Windows 11 available on October 5

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Today, we are thrilled to announce Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase. A new Windows experience, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love.

As the PC continues to play a more central role in our lives than ever before — Windows 11 is ready to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity.

Here are 11 highlights of this release


1. The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.

2. With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.

3. Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.

4. Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.

5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.

6. Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)


7. Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.

8. Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.

9. Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all our app designs and experiences.

10. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.

11. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage. Businesses can also test Windows 11 in preview today in Azure Virtual Desktop, or at general availability by experiencing Windows 11 in the new Windows 365.

Thank you to the Windows Insider Community


The Windows Insider community has been an invaluable community in helping us get to where we are today. Since the first Insider Preview Build was released in June, the engagement and feedback has been unprecedented. The team has also enjoyed sharing more behind the scenes stories on the development of Windows 11 in a new series we launched in June, Inside Windows 11. We sincerely appreciate the energy and enthusiasm from this community.

Rolling out the free upgrade to Windows 11 in a phased and measured approach


The free upgrade to Windows 11 starts on October 5 and will be phased and measured with a focus on quality. Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible experience. That means new eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022. If you have a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know when it’s available. You can also check to see if Windows 11 is ready for your device by going to Settings > Windows Update and select Check for updates*.

Ready to elevate to 11? There’s never been a better time to purchase a new PC


October 5 is right around the corner — and there are a few things you can do to get ready for Windows 11. First, if you’re in need of a new PC now — don’t wait. You can get all the power and performance of a new Windows 10 PC and upgrade to Windows 11 for free after the rollout begins on October 5**.

We’ve worked closely with our OEM and retail partners to bring you powerful Windows 10 PCs today, that will take you into the future with Windows 11. Here are a few to check out.

Acer Swift 5


The Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55) ultrathin-and-light notebook marries an uber-stylish design with the latest performance technology. Powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors and verified to meet the requirements of an Intel Evo platform, the Swift 5 has the power and performance to seamlessly run multiple applications and provides up to 17 hours of battery life for all-day productivity. The touchscreen display is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass, and you have the option to further include an antimicrobial solution on the touchpad, keyboard and all covers of the device. Click the link above for more details on the Acer website.

Acer Swift X


The new Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G) notebook represents a new segment within the Swift portfolio, the first of its series to come powered with discrete graphics, all at 3.06 pounds. Up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, combined with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Mobile Processor and 16 GB of RAM offers creative professionals such as video editors or photographers plenty of power. True to the Swift family, all this hardware has been fitted into a metal chassis 0.7 in thin. Click the link above for more details on the Acer website.

Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363


Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363 has an all-new design that combines ultimate portability with supreme versatility. Its NanoEdge FHD OLED display and 360-degree ErgoLift hinge make extra compact, and the super-slim 13.9 mm chassis houses a wide range of I/O ports for easy connectivity. Its Intel Core processor gives effortless performance for on-the-go productivity and visual creativity.

Zenbook 14 UX425


Asus Zenbook 14 UX425 has an all-new design that’s just 13.9mm slim. It has a four-sided NanoEdge display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio for immersive visuals, and there’s a complete set of full I/O ports. The latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and all-new Intel Iris Xe graphics makes it a perfect portable companion.

Alienware x15


Each of Dell Alienware’s X-Series laptops include Alienware Cryo-tech cooling technology and this generation features a patent-pending Quad Fan design engineered to provide the highest levels of gaming performance. Both the Alienware x15 and Alienware x17 are made of premium materials, including magnesium alloy and CNC-machined aluminum designed for structural rigidity, and are finished with a carefully formulated stain-resistant paint formula. Built for marathon gaming sessions, these laptops feature HyperEfficient voltage regulation technology which is designed to allow the system to perform at the highest levels for hours of gameplay.

Dell XPS 13


The Dell XPS 13 is crafted using authentic premium materials, precision cut to achieve a flawless finish in a durable, lightweight design. Designed to create the perfect affinity between aesthetics and functional purpose, it delivers powerful performance and a larger 4-sided InfinityEdge display.

