Windows 11 does not work well with AMD Ryzen processors

AMD advised customers not to upgrade to Windows 11 after experiencing performance issues with AMD Ryzen processors (Author: Gardener)

Unbiased and independent advice on buying Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. Windows 11 is finally here, but anyone rocking a PC or laptop with an AMD Ryzen processor is probably best advised to wait before pressing that update button. AMD has published a notification on its support pages about a "Windows 11 performance fluctuation in certain applications on compatible AMD processors". The company, together with Microsoft, has "determined that compatible AMD processors may experience reduced performance in certain applications running on Windows 11". It appears that Windows 11 is causing L3 cache latency to triple in Ryzen chips. In extreme cases, this can apparently lead to a performance drop of up to 15%, especially with games that are often used for eSports. Another problem is that Ryzen processors on Windows 11 do not take full advantage of the processor's fastest core. As a result, any application that is "sensitive to the performance of one or a few CPU threads" can suffer. AMD notes that this would be particularly noticeable on systems with more than 8 cores and over 65 W TDP. For these two AMD Ryzen Windows 11 issues, AMD has delivered the same intended solution: "A software update is in development to address this issue with expected availability in October 2021." In the meantime, AMD recommends customers running on affected chips continue to use Windows 10. new Microsoft Store with Android app support, integrated chat and more. It's now available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 PC users, but AMD Ryzen Peeps should probably wait a while. Trusted Reviews was founded in 2004 to provide our readers with thorough, unbiased and independent buying advice. Editorial independence means being able to give an impartial judgment on a product or company while avoiding conflicts of interest. Editorial independence means being able to give an impartial judgment on a product or company while avoiding conflicts of interest. To make this possible, every editorial team follows a clear code of conduct. To make this possible, every editorial team follows a clear code of conduct. We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our employees must strive to be honest and accurate in everything they do. We follow the IPSO editors' code of conduct to underpin these standards. We follow the IPSO editors' code of conduct to underpin these standards.


Microsoft is launching Windows 11 today - but only for some people

Microsoft says Windows 11 rollout will be "phased and measured," with "new eligible devices being offered the upgrade first." (Author: Gardener)

Windows 11, Microsoft's newest operating system, launched worldwide today - but only for some users. The new operating system is apparently faster, with a more rounded user interface, light and dark modes, and snap layouts and snap groups. With this new feature, users can group apps in the new start menu, which can then be accessed with one click from the taskbar. It comes most noticeably with a new Start menu that's in the middle of the taskbar. Windows 11 also consolidates various Microsoft services, such as: B. Teams replacing Skype and updating a dedicated Xbox app for streaming video games. Live tiles that have been displaying widget-like information since Windows 8 have now been removed; instead sent to a dedicated widgets button on the system tray. It's also been modernized, with new settings menus and options, but older user interfaces like the control panel still offer features that some users may find disappointing in an otherwise lean operating system. However, Microsoft says that Windows 11 adoption will be "phased and measured" and that "new eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first" before "devices in the market" based on hardware eligibility, reliability metrics and age of the device, and others Factors. In a sense, Microsoft has tried to make Windows a more open platform - like integrating Amazon and possibly other app stores into the redesigned Windows Store. Microsoft's Chief Product Officer for Windows Panos Panay had exclusively told The Independent that "all stores [and] all apps are welcome to the Microsoft Store" when Windows 11 was first announced. In other ways, Microsoft is still trying to tighten its control over the operating system. In Windows 11, changing the default browser app - usually from Microsoft Edge to Google Chrome - only works for a specific file type format, unless users immediately tick the "Always use this app" button. Likewise, Windows 11's built-in search functionality is still fully tied to the Bing search engine, rather than more popular or private options. This is because Google claims that "Google" is the most popular search term on Bing. The software giant originally said that Windows 11 computers needed a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip. However, that decision resulted in some of Microsoft's own computers, including the Surface Pro tablets, Surface Hub, and Surface Studio, being unable to run Windows 11. However, Microsoft then said that 7th processors were running Windows 11 and introduced a "soft floor" (the requirement that Windows 11 can be installed through an ISO) that allowed computers with the older TPM 1.2 chip to do the run new operating system. Unfortunately, Microsoft has said that unsupported PCs may not receive Windows updates - including security and driver updates - and is sending pop-up notifications for users to accept that their PC is "no longer supported" and may void the warranty. The decision applies in particular to workstations that use older Windows versions and cannot update them. In 2017, Wanna Decryptor ransomware wreaked havoc in hospitals across the UK, where 90 percent of NHS computers were found to be running Windows XP, which was released in 2001 and officially discontinued in 2014 until 2025.


