Windows 11 is a major version of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft It has major modifications to the Windows shell influenced by the canceled Windows 10X, together with a redesigned Start menu, the replacement of its “live tiles” with a separate “Widgets” panel on the taskbar.
Also, it offers the ability to create tiled sets of windows that can be minimized and restored from the taskbar as a group. There are new gaming technologies inherited from Xbox Series X and Series S similar to Auto HDR and DirectStorage on suitable hardware. Internet Explorer (IE) has been replaced by the Blink engine-based Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft increased the hardware requirements in comparison with Windows 10. Now supports only the operating system with updates on devices using an eighth-generation Intel Core CPU or newer (with some exceptions). Also, AMD Ryzen CPU is based on Zen+ microarchitecture or newer. Or Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 ARM system-on-chip or newer. Windows 11 is built for UEFI safe boot and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support. Additionally, Windows 11 now does not support 32-bit x86 architecture or systems using BIOS firmware.
To fully understand the magic of Windows 11 you should get it in your fingers. In Windows 11 you will find more features similar to Chat with Microsoft Teams and Android applications within the Microsoft Store over the coming months as they are prepared for you.
Beautiful, fresh, calm visuals and sounds
From rounded corners to the centering of content and new animations, this new visual design extends throughout multiple areas of Windows 11. Here are some key highlights that you will notice after installing this build:
- Start: Start placing everything you want on your PC in the center with a set of pinned applications and a cloud-powered “Recommended” section. It shows your recently opened files from each of your PC and throughout your devices like your smartphone with OneDrive.
- Taskbar: The taskbar can also be centered on beautiful new animations. Try pinning, launching, switching, minimizing, and rearranging your applications on Taskbar to see the gorgeous new animations.
- Notification Center & Quick Settings: The lower right corner of the Taskbar has a button for Notification Center (WIN + N) and Quick Settings (WIN + A). The Notification Center is the home for all of your notifications within the OS and a full-month calendar view.
- File Explorer: File Explorer has been made modern with a clean look and a brand-new command bar. Also introduced superbly designed context menus when right-clicking in File Explorer or your desktop. App developers will have the ability to extend the new context menus.
- Themes: In addition to brand new default themes for Windows 11 for both dark and light mode, it additionally includes 4 extra themes so you may make Windows feel the best way you need it to. All the new themes have been designed to complement the centered Taskbar. To change your theme, simply right-click on your desktop and select “Personalize”.
- Sounds: The sounds in Windows 11 nos are lighter and more atmospheric. They are additionally slightly different depending on whether your Windows theme is in dark mode or light mode. The startup sound for Windows also makes its return which you’ll hear when your PC boots up.
Widgets deliver you closer to the information you both want and need. Just click on the widget’s icon on the Taskbar. Swipe from the left using touch, or hit WIN + W on your keyboard. And your widgets slide out from the leftover of your desktop. You can personalize your experience by adding or removing widgets, re-arranging, resizing, and customizing the content. The set of widgets we provide currently focuses on your calendar, weather, local traffic, and your Microsoft To-Do lists. Also your photographs from OneDrive, sports and esports, your stock watchlist, and ideas.
Increase your productiveness and creativity with these new multitasking features:
- Snap layouts: Just hover your mouse over a window’s maximize button to see available snap layouts, then click on a zone to snap the window. You’ll then be guided to snap windows to the rest of the zones inside the layout with the guided snap help. For smaller screens, you’ll be provided a set of 4 snap layouts. You also can invoke the snap layouts flyout with the WIN + Z keyboard shortcut.
- Snap groups: Snap groups are a way to simply switch back to your snapped windows. To do this out, snap together at least 2 application windows on your screen.
- Desktops: Access your Desktops through Task View (WIN + Tab) on the Taskbar. You can reorder and customize the backgrounds for each of your Desktops.
When you unlock your laptop computer, the windows in your external monitor will be minimized. When you re-dock your computer to your monitor, Windows places everything back in precisely where you had it before! You can find the settings for these features under System > Display > Multiple Displays.
Input (touch, inking, and voice)
- Touch Keyboard personalization: To personalize your Windows experience, we have designed 13 new themes for the touch keyboard together with three hardware matching themes that match the Surface colors. A brand-new theme engine allows you to create a completely personalized theme together with background images. Based on your feedback we have additionally introduced a setting to resize the touch keyboard.
- Voice typing launcher: The new voice typing launcher is a fast and simple manner so that you can start voice typing in a selected text field.
- Improved Touch Gestures: Check out these new on-screen touch gestures so that you can simply switch between applications and desktops with smooth transitions. The gestures are like the touchpad gestures however have thoughtful improvements designed particularly for touch.
- Pen menu: If you’re using a digital pen, you can open the pen menu by clicking the pen icon on the lower right in your Taskbar. By default, it contains two applications that you can customize by clicking the gear button and choosing the “edit pen menu”.
- Language/Input switcher: You can quickly switch between additional languages and keyboards through a switcher a switcher will show up on the lower right in your taskbar next to Quick Settings. You also can use the keyboard shortcut WIN + [Spacebar] to toggle between input methods. To add extra languages and keyboards, go to Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region.
- Dynamic Refresh Rate: Dynamic Refresh Rate allows your PC to automatically boost the refresh rate when you’re inking or scrolling (which means you’ll get a smoother experience) and lower it if you don’t want it so that your laptop computer can save power. You can check out DRR on your laptop computer through Settings > System > Display > Advanced display, and under “Choose a refresh rate” choose a “Dynamic” refresh rate.
- Other display improvements coming in Windows 11: Auto HDR, Content adaptive brightness control (CABC) disabling, HDR support for color-managed applications, and HDR certification.
The new Settings are designed to be beautiful, simple to use, and inclusive of all of your Microsoft experiences in Windows 11. Settings have left-handed navigation that persists between pages. Added breadcrumbs as you navigate deeper into Settings to help you where you are and not lose your place. These new hero controls span across several category pages like System, Bluetooth and devices, Network and Internet, Personalization, Accounts, and Windows Update.
Wi-Fi 6E Support
Wi-Fi 6E has been added to the Windows ecosystem, enabling Windows OEMs, Wireless IHVs, and ecosystem partners to deliver modern Wi-Fi on new Windows PCs. It is a revolutionary advancement that allows as much as 3x more Wi-Fi bandwidth and can transform Wi-Fi experiences via quicker speeds, better capacity, reduced latency, and higher security.
These are the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device doesn’t meet these requirements, you might not have the ability to install Windows 11 on your device and may need to consider buying a new PC. If you are not sure whether or not your PC meets these requirements, you can check with your PC’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), or, in case your device is already running Windows 10, you can use the PC Health Check application to assess compatibility.
Your device should be running Windows 10, version 2004 or later, to upgrade. Free updates are available via Windows Update in Settings>Update and Security.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a suitable 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
- RAM 4 gigabytes (GB).
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more details.
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable. Check here for information on how your PC may have the ability to meet this requirement.
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here for instructions on how your PC could be enabled to meet this requirement.
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
- Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
- Internet connection and Microsoft account: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account.
- Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.
- For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.
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