HP ENVY x360 15


If you’re looking for something extra special, the HP Spectre x360 14 features cutting edge 2-in-1 design and superb performance with the latest Intel Core processors along with all-day battery life. If you’re a creator looking for a device that is as flexible as your workflow, the HP ENVY x360 15 is a mobile creative powerhouse, featuring AMD Ryzen or Intel Core processors, and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 for fast connectivity. The Spectre x360 is available at Best Buy and HP.com; the ENVY x360 15 is available at select retailers including Best Buy, Costco, Walmart and HP.com.

2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7


Meet the versatile 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible series, available in 14-inch sizes and designed with rounded edges to feel more comfortable in your hands. Immerse yourself in a vibrant Full HD IPS touchscreen display with your choice of either 11th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors plus integrated graphics. Available in Slate Grey hue, go anywhere with a 71WHr battery, a metal chassis that impresses from every angle and thoughtful details such as a webcam privacy shutter. Click the link above for more details on the Lenovo website.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro


Master multitasking with the thin and light Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro series, offering consumers a choice of an LCD or super-vibrant OLED display for greater immersion. Available in a 14-inch size and Light Silver hue, the laptop features either 11th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors – both models offer optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics to boost your content creation. Enjoy the convenience of Windows Hello and an IR camera with a raised notch for easier opening, plus a backlit keyboard. Click the link above for more details on the Lenovo website.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360


Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 reshape the PC for mobile-first consumers by bringing together next-generation connectivity, ultra-portable design and elevated performance. Equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and AMOLED display within super-thin and light body for increased mobility, the Galaxy Book Pro series let you maximize productivity, enjoy immersive entertainment and unleash creativity. With complete Samsung Galaxy ecosystem integration, the Galaxy Book Pro series is now the ultimate link between your devices, fully connecting your digital world. The Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are available in 13-inch and 15-inch models with color options ranging from Mystic Navy, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze for Galaxy Book Pro 360 and Mystic Blue, Mystic Silver and Mystic Pink Gold for Galaxy Book Pro.

Surface Pro 7


Surface Pro 7 is ultra-light and versatile. Whether at your desk, on the couch, or in the yard, get more done your way with the best-selling Surface 2-in-1 that features a laptop-class Intel Core processor, all day battery life, HD cameras and a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display. It transforms from tablet to laptop with pen and touch input, a built-in Kickstand, an optional removable Type Cover, and it easily connects to multiple monitors. Click the link above to learn more about Surface Pro 7.

Surface Laptop 4


Surface Laptop 4 offers style and speed. Do it all with the perfect balance of sleek design, speed, immersive audio and significantly longer battery life than before. Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas and use your favorite Microsoft 365 applications on the vibrant PixelSense touchscreen display in 13.5-inch or 15-inch models. Choose between 11th Gen Intel Core processors or AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition. Click the link above to learn more about Surface Laptop 4, including available color finishes and material options.

We’ll be relaunching the PC Health Check app soon, so you can check to see if your current PC will be eligible to upgrade. In the meantime, you can learn more about Windows 11 minimum system requirements here.

If you’re preparing for the upgrade and you’re not already using OneDrive, check it out. It’s a simple way to help keep your files secure and make it easier to transition through the upgrade or to a new device.

For organizations that are managed by IT, today we announced new capabilities coming in Microsoft Endpoint Manager to help you to assess your readiness for Windows 11 and hybrid work at scale. You can learn more in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Tech Community blog.

For customers who are using a PC that won’t upgrade, and who aren’t ready to transition to a new device, Windows 10 is the right choice. We will support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025 and we recently announced that the next feature update to Windows 10 is coming later this year. Whatever you decide, we are committed to supporting you and offering choice in your computing journey.

