The official release of Windows 11 at the end of June has attracted widespread attention. It is true that Windows has rarely seen such exciting upgrades in recent years, so the author is also the first to update on multiple devices of his own, and used it as the main force for a period of time. Today, I will discuss a few more issues. , Share your experience and feelings.
01/ Can your device be upgraded to Win11?
At present, Microsoft has two main upgrade restrictions on Win 11: One is that the computer processor cannot be too old. The first batch of updates requires Intel 8th generation Core, AMD Zen2, Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 series, or newer platforms. Older platforms require If you want to update normally, you need to wait for subsequent gradual relaxation.
The second is that the computer must have a TPM2.0 security chip, and the function has been normally turned on (Win+R is running, enter tpm.msc and press Enter to query the support status). Some motherboards need to be turned on in the Advanced option of the BIOS. Generally, the name starts with TPM or PTT. If the relevant option is not found, it may not be supported.
Devices that meet the above conditions only need to apply for the Dev preview version in the “Start Menu-Settings-Windows Preview Experience Program”, and they will receive the push after restarting. Some devices that do not meet the conditions can also apply for push, but the installation process may be blocked.
02/ What methods can bypass the upgrade restrictions?
Although there seems to be a certain threshold for upgrading Win11, in fact the so-called “Win 11” version was originally named the 21H2 update of Win10, which means that its kernel has not been completely changed, and the current hardware restrictions may be more temporary by Microsoft. Out of consideration for stability.
There are also many ways to bypass restrictions on the Internet. After the actual test, the author summarized the following three simple and feasible methods. If you are interested, you can choose one of them to try.
Prepare the two ISO image installation packages of Win10 and Win11, and decompress them. Replace appraiser.dll in the Source folder of the Win10 mirror with the file of the same name in the Win11 mirror, and then start Setup.exe in the root directory of the Win11 mirror to install.
If the method 1 is stuck in the step of detecting hardware for a long time during installation, change to replace the Win11 install.wim into the Win10 mirror, and then run the Setup.exe in the Win10 mirror. During the installation with this method, it will show that you are installing Win10, but don’t worry, because the replaced file is the core file, so it must be Win11.
If you want to update directly through Microsoft’s push, then you can download the script from the following address, right-click to run the OfflineInsiderEnrollNaNd file with administrator privileges after decompression, and enter as prompted: 1 Enter, y enter, and you will get it after restart Pushed.
03/ What improvements does Win11 bring?
① A more unified UI style
On Win11, Microsoft finally basically realized the Fluent Design concept that it proposed in 2017. It adopts new mimic icons globally, the start menu, notification center, and the frosted glass effect are added, the settings menu is changed to a graphic card, and the application windows and right-click menus in the system frame have changed from the past right angles to rounded corners. There are smoother transition animations for the window’s exhalation, enlargement, and reduction.
Although a similar design has already been well presented by Apple’s MacOS, it is no wonder that everyone feels that Win11 is “fruitful”. But in any case, this operating system with the largest installed base in the world finally bid farewell to the severe fragmentation of the past “one section, one style” in the basic design language, and to a certain extent brought a completely new vision.
Of course, the third-party application windows are still right-angled, which is not uniform, but considering the open software ecology of Windows, it is estimated that this is not a good solution.
② Reasonable layout
First of all, there is no doubt that the most conspicuous change is that the taskbar icons such as the start menu and search have changed from left to center. The start menu is no longer the display method of “single column application + tile” in the past, but has become the display of “system application + recent application suggestions”, so you no longer need to search by letter in the vast application list. Where are the drawing and the calculator?
Although we can click on “All Applications” in the upper right corner to return to the style of the old start menu, or adjust these icons back to the left in the taskbar settings, the iconic tile design born from Win8 is completely dead. All systems The apps have adopted the icons of the new mimic design.
The WiFi, volume, and battery icons in the status bar in the lower right corner are combined into one, becoming the entrance to the new version of the control center.
Now, the date and notification center are combined into one, and you can click the arrow in the upper right corner of the calendar to adjust their display ratios.