Microsoft confirms that Windows 11 is incompatible with some top VMs

Oracle VirtualBox, Intel Killer, and Cốc Cốc browser compatibility issues with Windows 11 have been confirmed by Microsoft. (Author: Gardener)

After Windows 11 was released, Microsoft confirmed several compatibility issues that prevent popular third-party software from working with the latest version of the operating system. In a new support document, the software giant has provided more details on compatibility issues found with Oracle's VirtualBox software for virtual machines, Intel's Killer and SmartByte network software, and the Vietnamese language browser Cốc Cốc. Together with Oracle, Microsoft has identified a compatibility issue between VirtualBox and Windows 11 when Hyper-V or Windows Hypervisor is installed. As a result, users may not be able to start virtual machines (VMs) and may get an error. Fortunately, however, there is a workaround, but it involves removing Hyper-V or Windows Hypervisor from a system running Windows 11 until that issue is resolved with an update that Oracle plans to release later this month. Microsoft has also provided more details on compatibility issues found between some Intel Killer and SmartByte networking software and Windows 11. Devices running the affected software can, under certain conditions, discard User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets, causing performance and other problems for protocols based on UDP. Finally, the software giant has confirmed compatibility issues with the Cốc Cốc browser on Windows 11. In some cases the browser may not open and on some devices it may cause other problems or errors. Microsoft is researching the problem and says it will provide an update when more information becomes available. Compatibility issues are natural when using a new operating system, but by confirming that the issues discussed above affect users, Microsoft has taken one step closer to solving them.


Windows 11 has been released, but you will have to wait a long time to get this Windows 10 upgrade

MICROSOFT finally released its blockbuster update for Windows 11 this week. Unfortunately, not everyone will receive the changes on release day as some fans will likely have to wait a long time to get all of the new features. (Author: Gardener)

The date that millions of Microsoft fans have been waiting for is finally here with the brand new Windows 11 operating system launching today October 5th with the Start Menu, better compatibility with Teams, and information-filled and fully interactive widgets. The Microsoft Store, which provides access to games, apps, and more, has also been redesigned from the ground up to make it easier to find what you're looking for in the property. The release date means that most of the new PCs sold in stores are now pre-installed with Windows 11, which is great news if you think it's time to buy a new laptop. Microsoft has confirmed that the rollout of Windows 11 for current Windows 10 users will be over a period of months, meaning not everyone will get it on launch day. This longer release time was created to focus on quality. Microsoft said that after the tremendous insights gained from Windows 10, they wanted to make sure they were giving users the best experience possible. Microsoft stated on its Windows 11 blog, "If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the latest version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications, it can upgrade to Windows 11 over time to become market-ready devices based on intelligence models, that take into account hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, device age, and other factors that affect the upgrade experience. There is one other thing to be aware of as not all computers that are currently running Windows 10 can be upgraded to Windows 11. That's because this new software needs a so-called TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip to work. This hardware makes things a lot safer and it seems that Microsoft wants Windows 11 to be more secure for the users. TPMs work by providing an extra layer of security on the PC itself, and as cyberattacks increase, it makes sense for Microsoft to improve the protection for its billions of users. As Microsoft explains, "Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology was developed to provide hardware-based security-related functions. The chip contains several physical security mechanisms to make it tamper-proof, and malware cannot tamper with the security functions of the TPM." To check whether your current device can run Windows 11, you can download the PC Health Check app from Microsoft Operating System Update.


