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Windows 11 is already a reality. Microsoft has been working on the next generation of Windows for a full year, and it’s already with us. Welcome to the best Windows ever! Here, we explained How to download Windows 11 on your PC.
What is and why Windows 11?
Windows 11 is Microsoft’s initiative in modernizing its software. Windows has been accumulating remnants of past updates for several years and is step by step turning into a sort of “Frankenstein’s monster”.
After taking command of Windows, Panos Panay, former director of Surface, set a goal: to bring Windows back to the top. Panay says that she desires individuals to use Windows as a result of they are passionate about it, not as a result of they have it. critique of the state of the package is obvious.
Windows 11 brings a great visual rejuvenation to the operating system in every way and even a redesign of parts of the operating system that have not been touched in much more than a decade.
After many years with the company at the center of its considerations, Microsoft is now turning to the consumer with Windows 11. You want consumers to want that operating system and enjoy using it.
They also see it as a great opportunity to advance their operating system modernization plan for the next several years. It is very likely that Windows 10 will live for a long time as “Windows for Business and Administration” and Windows 11 as “Windows for the rest of the world”.
Following the recent rejection of the unborn Windows 10X, Windows 11 appears to be its natural legacy that contains a large number of the basic technologies of the first.
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What's new in Windows 11?
The start sound returns
Microsoft removed the startup sound in Windows 8 (at least by default). Now it seems that the Redmond-based company is back in its footsteps and has regained one of the operating system’s trademarks. Next, with all of you, the new Windows 11 startup sound.
Note that you don’t see this animation every time you start your PC, only the first time before you configure it. You can hear the sound every time you switch on your device. It is a very clean and slightly shrill sound so that it is very unobtrusive. Of course, if you don’t like this feature, you can turn it off.
Windows 11 will introduce a new iconography based on Fluent Design’s design lines throughout the operating system. We currently have several examples of this new iconography in Windows 10: the Edge, Mail, Photos, Alarm icons …
Windows 11 will grapple with this and try to put an end to the inconsistencies. Hence, we will have new icons for Settings, Folders, Notepad, Paint, Task Manager, and a lot more. Even the Control Panel icons and others have been intact since Windows 95!
Start menu and taskbar: updated and focused
One of the most notorious changes in Windows 11 in the eyes of the public will be the new Start menu and taskbar.
Redmond has learned from the mistakes of the past (uh uh uh Windows 8), and not only didn’t it get rid of the Start menu, but it will make it stand out even more. The new Windows 11 start menu opens by default in the middle part of our screen and shows us a list of the fixed applications (we believe that up to a maximum of 18) and directly below that a number of “recent files”.
As far as the taskbar is concerned, it has been completely replaced by the Windows 10X taskbar. Thanks to modern technologies, this bar has more effects and works better than the current one. The icons attached to the system tray are by default in the center and move smoothly depending on the items we have.
However, not all that glitters in the system tray is gold. Some users complain about the loss of functionality of the same for good reason. It doesn’t allow us to drag files to open applications in the system tray, to the sides or to the top corner and a long one, etc.
If you don’t like centered items, you should know that Microsoft allows you to slide everything to the left and leave it through the system tray settings like in previous versions of Windows.
A completely redesigned notification and control center
The new Notification and Control Center is much more minimalistic and adapted to the general design of Windows 11. It’s inspired by the one found in Windows 10X but introduces a few new features that make it look even better.
Now the Notification Center will be independent of the Control Center, a decision that seems very successful to us and that will certainly lead many more people to use these elements.
New system applications
Windows 11 renews the vast majority of the applications pre-installed with the operating system. These are all the updated exit applications with Windows 11:
- File Explorer: basic application of the operating system that has received a new top menu that replaces the classic ribbon, new context menus, a scroll bar, and a new design for the folder icons.
- Clock: The clock application has a new design that is aligned with the Windows 11 lines and introduces “concentration sessions” with Microsoft To-Do and Spotify integration that allow us to organize our working hours to avoid distractions avoid.
- Microsoft Paint: The classic image editing application has been completely redone, with a design that respects Windows 11 guidelines and, for the first time, with a dark theme (not available by default with Windows 11; it will come later).
- Settings: The Settings application has been completely redesigned to provide a much better experience than its Windows 10 predecessor. Not only is it prettier, but it’s also faster and more intuitive.
- Snipping: Microsoft has decided to put an end to duplication and has combined the best of Snipping and Snipping and Annotating applications to create a single tool with a modern design and all of the functionality of its predecessors.
- Microsoft Edge: Microsoft’s browser will also adapt its design to Windows 11 by integrating larger fonts, transparency effects, new context menus, and a new scroll bar.
- Photos: The Windows 11 Photos application not only has a renewed design but also has better performance and new functionalities such as the multiple views of images or a photo carousel at the bottom of each image.
- Other: Microsoft has also made minor tweaks to other applications such as Calculator and Mail. The latter will be replaced in 2022 by a new application that Microsoft has been working on for a long time and that is part of the One Outlook project.
