Windows 11 is released

Microsoft announces Windows 11, generally available by the holidays

Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system.

Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 to the general public by the holidays, so we can probably expect it sometime around late November.

You will now also be able to run Android apps on Windows. These apps will seem like native apps that can be integrated into the taskbar.

Windows 11 will come with Teams built-in.

Microsoft promises better graphics for gaming thanks to Auto HDR, a feature that’s already available on Xbox.

Introducing Windows 11 page and video.



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 ei käy joka kolmannelle yritykselle

    Microsoft työntää nyt voimalla Windows 11 -päivitystä kaikkiin koneisiin, joiden ominaisuudet riittävät uuden alustan pyörittämiseen. Yritysmaailmassa tilanne on toinen. 35 prosenttia eli useampi kuin joka kolmas yritys ei voi tällä hetkellä siirtyä Windows 11:een.

    Yritysverkkojen ja -sovellusten optimoinnin työkaluja kehittävä Riverbed on koostanut raportin siitä, miten valmiita yrityksissä ollaan siirtymään Windows 11 -alustalle. Yli kolmasosa ei käytännössä voi siirtyä. 12 prosentilla ongelmat ovat tällä hetkellä ”ratkaisemattomia”.

    Suurimmaksi haasteeksi Riverbed nimeää Windows 11:n vaatimuksen TPM 2.0 -turvamoduulista. Yritysten laitekannasta 10 prosenttia pitää vaihtaa kokonaan, koska TPM 2.0 -turvamoduuli puuttuu. Toiset 11 prosenttia laitteista pitää päivittää tukemaan toisen polven TPM-standardia.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft says an ad in Windows 11 File Explorer “was not intended to be published externally and was turned off” after a Microsoft MVP found it in latest build — We may still see File Explorer ads in the future — Microsoft appears to be testing a new type of ad inside File Explorer on Windows 11.

    Microsoft says Windows 11 File Explorer ads were ‘not intended to be published externally’
    We may still see File Explorer ads in the future

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 adds a BitLocker exclusion policy for USB drives

    Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build with a long list of changes, improvements, and fixes for known issues, available for all Windows Insiders that will install the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579 pushed to the Dev Channel.

    The build’s highlight, however, is a new policy for Windows admins who want to exclude USB removable drives from BitLocker encryption.

    “This will solve the problem of automatic or accidental encryption of storage built into specialized devices like video cameras, voice recorders, conferencing systems, medical devices, and many more,” the Windows Insider team said.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft unveils a refreshed Windows 11 File Explorer with tabs, favorites, improved sharing options, and a new homepage, but doesn’t commit to a release date — Microsoft is refreshing the File Explorer — Microsoft is bringing tabs to the File Explorer in Windows 11 soon …

    Windows 11’s refreshed File Explorer gets tabs, favorites, and a new homepage
    Microsoft is refreshing the File Explorer

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft will let Windows 11 PCs boot straight to Windows 365 Cloud PCs and switch between cloud and native desktops using the virtual desktops feature

    Microsoft is integrating its Windows 365 Cloud PCs into Windows 11
    Windows is getting even more cloud-powered features

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Build A TPM Module For Your Server

    One of the big stories surrounding the announcement of Windows 11 was that it would require support for TPM 2.0, or Trusted Platform Module, to run. This takes the form of an on-board cryptographic processor, which Microsoft claims will help against malware, but which perhaps more importantly for Redmond, can be used to enforce DRM. Part of the standard involves a hardware module, and [Zane] has built a couple of them for ASrock server motherboards.

    The chip in question is the Infineon SLB9965, which with a bit of research was found to map more or less directly to the pins of the TPM socket on the motherboard. The interesting thing here lies in the background research it gives into TPMs, and furthermore the links to other resources dealing with the topic. The chances are that most readers needing a TPM will simply buy one, but all knowledge is useful when it comes to these things.

    DIY TPM Module

    My three most recent builds were using ASRock Rack server boards. The two boards X470D4U and the ROMED8-2T use the TPM2-S/INFINEON module. The one that is different is the X570D4I-2T which uses the TPM2-SLI module. I looked around and couldn’t find a place to buy the TPM2-SLI module, so I decided to make my own. Since I was making one, I figured I would make the modules for the other boards too even though they were available for purchase.

    I run Windows 11 on the X470D4U and ESXi on the other two. ESXi does not support the fTPM implementation for host attestation, hence the need for a hardware TPM module instead.

    This proved to be beneficial for me on the X470D4U for two reasons:

    The latest bios available contains the AMD AGESA of which has the stuttering issue when the fTPM is utilized on machines running Windows 11
    The GPU is inserted in the last slot of the board. The TPM2-S module is a vertical module and this would prevent my GPU from being seated into the board itself

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11′s new security feature is so secure you’ll need to reinstall the OS to use it
    By Jorge Jimenez published about 11 hours ago

    Smart App Control is coming, but the cost is a reset for existing Windows 11 users.