Is your computer compatible? - Which? news

Windows 11 has started: how to get it for free and find out if it is running on your computer. (Author: Gardener)

Windows 11 has started and is now ready to be downloaded to your computer or purchased with new desktops and laptops. Want to find out if your next computer is compatible with Windows 11? Use our free online Windows 11 verification tool and guide, but this does not mean your computer will automatically upgrade to Windows 11 as millions of computers are eligible for an upgrade. As such, Microsoft will likely stagger the rollout to even out the number of people who will download it at the same time. If you really feel like it and want to skip the line, you can download Windows 11 directly from Microsoft's website and install it manually. No, you will not be forced to upgrade if your computer is running Windows 10. Windows 11 is an optional update, but if there aren't any features that interest you, or if you just want to keep things as they are, you are under no obligation to upgrade. With that in mind, with Windows 10 launched in 2015, we found that Microsoft was interested in getting people to upgrade, and some users found that they unexpectedly upgraded to Windows 10 when they didn't want to . From then on, it will no longer be supported, so you will need to consider upgrading if your computer is compatible or buying a new, up-to-date computer. created a free online Windows 11 compatibility tool to give you an idea of ​​whether your current computer or one you are about to buy is likely to work with Windows 11. Microsoft also recently launched its own PC Health Check Tool (scroll down to the bottom of the page to find it) that you can download and run on your computer to get an idea of ​​whether it's compatible. In addition, all Windows 10 laptops on will now indicate whether Windows 11 is likely to work. Go to any Windows laptop review and search for "Windows 11 support" in the "technical specifications" to see if it is likely compatible. There are a lot of little tweaks here and there for Windows 11, but we've picked some new features that you'll likely notice right away. The iconic Start menu has been moved for Windows 11 and is now in the lower center of the screen instead of the lower left. In Windows 11, it will be much smarter and will display recently and frequently used programs and files. This will help you find what you're looking for faster. Widgets first appeared in Windows Vista in 2006, but have been missing in Windows 8 since 2012. The widgets slide in from the side of the screen so you can get the information you need without doing other things. Windows 11 has a few new window management tools that can help you properly organize your programs on one or more screens without having to remember keyboard shortcuts or fumble with resizing windows. The Microsoft Store is being completely redesigned. This should mean that the number of programs available is increasing dramatically. Previously, only certain types of apps were available in the store that were developed in a certain way. But with the new version, apps that you previously had to download from a website should be easier to find. In addition, Windows users can now access Android apps. This is done through a partnership with Amazon, which makes apps available to Windows users in its own app store. It is not yet clear exactly how this will work as the feature wasn't ready for the Windows 11 launch day, but when it launches it should mean there is an even wider range of apps available on Windows. It's worth noting that when and when you upgrade to Windows 11, all of your files and programs should be left exactly where you left them, so you shouldn't have a day or two to set everything up from scratch. If you have a Windows 10 computer, you can upgrade to Windows 11 for free. Microsoft didn't have a time limit on this offer - the fine print on the site just says the free upgrade will be available for at least a year after launch. Since it was possible to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 for several years after the start of Windows 10, we do not expect this offer to be withdrawn quickly. Yes, you can downgrade up to 10 days after installation if you don't like Windows 11. After that time, you'll need to back up your files and programs and do a completely new Windows 10 installation if you want to go back. previously asked Microsoft to improve the way users' computers are upgraded, so we will be watching with interest as this upgrade rollout goes. Although Microsoft's Windows updates have gotten much better in recent years, we wouldn't be surprised if there were some teething troubles initially, especially with older computers and those with special hardware accessories that may not yet work properly with the latest operating system. If you plan to buy a Windows 11 laptop the first time you launch the software, you should be fine as these laptops should have been extensively tested with Windows 11 before being sold. Do you fancy a new laptop?


