Windows 11 is officially available for download as of today. Microsoft's new operating system was launched in version 22000.194 - the same one that was tested in Windows Insider two weeks ago.
You can download Windows 11 on the official website, and try it completely legally and for free - just skip activation. The ISO installation file weighs 5.1 gigabytes.
Before installation, it is worth recalling atypically high hardware requirements. It is possible to install Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the required requirements, but in this case, you are not entitled to additional system updates. The officially required requirements are as follows:
- a newer processor - such as the seventh-generation Intel Core or the second-generation AMD Ryzen
- Secure Boot option included in BIOS (UEFI interface), a motherboard with TPM 2.0 technology
- 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of disk space to install
Windows 11 itself comes with a redesigned Start menu, better support for the multi-monitor operation, new animations, rounded window edges, and Auto HDR option, and an expanded app store. Still, don’t expect too many changes - the system still uses some ancient settings windows, many apps haven’t been updated with Dark Mode support, and there’s no promised ability to run Android apps.
As far as performance in games is concerned, we do not expect significant progress here either. The most useful technique should be DirectStorage, which will speed up the loading of games from NVME disks, but to achieve this, games must first support it individually, and there are still none on the market.