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Get Ready for Windows 11’s Next Big Update: 24H2 in Release Preview!

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A new milestone update for Windows 11, targeting a 2024 release, has started its pre-release journey in the Release Preview channel. This early version points to a full-scale launch later this year.

As anticipation builds, we’re looking at a September or October debut, marking a breakthrough with the introduction of Copilot+ PCs that come equipped to handle Windows 11’s new AI-driven features. To accommodate these advanced capabilities, these models include specialized hardware like a dedicated NPU chip.

Here’s why this update is a game-changer:

  • Compatibility shift: Windows 11 version 24H2 won’t run on devices missing SSE4.2 processor support, upping the ante on system requirements compared to past updates.
  • While AI-driven enhancements are part of the vision, they’re not yet included in the mix, keeping capabilities such as the ‘Recall’ feature out of the current testing cycle.
  • Microsoft has decided to phase out the familiar Cortana, WordPad, and Tips apps from this version.

How to Try Windows 11 version 24H2 Right Now

Interested users have a couple of options:

  • Join the Release Preview channel if you’re already running Windows 11 and trigger an update manually.
  • Grab the ISO file to upgrade an existing system or start clean on a new device.

Steps for the Release Preview option:

  1. Head to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program.
  2. Select Get Started.
  3. Follow the on-screen steps carefully.
  4. Remember, you’ll need a Windows Insider account linked to a Microsoft account – register on their website first.
  5. When it’s time, choose Release Preview as your desired channel.
  6. Once set up, go back to Windows Update in settings and hit the ‘get the latest updates’ button.
  7. Click ‘check for updates,’ and you should see Windows 11, version 24H2 pop up, ready to download and install.

Method for using the ISO file:

Note: A Windows Insider account is a must-have in this scenario too.

Secure the Windows 11 24H2 ISO via the Microsoft webpage, then either write it to a disk or use software like Rufus to replicate it onto a USB drive.

And if you’re into virtual machines, the ISO file is perfect for a straightforward installation of this new Windows 11 variant.

What to Look Forward to in Windows 11 version 24H2

Microsoft is highlighting numerous exciting features:

  • Introducing Sudo commands right within Windows.
  • The ability to set High Dynamic Range (HDR) images as your desktop background.
  • A fresh Energy Saver mode for better power management.
  • Welcoming additions of Rust language support to enhance the Windows kernel.
  • Getting ready for next-gen Wi-Fi 7 connectivity.
  • Clearer audio with Voice Clarity improvements.
  • File Explorer now natively handles 7-Zip and Tar file creation.
  • Further support for Bluetooth Low Energy Audio devices.
  • The Copilot feature will soon become a mainstay in the taskbar, offering customization options like resizing and moving.
  • It’s goodbye to Cortana, Tips, and WordPad apps from this release onwards.
  • All of Copilot+’s AI features for PCs are expected at a subsequent date.

Concluding Insights

Adventurous users eager to dip into what Windows 11 24H2 has in store can presently install the Release Preview to get an early taste of fundamental upgrades, such as enhanced Wi-Fi 7 support and Rust programming integration within the kernel.

Although AI stands as Microsoft’s focal point for innovation, the current update does not include these elements. Full activation of AI features will require Copilot+ PCs, with leading models like new versions of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop anticipated to hit the market soon.

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