The first version of a new era of Windows


As Panos shared in June, Windows is more than an operating system; it’s where we connect with people, it’s where we learn, work and play. We can’t wait to see what Windows 11 empowers you to do and create.

*Note, certain features require specific hardware; see our Windows 11 specifications page for more information.

**The Windows 11 upgrade will start to be delivered to qualifying devices beginning on October 5, 2021 into 2022. Timing varies by device.


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Win 10 will be around for about 4 more years and you don't have to use 11 if you don't like it. You can disable TPM 2 or secure boot and you'll never get the update to 11
Commercial users will have the option 'download and install W11' vs 'stay on W10 for now' Commercial previews for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2

One of my machines is so old, it cannot have SB, and I am paranoid about getting rootkits into that machine, so I scan it regularly with Defender off-line and a portable scanner that can detect rootkits 'Emsisoft Emergency Kit'. On a newer machine, I wouldn't turn off SB (or disable TPM) to prevent MS from upgrading to W11, it is too big a price to pay.

I wonder if I upgrade to W10 Enterprise, will I get the above option that commercial users will have, 'download and install W11' vs 'stay on W10 for now' ?
 

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Commercial users will have the option 'download and install W11' vs 'stay on W10 for now' Commercial previews for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2

One of my machines is so old, it cannot have SB, and I am paranoid about getting rootkits into that machine, so I scan it regularly with Defender off-line and a portable scanner that can detect rootkits 'Emsisoft Emergency Kit'. On a newer machine, I wouldn't turn off SB (or disable TPM) to prevent MS from upgrading to W11, it is too big a price to pay.

I wonder if I upgrade to W10 Enterprise, will I get the above option that commercial users will have, 'download and install' vs 'stay on W10 for now' ?
I was talking about non commercial users when I made that comment. Commercial users in many cases have either an in house support staff or someone they contract to come in to work on their devices. For them the cost of either new devices or upgrades is a business write off.

As for upgrading to 10 enterprise.. I don't see any reason to do it. 10 Home is adequate for the vast majority of users.
 

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I was talking about non commercial users when I made that comment. Commercial users in many cases have either an in house support staff or someone they contract to come in to work on their devices. For them the cost of either new devices or upgrades is a business write off.

As for upgrading to 10 enterprise.. I don't see any reason to do it. 10 Home is adequate for the vast majority of users.
I was talking about us non-commercial users too, and envy the option that commercial users will have.

And yes, I myself would pay the price for the W10 Enterprise version (something like E3 subscription for $7/month or E5 subscription for $14/month) if that gives me the option to defer the upgrade to W11. To me the few $/month would be more acceptable than turning off SB or disabling TPM. You may have a different preference, of course.
 

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I wonder if I upgrade to W10 Enterprise, will I get the above option that commercial users will have, 'download and install W11' vs 'stay on W10 for now' ?
If you read the link it's not available to all commercial users, only those "...Commercial devices configured for the Windows Insider Program Release Preview Channel via the Windows Update Settings page or via Windows Update for Business policy will automatically be offered Windows 11..."

They have to be enrolled in the Business version of the Insider program.
 

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If you read the link it's not available to all commercial users, only those "...Commercial devices configured for the Windows Insider Program Release Preview Channel via the Windows Update Settings page or via Windows Update for Business policy will automatically be offered Windows 11..."

They have to be enrolled in the Business version of the Insider program.
Ah, good point!

At the time, I used a 'never10' utility to prevent/defer upgrades to W10. What the utility did, was to disable the system requirements for upgrading to W10. In spite of its name, the utility could reverse what it did. At the time, I did not see a problem. But a 'never11' utility that would disable system requirements for upgrading to W11 is a security threat.

So, there is no sensible option to defer the upgrade to W11 then?

(Before people are jumping up and down, let me say, that I am not against W11. I am just concerned about bugs in early releases, in any early release, for that matter)
 

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So, there is no sensible option to defer the upgrade to W11 then?
On release it should be offered to compatible machines as an optional upgrade. I would expect to see Windows Update with a similar banner to the commercial preview one - complete with it's 'Stay on Windows 10' option.
 