You may want to wait to install Windows 11 on your gaming PC

Two security features of Windows 11 can have a significant impact on gaming performance, and since Windows 11 isn't doing much for gamers right now, it's probably good to wait a while. (Author: Gardener)

Windows 11 is finally here, and while it's actually pretty awesome, it's still at the beginning of the new operating system with a few kinks - especially when it comes to PC gaming. Tom's Hardware has run a number of tests related to gaming performance on Windows 11, mainly related to two security features: VBS and HVCI. Surely that's not enough to suddenly make your gaming PC worthless, and in many games it probably isn't even enough to make you notice it, but you don't want to sacrifice performance if you don't have to. In general, we usually advise avoiding new versions of Windows in both cases, at least for the first few weeks, but otherwise tech-savvy gamers may want to wait as well. PC gaming is such a vast and complicated world that it is almost impossible to come up with a value judgment that somehow suits everyone, and even takes into account a loss of performance. There will be people who are right on that 60 fps threshold in their favorite game, and a loss of up to 8% could get them into the low 50s. However, if your gaming PC is already over the top for the games you normally play - I know my RTX 3090 and Ryzen 9 3900X are a lot more than I'll ever need for Final Fantasy XIV - you might not even be to notice. I mainly upgraded to Windows 11 because it was a shiny new thing to be shoved in my face and because I felt confident that I had enough hardware that I never really have to worry about it Can't reach the 60 fps threshold - but I know I'm pretty much alone with that. And if you have a system with an Intel Core i5-9600K, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, that performance hit could be a big deal. Over the next few weeks and months, Windows 11 will only get more feature-packed and richer, making it harder to resist the upgrade. At the same time, however, Microsoft will also work performance optimizations into the operating system as it adds more functions. For now, there is only one feature that is very important to gamers and that is DirectStorage, which brings SSD speeds that can rival the Xbox Series X. For now, sticking to Windows 10 isn't going to stop you from playing upcoming PC games that I at least know about. And anyway, I don't know how much DirectStorage will be necessary at the beginning. Because at the end of the day, PC games supported Windows 7 and Windows 8 for years into the life of Windows 10, and it wasn't until DirectX 12 came out that it became really important for PC gamers to update their operating system. I can't predict the future at the moment, but I can assume that it will be basically the same for Windows 11. Right now, you don't have to update, and Windows 10 is both faster and more stable - so if all of your concerns is playing the best PC games without sacrificing frame rate, it's probably best to just stick with the mainstream software for now stay.


Robin Thicke pictured after Emily Ratajkowski made claims

The 44-year-old singer was seen on Sunday with his wife April Love Geary and their two daughters Mia and Lola (Author: Gardener)

