

Microsoft is holding a virtual event where it will officially announce Windows 11. Windows Insiders will be the first to test the OS before it makes it to the general public later this fall. Though the leaked build does offer a look into the changes, there is a lot that is yet unknown, such as whether there will be a Windows 10 version 21H2 and what the update and support lifecycles look like.

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