Tiny11 was released, promising that Windows 11 does not require high hardware
11 . window well known for its relatively high system requirements that put it out of reach for many PCs that run quite happily 10 . windowbut there is a solution to that problem: a new version of the operating system called Tiny11, which not only significantly lowers the hardware bar for entry, but also removes a lot of the bloat.
Tiny11 was made by NTDEV and is essentially an ISO based on Windows 11 Pro 22H2, with a release announced on Twitter, as highlighted by neowin (opens in a new tab). (Note that it follows from Tiny10, which is the same idea for Windows 10).
It’s finally here! Based on Windows 11 Pro 22H2, tiny11 has everything you need for a comfortable computing experience without the bulk and clutter of a standard Windows installation. https://t.co/yM1Ip2ljjB pic.twitter.com/Tg5PWUZU1QFebruary 2, 2023
As the developer claims, it has “everything you need for a comfortable computing experience without the bulk and clutter of a standard Windows installation”.
This alternative for Windows 11 has been in development for a while, with initial preview versions available for download in the past, but this is a final release candidate and will hopefully run. smooth.
System requirements are just 2GB of RAM (you need at least 4GB for Windows 11) and 8GB of storage, plus Tiny11 dispensing with security requirements such as TPM and Secure Boot, proved problematic for many PCs.
As mentioned, the operating system is a lot worse than Tiny11, so you get core apps like Calculator, Notepad, and Paint, but for example Microsoft Edge has been stripped of it.
Analysis: Security concerns are the main obstacle
What exactly is Tiny11? It’s basically a DIY project in which the developer tinkered with and created their own Windows 11 ISO – with a lot of stuff stripped out – that you can download to install a ‘recovery’ version of the OS. this short’. Note that this is not piracy: you still need a valid license key to run the operating system, just like with normal Windows.
The point is that you have to trust the developer who hasn’t done anything shady, as in the past some of these types of projects have been a source of spyware or even worse malware. than.
Of course, we’re not suggesting that Tiny11 is doing anything nefarious, but the point is we can’t really be sure what’s been done with the operating system here – and even with a When a legal judgment is done in good faith, there is always the possibility of unintentional malfunction.
However, the most disturbing thing here is that Tiny11 is clearly less secure than Windows 11. It removes a lot of security measures as observed above and Microsoft put these in place for reasons legit – in general – plus it could be less secure in other respects that we don’t know about (it could certainly be one of the possible glitches we just mentioned).
In short, we just don’t know how secure Tiny11 is, and for that reason, in our humble opinion, it’s best to be cautious and change direction. That said, it’s a good idea, we can’t deny it, and certainly some of the braver inhabitants of the desktop world might want to try this on an old PC just to see how it works.