Though most of the items it contains are now centered by default, the Windows 11 Taskbar looks and works much like that in previous Windows versions.
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The Windows 11 Start menu is significantly different than that in Windows 10 and previous Windows versions.
The Windows 11 Desktop works much as it did in Windows 10, but it has been updated with new iconography and a new Themes feature.
The Lock screen provides a number of useful displays, including the date and time, an alert from a single app, and a high-quality photo that changes every day by default.
Windows 11 will try to select the correct resolution and optimize the scaling for your PC's display based on its size and capabilities.
Like its predecessor, Windows 11 gives you numerous privacy-related options to configure. That said, examining these options is tedious.
After you complete a clean install or have signed into a new Windows 11 PC for the first time, you should make sure that everything is working properly before moving on.
Windows 11 requires individuals who configure a PC for personal use to connect to the Internet and sign in with a Microsoft account (MSA) during initial setup.
Though Windows 11 is largely identical to Windows 10 internally, Microsoft changed the hardware requirements and will block the upgrade on many PCs that run Windows 10 successfully.
The Windows 11 Out of Box Experience (OOBE) is the first thing you will see when you purchase a new Windows 11-based PC and turn it on for the first time.
You use a wizard-based application called *Windows Setup* to install and configure Windows 11.
If your PC hardware is compatible and you're lucky, Windows Update will simply offer you the Windows 11 upgrade on your Windows 10-based PC
While Windows 11 is, in many ways, an improvement over Windows 10, it is also missing many features from its predecessor.
Microsoft describes Windows 11 as being "fresh and familiar," and while that sounds paradoxical, it's true.
Before you can install or upgrade to Windows 11, you need to have the Windows Setup program and associated files available.
Windows 11 has stricter hardware compatibility requirements than its predecessor, and these requirements artificially limit which PCs can be upgraded from Windows 10.
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