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#659624 - 06/08/21 04:59 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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>I still have one XP computer that I use to run the 8.3 bug free version of Master Tracks Pro.


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#659709 - 06/09/21 08:45 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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+++This+++ is a CNET article on the Windows 11 speculation. It does reference some of the other postings in this thread, but in the end that could be an echo chamber effect. But it does seem like there will be a major update coming, whether it is called Windows 11 or not.
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#662817 - 07/03/21 02:39 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Microsoft's tool to check if your PC is compatible with the requirements for Windows 11 is offline.

If you want to check yours, there is an open-source tool I found, here: https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11 Scroll down to download the latest release, then unzip it.

Both my 2014-era PCs failed miserably.
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#662978 - 07/05/21 12:07 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Originally Posted By: Matt Finley
Microsoft's tool to check if your PC is compatible with the requirements for Windows 11 is offline.

If you want to check yours, there is an open-source tool I found, here: https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11 Scroll down to download the latest release, then unzip it.

Both my 2014-era PCs failed miserably.


I tried this one myself. My computer has more red or yellow boxes than green...
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#663019 - 07/06/21 12:25 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Surely they will have to relax the hardware requirements for windows 11, or else there will be a slow take up, as 10 support doesn't end until 2025, I will probably need a new pc before that.


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#663043 - 07/06/21 06:24 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Here is my report. An i5 is not sufficient for Windows 11?

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#663051 - 07/06/21 06:44 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: eddie1261]
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Don't feel bad Eddie. My i7 isn't compatible either!


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#663087 - 07/06/21 02:18 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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I ran the utility on both my new HP laptop and my homebuilt desktop (which I've upgraded multiple times over a decade).

My laptop passed in all categories. The desktop failed on a few items, notably the TPM. It has an ASUS motherboard, but it's dated 2012. On the ASUS website, I found the following: "TPM 2.0 was introduced back in 2015, and all ASUS motherboards feature version 2.0."

So my 2012 P8H77-V LE motherboard isn't supported. My I7 CPU isn't listed as compatible and a few other items are flagged as red.

But below is my laptop result:


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#663211 - 07/07/21 03:21 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: eddie1261]
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Originally Posted By: eddie1261
Here is my report. An i5 is not sufficient for Windows 11?



4-series Intel is not compatible? I was afraid of that. Looks like my very-much-not-cheap 6-core 4930K machine is garbage now...

I'm sure someone will figure out a workaround for a lot of these issues. Perhaps the TPM2.0 could be bypassed in software...
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#663346 - 07/08/21 11:35 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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I had a lot of RED the first time around and now I'm mostly GREEN due to one particular topic that causes all the RED. This was a rabbit hole that took a while to chase down......

I had RED items with Boot Method, Disk Partition Type, & Secure Boot.

So you have to convert your OS disk, typically C:\ from MBR (Master Boot Record) to GPT (GUID Partition Table). When that's done you can switch your BIOS from Legacy to UEFI. Once that's done, you can turn on Secure Boot in your BIOS.

If your computer is too old, BIOS may not even have an option for UEFI. I had the option but it didn't work at first because the OS disk wasn't converted.

Convert MBR to GPT with MBR2GPT Tool in Windows 10 V1703 or Later

Once I hit that link I followed the "How to convert MBR to GPT with MBR2GPT?" part of the page for running in Windows 10. One thing of note when running the command, your C:\ OS drive may not be zero unless it's your only drive. Since I have extra drives on my main PC, my OS drive was actually Disk2 per Disk Management. So I put a 2 in the command where "N" was and it ran fine.

From there, I just had to reboot the PC and press F2 to enter BIOS. I switched from Legacy to UEFI and then turned on Secure Boot and now I have the result below:


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#663368 - 07/08/21 01:33 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Oh My
Loads of nibble and bits, I like it. What Fun !

but I can hear no music here smile
just a chant of pain & suffering, maybe the Blues!

this topic is way Out There
we were warned it is in the correct forum

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#663419 - 07/08/21 04:43 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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This is all about hardware security:

https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/25/22550376/microsoft-windows-11-tpm-chips-requirement-security

I'm not going on a rant about security issues but I'll say that in my tax business per a recent federal law and IRS regs I now have to have a security plan in place, have several levels of online protection and be able to prove it if one of my clients suffers an identity theft issue traceable back to me.

I know many here poo poo all this and that's great, I'm not preaching at anybody, I'll just say online security is getting pretty damn serious and it's really impacting business at many levels from government access to booking a flight.

