Windows 11’s new security features are so secure you’ll need to reinstall the operating system to use them

Microsoft is preparing to roll out security feature updates Windows 11 (opens in new tab) Designed to “help protect hybrid jobs” from malicious apps and other potential security risks for business users. The price for this extra layer of security will be a complete reinstall of Windows 11.

Smart App Control is designed by default to prevent you from running malicious apps downloaded from the web, according to Microsoft (opens in new tab) (thanks computer world (opens in new tab)). Since the application is woven into the operating system (and therefore requires a reset), it uses a combination of the application manufacturer’s code signing and an “AI model of application trust” to track things at the process level to determine whether the software is safe or not of. Any app Windows 11 deems suspicious will be blocked from opening.