The Actual, (technical) Reason Windows Doesn't Support Some CPUs

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The actual reason, (in spite of conspiracies speculated on the internet), is technical rather than marketing (or otherwise conspiratorial).

Even though Windows 10 proved remarkably stable, the few crashes were almost always driver related, Microsoft is now attempting an elimination/reduction of those issues too.

First up;

Microsoft's "Mode Based Execution Control" (MBEC) is an important performance feature allowing better isolation of kernel memory, it's included in Ryzen 2 and Intel gen 7, (Ryzen 1, Gen 6 don't have it)

Users wondered why some Ryzen CPUs aren't certified for 11 now you know the answer.

After that, some processors adapt strict driver implementation and prove it, some either don’t or haven’t proven it


Then there are other processors that didn’t implement best security design, giving rise to the Meltdown and Spectre Flaws.

Even though those CPUs were patched, I don’t think they’ll get certified even if they follow the driver stability principles, but possibly in the future, depending on Intel successfully pitching their case and or adding firmware to the chipset I suppose.

Processors must follow the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program and drivers running on the CPU also must use DCH Design Principles and Best Practices - Windows drivers

Once a CPU model completes requirements, there might be a process getting them certified.

CPU and 11 compatibilities aren't some random date parameter, nor "so you buy new PC's

If a CPU isn’t certified, it won’t “officially” run 11, but there are work arounds.

Microsoft is working with both AMD and Intel to iron out the floors in their processors so there's a chance some that aren't certified will eventually become.

Try Windows 11 Free in Browser Regardless Hardware, (including IOS users)

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Pretty cool, web-based windows 11, it's not complete, but you can give the interface and things like 11 edge browser

Windows 11 in browser free

Go there, , type any password you want into login when it loads, enjoy 11 interface and a few apps.

It's pretty snappy once loaded, you can get used to it's interface before actually installing

This is it running on my 10 box, I've got the 11 browser launched and windows key hit

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Official WHQL NVIDIA 452.06 Display Driver

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NVIDIA have released new drivers for their Geforce powered cards adding official game ready support for the new Microsoft Flight simulator due for release later, Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Total War, World of Warcraft and wait, what year is this?

It also supports a number of newly validated G-Sync Monitors, some new game profiles and fixes the following bugs:

  • [Shadow of the Tomb Raider][DirectX 12]: The game may crash when launched if Hardware accelerated GPU scheduling is enabled.
  • [Death Stranding]: Texture corruption may be observed during gameplay on GeForce GTX 16/RTX 20 series GPUs.
  • [Path of Exile]: Black square corruption appears around characters.
  • [Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed]: The game crashes when playing in a water level.
  • [Forza Motorsport 7]: The game starts to stutter after racing a few laps.
  • [Zhan Ge Jing Ji Chang]: Corruption occurs in the game when played in the Tencent mobile game simulator.
  • Several games randomly freeze for a few seconds during gameplay. Affected games include Assassin's Creed Origins, Planetside 2, Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
  • The NVIDIA Control Panel does not display the native resolution of some HDTVs if the timings are invalid.
  • Some displays may show a green tint when Windows Night Light is enabled.
  • Snow appears on the display upon waking up the HDMI monitor.
  • [Notebook][Turing] Display may show pixelated corruption on waking notebook from long display off

Thanks to Tom Warren for the heads up!

Software Software 64bit NVIDIA 452.06 desktop drivers or NVIDIA drivers page
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Fortnite pulled from Google and Apple app stores for policy violation!

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Fortnite.pngQuite a fast moving and bizarre day in the world of Fortnite which started with Epic enabling a new payment method in their latest update that allows users to pay for 20% cheaper microtransactions by bypassing the devices official app stores thus denying them their 30% cut of the profits.

Great news for users (who still seem to be paying 10% more than Epic would have received), bad news for Google and Apple who have responded by preventing new downloads and updates via their respective stores.

Tim Sweeney, the Epic CEO, has often weighed in his thoughts of gated stores, so frustrated with Steam that Epic of course launched their own Epic store, but that isn't something that is possible on Apple devices. I think ultimately he did have positive things to say about Microsoft's Windows 10 store although of course on a PC there are many places to get applications.

An Apple statement said:
Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.

Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.

Clearly Epic was ready for the response from Apple, as soon as it was pulled they not only filed a lawsuit - https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/apple-complaint-734589783.pdf - but also uploaded a parody of Apple's own 1984 advert:


It wasn't long after that Google also removed Fortnite (as it gradually disappears), citing a violation of Play store policy but hoped there would be positive discussions.

With the EU Already in the midst of an antitrust investigation with Apple and the recent news around Microsoft's XCloud being locked out of the platform, things are likely to get very interesting!

Source Source    Apple just kicked Fortnite off the App Store | The Verge

Windows 10 Insider Developer Build 20180

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I think I missed a build, but Microsoft have once again released a new Wednesday build of their latest development work on Windows 10.

Highlights this week include a post-update experience that didn't pop up for me so I guess I have it turned off.
There are also some new options for graphics cards to pick the one that is used in performance situations (gaming) or on an app-by-app basis, useful for someone I guess.
There are of course a number of other fixes and changes, although now limited to this development environment as features will now seep back into the beta and then production builds.

Source Source    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20190 | Windows Insider Program

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