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Windows 11 Leaks Online, Shows Start Menu, Startup, Wallpapers and More

Windows 11 Leaked Screnshots
(Image credit: sdra_owen on Baidu)

Windows 11 has leaked online, revealing a treasure trove of information from those who have downloaded it. Tom's Hardware can confirm the leak is genuine, but is an early build and likely not entirely representative of the final product.

First, on Baidu, a Chinese forum. The two screenshots showed off a new, refreshed Start menu as well as the settings screen, which shows the name Windows 11 Pro.

The image of the Start menu is the big reveal. It shows a new, centered task bar, similar to what was seen in Windows 10X prior to its cancelation. The menu doesn't have Live Tiles and lets you pin software in place. There's also a power icon to shut down or restart your computer. It all looks far more touch-friendly, and is likely part of the Windows 10X project being folded into Windows 11.

Windows 11 Leaked Screnshots

(Image credit: sdra_owen on Baidu)

The second image is far less revealing. It lists the name "Windows 11 Pro," suggesting that Microsoft will stick to the Home, Pro and Enterprise naming system.

The Verge editor Tom Warren posted several details on Twitter with the build, including wallpapers, Xbox and much of the user interface. 

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If the centered taskbar is too modern for your liking, one Twitter user is suggesting that there's a way to return to the way things look in Windows 10 with a left adjustment:

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Developer Steve Troughton-Smith is attempting to get the OS working on an Apple M1 processor using QEMU: 

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Here's the new startup, via Daniel Rubino of Windows Central:

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Microsoft didn't respond to a request for comment prior to publication. This story will be updated if it responds.

That being said, the Windows team's twitter account had some fun with it, writing "This is just the Start. Tune in on June 24th at 11 am ET to see what's next." That suggests there's more to show, but also verifies that this leak is real.

While the build may be floating around online, it's possible that it isn't yet finished.

Microsoft will host an event on June 24 to announce what's next for Windows. The company has been dropping hints at it being Windows 11, including an 11-minute video of Windows startup sounds and an image showing two lights coming through a window that form the number 11. It's likely we'll learn more then.

Updated 2:15 p.m. ET with findings from those who downloaded the build.
Updated 7:18 p.m. ET with details on how representative of the final product this leak is.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex. among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE