As predicted, Microsoft is formally releasing Windows 11 version 22H2 to the general public today. Also called the “Windows 11 2022 Update,” version 22H2 is a major update that brings a plethora of fixes and refinements to the operating system, improving the Start menu, jettisoning some more Windows 8-era user interface designs, adding new touchscreen and window management features, and more. We covered many of the new features earlier this year, when the update was still undergoing beta testing.
The rollout to Windows Update will be phased, but if you want to get your hands on the update now, you can use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, because that makes sense.
The bigger question is…why bother with Windows 11 when they have already announced that Windows 12, aka “Oops our bad, sorry about that” will be released in 2024? Support for Windows 10 ends in 2025 so you can just skip 11 for 12 so just like Vista and 8 you can just skip 11 and leave it for those willing to suffer as alpha testers for 12.
And before anybody chimes in with “Just use Linux” reply unless you are willing to replace my hardware and those that cross my workbench that is a no, AMD APUs are popular here and Linux support for APUs is frankly atrocious, honestly Hackentoshes have better support than Linux does for AMD APUs as apparently Linux devs think “supported” means “can output a 800×600 non accelerated VESA display and chug worse than a 486 running Win98”. And since both Win 10 and 11 (and I’m willing to bet Win 12 as well, thank you Bill Gates for a stable driver ABI!) support Amernime drivers I can easily slap the latest Windows on any AMD APU laptop and get full 2022 drivers with hardware acceleration.