    Microsoft is getting ready to launch a security feature update for Windows 11(opens in new tab) aimed to “help protect hybrid work” from malicious apps and other potential security risks for enterprise users. The price for this extra layer of security is going to be a clean reinstall of Windows 11.

    Smart App Control is designed by default to prevent you from running malicious apps downloaded from the web, according to Microsoft(opens in new tab) (thanks PCWorld(opens in new tab)). Since the app is woven into the OS (hence the required reset), it keeps track of things on a process level, using a combo of code-signing by the app maker and an “AI model for application trust” to determine if the software is safe. Any app Windows 11 considers shady will be blocked from opening.

    Smart App Control isn’t the only new feature coming in this security update. There are improvements coming in account and credentials security and encryption. As a part of Microsoft’s Zero Trust(opens in new tab) push, the idea is to improve protection against phishing attacks and better detection for users visiting websites with compromised security.

    These new security upgrades will be available as part of the upcoming “22H2″ security update. This means anyone running 22H1 or older on Windows 11 will have to do a mandatory system reset, or you can opt-out.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Major Windows 11 update takes strides towards the holy grail of security
    By Joel Khalili published 10 days ago

    Microsoft says Windows 11 updates aim to deliver security ‘by default’

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Zane Chua’s Custom TPM 2.0 Boards Stand In for Hard-to-Find Windows 11 Must-Have Components

    Designed to pop straight onto an ASRock motherboard header, these 14- and 18-pin TPM 2.0 modules are Windows 11 ready.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mobile-Focused Windows 11 Leaves Taskbar Stuck Along The Bottom

    Yeah, I’ll admit it: I’m a Windows person. Two years ago this summer, I traded in an overworked Windows 7 laptop that was literally screaming in pain for a SFF Windows 10 box as my main machine. But 10 might mean the end for this scribe, who has used Windows since the late 1980s. Admittedly, it’s for a fairly petty reason — Microsoft have gotten rid of alternate-location taskbar support in Windows 11. As in, you can have the taskbar anywhere you want, as long as it’s the bottom of the screen.

    Years ago, I switched my taskbar to the top for various reasons. For one, it just made more sense to me to have everything at the top, and nothing at the bottom to interrupt visual flow while reading a web page or a document. Plenty of people move it to one of the sides or hide it when not in use for the same reason. More importantly, I thought moving the taskbar to the top would help with my neck/shoulder strain issues, and I believe that it has. So oddly enough, this one little thing may be the dealbreaker that gets me to switch after thirty-something years to Linux, where top-aligned taskbars are more or less the norm.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    by Sayan Sen — Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 22H2 Insiders on the Windows 11 Pro edition will now require a Microsoft Account and internet connection during the initial setup of a personal use device.

    In case you missed it, alongside the release of the most recent Windows 11 Insider build 22616 that brought in many changes, the Redmond giant also announced that having a Microsoft Account (MSA) and internet connectivity are now mandatory for Insiders during the initial setup (OOBE) of their Windows 11 Pro edition devices. It is compulsory only if your Windows 11 Pro system is for personal use. As expected, a device set up for Work or School does not require a MSA account or internet connection to be setup as that’s something based on volume licensing.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A new survey claims Windows 11 adoption is so low it’s actually less popular than the 20-year-old Windows XP.

    Windows 11 Adoption Is Lower Than Windows XP, Survey Claims

    The survey comes from Lansweeper, which looked at usage data from 10 million Windows devices from both consumers and businesses.

    The results found that only 1.44% of the devices had Windows 11 installed, which is lower than the 1.71% for Windows XP. In contrast, Windows 10 maintains a dominant share at 80.34%.

    Although Windows 11’s adoption is low at 1.44%, the number actually went up almost three times from 0.52% back in January.

    It’s also important to note that other surveys have found much higher Windows 11 adoption numbers. Last month, the app advertising platform AdDuplex found Windows 11 usage was at 19.4%, although this represented a mere 0.1% growth from the previous month. Meanwhile, the Steam hardware survey from Valve estimates Windows 11 usage has reached 16.8%.

    Lansweeper said its own survey comprises 20% enterprise systems and another 80% from consumer machines

    Lansweeper suspects one reason why Windows 11 adoption is so low is due to the hardware requirements for the OS. The Windows 11 free upgrade is only officially arriving for PCs that are, at most, four to five years old. The machines must also come built with a security feature called Trusted Platform Module (TPM), although you can install Windows 11 manually on many unsupported systems.

    Lansweeper noted its previous survey of 30 million Windows devices at businesses found that only about 45% were eligible for the free Windows 11 upgrade.