The system settings page has changed a lot. In the past, functions such as personalization, display settings, application management, system updates, and security had their own independent page entries, some from the desktop, and some from the start menu. For users who are not familiar with the settings, the jump between these setting pages is like a maze, so every time you finish setting, you can only close the current window and enter from another entrance. On Win11, these functions have been organized on the same page, which is closer to the settings of the current smart phone or tablet.
The right-click menu has also changed a lot. The main thing is to turn the cut, copy, paste, share, delete and other options into icons and put them on the top. It looks a lot more streamlined, so you no longer need to find what you want from a bunch of options. of.
Win11 has also improved the multi-task parallel function. When the mouse is placed on the maximized icon, you can choose multiple ways to display multiple applications on the same screen, and the number of applications supported on the same screen is increased to four .
The new multitasking window replaces the previous “timeline” design, and the function of creating a new desktop has become more intuitive.
The Win10 app store is also a feature with poor experience in the past. Not only does the network often have problems, but the layout of itself is also very unclear. It may take a long time to update the app for the first time. Now go to the “Library” option on the home page to see the applications you have installed, and support classification and screening, at least in terms of design is more reasonable.
③ Brand new sound effects
In the past, Windows “dong dong dong” alarms or prompts inevitably made people feel nervous and anxious. They have become much more soothing on Win 11, and the long-lost boot music has also returned.
04/ What are the slots of Win11
New interactions will naturally also affect some old habits. For example, the refresh of the desktop right-click menu is gone, you have to click the last item to enter the old version of the menu to find it, which is very troublesome, and it may also be cancelled in the future. Although this function itself is not very practical, but for advanced patients like me who like to use the mouse to “refresh cancer” when nothing is wrong, it can be uncomfortable for a while. I believe there are many friends who have similar habits.
Right-clicking the taskbar menu now only leaves the taskbar settings. Many functions in the past cannot be opened quickly, such as the task manager. Now we can only find it by right-clicking the start menu.
In addition, the display desktop function in the lower right corner is usually hidden. It will only be displayed when the mouse is moved over. And you need to click on that line very accurately for it to take effect. Clicking on the blank part on the right is useless. .
The function of the widget is also very tasteless at present. Its original intention is similar to the negative screen on a mobile phone, but the information source of this widget is restricted from the official Microsoft. The calendar function is still the same as the function in the lower right corner. The news source can’t be changed, you can only subscribe to the topics you want to watch on the official website, but the layout is not delicate, just like a spam push page.
Classic setting pages like control panel, device manager, etc., they overlap with the new settings in many functions, but they are still retained, and the old-fashioned design is used. At most, it is replaced by an icon, and the style is not the same. The unification problem still exists. But to be honest, these functions are also one of the epitome of Windows, an aging system, “the ship is in a disaster to turn around”, and there is no way to force it to be completely reformed.
The touch screen experience is still bad. Although Win11 has made certain optimizations in animation, touch gestures, stylus, etc., the basic operation logic of “using fingers to achieve cursor accuracy” has not changed, and the past tablet mode has also followed The tile design was cancelled together, not to mention the poor touch screen adaptation of the web version and third-party apps. Therefore, the touch screen is still only a supplementary interaction for Win11, and it cannot be used comfortably as the main interaction like Android and iOS.
Last but not least, the Microsoft Store mentioned in the press conference provides Android APP, which is not yet supported in the current preview version. You may have to wait until the official version to experience it. If this function can be adapted better, I believe that Win11’s positioning in the history of PC development will be upgraded to a higher level.
05/ Is Win11 recommended to upgrade?
As far as the extent of improvement is concerned, Win11 is only an optimization in UI design and layout. Compared with the previous big patch updates of Win10, it has exceeded expectations, and subsequent support for Android applications is worth waiting for. Although it still has a lot of “ancestral” old problems, it is believed that many of them are involuntary to achieve this magnitude of the elderly system (we don’t have to choose anyway). As for the BUG, I have used it on multiple devices these days, and apart from some incomplete localization, I have not found any problems that particularly affect the use, but after all, it is still a preview version, and the main machine upgrade needs to be carefully considered.
If you are not like me, attracted by the new design of Win11, unable to tolerate the old UI, and can’t wait to try new things, in fact, it won’t be too far from the arrival of the official version. Although Microsoft has not announced it, it seems to have hinted in the introduction page of the official website Windows 11 that the official version will be pushed on October 20 this year.