Robin Thicke is seen for the first time since Emily Ratajkowski accused him of grabbing her bare breasts while filming his infamous Blurred Lines music video in 2013. The 44-year-old singer became with wife April Love Geary and their two daughters Mia and Lola when they were shopping for Halloween decorations at a 99c store in Los Angeles on Sunday. The sighting comes just days after 30-year-old supermodel Ratajkowski raised the bomb allegations in her new book "My Body," in which she claimed he sexually assaulted her on the set of the music video eight years ago, from around her grabbed and she hugs breasts in both hands. Thicke - who has yet to respond to the claims - was dressed in casual clothes for the family outing. He and his wife, April 26, also share a son named Luca. His wife April, 18 years his junior, was also dressed casually. Ratajkowski makes the damning claim in her new book "My Body" due out next month, according to the Sunday Times of London. At the time, the duo were alone on set and the model was waist up naked for the controversial video that catapulted both her and Thicke's careers and was criticized for promoting the culture of rape. has asked representatives from Thicke and Ratajkowski for a comment. Several attempts by the Times to contact Thicke's agent also went unanswered. Thicke didn't seem concerned about the upcoming revelations in Ratajkowski's book when he posted a video on Instagram watching the movie The Little Mermaid with his young children at home on Saturday afternoon. At the time of the video shoot, Thicke was married to actress Paula Patton, with whom he shares an 11-year-old son, Julian Fuego Thicke. He now has three children with April Love Geary. In 2018 Ratajkowski married Uncut Gems producer Sebastian Bear-McClard. Ratajkowski says the shoot - shot with an all-female team where the only men were the actors - was fun until Thicke appeared "a little drunk" and his behavior changed. Then, "out of nowhere," she says that she felt someone's hands on her breasts - she turned to see who it was. "All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and strangeness of a stranger's hands, which clasped my bare breasts from behind," claims the model who became an actress. "I instinctively moved away and looked at Robin Thicke." Ratajkowski claims the singer-songwriter “stumbled back” and smiled at her before the set director - who realized what had happened - intervened. “My head turned in the darkness behind the set. [Director Diane Martels] voice cracked as she yelled at me, “Are you all right? for the first time that day. ' The supermodel says she didn't speak at the moment and said she felt "desperate" about what happened. "I pushed my chin forward and shrugged, avoiding eye contact, and felt the heat of humiliation rush through my body," the book says. Ratajkowski says she spoke up years later because she couldn't come to terms with what happened then. She says she was then reminded of the alleged sexual assault when she realized Thicke had banned her from Instagram. Set director Martel confirmed Ratajkowski's account of the incident in the Times report. "I remember the moment when he grabbed her breasts, one in each hand," she told the newspaper. In their opinion, Thicke had drunk and apologized "ashamed" after the alleged incident and pretended to be "contrite". "As if he knew it was wrong without understanding how it might have felt for Emily," she said. Martel said she believed that Thicke's actions were spurred on by his drunkenness. "I don't think he would have done that if he'd been sober," she said. Martel said she stopped filming and told the record company it was over, but the alleged victim "said we could move on". The director described Ratajkowski as "very professional" and "the star of the video". She really is the star of the video, ”she said. However, she complained that Thicke's actions undermined the sense of female empowerment she hoped to create on set. The goal had been to turn the roles of gender power upside down, with half-naked women spurning men's advances. "With that one gesture, Robin Thicke had reminded everyone on set that we women weren't really in charge," she said. “I had no real power other than the nude girl who danced around in his music video. While Ratajkowski is speaking about the alleged incident for the first time, the 30-year-old has described the Blurred Lines video as a "curse" of her "existence". I think I was a little annoyed in the video, ”she admitted in 2015 on a profile for InStyle UK. When someone approaches me about blurred lines, I think: Are we serious about a video from three years ago? ' This isn't the first time Thicke has been accused of groping a woman. In 2013, a celebrity posted a photo of the married singer groping her bum on her Instagram page at a party following the MTV VMAs. Thickes wife was at the party at the time too. Lana Scolaro, then a student living in New York City, didn't seem concerned about the handle and told TMZ in 2014 - after Thicke split from his first wife, Paula Patton - "I'd love to have a drink with him when he asks. " '. Blurred Lines became number one worldwide, but it was the video of the three half-naked models - Ratajkowski, Elle Evans, and Jessi M'Bengue - along with Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and rapper T. While the original version of the video didn't release Nudity, Thicke released it a week later a second cut that contained topless shots of the three models. The explicit video and lyrics - including "I hate those fuzzy lines, I know you want it" and "Must wanna get nasty" - immediately sparked controversy. Rape victims said the texts were similar to those of their attackers and they were criticized for promoting rape culture, sexism and the objectification of women. That February, Thicke claimed there was "no negative intent" with the nature of the video and lyrics, but admitted that he would not release a song like this today. You will never see me doing videos like this again! ' But despite the controversy, the Blurred Lines video catapulted both Ratajkowski and Thicke further into the limelight. Ratajkowski has since moved from modeling to acting and is now writing. In February of this year he returned with his eighth studio album On Earth, And In Heaven and is also a juror on The Masked Singer. After the separation of his marriage, Thicke held back. He moved on with April Love Geary, whom he allegedly met in 2014. They welcomed their first daughter, three-year-old Mia Love, in 2018 and got engaged on Christmas Eve of that year. Their second daughter, Lola Alain, was born in February 2019 and April gave birth to a son, Luca, in December 2020. Ratajkowski's book My Body is a series of essays that record moments in her life and career "while examining the fetishization of culture". of girls and female beauty, their obsession and contempt for women's sexuality, the perverse dynamics of the fashion and film industries, and the gray area between consent and abuse. ' It is described as a "deeply honest investigation into what it means to be a woman and a merchandise of Emily Ratajkowski, the multi-dash archetypal celebrity of our time". The book, published by Macmillan Publishers, will be out on November 9th. Blurred Lines also proved to be a nuisance for Thicke and his staff from a financial perspective. In 2015, the late singer Marvin Gay's estate won a $ 5.3 million judgment against him and Farrell after accusing them of overturning passages of Blurred Lines from Gaye's 1977 song Got To Give It Up to have. Thicke alleged in court that he did not write one of Blurred Lines, even though he is listed as a songwriter on the project. At the time of the original decision that Williams and Thicke had plagiarized the song, some legal scholars and copyright experts condemned the decision, claiming that it was based on a general feeling that the two songs were similar rather than focusing on certain musical aspects that made them shared. In a 2015 article for The New Yorker, legal scholar Tim Wu wrote that the decision was a "grave mistake" because it focused on superficial similarities. “The copyright of the Gaye estate covers only the sheet music of his song (the composition) and not the way it was played (the sound recording). He claimed that the judge was "legally obliged to reject the case" instead of letting the jury come to its original conclusion, since the note sequences in Blurred Lines are not shared with Got To Give It Up, although the two songs sound similar to those in many listeners.


