Do you like to use cutting-edge technology? Microsoft has long said they won’t roll out another windows version. But, where did it bring us? Back to another update.
Windows 11 is hot out of the oven, and people are desperate to try the new features. However, the latest version of Windows is not available for everyone.
Cybercriminals are using this opportunity to spread malware on several systems using fake updates. You, as a user, are at risk of damaging your device or exposing sensitive information.
Therefore, I created this guide to aware you of the dangers of installing a fake Windows 11 update. Meanwhile, we will also see when, how, and for whom the update will be available.
So, if you are ready to open the window for safe computing, let’s begin.
Who Uses Windows 11?
Microsoft had made plans to stop releasing the new versions after Windows 10. The streak went fine for six years. We were getting regular version updates for Windows 10 as Microsoft made their most extensive product a service.
However, on Jun 24, 2021, Microsoft announced the latest edition of Windows, i.e., 11 in the market. This version is similar to Windows 10 in many aspects since the team was working continually to improve it. Still, Windows 11 stands out with a variety of new features and interface modifications.
Windows 11 has started to roll out officially from October 2021. However, the availability of it for your device is subject to various factors. Therefore, many people striving to use the new version end up downloading it from a third-party source.
You might be an enthusiast, trying to habituate yourself with the new features. You can also be a reporter trying to aware your audience about the new things to look for in Windows 11. A software developer would want to use the latest version to make an app compatible before the release is available for everyone.
Microsoft has made it pretty simple for you to install Windows 11. You can get it by using the Insider program quickly. However, people still go for unreliable sources to download the OS for illogical reasons.
How are Scammers Using Windows 11 to Fool You?
The most common practice cybercriminals use to deceive you into installing malware is packing it as an additional product with the Windows OS.
For instance, we discovered the file named “86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe” as an addition to the Windows OS. It is an executable file sizing to 1.7 GB, making it look like a genuine Windows file.
However, the executable will install more installers which in turn download malware to your computer. These programs even show you a license agreement that mentions the installation of sponsored programs. I don’t think many people stop to read it before accepting the terms and conditions.
Once the program is installed, it will induce all types of malware to your computer. It can vary from harmless adware to dangerous ransomware. The funniest part of downloading and installing a fake copy of Windows 11 is, it’s often Windows 10 disguised as Windows 11.
How to Download a Genuine copy of Windows 11?
Firstly, you need to check if you have minimum device specifications to install Windows 11 on your computer.
Here is the list of necessary hardware specs you need to install Windows 11.
- Processor with multiple cores compatible to work with 1GHz or more frequency.
- Minimum of 4 GB RAM.
- 64 GB or more storage space.
- Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), Secure Boot capable.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
- Graphics card compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
- High definition (720p) display greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
If your device meets the minimum requirements, you can get the latest version before anyone else from Windows Insider Program.
It is Windows’ developer-targeted feature that allows users to test any update before it hits the market. You will get the official copy of Windows through this program, which is the best way to get it. To access the Insider program, you first have to register yourself.
Then, go to Settings>Update and Security, and scroll down to locate Windows insider. Here you can download the latest version of Windows.
If it’s urgent, and you can’t download the insider copy for any reason, you can try downloading the ISO file for Windows 11 and boot it manually. However, if it’s not from the official source, then make sure you get the correct copy by researching, reading comments, or asking for the OS from a reliable source.
In any case, it is best to install Windows 11 on a secondary device since it can be unstable before the official release.
Lastly, you can be patient and wait for Microsoft to roll out the OS for you.