Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview. It also runs on older processors

A version of Windows 11 has been circulating on the Internet for several weeks now, but Microsoft has just released the first official test version of the new operating system. The company has made some changes to allow testing on older hardware, which does not include compatibility with the TPM 2.0 security protocol, but has added other capabilities that it has not talked about before. Unfortunately, the ability to run native Android apps on Windows 11 is not yet active.

Windows 11 requires a processor with TPM 2.0 security

The first Windows 11 Insider Preview can now be downloaded by those participating in the test program, which means you can now install Windows 11 officially, directly from Microsoft. Of course, this test version is not complete and may still have many issues that will most likely be resolved in the final version. However, it seems that you do not need to change your PC if it is not compatible with TPM 2.0. For testing, Microsoft waives this layer of security and allows installation on older computers as well.

Thus, in addition to the compatible processors already announced, Microsoft is now testing Windows 11 on systems with 7th generation Intel Core processors (Kaby Lake), as well as on the first generation of Zen 1 core processors from AMD (Ryzen 1000) , which are currently candidates for inclusion on the official support list, as well as other processors that do not have TPM 2.0 security.

The Insider version does not run Android applications

Unfortunately, the operating system does not currently allow the installation of Android applications. The functionality that ensures this is not yet ready. Microsoft will allow the installation of Android applications both from the Amazon application store and separately, in APK format. Thus, we will be able to run applications and services that are currently available only on smartphones. Also, integration with Teams video conferencing service is not yet included.

Microsoft however, it offers in Windows 11 an interesting feature, especially for those who own laptops with fast screens. The new operating system uses, like some versions of Android, a dynamic control of the screen refresh rate. Thus, depending on the application running, the refresh rate may be lowered or increased. In applications where there are not many dynamic elements, such as text editing or photos, the refresh rate can decrease to 60 Hz, while in games it can increase to 120 Hz. The function is called DRR (Dynamic Refresh Rate) and currently recognizes only a few Microsoft and Adobe applications. Thus, the power consumption of the laptop could decrease, as the screen will not run at 120 Hz all the time and you will not have to manually change this setting every time.

When Windows 11 launches

However, it is best not to install the Insider version of Windows 11 on a computer that you use every day for work, as it may be incompatible with various applications and devices that you may need. Running the operating system in a virtual machine is a good solution just to see the news it offers.

Microsoft says it will launch Windows 11 by the end of the year (probably in October), but only for new systems and probably for those who want to buy the operating system separately. The upgrade from Windows 10 to 11 will come only in early 2022.

sources: Engadget, Microsoft, Android Authority

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