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Touch experience improvements
Windows 11 introduces new gestures for opening and closing applications, returning to Start, multitasking, etc. It’s basically the same gestures that we saw in Windows 10X and that we liked so much. In addition, tablet screens are now much smoother and applications move naturally.
In addition, it is equipped with a completely renovated touch keyboard that integrates the panel with emojis, GIFs, and stickers on top.
This endeavor to make Windows 11 a more touch-friendly operating system is also reflected in other aspects such as the new design of the file explorer or the new central position of the start menu.
We can’t stop talking about the new window manager which allows us to hover over the maximize icon to bring up a wizard that allows us to place the window right wherever we want.
A revolutionary Microsoft store
The Windows 10 App Store is one of the most criticized elements of the operating system (and rightly so). The new Microsoft Store changed the narrative a lot.
Microsoft now allows developers to send unbundled Win32 applications (in both .exe and . MSI formats) to the store, host apps and updates on their own CDN, and use third-party commercial platforms in their applications.
As if that wasn’t enough, we also learned that the Windows Store will reduce its commissions on video games from 30% to 12%. That way, the pressure on Steam (which stays at 30%) is doubled before its competitors push. Microsoft wants its new store to be a success and is ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
In addition to new developer guidelines, the new Windows Microsoft Store is fundamentally more modern, faster, and more efficient than ever. It has a much faster operation and animation on the same level as Windows 11.
Android application support (not available at startup)
We never thought that we would live to see this day. Windows has reached an agreement with Amazon and thanks to its App Store, Android applications will be able to run on Windows 11.
This is made possible thanks to the Amazon Appstore, which is why an agreement has been reached between two tech giants. This means that not all applications will be available in the Play Store in Windows 11, but an important part of it will become more and more widely available because now the incentive for developers is huge.
This function will not be introduced with the introduction of Windows 11 but will be postponed until the beginning of 2022. In the final months of 2021, Windows Insider Program users are expected to start testing.
Chat application "powered by Teams"
Microsoft added a “Chat” icon to the system tray that is nothing more than integration with Microsoft Teams. In this way, Windows 11 users can communicate with each other very easily and for free through this tool that allows you to send messages, pictures, videos, documents, or locations to your family and friends.
The ultimate Windows for games
The North American giant highlighted the characteristics of Windows 11 that make it the “best operating system for gamers” in the world. They are as follows:
- Auto HDR to make games look better than ever.
- DirectStorage for very fast loading on PCs with Windows 11, NVMe SSD, and the corresponding drivers.
- New Xbox application included with xCloud.
Microsoft has also been working on a widget panel called “Windows Widgets” that we can open from a button in the system tray or by swiping from the left edge of the screen. In it, we find MSN news, weather information, traffic information, mail widgets, calendar, To-Do, Edge, and other Microsoft services.
Rumor has it that although it will initially only be used by Microsoft, it could soon open up to third-party developers to implement widgets for their own applications.
Other: animations, sounds, rounded corners, and more
What’s new in Windows 11 doesn’t end here. It has new and fluid animations for opening, closing, minimizing, and maximizing applications. Thanks to them, the system feels much smoother and friendlier.
In addition, it integrates new sounds throughout the operating system. One detail we really liked is the fact that the system sounds to change slightly depending on whether we are using the light or dark theme. We even have a new start sound!
We’ll see how all of the menu and application windows in Windows 11 take on rounded corners, giving up one of the last vestiges that were introduced with Windows 8.
Microsoft has worked hard to make the dark theme more consistent across the user interface. Windows 10 has a dark theme that only applies to modern UI elements, while certain menus and screens continue to appear blank, affecting the user experience. This is not the case with Windows 11. In addition, dark gray combinations are used instead of “pure black”.
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Windows 11 requirements
The requirements for the upgrade are divided into the hard floor and soft floor. Computers that do not meet the hard floor requirements cannot be upgraded to Windows 11 in any way.
Anyone who does not meet the soft floor requirements but does meet the hard floor requirements can only update manually via ISO and it is unclear whether they will receive operating system and security updates after the update.
|Processor||1 GHz or higher with 2 or more 64-bit cores|
|Memory||4 GB RAM|
|Storage||64 GB or more|
|Firmware||UEFI, Secure Boot|
|TPM||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 1.2|
|Graph||DirectX 12/ WDDM 2.x|
|Screen||9 inches with HD resolution|
|Internet||A Microsoft account and Internet connection for setup for Windows 11 Home|
Windows PC Health Check is an official Microsoft tool that automatically checks for you whether your PC meets the requirements or not. In the event of non-compliance, you have nothing to fear, because Windows 10 will continue to be actively supported until 2025.
How To Download Windows 11
The easiest way to download the operating system is via Windows Update. However, since this is a staggered release, it is likely that you won’t receive it in the next few days. Microsoft has thought of everything and created a tool (Windows 11 Installation Wizard) so that we can easily and intuitively “force” the installation of Windows 11 on our PC.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments! You can also join our Discord community and discuss Windows 11 with the rest of the users there.