Microsoft, Qualcomm and Valve Turbo Charge Wi-Fi Gaming with Dual Station for Windows 11

Analyst Anshel Sag is investigating Wi-Fi Dual Station technology for online gaming, which is now available on Windows 11. (Author: Gardener)

A major game-related improvement is Direct Storage, a feature previously only available on the Xbox Series X that promises to allow games to load and resume much faster. Another of the new features in Windows 11 is Wi-Fi Dual Station, a technology developed in partnership with Qualcomm that promises to improve online gaming performance. As more and more gamers use their laptops as their primary PC gaming experience, online gaming performance is becoming increasingly important - especially with latency-sensitive games. Wi-Fi Dual Station takes advantage of the inherently low latency of Wi-Fi 6 to deliver two simultaneous packet streams from a game server to the client device. In the event of a collision or packet loss over WiFi (either due to interference or poor signal), the technology mitigates the impact by switching to the best available connection. To make this possible, Microsoft combines the dual-band function common in most routers with Qualcomm's FastConnect 6900, which supports 4-stream DBS (Dual Band Simultaneous) and two simultaneous data streams over 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (or 6 GHz, being available). Games are much more latency sensitive than bandwidth intensive, which allows them to enjoy a potentially better signal on either band. Wi-Fi Dual Station requires tight integration between the game, game server, router and client device. This means that games must specifically support Wi-Fi Dual Station in order to be able to use the new function. Qualcomm claims that its own tests with off-the-shelf Wi-Fi 6 routers and notebooks with Wi-Fi Dual Station have shown a four-fold reduction in latency. Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Valve worked closely to make this feature possible and to incorporate it into both Windows 11 and the Valve Steamworks SDK. Valve is already shipping Wi-Fi Dual Station support in its games, especially in DOTA 2 and CS: GO. Again, users need a Windows 11 computer with the FastConnect 6900 chipset from Qualcomm to use the function. So while this technology improves latency and jitter, it is unlikely to improve speed. Qualcomm appears to be leading the way on the Wi-Fi Dual Station fee as it has already announced partnerships with OEMs like Acer and Lenovo, as well as chipmaker AMD. This could give AMD and its OEMs an edge over Intel, whose Wi-Fi solutions don't support 4-Stream DBS or Dual Station. I'm also curious to see whether the motherboard manufacturers who use Intel for desktop WLAN solutions today will switch to Qualcomm's FastConnect 6900. If so, Wi-Fi Dual Station could offer an even higher gaming experience. With some of the high-end desktop motherboards selling for over $ 500, customers can rightly expect the best possible Wi-Fi experience. Looking ahead, Wi-Fi 7 will likely enable Wi-Fi Dual Station for all Wi-Fi chipsets, including Intel and MediaTek. However, Wi-Fi 7 is unlikely to be available until around 2023 or 2024, and that's a long time for online gamers looking for latency and jitter relief. Disclosure: Moor Insights & Strategy, like all research and analyst firms, offers paid research, analysis, advisory or consulting services to many high-tech companies in the industry, including Qualcomm, Microsoft, Intel and AMD.