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On release it should shall be offered to compatible machines as an optional upgrade. I would expect to see Windows Update with a similar banner to the commercial preview one - complete with it's 'Stay on Windows 10' option.
There, I corrected your post.
 

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There, I corrected your post.
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The word 'shall' is not necessarily any more accurate...

Being an AI-driven phased rollout "based on intelligence models" it will not be offered to every compatible machine on day one - the newest, most compatible will be first to see it. Even MS say you may not see it offered until next year. From post #1:

Microsoft said:
...We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.
 

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Even June next year means only 9 months worth of debugging after RTM. Maybe/hopefully it is enough for the 1 eligible machine that I have, it is fortunately not an important machine, but I am still not pleased.

Luckily, none of my other machines are eligible hence safe from a surprise and unwanted upgrade to W11 :) For the first time ever and perhaps the only time ever that I am glad to have older machines :cool:
 
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Who needs Win Eleven - no one I know, I think this will cost Microsoft in declining Windows software sales , which, I'm sure they're going to make up for 10 fold or more in their investments in hardware manufacturing companies - What a sneeky backdoor way to do business!
 

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Who needs Win Eleven - no one I know, I think this will cost Microsoft in declining Windows software sales , which, I'm sure they're going to make up for 10 fold or more in their investments in hardware manufacturing companies - What a sneeky backdoor way to do business!
Maybe the COVID pandemic, with its boost in PC sales, has already fattened their coffers. But they must be looking to a return to "normal", with consumers switching to smartphones and tablets.
 

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Maybe the COVID pandemic, with its boost in PC sales, has already fattened their coffers. But they must be looking to a return to "normal", with consumers switching to smartphones and tablets.
I see this mass-marketable benefit for the end user: W11 running Android natively on very common 15" laptops, i.e. a bigger screen than tablets and a physical keyboard that does not require switching like software keyboards do. I dare say that for billions, Android navigation is more intuitive than Windows navigation. I wouldn't be surprised if W11 users routinely start with Android > click the Google icon > browse the web OR start with Android > click the WhatsApp icon > chat with mom

Will we see iOS running natively on W11?
 

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I dare say that for billions, Android navigation is more intuitive than Windows navigation.
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Android? Apps, apps, and more apps. Android has never seemed like a real operating system for me.

I've used Windows since 3.1.1. Before that, MacOS up through 7.x, VMS, and a little Solaris (Sun's Unix).

I guess "intuitive" means whatever you're accustomed to.

Maybe it's partly because I'm too old to comfortably use those tiny (smart phone) screens, even on my OnePlus 7t, which is not a small phone. My primary PC system uses a 32" 2160p monitor. I'm not sure that I feel a strong desire to run Android apps on the big screen. (It's not a touchscreen.) I admit to using BlueStacks (an Android emulator) in the past, but that was driven by need, not desire.
 

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So, given the Insiders Dev build's kernel has not been updated, I guess we are staying on kernel 10.0 - not surprising as we are dealing with Win 10X as base.

Programmers will need to change their code to read the build rather than the version's major/minor numbers as in the past.

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if (System.Environment.OSVersion.Version.Build >= 22000)
    return "Hello Windows 11 world";
 

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Android? Apps, apps, and more apps. Android has never seemed like a real operating system for me.

I guess "intuitive" means whatever you're accustomed to.

Intuitive to most people on the globe in the sense of 'the largest installed base of any operating system'


... and 'Google Play Store features over 3 million apps' > Android can't be that bad ...

Edit: BTW, a $300 laptop that would run W11, Android, iOS would be a BIG bargain
 
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Yeah Android is not that bad at all. And it is getting more and more desktop-like features every day. First Samsung introduced DeX and now other companies are following this path several years later.

