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Welcome to the official thread for discussing all things leaks/rumors related to Windows 11. We're currently expecting Microsoft to announce Windows 11 on June 24, and before we get started, you may want to take a look at what we already know about the new OS. Now, onto the leaks and rumors.

Windows 11 will have rounded corners​

Alright, so this is mentioned in our dedicated Windows 11 page, but we've actually gotten a look at these rounded corners a couple of times. All the way back in November 2020, Microsoft added some mockups of apps with rounded corners to the Tips app on Windows 10, which Windows Latest was quick to spot. We can see it in places including a Wi-Fi connection flyout and the Settings app. One thing that's interesting about this particular leak is that there are some other UI elements we have yet to see. For example, the Settings app has its own icon in the title bar, but currently, apps only show their name here.
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Later, in April of this year, Microsoft posted a tweet with a picture of Windows Terminal running. Once again, the app had rounded corners, which aren't officially available. The tweet was then deleted, but not before the aforementioned Windows Latest spotted it.
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And we've seen it yet again in a blog post ahead of this year's Build event, where Microsoft included a tiny "Hello world!" app window using rounded corners.

Windows Central's Zac Bowden has also shared some mockups of what the rounded corners might end up looking like in "Sun Valley", which is the codename for the visual refresh that we're expecting with Windows 11. This also includes a floating Start menu, instead of it being right next to the taskbar. We've also heard that there may be a whole new Start menu entirely, but what that looks like is a mystery. It's reported to be inspired by what we saw on Windows 10X before it was cancelled.
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Revamped Action Center​

Another thing we've seen in leaks is a new Action center design, which seems to be designed to improve the experience for touch screens. In this animation captured by Windows Latest, you can see how it will apparently be possible to drag to expand the quick actions panel in the Action center.
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We've also had the chance to see a new Action center in Windows 10X, and Microsoft says it's bringing some elements of Windows 10X to regular Windows, so it's possible it will look a bit more like this image from Windows Central:
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In fact, in some Windows Insider builds, it's been possible to enable an Action Center that looks more similar to this (though it requires some tinkering), so it's also safe to assume we'll see something along these lines.

More customization​

One thing that was spotted very recently is support for changing the appearance for the touch keyboard in Windows 11. Based on the leaks, you'll be able to set a background image your the keyboard, but also change the color of the key overlays, labels, and borders. This makes quite a bit of sense as Microsoft owns SwiftKey, a popular Android and iOS keyboard that also offers customization options in this vein.
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On the topic of customization, Twitter user Albacore also noted that you might be able to use Windows Spotlight as your desktop background. Right now, Windows Spotlight is only available for Windows 10 on the lock screen, and it lets you see a different image every day, sometimes themed around holidays around the world.

And beyond visual customization, Albacore also spotted a "Device usage" page in the Settings app, which lets you specify how you plan to use your computer. Windows 10 already asks you about this when you set it up for the first time, but it looks like you might be able to change it whenever you'd like with this feature.
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Battery usage details​

One more feature uncovered by Albacore towards the end of last year was a new design for the battery usage page in the Settings app. This will give users more detailed insights into how battery has been used during the last seven days or 24 hours. You can also see the screen-on and screen-off time, and time spent in sleep mode.
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A new Microsoft Store​

According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is planning to overhaul the Store to allow unpacked Win32 apps to be published on the Store. It will also allow developers to use their apps and updates on their own content delivery networks, and it'll also be possible to use third-party commerce platforms. This should help the more reluctant developers transition to the Store, and make it a hub for all the apps you're used to installing.

Of course, the Store app itself will also be updated visually to fall in line with the rest of the UI elements in Windows 11, but we have yet to see that in action.

Microsoft itself might have teased some improvements to the Microsoft Store. A few weeks ago, the company talked about the gaming experience on PC on its Xbox Wire blog, and promises improved "install reliability and faster downloads". Currently, installing games using the Xbox app on Windows 10 uses the Microsoft Store to power downloads and installs behind the scenes, so this announcement could be hinting at some improvements on that front. It's true that downloading apps from the Microsoft Store can be a clunky experience, so hopefully, this also turns out to be true.

That's all the stuff we've seen for now, but we're bound to see more and more over the next few months. Once Microsoft acknowledges Windows 11 and begins releasing preview builds, more and more bits will likely begin to surface.
 

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Installed today in a vm, looks good, especially the option to centralize the task bar
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I have the leak installed and its been running smooth. nice updated look and some nice new features here and there but at same time still resembles win10 enough to where you can use it business as usual right out of the box
 
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Hands up who thinks Microsoft will be stupid enough to really enforce TPM 2.0 as a Windows 11 requirement and alienate better than 80% (conservative) of their actual market?

If the plan is to enforce better security, i wonder how thats going for them since theres already workarounds about (including grafting a certain .dll to bypass the TPM restriction)....then their decision is orders of magnitude of stupid beyond that time they all told us no one used a Start Menu anymore....

Surely the TPM requirement will die a horrible death before October

No one is that silly to enforce it, not even them....
 
