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Windows 11 – build 22000.51 – first impressions

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Windows 11

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As soon as the build was available in the insider Dev-channel yesterday, I , like many others, downloaded it and started the upgrade process.

Installing the build went smooth and fast. I was running a norwegian Windows 10 21H2-build and after a few minutes, and one reboot I was greeted with the lock-screen with new fonts and was presented with the new desktop-experience. Total time? 5-10 minutes.

Below are some screenshots of the upgrade and my first dive into the system. I like the look and feel, and it is suprisingly stable for a first build.

Downloading the build through Windows Update
Greeted with the new desktop experience for the first time
The new look of File Explorer
The new look of Settings – system
Windows Update in its new look
The new Start menu
The new Widgets pane sliding in from the left

Overall my first impressions are good. The upgrade was fast, the system is suprisingly stable given that we are in early days, and I like what I see. As I test out more and more features, I will get back with more information.

Windows 11 is bringing me back to blogging

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Blog, Blogroll, Windows 11

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So, let’s just start by saying that this blog has been in a coma for a while. Obviously. Work and family have kept me busy, and to a certain degree I lost interest in blogging. Windows 10 is in many ways a great operating system. And iteration after iteration of the OS just kept improving on it. But nothing has been exciting for a long time.

Then rumors of Windows 11 began surfacing, a leaked version appeared and June 24 was the official announcement of it. And the excitement is back. Whether it is deserved or not remains to be seen. But so far I like what I see. The underpinnings of the OS is still good old Windows 10. The core is still the same, but the looks and feel have been updated and are more modern and appealing. To me at least.

So I am preparing to install the insider version as soon as it is available. I have downloaded the leaked version, but I have chosen to not install it. It is “stolen” bits, and plenty have been written about that version already. So I am biding my time for the legal and official test version that is going to be released to us insiders next week.

The minimum requirements for the hardware has been bumped up this time around. In order to install Windows 11 you will have to have a machine that meets these requirements;

Processor
1 gigahertz (GHz)?or?faster with 2 or more cores on a?compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)

Memory
4 GB RAM

Storage
64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware
UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card
DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x

Display
>9” with HD Resolution (720p)

Internet connection
Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Certain features require specific hardware, see detailed system requirements.

This means that my Windows Surface Laptop 3 is eligible, but my homemade desktop from 2015 is not. It seems both my processor and the TPM requirements are to blame for that. Too bad, since the desktop has more than enough juice for what I am using it for these days. So I will be testing Windows 11 on my Surface Laptop. I will probably not update the desktop until I have to, which means when something breaks within it.

Well, next week, starting 28 June, I will be installing the bits on this machine and start testing, and posting more of my experience with Windows 11. Hope you will tag along.

Windows 10 build 10525 available to the Fast Ring

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Microsoft, Windows 10

No GravatarI have just installed Windows 10 preview build 10525, which is the first post official launch of Windows 10 build that has been released to the Fast Ring. The release is covered on the official Microsoft Windows blog here which in describes whats new in this build. Basically it is two things that are highlighted; updated color options, which enables you to set your accent colors, and improvements to the memory manager. The official post also mentions the following known issues in this build:

  • Mobile hotspot doesn’t work in this build. When sharing the Internet from your device with mobile broadband using Mobile Hotspot, it will fail to get a valid IP address from your device and will show no internet access.
  • An update to Movies & TV application from the Store will be required to fix an issue with video playback.
  • Optional languages packs will not be available during the initial launch of this flight, it will be available later this week.

Here are some screenshots I have taken;

The build version is once again back on the desktop

The build version is once again back on the desktop

Nothing new in regards to the Start menu

Nothing new in regards to the Start menu

The option for showing colors on Start, taskbar and action center

The option for showing colors on Start, taskbar and action center

This is how it changed for me after selecting the option

This is how it changed for me after selecting the option

Still no Windows Spotlight for Pro users...

Still no Windows Spotlight for Pro users…

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What about you? Have you installed the build? Have you found something else that’s new?

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