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Windows 11 arrives on October 5: these are its main news

Since Windows 10 arrived in 2015, 88.77% of the world’s computers use this operating system compared to iMac, Linux or Chrome OS. Now, with the arrival of autumn, the most widespread OS on the planet is updated to its eleventh version: Windows 11.

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The next October 5th It is the date set for the official release of the new operating system. And so that Windows 11 does not catch you by surprise, in ConsumptionClear we have prepared this kind of guide to find out what news it brings, how to update it, etc.

How do I upgrade to Windows 11?

The real question, and one that many of you will ask, is: how much does the Windows 11 license cost? It depends.

Users who have an official version of Windows 10 – and that are not OEM licenses, as we explained in this article – can update to the new version for free. There is also the possibility to participate in the Windows beta program.

In this way, we can have the latest versions of the operating system without paying anything, but with a couple of conditions. The first is that being a beta version, there can be bugs and glitches more often.

The second is that you agree to let Microsoft log operating system usage and errors. Regarding the official license, it will surely have a price similar to that of Windows 10, which around 150 euros in the official Microsoft store.

What requirements does Windows 11 have?

One of the great changes in this new operating system, compared to the current one, are the minimum requirements of Windows 11. The most striking is the need to have a TPM 2.0: a cryptoprocessor that works as a security system, since it encrypts the information of the OS.

This is a somewhat strange requirement, since teams that do not have it will suffer several problems and will not receive security updates, as confirmed by Microsoft. But how do you check if we have it?

In the Windows start menu we must write “tpm.msc.”, Which will open a menu called “Administration of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on the local computer”. When we try to activate it, the program will notify us if the TPM “appears” or “cannot be found”.

The rest of the requirements that Windows 11 has are, in general, easy to meet:

  • 2-core or more 64-bit processor.
  • Minimum of 4 GB of RAM.
  • 64 GB of free space.
  • TPM chip.
  • A DirectX 12 (or higher) compatible graphics card and WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • UEFI and Secure Boot
  • A screen of at least 9 inches and resolution of 720p.
  • In addition, we will need an internet connection to install and update it.

What’s new in Windows 11?

Windows 11 is a big change from Windows 10. Not only are there many new features behind the operating system, but there is a big aesthetic change which is postulated as the great novelty of this new version.

1. New start menu.

The classic start menu that is usually located in the lower left corner has been moved to the center of the screen. Now, the anchored apps and the search engine will be in the lower central area of ​​our monitor.

In addition, the floating tables disappear from the menu and it is no longer anchored to the toolbar: now it is a floating drawer that recommends the most used applications and other fixed ones.

2. Cuttings.

After many versions, Windows 11 changes the “Snipping” application, since it can be activated without having to open the app.

3. Microsoft Store.

One of Microsoft’s big bets is its new application store. It does not charge developers a commission for uploading their apps to the store, which has made it, even though it is in beta, a much more varied Store than Windows 10.

4. Android apps.

And this is another of the great news. Through Amazon, Windows 11 computers will now have at their disposal a large catalog of Android applications. Although this option will be implemented later.

5. New aesthetics.

There are many changes when it comes to design: new icons, redesigns of common applications: Microsoft Paint, Edge, Calculator, Clock and a long etcetera.

Windows 11 also bets on a very minimalist design. The drawers will no longer be clamped to the edges of the screen, but everything seems to float – even the new animations for opening a tab or closing it give that feeling – and leave the edges free.

6. Snap Layouts.

Another great novelty for Windows 11 is the new window manager: it is now much easier to manage and place different applications on one screen.

Snap Layouts will allow us to customize the workspace of our monitor –two windows, divide it into thirds, a larger center and side bars, etc.–, facilitating the multitasking.

7. Focused on video games.

Windows 11 also offers several updates to improve the experience gaming on our computer: DirectStorage for a much faster load, AutoHDR to improve the visuals and a new Xbox app.

8. A faster OS.

Windows 11, according to a video from Microsoft itself, represents a great improvement in terms of fluidity compared to Windows 10. It is an operating system that offers a 32% saving in memory and reduces use by 37% CPU, so it lengthens the battery in laptops and optimizes its operation on the desktop.

Some laptops with which you can already run Windows 11

Acer Swift 5

By 999 euros, the Acer Swift 5 is a very light notebook that will be one of the first to upgrade to Windows 11 without any problem.

It is an ultrabook of just 1 kilogram of weight that has 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD memory and an integrated graphics that will allow us to work without any problem. More details of the product.

Lenovo Yoga 7

By 1,161 euros, the Lenovo Yoga 7 is one of the great laptops that is leaving us in 2021 and one of the first to be sold together with Windows 11.

It is a 2 in 1 (laptop and tablet) that has a 14-inch screen with FullHD resolution, an i7, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD memory. More details of the product.

Surface Pro 7

By 1,049 euros, the Surface Pro 7 is the older sister of the Surface family and, since Microsoft is its manufacturer, it is prepared for the arrival of Windows 11.

It is a 12.3-inch 2-in-1 tablet (also portable) with an i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 126 GB of SSD. On sale, you can get it for less than 800 euros. More details of the product.

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