It is the old and poorly architectured apps that are bad, not the OS itself. Many apps does not even support window scaling or any of the modern Android features. But those apps that are up to date with latest Android features are awesome used both on the phone screen as single app, in split screen or even on a 32" 1440p monitor while multitasking using mouse and keyboard.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro build 10.0.22454.100 (Dev Channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    PSU
    65W
    Keyboard
    Thinkpad
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    400/100Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Pro build 10.0.22000.184 (VHDX) , Linux Mint 20
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-2600k @4.4GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
    Memory
    16GB 4x4GB 1600MHz CL9
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI GTX970 4GB
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Fractal Design (something old)
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Keyboard
    Logitech G710+
    Internet Speed
    400/100Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Cromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

barman58

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I have some apps that will only work on an android phone, including my TP-Link home security cameras, (it works independently and all recordings are saved to internal looped 128GB Micro SD cards so the phone covers display of content - Live and stored when I'm home or away) I have been using LDplayer (an android emulator for games players), or the MyPhone App from Microsoft to display the multi camera feed but both of these apps are not ideal the Emulator uses a Virtual OS and the MyPhone is just a memory hog

It will be nice to see if Microsoft have sorted out the waste for the internalised option

Obviously in the US The Iphone and Ipad are the devices of choice but Android have over 75% of the world market and this was, the last time I checked still increasing.

It was also made up of Newer models whereas, with the the apple devices, due to their usually higher costs, users tend to use older models and not update as often.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chillblast to my design
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X, 4.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime X570-Pro Motherboard
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 Ti - HDMI, DP
    Sound Card
    On motherboard Feeding SPDiF 5.1 system
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD 32 Bit HDR Monitor + 43" UHD 4K 32Bit HDR TV
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB M2 SSD OS, 500GB Fast Access SSD, 2 x 8TB Data + Various Externals from 1TB to 4TB, 10TB NAS
    PSU
    NZXT C750 80 PLUS Gold 750W Modular PSU
    Case
    Chillblast Silent Workstation PC Case - Black
    Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X63 280mm CPU Cooler, Quiet Case fans Fan
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitec MX Keys + K830 [Depending on where I'm Sat]
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitec - MX Master 3 + M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
    Other Info
    Also run...
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64 HP 15.2"
    Nexus 7 Android tablet
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    Samsung S9 Plus Smartphone
    Samsung Note S20
    Wacom Pro Medium Pen Pad
    Wacom Pro Small Pen Pad
    Wacom ExpressKey Remote
    Loopdeck+ Graphics Controller
    Shuttle Pro v2 Control Pad
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest release]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 17 9700
    CPU
    i7 10750H
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
    Sound Card
    Stock 4 speaker
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock 17"
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 HDR touchscreen
    Hard Drives
    2TB M2
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock Aluminium / Carbon Fibre
    Cooling
    Stock + 2 fan cooling pad
    Mouse
    Stock Trackpad
    Keyboard
    Stock Illuminated
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021

barman58

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I was talking about us non-commercial users too, and envy the option that commercial users will have.

And yes, I myself would pay the price for the W10 Enterprise version (something like E3 subscription for $7/month or E5 subscription for $14/month) if that gives me the option to defer the upgrade to W11. To me the few $/month would be more acceptable than turning off SB or disabling TPM. You may have a different preference, of course.
Windows 10 enterprise is only available via the Volume licence or other business subscription

