If you don't want a camera on your computer, you're not getting the upgrade to Windows 11

While you might expect Microsoft to stipulate a minimum amount of RAM, or processor before you can upgrade to Windows 11… we’ve never heard of a requirement quite like this. A surprise unearthed in the documentation published by Microsoft confirms that all Windows 11 laptops will need a camera from 2023 onwards.

For those who are privacy-conscious, that’s not good news. As reported by¬†Neowin, this requirement won’t affect anyone looking to use Windows 11 at launch, but will kick into effect from January 1, 2023.

The Windows 11 documentation says: “Starting from January 1 2023, all Device Types expect Desktop PC, are required to have Forward-facing camera which meets the following requirements. A rear-facing camera is optional”.

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“Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.”

Windows 11 is a huge upgrade, bringing with it a brand new Start menu, new widgets menu, Xbox Games Pass support, and much more. Windows 10 users will be able to upgrade for free, although you’ll need a PC with at least 4GB of RAM, a 64-bit processor that has a speed of at least 1 GHz with two or more cores as well as 64GB of free storage.

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