Microsoft releases first Windows 11 beta

Shawn Knight

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In brief: Windows 11 is one step closer to general availability as Microsoft has published Preview Build 22000.100 for Windows Insider beta channel members. The release comes almost one month to the day after Microsoft dropped a rougher preview build for Windows Insiders on the dev channel.

Windows Insider is a software testing program that gives users access to pre-release builds of Microsoft’s operating systems. It follows a channel model in which each successive tier is increasingly stable, with the goal of helping Microsoft identify and mitigate bugs and flaws ahead of public releases.

Microsoft notes that the beta channel release won’t have Chat from Microsoft Teams out of the gate, but they will be looking to add it in the coming weeks.

More about Windows 11:

As mentioned, you’ll need to be a Windows Insider to get in on the action. While there’s nothing stopping you from installing Windows 11 as your primary operating system, I’d personally recommend tinkering with it on an extra computer or a secondary partition. And as always, make sure and back up any important files that you can’t afford to lose.

The final version of Windows 11 is expected to start shipping on new computers later this year. As for those upgrading from Windows 10, Microsoft said that rollout will start in early 2022 and run through the first half of next year.

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dustin_ds3000

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Now I'm running 3 VMs with Windows 11 and my desktop and laptop. I was on the DEV branch but I switched to the beta branch. Since I run a Windows domain with 2 VM domain controllers from Server 2019 all I had to do was change a single GPO setting. The VMs are hosted on a Dell r730 2u rack server with ESXi 7.0. 1 VM Windows 11 is my main Plex server with another VM Windows 11 as a "test" plex server and the third VM Windows 11 as my VPN to the USA for banking and other things that I cant access in Korea.
 
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dragosmp

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With Microsofts hardware requirements, they can stick 11 where the sun don't shine

When the ISOs will get released, bet you can install on whatever you want. There will be a message along the lines that "MS doesn't recommend installing on your ancient insecure machine, OK to continue at your own risk?", you click OK and boom, Win11.

If they don't allow it, enterprises will adopt it in 2029 when Win10 expires.
 

SolarisGuru

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At this point gaming support on Linux has become decent enough I've not looked back to Windows in nearly a year. I did spin up Windows 11 on a secondary machine, but I wasn't particularly mesmerized by anything. I'll stick with Linux for now, maybe permanently.
 
Meh! Looks nice but seems like a backwards step for power users. Great for my mum but there's nothing here for me either as a self employed tech nerd or as a business user, especially if you're running PCs on a domain or AzureAD. More like Windows 10 lite than Windows 11 from my perspective.
 

Puiu

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This isn't quite true... I saw that the developer of paint.net got pushed Windows 11 without any action from him:
It seems like he was part of the insider program on other systems. Maybe one of the settings synced with his main PC. There can be several reason why it happened. Luckily he spotted it before anything happened.

I'm actually curious if the upgrade would have started or it was just one of updates that don't actually install.
 

dustin_ds3000

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Meh! Looks nice but seems like a backwards step for power users. Great for my mum but there's nothing here for me either as a self employed tech nerd or as a business user, especially if you're running PCs on a domain or AzureAD. More like Windows 10 lite than Windows 11 from my perspective.
I'm running with enterprise license so I saw a free upgrade, I have no reason to turn that down lol.
 

rub900

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My work laptop has TPM enabled and I have nothing but trouble from it. If I have any USB connected it blue screens. I have unplug everything boot and plug it back in. I enabled tpm on my personal pc and it blue screened. I had to disable and do a restore. My point. Screw windows 11. Windows 10 is good enough. When it is not I am going to Linux.
 

dustin_ds3000

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My work laptop has TPM enabled and I have nothing but trouble from it. If I have any USB connected it blue screens. I have unplug everything boot and plug it back in. I enabled tpm on my personal pc and it blue screened. I had to disable and do a restore. My point. Screw windows 11. Windows 10 is good enough. When it is not I am going to Linux.
Just turning on TPM doesn't do anything, all that does is allows the OS to see it. Your issue sounds more inline with secure boot or your boot disk is set for BIOS/MBR and not UEFI/GPT.
 
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scavengerspc

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Well its windows. So even in beta everything is fine so far. But I can't stand the way context menus work now, and the toolbar location at the bottom center is just late 1990s. Makes it look like a Fisher Price PC. Also, my printers quit working temporarily but, again, it's Windows so nothing surprising there. Installing the new driver patch fixed it. I can't believe Canon has a driver for 11 already. Games run great!! In other words, the same. No change.
One small yet annoying thing is Virus and Threat Protection in Windows Security needs to be turned on each time my laptop is started.
 

Bawlsdeep

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Linux as a daily driver for a gaming rig? Haha.. Yeah if you want to use hours and hours on troubleshooting and still get issues and bad performance in most games, then go ahead. It's not a priority for game developers or AMD/Intel/Nvidia. You are asking for trouble.

I use Linux/Unix for servers daily at work, yet I would never touch it for my home PC which is mostly about gaming. No point.

Windows 10 runs flawless for me.

Windows 11 Beta is on the company PC and looks decent already.

MacOS is the only viable alternative for a home PC IMO..

Linux is only free if your time has no value and you like tinkering. I do, but not on my daily driver home PC. It just needs to work. I do enough troubleshooting at work.

Even distros like Ubuntu and Mint won't attract regular PC users. Still needs tinkering and you will experience issues at some point. It's not user friendly and probably never will be. Linux/Unix also lacks tons of native app support still. No focus from dev's.
 
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Danny101

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My work laptop has TPM enabled and I have nothing but trouble from it. If I have any USB connected it blue screens. I have unplug everything boot and plug it back in. I enabled tpm on my personal pc and it blue screened. I had to disable and do a restore. My point. Screw windows 11. Windows 10 is good enough. When it is not I am going to Linux.
My inclination is to not upgrade to 11. Back everything up. Turn on TPM, Secure Boot and do a scratch install. I had to do a drive alignment before due to some conversion. When we start making low level subsystem changes a complete install just saves many headaches.