Microsoft rolls out new Windows 11 Validation OS

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  • You might not know it yet, but Microsoft just released a new Windows 11 Validation OS.
  • However, this is not for your everyday Windows user, as this version serves other purposes.
  • It is for diagnosing and repairing hardware defects during Windows device manufacturing.
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You might have missed this one because Microsoft hasn’t quite made a big deal out of it. In fact, you might even think it was trying to keep it a secret.

The Redmond tech colossus recently released a new lightweight version of Windows 11. Don’t get excited just yet, as we’re not talking about any gaming version or anything like that.

In fact, this new lightweight OS is not meant for the general end-user, so keep that in mind as we move on with describing it.

New Windows 11 Validation OS is now available

This new Microsoft software is actually based on the Command-Line and is called Microsoft Validation OS, in case you were wondering what we’re talking about.

Note that it has been designed for hardware or software vendors, developers, and technicians to help diagnose and mitigate issues.

The new OS version will basically help to build hardware and software around Windows 11 without installing the full thing.

As the company itself stated, the Validation OS is a lightweight, fast, and customizable Windows 11-based operating system that you can use on the factory floor to diagnose, mitigate and repair hardware defects during Windows device manufacturing.

Furthermore, the Validation OS boots into a Command-Line environment to increase reliability on the factory floor and supports running Win32 apps.

This will help in smoothing the transition from early hardware bring-up to the retail OS and app development.

Before you ask, we will tell you that that’s because the Win32 API provides direct access to the system hardware and has various tools for diagnostics.

Have you already tried the new Windows 11 Validation OS? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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