Your PC could enjoy a blockbuster upgrade from Microsoft TODAY

MICROSOFT fans can start installing Windows 11 on their existing hardware starting today, October 5th, 2021. (Author: Gardener)

Microsoft has finally flipped the switch and unveiled its eagerly awaited Windows 11 upgrade to users starting today. The brand new operating system is available as a free upgrade to the 1.3 billion people who currently use Windows 10 on their laptop, desktop, or tablet. Starting today - October 5th, 2021 - some users can download the new operating system. Microsoft today launched its new Surface-branded laptops and tablet hybrid devices, which were developed under the supervision of Chef Panos Panay - who also today oversaw the software redesign in Windows 11. A number of other manufacturers, including Samsung, have already announced new devices that can also be operated out-of-the-box with Windows 11. Microsoft has already created controversy by announcing some pretty strict requirements for any hardware that uses Windows 11. To find out if your current computer can run Windows 11, Microsoft updated its Windows Update app. You can now check that your device is ready for the new operating system by going to Settings> Windows Update> Check Updates. While anyone with a legitimate copy of Windows 10 is eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 for free, not every computer running Windows 10 can install the brand new operating system, Microsoft has confirmed the free upgrade scheme and your system is powerful enough to run Windows 11 ... you may still not be able to install the new operating system on October 5th. Microsoft has confirmed that it will be rolling out worldwide from October 5th in order to "focus on quality". Therefore, it may take a few months for the update to become available in your area. This is not uncommon, Microsoft has staggered the rollout of new updates throughout the Windows 10 lifecycle. This is to prevent delays when millions of people try to download the latest software from the server on the same day. However, this also means that if a suspicious bug or bug is discovered early on in release, Microsoft can pull the update before too much damage is done. With Windows 11, Microsoft is extending its release window by months. In fact, the Redmond-based company has admitted that not all Windows 10 devices eligible to upgrade to the next operating system will be able to do so by mid-2022. Until then, you will likely need a new machine rather than a software update. If you missed the initial announcement, Windows 11 is going to give your PC a pretty dramatic new look. The new operating system, which was developed under the watchful eye of Panos Panay - who oversees the Surface hardware department at Microsoft - brings an almost unrecognizable start menu, rounded edges on all windows, six pre-installed designs for customizing the appearance and a new control panel with interactive widgets that can be accessed at any time. According to head of design Panos Panay, Windows 11 was developed to convey a "feeling of calm and lightness". Transparency has also been added throughout the software so you can still see application windows stacked behind menus - almost like looking through translucent glass. Microsoft has redesigned every application icon in the operating system - yes, even the obscure ones hidden in the control panel. The pre-installed software, including Paint, has also been given a fresh design to do justice to the new aesthetic. The Start menu has been moved to the center of the screen, which Microsoft says is because you are the center of the experience and the menu should reflect that. The shortcuts to all apps and the power options have been hidden. The latter is based on your habits, with Microsoft's clever AI algorithms suggesting applications throughout the day. There's also a search bar at the top of the new Start menu, which you can also search for applications, files, settings, and online results. This includes your existing PC when you update to the new update, as well as your next device, which comes with Windows 11 pre-installed. Likewise, Windows Hello - which uses facial recognition to sign in to an account - is also faster than the same computer running Windows 10. Windows updates have been slimmed down by up to 40 percent, which means downloads should be much faster. In addition, devices with mobile 4G and 5G internet connections can keep their gadget up to date even when they are on the go. Updates are also installed silently in the background. Microsoft has a number of layouts to present multiple window applications on the screen at the same time. While Windows 10 lets you record two applications side by side, Windows 11 goes a step further. Microsoft generates a number of options based on the size of your screen, so those with more properties have more choices. But everyone will be able to juggle three or four different sized windows. So you can jump into Outlook to reply to an email and then go back to three or four applications configured in the same grid layout. When you've got everything set up on an external monitor, unplug your laptop and then plug it back in to the same screen, everything will return to its place. Keeping track of your applications will be crucial as Microsoft has confirmed that Android apps will be available on all Windows 11 devices. Whether you're using a touchscreen laptop, a tablet, or a large, multi-screen desktop PC ... you can run smartphone and tablet apps from the Google Play Store. These apps are treated the same as native Windows software, so features like Snap Layouts also work. You can even save Android apps to the system tray, although this feature will be available in a future update and not at startup. Finally, Windows 11 includes some nifty software tweaks borrowed from the Xbox Series X team to "create graphics capabilities that compete with reality." In addition, Microsoft will allow PC gamers to stream dozens of titles from Xbox Game Pass, which includes access to over 100 triple-A video games. Some of the biggest games to hit Xbox, including the return of Halo and Starfield - the newest game from Fallout and Elder Scrolls Studio Bethesda, are coming to Games Pass.


