(Windows users: I am an MS Insider who sees and can
play with new versions of Windows before the public release. I
have one machine that has been on Windows 10 Pro 21H2 which will
likely become 2109 this Fall. I saw a number of changes and
can only recommend strongly you do a full disk image backup and
know how to restore the image if things don't go well, like the
last two years. A fair amount of change coming.
However, last night, my Insiders machine was
upgraded to Windows 11 Pro 21H2 (the first version available for
testers to see like Windows 10 in July 2015). Boy, the
articles I have posted so far are on the mark. I have some
to be posted that have some hope for those of us with machines
running Windows 10 older than 4 years old. There are
indications that the TPM 2.0 requirement is in question.
Users with Windows Home edition will require MS linked account (I
have a local Admin account on the test machine, but the Standard
account is usually attached to MS) to allow full use of Windows
and to make all changes in Settings. There is talk support
of Intel CPUs older than the 8th generation. You will need a
machine with a dual-core CPU as Windows 11 will not install on any
single core computer and there will be no 32-bit OS version, just
64-bit OS. Any 32-bit programs will still be supported and
should run on Windows 11, but any programs with a new version of
Windows could break, requiring an updated version when available.
This is normal and the beta/alpha testing period is the time for
developers to test and make certain their programs work on the new
Windows version. This is no different this time around.
The little bit I have seen so far of Windows 11 21H2 beta is the
icons centered on the taskbar (like macOS, changeable) and a very
stripped-down start menu like nothing you have seen before.
My test system is an old HP Compaq 8000 Elite desktop with 8GB of
memory, an SSD, the CPU is Core 2 Quad-core upgrade, discrete
video card Radion HD 4600 series, and an old TPM module v1.2.
My test machine's specs show there is hope for older computers.
Seems very responsive, but like Windows 10 2109 this Fall, you
need to have a full image backup and know how to restore it if
needed. A full image backup must be verified as really being
good or you may find you don't have a way back. Remember, you can
delay either fall upgrades to Windows for a time, but they will
eventually force the upgrade when you're not really ready and
without a current full image verified backup should things not go
well to fall back on. I always try out new versions on old
and very limited power computers to see what works and what
Additionally, I am already seeing on my older
systems with Windows 10 20H2 ads from Microsoft for upgrading to
Windows 11. The push has begun.)
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