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Windows 11 launch day live blog – what you need to know

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With Windows 11 officially rolling out to the world today, it looks like Microsoft has taken to bragging about how well it performs as a gaming platform. And there is some truth to that, because the Xbox app works well and is better integrated with Windows than ever before – don’t miss our own take on Tony Polasco on what Windows 11 means for gamers.

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Let’s go back to upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11. We have our Windows 11 vs Windows 10 showdown, which should give you some pointers on whether you want to upgrade to the new operating system sooner rather than later. .

Speaking of makeovers, Windows 11 is getting more and more user-friendly with Xbox games and has brought some of the best features of the Xbox Series X to Windows 11. These include Auto HDR and DirectStorage, the latter is good if you have one. NVMe SSD compatible.

Xbox Series X on wooden table.

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If you are a Microsoft Office user, be prepared for some big changes as it gets a makeover for Windows 11.

TPM may seem like a faff and a compelling reason to avoid upgrading to Windows 11, but you will only have time to delay this as Windows 10 will lose Microsoft support in 2025.

Okay, back to the software side. And concretely, what is a TPM? This is something you will need to run Windows 11.

For those of you who don’t know, TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module and is a hardware feature of computers that secures a computer through a built-in cryptographic key. Basically, it’s a better way to secure a computer on a hardware level rather than relying on easier-to-use software, relatively speaking.

Windows 11 wallpaper with Asus TPM on the front layer.

(Image credit: Microsoft / Asus | Remix by Nick Bush)

And we have our Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review by Tony Polanco, which praised the new Surface Pro, thanks to its redesign and seemingly tailor-made for Windows 11.

The addition of new 11th Gen Intel processors and an improved 120Hz display is definitely appealing. The Type Cover has also been improved.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Photography

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Next, our Microsoft Surface Go 3 review, which sees the Redmond-based company refresh its smaller Windows tablet and laptop a bit.

Reviewer Henry T, Casey wanted more, noting, “The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is hard to recommend, due to performance and battery issues. We would go for a Surface Go 2 over this new model.”

A mere 2.5 stars for the Surface Go 3 isn’t a stellar result.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 on a window sill

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To accompany the launch day of Windows 11, we have reviews of the latest Windows Surface devices.

First, the somewhat odd review of Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio. Wawro once again flexed his review muscles and came to the conclusion that this is the machine Windows 11 was supposed to run on.

“Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio is a high-end 2-in-1 with enough performance to work, play and create digital art on the go,” he writes. “Whether it’s the right laptop for you depends on how much you want that 120Hz sliding screen.”

The Surface Laptop Studio received 4 out of 5 stars, making it a pretty good 2-in-1 device, but don’t expect it to be cheap.

a photograph of Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

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Widgets are one of the main new features that Windows 11 brings to the Windows table. It’s an evolution of the desktop gadgets and live tile information we see in Windows 8 and Windows 10, but now they feel a bit more integrated into the Windows experience and richer in content.

But reviewer Alex Wawro isn’t as convinced by them so far: “It’s a good idea, and maybe in the future I’ll be relying on Windows 11 widgets as part of my daily routine. .

“But at the moment, widgets on Windows 11 are quite limited and easily forgotten. When Microsoft first announced that they would be coming to Windows 11, we were shown demos of a widget panel that can be customized. , extended to full screen and rearranged to your liking. ”

a screenshot of the Widgets menu in Windows 11

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And another new, but also a little odd, new thing about Windows 11 is that it will run Android apps, at least at some point in the future. We’re not convinced this will be a killer feature, but it’s definitely intriguing.

One of the most notable changes is the new Windows 11 Start menu. It might seem like a small thing to change, but the Start menu is so entrenched in using Windows that changing it is a big deal. But we’ve got a full tour of everything new to the Windows 11 Start menu so you won’t be taken by surprise.

a screenshot of the Windows 11 Start menu

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And based on the results provided by the Health Check app, you may decide you want a new computer. If so, check out our pick of the best Windows 11 compatible laptops to date.

a collection of Windows 11 laptops

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If you’re still not sure if your computer will be running Windows 11, then Microsoft has brought back the Health Check app which will give your PC a quick assessment to see if it’s up to the task of running Windows 11.

The Windows 11 logo seen through a digital magnifying glass

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If you want a quick and clear description of the differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11, which may not be immediately clear at first glance, YouTuber TrigrZolt is here for you. Watch the video below.

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We might have gotten a little ahead of this because you might be wondering how to install Windows 11, but we’ve got our handy step-by-step guide.

But what about TPM, you’ll ask me, the most controversial feature in Windows 11? Well, you can actually upgrade to Windows 11 without a TPM – here’s how.

a screenshot of the Widgets menu in Windows 11

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So, if you decide to download Windows 11, here are eight features you’ll want to try out first.

And if you’re a big fan of PC gaming, you might want to proceed with caution and Windows 11 looks set to hit the gaming performance in pre-built PCs. People who make their own gaming machines should get away with it.

an Xbox Game Pass image with Windows 11

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Speaking of upgrading, Alex Wawro believes that you shouldn’t rush out and upgrade to Windows 11.

“The main reason you shouldn’t rush out and try to install Windows 11 yourself is that the operating system is not yet complete. Although it is common to see updated software with fixes and new features after release, Windows 11 isn’t quite cooked enough at launch than I would like, ”Wawro explained in his Windows 11 review.

If you are planning to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, the old operating system update feature will now tell you if your PC can run Widows 11.

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Our friends at Windows Central have a video describing the next level changes made by Windows 11. We think it’s worth a look.

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Before you rush out and get Windows 11 for free or decide to buy it if you’re leaving a much older Windows or macOS machine, be sure to check the operating system’s minimum system specifications first. There are:

The hype for Windows 11 is real, with an ad in Times Square in New York City. Is it a bit too much?

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Here we go, Windows 11 is officially released and you can get it today. But should you? Well read Alex Wawro’s Windows 11 review to get our full impressions of the next-gen operating system.

Windows 11 Start menu screenshot

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