    Business adoption of Windows 11 lags behind consumer adoption.
    “Many organizations have been put off from having to buy new machines that meet these conditions, while others are simply happy with the current existence of Windows 10 which continues to be supported until 2025,” said Lansweeper’s Chief Strategy Officer Roel Decneut in a statement. “This situation will likely continue in the future unless businesses are given a compelling reason to upgrade.”

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 Is Ultra-Secure, Don’t Mess It Up

    You can’t run Windows 11 on a PC that lacks essential security hardware. That’s a good thing. Less promising is the fact that you can disable these requirements. Don’t do that!

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Offers TPM 2.0 Bypass to Install Windows 11 on Unsupported PCs
    However, the company warns that installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware may cause malfunctions.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 työkoneeseen? Älä pidätä hengitystä

    Henkilöstön hallintaohjelmistoja kehittävä Nexthink on julkistanut raportin, jossa tutkittiin organisaatioiden tietokoneiden valmiutta siirtyä Windows 11 -käyttöjärjestelmään. Tulokset ovat Microsofitn kannalta hälyttäviä, sillä vain 40 prosenttia tutkituista 3,12 miljoonasta koneesta voidaan päivittää uuteen Windows-versioon.

    Kattava tutkimus koski 457 organisaatiota 8 eri toimialalla. Windows 11:n on määrä olla Microsoftin ensisijainen käyttöjärjestelmä 24. lokakuuta 2025, ja vaikka määräaika saattaa tuntua kaukaiselta, uudet tiedot osoittavat, että monet organisaatiot saattavat tarvita tätä aikaa valmistautuakseen.

    Koska Windows 11:n kanssa yhteensopimattomia laitteita oli kuusi kymmenestä, niiden päivittämiseen tarvitaan yli 4,2 miljoonaa manuaalista asennustuntia. Windows 11 onkin yrityksille kaksiteräinen miekka: lisätoimintojen ja paremman tietoturvan vastapainona yritykset joutuvat miettimään päivittämisen riskejä.

    Nexthinkin arvion mukaan 40 prosenttia analysoiduista laitteista oli yhteensopivia Windows 11:n kanssa. Näiden laitteiden päivittäminen vaatii suhteellisen vähän resursseja ja kustannuksia, ja it-osaston on yksinkertaisesti koulutettava ja tiedotettava työntekijöille päivityksen hyväksymisestä. Jäljelle jäävistä laitteista 25 prosenttia on lähes päivitettävissä, mutta 35 prosenttia kaukana siitä. Nämä laitteet vaativat merkittäviä päivityksiä.

    Jos jokainen päivitettävä kone vaatii 15 minuuttia manuaalista työtä, päädytään yllämainittuun 4,2 miljoonaan työtuntiin. Koska tyypillisesti noin 15 prosenttia Windows-päivityksistä epäonnistuu, on tärkeää, että organisaatiot ymmärtävät siirtymisvalmiutensa ja haasteet, joita ne kohtaavat, kun siirtymisen aika tulee.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kannattaako tieto­kone päivittää jo Windows 11:een? Näin sanovat asian­tuntijat

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Latest Windows 11 update spells doom for a longstanding tool

    Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 update messes with one of the oldest parts of the operating system, and the tool could leave your gaming PC for good in the future

    Highlighted by Windows Latest, the Windows 11 update all but removes the Control Panel segment of the OS, as many of its duties now link to a shiny new ‘Settings’ app. One of the utility’s biggest functions, the ability to uninstall programs, will move over to the new settings hub, but the transition isn’t as seamless as you’d think.

    Losing Control (Panel)
    Again, don’t mourn for Control Panel yet, as it’s still alive and kicking within the latest version of Windows 11. That said, it’s hard to imagine it’ll be around to see Windows 12, and it’ll likely hang up its hat before then. It’s also worth noting that its departure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the new page will likely streamline the operating system’s functionality.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Beware: Windows 11-ready CPUs with VAES “susceptible to data damage”, full CPU list here

    When Windows 11 was first announced, there was a lot of annoyance surrounding it as Microsoft introduced stringent system requirements for it. Only modern microprocessors from AMD and Intel were supported as they were said to possess enhanced security support compared to previous generation CPUs, namely Intel 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” and AMD Zen (Ryzen 1000) or older.

    However, Microsoft has found that there are issues on the supported CPUs which come with Vectorized AES (VAES) instruction. The company notes that such Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 devices are “susceptible to data damage” as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instruction is meant to accelerate data encryption and any bugs in this are bound to adversely impact device data.

