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Mar 31, 2024 10:50 AM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Happy April Fool's day...

For my desktop I chose Naked by vStyler and its port to Winstep by Webgizmos. The wall is AI, Ps and On1 Effects of a Dragon in an Aladdin's lamp, by me.

Post yours!

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And a link to M5's New Features

Mar 5, 2024 4:43 AM by Discussion: Personal Computing

Moment 5's now available for download. Neowin published a great guide at the external link above for W11 systems fulfilling MS's official requirements as well as those which don't.

They also provided a link to explain M5's new features.

When it comes to updates, I've learned to be shall we say...cautious. I'm not advocating "force updating" simply because I figure there will be many changes and "hiccups" before the mandatory update appears...and even then I tend to put things off a bit to allow the dust to settle a bit.

So, here it is to your perusal.

Enjoy, people!  [e digicons]:wc:[/e]  

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Mar 1, 2024 11:16 AM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

So, I decided to keep my same Acrylic desktop...then, everyone under the Sun decided to update me! [e digicons];P[/e]  

Post yours folks...I'm busy updating this rig!

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AI will require CPU POPCNT Support; SSE4.2 or SSE4a.

Feb 17, 2024 8:03 AM by Discussion: Personal Computing

For a deep dive into the expected changes to Windows 11, here's an excellent article sent to me by my trusty source Hankers of the Frozen North. Thanks, buddy. You've inspired me in many ways, and have been a great mentor. I expanded on your tip because of the appearance of subsequent additional important articles quoted here.

The Windows 11's 24H2 Update will require hardware that supports POPCNT (SSE4.2 or SSE4a). I remember predicting in a prior article regarding W12, just this kind of turn of events just as W11 upgrade from W10 had requirements re chip, etc.

From the title, it's clear what that requirement is. If you update to 24H2 without your chip having the required instructions, your computer will crash on boot.

So, how to check if your computer's CPU can handle the 24H2 Update? Neowin published an article dealing with just that, although the gHacks article linked goes through the same explanation.

"Option 1: CPU-Z

Download CPU-Z from the official website, run it, and check the Instruction box. Look for SSE4A if you use an AMD processor and SSE4.2 if you use an old Intel chip.

CPU-Z app with some of instructions highlighted

Option 2: Official websites

Go to Settings > System > About and check the "Processor" box. If you use Intel, go to this website and search for your processor model. See the "Instruction Set Extension" and make sure it mentions SSE4.2.

Intel Ark with Intel SSE 42 instruction set highlighted

AMD does not have a single page where you can find specs for every chip the company ever released. Therefore, use third-party websites for CPU tracking, like TechPowerUP. Look for SSE4A in the list of supported instructions or instruction extensions.

Option 3: A simple third-party tool

Enthusiasts have already created apps that can let you run checks and see what specs are missing in your computer. This open-source utility with a witty name, WhyNotWinAI, can show you if your chip supports the POPCNT instruction. You can download it from GitHub for free. Look for the "CPU supports POPCNT instruction" line.

WhyNoWinAI app with the POPCNT instruction set highlighted

If your computer does not support the necessary instruction, this is the end of the road for you. With that said, we will have to wait for the official Windows 11 24H2 release to see if the change sticks around. Meanwhile, you can learn how to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware using our guide."

Taras Buria, Neowin

 

If your computer's CPU does not fulfill the POPCNT demand, I'd strongly advise not doing the update. Of course, we can expect hackers to try to bypass this requirement, but I would not place much faith in assurances (theirs or others) that their hack will work, because this requirement is quoted as being not bypassable.

Have a great weekend, folks. Here's mine...with the required SSE4.2 as my CPU is Intel.

                                                         

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Jan 31, 2024 4:40 AM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Chilly here...and it influenced my desktop. Rainy, as well...snowing like crazy in the far(ther) north.

Anyway, Aero11 (clear) by SimplexDesigns, Start11 Modern Style, Fences 5 and Windows 7 Xtreme from Winstep Technologies. Wall...one from the web (which I dubbed the Ice Star), modified with on1 Effects 2024.

Hope it's warmer where you are...

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Jan 26, 2024 2:07 PM by Discussion: Community

To all our friends down under, Happy Australia Day...as it's 26.1.

Let's hoist a healthy brew or 10 to the inhabitants of the great continent where all the wildlife tries to kill the stubborn, hearty folks frustrating their best efforts!

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(You'll know you've had sufficient beer when the title looks perfectly normal to you).

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Possible MS W12 machine requirements

Jan 23, 2024 3:15 PM by Discussion: Personal Computing

I wish I could say I'm surprised, but I can't. I don't know if it's true, but I expected this. Just like W11...which W12 will be, or 24H2, Hudson Valley or Next Valley...a rose by any other name. 

New chip and RAM requirements.

Apparently 16 GBs of RAM for your CoPilot, a new keyboard with a CoPilot key, Lunar Lake chips as Meteor Lake chips have too few operations per second for AI:

"For reference, the current Intel Meteor Lake CPUs run at 34 TOPS, making them ineligible to power AI PCs. However, the upcoming Lunar Lake CPUs are expected to be rated for AI PCs. The new AMD Zen 4 APUs are rated at 39 TOPS, coming up just short, but the brand’s Strix Point Zen 5 APUs are expected to be compatible. Meanwhile, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite chip exceeds the threshold at 45 TOPS." - DigitalTrends (linked above)

My computer's brand new. AI? Not worth it for me to even consider upgrading. MS can keep its UI, and if my machine isn't enough for their new OS, T.S. Eliot: I'll be the outmoded mod.

 

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Happy Sunday, SD and WC!

For your viewing pleasure...another rather slick video by concept creator AR 4789:

[video]https://youtu.be/tJExFAc6wys?si=jzB28WssiMuzjF6-[/video]

And you might be interested in the accompanying article and screenies at betanews.

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Here's what's known

Jan 18, 2024 2:25 PM by Discussion: Personal Computing

Hankers sent me a link...that's my "get busy, slacker" from the frozen north...

It'd be well worth your while to check out the article, as this looks like the likely future 9since Panos Panay has departed) slated for September 2014 (grain of salt, here).

Actually, Bowden's article at Windows Central was quite interesting and informative.

"Unlike version 23H2 from last year, version 24H2 is expected to be a much larger OS update based on a new version of the Windows platform that brings performance and security improvements along with notable new features and quality-of-life updates.

Additionally, version 24H2 is expected to focus heavily on next-generation AI experiences, something Microsoft has been teasing over the last year. Rumors suggest a new advanced Copilot is on the way that will enhance the Windows UX with AI and machine learning to improve productivity across apps, search, and more." - Zac Bowden, Windows Central

 

Here are some screenies from the article.

CoPilot atm on the right side of the screen:

New 24H2 Snap Layouts:

The 24H2 File Explorer:

The 24H2 Quick Settings:


The 24H2 Phone Link:                                     

The 24H2 Energy Saver:


All Photo Credits Windows Central.

                                               

 

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Happy New Year, WC'ers!

Dec 31, 2023 10:28 AM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Hope your New Year's Eve was nonfatal ('coz if it was, who am I talking to? [e digicons]o_O[/e] )...and hope you enjoyed to the max!

Starting with Winstep Technologies Evolve and LightStar Design's Darkness. Eminently suited for each other. The desktop is a composite of one from the web with an AI and Ps and on1 Effects 2024 cyber fetus. Some evolution, eh? Maybe there's hope...the AI got the number of toes right, at least. [e digicons]:grin:[/e]  

Post 'em!

 

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