The next version of Windows is going to be Windows 11 and shall be by holiday 2021, over the next few months and years, windows insiders shall try out all new features and learn about what’s in store. Follow through to know all about the new version.
Now, if you are signed in as a Windows insider then you shall be able to download Windows 11 64-Bit ISO right away in full version and for free too, says Microsoft, it states that anyone in Beta or Dev channels shall be qualified to get version 11 Insider Builds even if their hardware does not meet all the system requirements.
To sign up or change the channel in this, you need:
- Go to “settings”.
- Then “update and security”.
- Finally “Windows insider program”.
We have spent a lot of time testing the new operating system. Our first takeaway is that many UI elements such as the start menu look modern but appear to take more space or carry less information into the same space as version 10. Well, some may like this new change but we didn’t love it at all.
In the first press conference, Microsoft stated that version 11 should be out by “holiday 2021” which could mean any time between October and December. But, the company has hinted that OS shall launch on October 20th.
It sounds like the initial launch date shall be available for the pre-loaded system and not for all users who have version 10 to get an update. A Tweet from the official Windows account said:
All users shall not get free updates till 2022
About Windows 11 Free Upgrade
Just like windows 10, version 11 shall be a free update for all who have a recent prior version of windows and the right hardware. The company has listed certain requirements which we have listed below, it is not clear whether the new OS shall install if your system does not meet all of them.
Windows 11 Requirements are not the best
- CPU: 1-GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a 64-bit processor.
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of storage
- UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot
- TPM 2.0 Chip
- 9-inch or larger screen with 720p resolution
- Internet connectivity and an MS account. No offline installs.
- GPU compatible with DirectX 12
Now, all these exceed version 10 system requirements in many ways. Microsoft lists those as a 1-GHz CPU with just 1 or 2GB RAM, a mere 16 to 20 GB space, and a GPU capable of DirectX 9 with a minimum resolution of 800 to 600.
TPM 2.0 requirements can shut many users, especially those who carry home-built systems. All motherboards do not carry a TPM module on board though some are upgradeable with a TPM module you can buy after the fact, most of the systems have this onboard but it comes disabled so you shall have to turn off BIOS.
Microsoft also plans to release non-TPM versions of version 11 for countries that do not support or somehow have banned it, including China and Russia. The fact that Microsoft can do this actually calls into question whether TPM 2.0 needs to be a hard requirement for anyone.
It gets even more complicated as even though its spec list mentions 1-GHz, 64-bit, 2-core CPUs as a minimum, the company also has a list of supported CPUs and processors which are 7th Gen Intel or 1 Gen AMD Ryzen or below are not on it.
It has also released even more detailed requirements which mention some of the hardware requirements for OEMs who are building version 11 systems.
Most of these are no-brainers such as having a power button that turns on the system when pressed, but interestingly, all the new non-desktops shall need to have front-facing cams to at least 720p resolution starting from 2023. Moreover, all such systems which use touchpads shall have Windows precision touchpads and all non-desktops to have Bluetooth LE connectivity. All PCs, even desktops need some kind of network connectivity through wifi is not needed.
It has implied that even systems that carry TPM 2.0 and secure boot but are older than an Intel 8th Gen Core or AMD Ryzen 2000 series CPU shall not be supported in the final release. The company has released AMD and Intel CPU compatibility lists that omit anything which is older than those generations.
Now, both the Intel 7th Gen Core and AMD Ryzen 1000 series that came out in 2017 are made and sold actively. Microsoft’s own Surface Studio 2 carries a 7th Gen Core chip inside and sells for more than $3200.
We have asked its spoke person regarding lists and did not get what we expected to be a firm answer. Microsoft has just announced that it has planned to test 7th Gen Intel processors and AMD Ryzen 1 chip to check if they are capable of checking version 11 well, if so, it shall add them to the compatibility list. There have been no words on whether the company plans to rest older chips than that.
Windows 11 New Features
A New Start Menu
This new menu appears in the middle of the screen by default though you can change it by making a change in the setting. Gone are live titles replaced with simple yet colorful icons.
Now according to Microsoft, it uses “the cloud” to help as it shows recommended applications or documents, no matter what device one was working on before. Like Microsoft Partner Director of Windows User Experience, Carmen Zlateff showed how a document she was looking for on her phone device appeared in the start menu on her system.
The new version also comes with a new search experience, which for now appears in a separate window, this also is used to search across devices and services and for using Bing search for the web.
Dynamic Refresh Rates for Monitors
It supports DDR. This allows it to switch between low refresh rates (60 Hz) and high ones (120Hz+) to balance the usage of power and user experience. If you carry a system that is 120 Hz or higher, a graphic card that supports AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync, and applications that support this feature, the screen shall go to lower refresh when nothing is happening but as you begin to scroll, the rate shall tick up.
Graphics cards will need to have new WDDM 3.0 compatible drivers. The current applications that support the feature include Microsoft Office, Edge, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Photos, and Drawboard PDF.
This has been improvised so that each desktop can have its very own wallpaper and distinct look. Zlateff said this is quite a good way to separate work from home and gaming experiences.
Microsoft Teams Integration
Teams icon shall be on the taskbar and you shall be able to use it and make calls to all who use Teams on any device including iOS and Android devices. From the taskbar, the user shall be able to send and receive SMS messages.
Newsfeed adapts to you, trying to bring feeds of your interest. It also carries features that let you give some content creators a tip.
A slide-out pane thereon on the left side of the screen shall show you Windows widgets; a set of curated news, stock, and weather information. This is a clear evolution of the news bar and weather we see in recent versions of version 10.
Xbox Game Pass is now Built-in
This shall as built-in in version 11; therefore if you buy a membership then you shall access many of the titles. The Xbox Cloud Gaming shall also be available so you can play on systems that carry lesser hardware.
Alternative ISO Files
- Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Activated).
- Windows 98 SE Edition.
- Windows Vista Starter 32-Bit and 64-Bit.
Microsoft will package Office 2021 with the official release of Windows 11. It has received a total revamp with the most focus being on collaboration features. You can now collaborate in real-time with colleagues or friends. The looks have also taken note and share the same theme of Windows 11 over the board of apps.
Windows 11 can now officially run Android apps in a sandbox environment. Also, in a future update, Microsoft is planning to bring account-based access. In other words, if you don’t have an account you won’t be able to sign in to your computer. New smart app control and a better Office 365 account manager are being tested that will provide much better endpoint management using services such as InTune and Active Directory.
Windows 11 is now ready to have an even bigger market share because of broad deployment availability. There is still a list of 5 major known issues that are being worked on and will have fixes in the near future.
A new known issue has emerged affecting all Windows 11 versions regarding the UEFI boot process. This issue is reportedly fixed if you upgrade your UEFI version, do not upgrade to KB5012170 before doing so as it may brick your PC.
Windows 11 ISO Download 64-Bit Full Version (Latest)
A new operating system is a welcomed announcement from Microsoft. This page provides Windows 11 64-Bit ISO in a direct download Link. Be sure to have the TPM 2.0 chip and secure boot enabled. This is the official disc image that has been untouched and not modified by our team. Please also note that this is NOT the insider preview.
NOTE: This is the official (preview) Image from the Microsoft website.