Here's how to try Windows 11 right now without installing a thing

Screenshot of the Microsoft Store app open in the Windows 11 UI
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If you find yourself curious about the Windows 11 (opens in new tab) UI, and feel like trying it out before you commit to a clean ISO install (opens in new tab), it's now possible to do so through the comfort of your browser. 

Developer, Blue Edge, built the Windows 11 demo webpage (opens in new tab) so users could test drive the operating system software, even if their PC doesn't meet the stringent hardware requirements (opens in new tab).

The site doesn't have Windows 11 running on a remote desktop, and is in no way a fully functioning operating system, but it'll give you the gist of the interface (via lifehacker (opens in new tab)). Besides, it's a great idea for an interactive, hands-on look, beyond the wealth of leaked Windows 11 screenshots out in the wild. 

With no need to install anything, you can give the UI a whirl in most any browser—even Safari, for Apple users considering joining the dark side. Wait, are we the baddies? Okay, no, we're the light side.

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The site simply presents you with a (somewhat limited) simulation of the Windows 11 user interface, so you can click around and try the OS on for size. Other than being unable to open most programs, for obvious reasons, all that's really missing is File Explorer and tooltips. Everything else is super well done. 

You can even open the search widget, Start menu, Edge browser, and the Windows Store to get a well-rounded look at what you'd be missing out on, should you decide not to upgrade or switch. 

So, why not try it out? Decide for yourself if the new UI is too much. And if you find you totally despise the Mac-like start menu, don't panic: there's an app for that (opens in new tab).

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.