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Hands up who thinks Microsoft will be stupid enough to really enforce TPM 2.0 as a Windows 11 requirement and alienate better than 80% (conservative) of their actual market?

If the plan it to enforce better security, i wonder how thats going for them since theres already workarounds about (including grafting a certain .ddl to bypass the TPM restriction)....then their decision is orders of magnitude of stupid beyond that time they all told us no one used a Start Menu anymore....

Surely the TPM requirement will die a horrible death before October

No one is that silly to enforce it, not even them....
They could. They really want a world where people buy a new PC every five years at least. It also wouldn't surprise me if they eased up on requirements just a little bit. CPU requirements are a good example. If they came out and said that Windows 11 supports Intel 6th-gen and up, people would be outraged. If they say 8th-gen and up, and then roll it back to 6th-gen and up, people are grateful.

They had originally published TPM 1.2 as a "hard floor", so maybe that's where they'll end up.
 
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Cloud and central services are the plan for Microsoft(Even in companies, more cloud business, more service defined services, more "hand's off, let the software do it automatically"). They want more control, more feedback, more profit from an operating system that is free for many users. You get it for free, you have to give something for it. Your data, your control. That's it.
 

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They could. They really want a world where people buy a new PC every five years at least. It also wouldn't surprise me if they eased up on requirements just a little bit. CPU requirements are a good example. If they came out and said that Windows 11 supports Intel 6th-gen and up, people would be outraged. If they say 8th-gen and up, and then roll it back to 6th-gen and up, people are grateful.

They had originally published TPM 1.2 as a "hard floor", so maybe that's where they'll end up.

Thats my other issue, i have a perfectly good Core i7-4970 (4th Gen) system that i just completed Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 on. 4 cores/8 threads @ 4Ghz. Thats 7 generations behind current. This PC still steals other PC's lunch money

Anyone want to give me a cogent reason why i cant run Windows 11?

Ive been in IT since 8bit, i have a PC that does everything i need and i still havent actually found the limits of it, and never been into aspirational technology...i blame that rotten Apple for this cancer of people wanting a new product every 6 months...if Microsoft tries to go down the route that Apple does and excluding them via hardware age, which is another ****ty trait of theirs, it will end very badly for them. People will switch to free alternatives like Linux in droves, and i'll help them do it...

Like i said, and insane amount of people have a PC capable of running Windows 11 perfectly. The time for Microsoft to go after their new "security agenda/awakening" was when they called halt to Windows 7. Not now....

TPM is set to be a massive fail if they enforce it....
 
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Hands up who thinks Microsoft will be stupid enough to really enforce TPM 2.0 as a Windows 11 requirement and alienate better than 80% (conservative) of their actual market?

If the plan it to enforce better security, i wonder how thats going for them since theres already workarounds about (including grafting a certain .ddl to bypass the TPM restriction)....then their decision is orders of magnitude of stupid beyond that time they all told us no one used a Start Menu anymore....

Surely the TPM requirement will die a horrible death before October

No one is that silly to enforce it, not even them....
Another workaround I saw was to open the ISo and replace x Files from Win 10 for the TPM check, zip it back up and install it. Much like replacing files on ROMS, right?
 

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Thats my other issue, i have a perfectly good Core i7-4970 (4th Gen) system that i just completed Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 on. 4 cores/8 threads @ 4Ghz. Thats 7 generations behind current. This PC still steals other PC's lunch money

Anyone want to give me a cogent reason why i cant run Windows 11?

Ive been in IT since 8bit, i have a PC that does everything i need and i still havent actually found the limits of it, and never been into aspirational technology...i blame that rotten Apple for this cancer of people wanting a new product every 6 months...if Microsoft tries to go down the route that Apple does and excluding them via hardware age, which is another ****ty trait of theirs, it will end very badly for them. People will switch to free alternatives like Linux in droves, and i'll help them do it...

Like i said, and insane amount of people have a PC capable of running Windows 11 perfectly. The time for Microsoft to go after their new "security agenda/awakening" was when they called halt to Windows 7. Not now....

TPM is set to be a massive fail if they enforce it....
Obviously, your Core i7-4970 can outperform, say, the supported Pentium Gold 4425Y. Performance is clearly not the issue, and I don't even think Microsoft is pretending that it is. Instead, they're claiming features supported by the chips, including security. I'd bet money that they'll roll back the requirements, at least a bit.

I think they're going to enforce TPM, but I think that the term "massive fail" is relative. The objective of Windows 11 is clearly not the same as Windows 10. Windows 10 was all about getting every Windows user on the same version of Windows. A big thing at the time was Microsoft saying that it didn't want to compete with itself. Every time there was a new version of Windows, it was trying to compete with the old version of Windows.

Windows 11 is more about getting you to buy a new computer. It's not about getting as many people as possible to upgrade anymore; otherwise, they wouldn't have raised the minimum requirements.
 

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Obviously, your Core i7-4970 can outperform, say, the supported Pentium Gold 4425Y. Performance is clearly not the issue, and I don't even think Microsoft is pretending that it is. Instead, they're claiming features supported by the chips, including security. I'd bet money that they'll roll back the requirements, at least a bit.