TPM shouldn't be a surprise to any of you who know more about PC's and software than I do. They've been talking about hardware security and encryption at the CPU level for years now. If some don't care I totally agree, MS will almost certainly extend support for Win 10 beyond 2025 so you're good for many years. However, while I won't be in the very first group to update to 11, I'll probably be right behind them, it is a business expense which helps. Of course my current system being a 7 year old i7 failed, I've had it for 5 years about time to retire it anyway.

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#663426 - 07/08/21 05:07 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Thanks for the info Bob.....
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#663432 - 07/08/21 06:36 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: jazzmammal]
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Bob, is your type of business covered under some arm of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? I have always wanted tp punch both of those guys in the face.

I worked a contract for a bank. When computers were retired, the data was moved, the hard drives were wiped with a 3 pass process that wrote 0s on every sector of the hard drive, AND we had to remove them and using a drill press, drill three 1/2" holes through the platters. Have you ever tried to drill through a hard drive platter?

One time in a meeting the powers that be were discussing the process of moving retired PCs from the main business office of the bank to the data center when that process was performed. They were going back and forth about security during transit, and just when the decided that everything was secure, your truly tapped his pen on the table and asked "How well do you know these drivers from the company you hired to moved the PCs? Is it outside the realm of possibility that IF they wanted to do so, they could drive that truck to a garage where 100 guys are waiting with tools and junk hard drives and swapping out the hard drives from the bank's computers. It is highly unlikely, but possible. And for the last 90 minutes you have all been going on and on about hypotheticals. Well, there's my hypothetical."

Crickets.

After they hemmed and hawed for about 3 minutes I stood up, smiled, and said "I think my work here is done." and left the meeting. The same day they changed the process so a bank employee would have to be the one driving the truck. As I whispered to my co-worker "How do they know they can trust HIM? Albert DeSalvo (The Boston Strangler) told a woman he was a detective before he molested and killed her." And he looked at me and said "Oh just shut up, will ya?"


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#663551 - 07/09/21 02:51 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: eddie1261]
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Originally Posted By: eddie1261
Bob, is your type of business covered under some arm of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? I have always wanted tp punch both of those guys in the face.


No, it comes from the Federal Trade Commission and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

Basically I'm under the same rules as Amazon, Facebook or any other company that handles customers personal data.

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#664459 - 07/16/21 04:53 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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This is one of my favorite tech sites for when I really want to feel stupid. Just watching this makes me want to go throw up in the corner but they seem to be extremely competent with this stuff. I know some of you guys will eat this up so here it is:

How to install Win 11 on basically anything:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NivpAiuh-s0

Interesting that they do keep saying all this could change if MS wants to lock all these hacks out.

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#670332 - 08/27/21 10:53 AM [Off-Topic] UPDATE: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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New article out that may have people less stressed.....

Following complaints, Microsoft will make Windows 11 compatible with more PC chips
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#670383 - 08/27/21 06:11 PM [Off-Topic] Re: UPDATE: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: sslechta]
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Originally Posted By: sslechta
New article out that may have people less stressed.....

Following complaints, Microsoft will make Windows 11 compatible with more PC chips

It's good that they're going back one more generation of CPU, though that won't help people who have machines older than a 7th gen Intel Core. That said, if you're running something much older than that, it's time to upgrade your computer.

This change basically allows computers from the past 5 years to run Windows 11. For comparison, the latest macOS supports computers from the last 8 years, which goes back to a 4th gen Intel. As Apple has complete control over what components will run on their OS, they can get away with supporting older machines as they know exactly what's in them. Microsoft, on the other hand, has to rely on hundreds if not thousands of companies to write updated drivers to be able to offer support for older hardware. I honestly think it's fairly generous that they support up to 5 years back, as trying to match Apple's 8 years would mean they'd have to try and support every machine that ever shipped with Windows 8, and some that shipped with Windows 7.
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#670385 - 08/27/21 06:43 PM [Off-Topic] Re: UPDATE: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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My i7 is from 2014 and is a 40xx. It’s fine. This is silly I can’t upgrade.

Friends and family count on me, a former comp. sci. prof, to stay current. It doesn’t help Microsoft that someone like me cannot upgrade.
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#670396 - 08/27/21 08:50 PM [Off-Topic] Re: UPDATE: Rumors about a new version of Windows [Re: Matt Finley]
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Sure you CAN upgrade, Matt. It's just going to cost you. And therein lies the complaint I have had against Micro$oft and Apple. They hold us hostage with their upgrades that require hardware replacement. There comes a point where they create yet another new OS that your hardware can't run. I had an original iPad that couldn't run the OS needed to run the cooler new apps. I hate them for this business model of forced obsolescence.


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