    The good news is that Microsoft has resolved the issue via previous Windows Updates KB5014746 and KB5014019. Users are expected to have performance impact on BitLocker, TLS, and also disk throughput upon installing the workaround updates. The company says that users can expect up to a two times (2x) slow down in AES performance.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 encryption bug could cause data loss, temporary slowdowns on newer PCs
    Recent Windows updates can resolve the problem but not undo damage.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft releases Windows 11′s first major update, adding Start menu folders, more Snap Layouts, dark mode improvements, Live Captions, Voice Access, and more — The first major Windows 11 update makes the renovations feel more complete … When Microsoft launched Windows 11 last year, it was clear the PC was back.

    Windows 11’s 2022 Update has something new for everyone
    The first major Windows 11 update makes the renovations feel more complete

    When Microsoft launched Windows 11 last year, it was clear the PC was back. PC usage had skyrocketed during the pandemic, and hybrid work had become the new normal for many around the world. But the new OS wasn’t completely ready to capitalize on those changes — Windows 11 felt like a work in progress, a familiar home in the middle of a big renovation. Now, with the Windows 11 2022 Update, Microsoft is back to make those renovations feel more complete.

    Microsoft has greatly improved Windows 11 over the past year to the point where updates feel like they’re arriving monthly now. The Windows 11 2022 Update addresses a lot of the early complaints I had about Microsoft’s initial OS release, and it has improved enough parts that I’ve gone ahead and upgraded my main machine to Windows 11 after initially holding off. If you were also wary of upgrading, the Windows 11 2022 Update might just be the time to hit the big install button — that’s if your PC even supports it in the first place.

    The Windows 11 2022 Update is available today and includes features like Start menu folders, improvements to Snap Layouts, Live Captions across the entire OS, better touch gestures, and even a new Xbox controller bar. It also includes a number of meaningful accessibility improvements and marks a shift in the way Microsoft is thinking about new features. There’s something new here for almost every Windows user.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Giorgio Sardo / Windows Experience Blog:
    Microsoft plans to expand Windows 11′s support for 20K+ Android apps and games via the Amazon Appstore to 31 countries “within the next few weeks” — Content is at the heart of the Windows PC experience – from the apps that fuel productivity, to movies that transport and games that connect.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Legacy disc collectors rejoice: CD ripping is returning to Windows 11! This is how it works.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What’s Microsoft been up to? A quick tour of Windows 11 22H2′s security features
    21 comment bubble on white
    And some requirements to be aware of

    As it rolled out a laundry list of features in the latest version of Windows 11, namely version 22H2, this month, Microsoft has also detailed some of the added security mechanisms.

    These changes touch on a range of areas, including hardware, drivers, and printers as well as protections against credential theft and account lookout.

    Included among the features is Kernel Mode Hardware Enforced Stack Protection, with Rick Munck, cloud security solution architect at Microsoft, stressing its dependency on hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI). HVCI enables Kernel Mode Code Integrity (KMCI) – a feature introduced with Vista that ensures low-level, highly privileged code, such as drivers and parts of the OS, are suitably signed and trusted before they are run. This code integrity check happens in a virtualization-protected space in the system.

    Munck wrote in a blog post – which handily summarizes 22H2′s security measures – that the hardware-enforced stack protection, which can be used with Windows 11 version 22H2 and above, provides additional security to kernel-level software, by hampering exploitation of certain code-execution vulnerabilities.

    Windows 11, version 22H2 Security baseline

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft debuts Windows 11 2022 Update – now with features added monthly

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mayank Parmar / Windows Latest:
    Microsoft publishes a Windows Subsystem for Android roadmap including Android 13, file transfer support, picture-in-picture, and local network access — Microsoft has been rolling out several updates for the Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11. The WSA is now significantly faster …

    Microsoft is bringing Android 13 to Windows 11 via WSA

    Microsoft has been rolling out several updates for the Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11. The WSA is now significantly faster on Windows 11 and it’s getting another big update in near future, according to the updated roadmap quietly made published by Microsoft on Github.

    In a surprising move, Microsoft quietly published the first roadmap for WSA. According to the GitHub page, Microsoft is working on Android 13-based WSA for Windows 11. Android 13 is one of the largest updates to the mobile operating system and it was officially announced on August 15, 2022.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft fixes Windows 11 22H2 file copy performance hit

    Microsoft has addressed a known issue leading to significant performance hits when copying large files over SMB after installing the Windows 11 2022 update.

    “There is a performance reduction in 22H2 when copying larger files from a remote computer down to a Windows 11 computer or when copying files on a local drive,” explained Microsoft’s Ned Pyle when acknowledging the issue more than a month ago in early October.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft adds screen recording to Windows 11 Snipping Tool
    Microsoft is finally adding a built-in screen recorder to Windows 11 through the Snipping Tool, enabling users to capture videos of their desktop without the need for a third-party app.


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