I think they're going to enforce TPM, but I think that the term "massive fail" is relative. The objective of Windows 11 is clearly not the same as Windows 10. Windows 10 was all about getting every Windows user on the same version of Windows. A big thing at the time was Microsoft saying that it didn't want to compete with itself. Every time there was a new version of Windows, it was trying to compete with the old version of Windows.

Windows 11 is more about getting you to buy a new computer. It's not about getting as many people as possible to upgrade anymore; otherwise, they wouldn't have raised the minimum requirements.

I'll wait for the cheque from Redmond....

Like i said, this has all the hallmarks of creating a new Windows 7 style holdout, which is patently stupid and will only hurt them.

TPM has been around for long enough, and yet every company i worked in never chose to utilize it, and your average Joe has no idea it even exists, nor cares about it.

By all means offer features that rely on it, and deny those features to people who don't choose to have TPM, or have it turned on, but to make it a requirement install the OS at all is certifiably insane, like really....

After 30+ year sin IT and watching Microsoft make some truly bad decisions, i for one won't be the one to give the bad news to anyone i currently support, ill just pass on the local Microsoft support details and watch the excrement hit the fan from the comfort of my bunker...

I had hoped Microsoft had learned its lesson after taking 2/3 years to return the Start Menu after they crowed they had "metrics that show people don't even use it", but no

Their utter capitulation on the Start Menu you might have humbled them some and given them the ability to listen to and respect their customers...
 

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Can i add TPM 2.0 in my Acer laptop (Aspire E 15)
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Run any of the (now) half dozen programs that check for TPM, like:


(Download the latest .exe for your machine type - WhyNotWin11.exe = x64, WhyNotWin11_x86.exe = x86)

And/Or check your models manual from the manufacturers support site to see if its an option to enable in the BIOS

This isnt a thread where people are going to check through online specs for you to give a personal answer sorry.....

Based on the age of that model, and being an Acer laptop, im going to hard bet on No
 
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Run any of the (now) half dozen programs that check for TPM, like:


(Download the latest .exe for your machine type - WhyNotWin11.exe = x64, WhyNotWin11_x86.exe = x86)

And/Or check your models manual from the manufacturers support site to see if its an option to enable in the BIOS

This isnt a thread where people are going to check through online specs for you to give a personal answer sorry.....

Based on the age of that model, and being an Acer laptop, im going to hard bet on No
It is not available! and i know it is a hardware.
I want to know i can be added it in to my existing lap
 

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    It is not available! and i know it is a hardware.
    I want to know i can be added it in to my existing lap
    You should check the manufacturer if there's a TPM module available. Gigabyte for example offers one for a Mainboard, but for laptops it might be not available due to it's nature.
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    big data.jpg

    A very old picture, long before the word "cloud" was born in the IT, the same was going on with big data, but you can simply say the same for cloud 😊
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    Thats my other issue, i have a perfectly good Core i7-4970 (4th Gen) system that i just completed Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 on. 4 cores/8 threads @ 4Ghz. Thats 7 generations behind current. This PC still steals other PC's lunch money

    Anyone want to give me a cogent reason why i cant run Windows 11?

    Ive been in IT since 8bit, i have a PC that does everything i need and i still havent actually found the limits of it, and never been into aspirational technology...i blame that rotten Apple for this cancer of people wanting a new product every 6 months...if Microsoft tries to go down the route that Apple does and excluding them via hardware age, which is another ****ty trait of theirs, it will end very badly for them. People will switch to free alternatives like Linux in droves, and i'll help them do it...

    Like i said, and insane amount of people have a PC capable of running Windows 11 perfectly. The time for Microsoft to go after their new "security agenda/awakening" was when they called halt to Windows 7. Not now....

    TPM is set to be a massive fail if they enforce it....
    Obviously, your Core i7-4970 can outperform, say, the supported Pentium Gold 4425Y. Performance is clearly not the issue, and I don't even think Microsoft is pretending that it is. Instead, they're claiming features supported by the chips, including security. I'd bet money that they'll roll back the requirements, at least a bit.

    I think they're going to enforce TPM, but I think that the term "massive fail" is relative. The objective of Windows 11 is clearly not the same as Windows 10. Windows 10 was all about getting every Windows user on the same version of Windows. A big thing at the time was Microsoft saying that it didn't want to compete with itself. Every time there was a new version of Windows, it was trying to compete with the old version of Windows.

    Windows 11 is more about getting you to buy a new computer. It's not about getting as many people as possible to upgrade anymore; otherwise, they wouldn't have raised the minimum requirements.
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    Hands up who thinks Microsoft will be stupid enough to really enforce TPM 2.0 as a Windows 11 requirement and alienate better than 80% (conservative) of their actual market?

    If the plan is to enforce better security, i wonder how thats going for them since theres already workarounds about (including grafting a certain .dll to bypass the TPM restriction)....then their decision is orders of magnitude of stupid beyond that time they all told us no one used a Start Menu anymore....

    Surely the TPM requirement will die a horrible death before October

    No one is that silly to enforce it, not even them....
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    I love the look. It's like the best of metro UI with some glassy textures yet familiarity from Windows 10. I'm excited!