What you need to know
- Lenovo PCs in China can now receive Insider builds of Windows 11, starting with Build 22598.
- Microsoft did not explain its reasoning for the change.
- Lenovo PCs need to connect to the internet for at least 15 minutes to receive an update for the Lenovo PC Manager app.
Windows 11 Insider builds are available again for Lenovo PCs in China. The change started with Windows 11 Build 22598, which started rolling out on April 13, 2022.
Microsoft did not explain why Insider builds are available again for Lenovo PCs in China. The company just announced the change and explained that Lenovo devices need to be connected to the web for 15 minutes:
Some have speculated that Insider builds may have been blocked on Lenovo PCs in China due to China's ban of foreign TPM chips, as noted by The Register. China's Trusted Cryptography Module (TCM) is distinct from the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) used in the rest of the world.
Microsoft did not respond to The Register regarding why Lenovo devices in China are now able to receive Insider builds of Windows 11.
As for the first build that is available for Lenovo PCs in China, Build 22598 mostly contains small changes and a long list of fixes. Among those changes is a Windows Spotlight wallpaper that will appear on some PCs by default after a clean installation of Windows 11.
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I suppose this is good news, but the future is not looking bright for tech, security and privacy in China, including with respect to companies that have a good reputation abroad and don't have a deep history with the Chinese government. Their government is just getting more authoritarian and, in terms of economic policy, more interventionist. Not good. At this point, I wouldn't blame corporate buyers from steering clear of even Lenovo, who make excellent products but whose future is clouded by Xi's incipient Stalinism with Chinese characteristics.
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