The E3 and E5 plans just include office,

To purchase enterprise for windows 10 or 11 you will need to purchase a volume licence, the minimum, when I last was involved with this, was 10 seats (copies) - alternatively there are development packages that contain Enterprise, Workgroup, education, even Home of the operating systems and variations of Office, Server and server software - either of these packages are considerably more than $14 / month hundreds or thousands of dollars dependent on the number of seats and packages
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chillblast to my design
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X, 4.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime X570-Pro Motherboard
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 Ti - HDMI, DP
    Sound Card
    On motherboard Feeding SPDiF 5.1 system
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD 32 Bit HDR Monitor + 43" UHD 4K 32Bit HDR TV
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB M2 SSD OS, 500GB Fast Access SSD, 2 x 8TB Data + Various Externals from 1TB to 4TB, 10TB NAS
    PSU
    NZXT C750 80 PLUS Gold 750W Modular PSU
    Case
    Chillblast Silent Workstation PC Case - Black
    Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X63 280mm CPU Cooler, Quiet Case fans Fan
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitec MX Keys + K830 [Depending on where I'm Sat]
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitec - MX Master 3 + M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
    Other Info
    Also run...
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64 HP 15.2"
    Nexus 7 Android tablet
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    Samsung S9 Plus Smartphone
    Samsung Note S20
    Wacom Pro Medium Pen Pad
    Wacom Pro Small Pen Pad
    Wacom ExpressKey Remote
    Loopdeck+ Graphics Controller
    Shuttle Pro v2 Control Pad
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest release]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 17 9700
    CPU
    i7 10750H
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
    Sound Card
    Stock 4 speaker
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock 17"
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 HDR touchscreen
    Hard Drives
    2TB M2
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock Aluminium / Carbon Fibre
    Cooling
    Stock + 2 fan cooling pad
    Mouse
    Stock Trackpad
    Keyboard
    Stock Illuminated
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021

Haydon

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Windows 10 enterprise is only available via the Volume licence or other business subscription

The E3 and E5 plans just include office,

To purchase enterprise for windows 10 or 11 you will need to purchase a volume licence, the minimum, when I last was involved with this, was 10 seats (copies) - alternatively there are development packages that contain Enterprise, Workgroup, education, even Home of the operating systems and variations of Office, Server and server software - either of these packages are considerably more than $14 / month hundreds or thousands of dollars dependent on the number of seats and packages
Thanks, further reading says that the W10 Enterprise conjecture about avoiding a surprise upgrade to W11 (and getting a 'stay on W10' option) appears to be true only for business insiders.

BTW, I read posts on this forum about people who paid for W10 Pro but discovered W10 Enterprise on their machines.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro

barman58

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I suppose it depends on the source of the hardware, there are a lot of pirated copies of Enterprise out in the "wild" using either the grace period to fool buyers or more often the use of the Fake Key Management Server [KMS] method - Of Course the fact that the system has been Hacked about to add the fake activation often means that other hacks are also in place for other criminal purposes
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chillblast to my design
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X, 4.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime X570-Pro Motherboard
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 Ti - HDMI, DP
    Sound Card
    On motherboard Feeding SPDiF 5.1 system
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD 32 Bit HDR Monitor + 43" UHD 4K 32Bit HDR TV
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB M2 SSD OS, 500GB Fast Access SSD, 2 x 8TB Data + Various Externals from 1TB to 4TB, 10TB NAS
    PSU
    NZXT C750 80 PLUS Gold 750W Modular PSU
    Case
    Chillblast Silent Workstation PC Case - Black
    Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X63 280mm CPU Cooler, Quiet Case fans Fan
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitec MX Keys + K830 [Depending on where I'm Sat]
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitec - MX Master 3 + M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
    Other Info
    Also run...
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64 HP 15.2"
    Nexus 7 Android tablet
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    Samsung S9 Plus Smartphone
    Samsung Note S20
    Wacom Pro Medium Pen Pad
    Wacom Pro Small Pen Pad
    Wacom ExpressKey Remote
    Loopdeck+ Graphics Controller
    Shuttle Pro v2 Control Pad
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest release]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 17 9700
    CPU
    i7 10750H
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
    Sound Card
    Stock 4 speaker
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock 17"
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 HDR touchscreen
    Hard Drives
    2TB M2
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock Aluminium / Carbon Fibre
    Cooling
    Stock + 2 fan cooling pad
    Mouse
    Stock Trackpad
    Keyboard
    Stock Illuminated
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
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