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Windows 11 preview: Why older PCs should try it

Windows 11 preview: Why older PCs should try it

This week the folks at Microsoft released Windows 11 preview, an early-release version of the operating system for Windows Insiders. This preview version of Windows 11 has the same minimum system requirements as the expected first public release version of Windows 11. You, a person with an older PC, with minimal specs, may want to consider trying this Windows 11 preview for one key reason: You could assist in opening the update window wider.

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DOOM Eternal PS5 and Xbox Series X versions now live with this new content

DOOM Eternal PS5 and Xbox Series X versions now live with this new content

Today is a big day for DOOM Eternal fans because the game is getting its big next-gen upgrade today. The upgrade is going live on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, bringing graphics upgrades in the form of new fidelity modes. On top of that, we're also seeing ray tracing coming to the PC version, along with an update that's bringing new content to the game on all platforms.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2021 brings back a crude classic

Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2021 brings back a crude classic

It's very nearly July, and that means there's a new batch of Xbox Live Games with Gold right around the corner. Microsoft revealed what that next round of free games is today, and though there aren't any particularly big titles in the lineup, there is one game that's sure to please fans of a certain obscene, alcoholic squirrel.

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Xbox Cloud Streaming lands on iOS and Windows 10 with some big upgrades

Xbox Cloud Streaming lands on iOS and Windows 10 with some big upgrades

Microsoft made a couple of big announcements regarding Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's cloud streaming service today. For starters, Xbox Cloud Streaming is rolling out to a much larger group of subscribers beginning today. While that's big enough news on its own, Microsoft also discussed a big upgrade it's making to its cloud streaming datacenters.

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Windows 11 system requirements shakeup sees Microsoft pull PC Health Check App

Windows 11 system requirements shakeup sees Microsoft pull PC Health Check App

It's fair to say that Microsoft didn't exactly handle the Windows 11 system requirements situation well last week. With excitement for the newly-revealed OS high, PC users flocked to the PC Health Check App to find out if they could look forward to installing it themselves. Today, the Windows team conceded that they hadn't been ready for that.

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Windows 11 preview released: How to try Microsoft’s big new OS

Windows 11 preview released: How to try Microsoft’s big new OS

Microsoft has released the first Windows 11 preview, an early - and official - taste of the new OS announced to great fanfare last week. It comes amid lingering uncertainty and confusion about just who will be able to actually upgrade come the full Windows 11 release day, with existing PC owners left bemused by Microsoft's somewhat opaque upgrade checker.

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Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirement has a special exception

Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirement has a special exception

Interest in Microsoft's next big Windows release immediately turned into confusion over the hardware requirements to run Windows 11. One of the most controversial parts of that requirement is TPM or the Trusted Platform Module cryptographic hardware. Where it was previously considered a "soft floor" requirement, Microsoft has just raised TPM 2.0 as Windows 11's hard requirement. It turns out that it might not be that hard at all since Microsoft is willing to waive it for certain special cases and markets.

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Sideloading Android apps on Windows 11 could open a can of worms

Sideloading Android apps on Windows 11 could open a can of worms

One of the biggest news about Windows 11 that caught the masses' attention is its promised ability to run Android apps. Of course, the devil is in the details, as they say, and those details are slowly trickling in to paint a more complete and more complicated story. On the one hand, it seems that Microsoft won't be closing off its reported "Windows Subsystem for Android". On the other hand, the ability to sideload Android apps could also put Windows itself at risk in the long run, both technically and legally.

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Windows 11 update for Windows 10 isn’t coming this year

Windows 11 update for Windows 10 isn’t coming this year

There has been an unsurprising amount of lively discussion about Microsoft's next big Windows release, and, also unsurprisingly, even Windows fans seem to be split on Windows 11's value. Just like the operating itself, Windows 11 is complicated in more ways than one, and nothing is perhaps more complicated than its compatibility with existing Windows PCs. While that story seems to continue evolving, Microsoft is putting its foot down on at least one aspect of that narrative, giving Windows 10 users until next year to make up their minds about Windows 11.

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Android Apps coming to Windows 11: Why it matters

Android Apps coming to Windows 11: Why it matters

After much speculation and rumors all this year, Windows 11 operating system is now officially announced by Microsoft. The next refreshing OS is coming to machines this holiday season and the excitement is already on a high. A major part of the Windows 11 ecosystem is going to have presence of all supported Android apps, which comes as interesting news for users.

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Windows 11 TPM and other requirements added to PC Health Check

Windows 11 TPM and other requirements added to PC Health Check

PC Health Check was given an update this week shortly after complaints by Windows 11 seekers on reveal week. This being the week in which Windows 11 was first revealed, PC Health Check was a very popular download from Microsoft. Microsoft provides PC Health Check as a simple means for automatic checking many things, including requirements for a PC's future upgrade to Windows 11.

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This is why the Windows 11 TPM 2.0 is non-negotiable for Microsoft

This is why the Windows 11 TPM 2.0 is non-negotiable for Microsoft

Microsoft has set out its argument for why Windows 11 upgrades need TPM chips, following widespread confusion this week after the system upgrade checker warned people with even high-end PCs that they fell short of the new OS' requirements. Announced yesterday, Windows 11 debuts a new UI, Android app support, and new pen features, but it's security where Microsoft is really doubling-down.

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