11 things you can do in Windows 11 that you couldn't do before

Microsoft's new operating system has just hit the market, and here are all of the new features you won't get in Windows 10. (Author: Gardener)

11 Things You Can Do In Windows 11 That You Couldn't Do Before Microsoft's new operating system just launched, and here are all of the new features you won't get in Windows 10. While all of your applications and files should survive the software update safely, it's always a good idea to check that you have backups in case something unexpected happens along the way. If you decide if you want to upgrade at all, here's everything you can get in Windows 11 that you don't get in Windows 10 (although we have some workarounds for that as well). can drag open windows to the side or corner of the screen to snap them into place and tidy your applications, but Windows 11 is built on that. Hover your cursor over the maximize / minimize button in a window or press Win + Z to display a selection of predefined layouts to choose from. The layouts available depend on the width of your display, but it's now even easier to use. Designed for accuracy and delivers impressive audio. Windows 10 already supported virtual desktops (Microsoft just calls them desktops), but they are easier to use and more discoverable in Windows 11. By default, you will see a desktops button in the system tray after installing the new operating system (the icon shows two rectangles). Hover over it and click New Desktop to create additional space. The redesigned Start menu is one of the Windows 11 changes you'll notice first, and it now acts as a hub for your file and browsing history, as well as a list of application shortcuts. The files you actually see depend on whether you're using Microsoft (Office) 365 or not and how many Windows 11 PCs you've synced over the cloud, but be careful. Go to Personalization and Start in Windows Settings to configure the feature. 4. Focus with the clock app The clock app in Windows 11 is not only used to show the time, it also helps you focus on specific work and study times. Open the Clock app and select the Focus Sessions option in the left pane: when you click Get Started, you will be prompted to set up your tasks and schedules. This also integrates with the To Do app in Windows 11, and you can even add songs from a Spotify playlist to stay focused. Teams is now ostensibly integrated with Windows 11 - it's right in the system tray after you've updated the OS - and Microsoft is promoting it as the primary way to keep in touch with friends, family, and work colleagues (sorry, Skype). If you've never used Microsoft Teams, click Get started on the first screen and follow the instructions to connect with other people using video, voice, or text chat. For example, open up File Explorer or Windows Preferences, and you'll find that space, color, and iconography are all put to better use compared to Windows 10, making it more appealing overall. 7. Get more statistics on battery usage. Open Windows Settings, select System and Power & battery. You will find that there is a more detailed breakdown of battery usage in Windows 11. Select Battery Usage for even more statistics. It's part of a push to make Windows even better on tablets and 2-in-1s, which also means a user interface that is easier to use on a touchscreen without a keyboard (more clarity and space with the graphics, bigger menu buttons, etc. .) At). 8. Try the New and Improved Microsoft App StoreWindows 11 brings a new and improved version of the Microsoft Store with better curation, deeper integration with digital content like movies, and a more polished look. It's easier to find your way around now, even if the actual apps themselves are still a hit and miss - you can expect more improvements here in the months to come, especially when it comes to games that Microsoft is pushing forward in Windows 11. One of the improvements Windows 11 introduces is that you may not immediately notice secondary displays being recognized. It's a small change, but it will come in very handy for anyone who uses multiple displays. We took a look at widgets in Windows 10 with a pop-up window next to the notification area, but in Windows 11 they get their own icon in the system tray, and there are more of them to choose from too. Click the system tray icon to see news, weather, your upcoming calendar events, tips for using Windows 11, and more. To do this, select the Add Widgets button - you can choose which widgets are shown on the screen and which are not. This feature isn't available at launch, but soon Windows 11 will be able to run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore when Microsoft finally releases the update. Right now, we don't know exactly when that will be, but we do know that they will work much like standard Windows apps - you should be able to snap them to the edges of the screen or pin them to the system tray, for example.