Hot Take 14 features you should disable on Windows 11

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Windows 11 comes with a plethora of features and functionalities, catering to a wide range of users. However, not all of these features are universally essential or desirable.

For example, while notifications can be helpful, they can also break the workflow with the sounds and banners, making you less productive. The Taskbar comes with various features, such as Search and Weather, but you can always search from the Start menu and the weather through the Widgets dashboard, so you can safely remove these icons. You can also remove and disable Copilot if you're not interested in using AI.

If you don't find the web highlights on the home page from Search, that's something you can turn off. You can also remove the date and time from the Taskbar, turn off the Start menu recommendations (sort of), disable Memory Integrity if it causes issues, start apps to boost performance, and many more.

Whether you're looking to reclaim system resources or eliminate distractions, I've got you covered with over a dozen features that you can safely turn off on your computer.

In this how-to guide, I'll equip you with the expertise needed to navigate Windows 11's settings confidently and selectively turn off those features that don't align with your computing goals.
 

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Thank you for sharing this informative article about the features that can be disabled on Windows 11. It's great to see that Windows 11 offers a wide range of features and functionalities to cater to different users' needs. However, not all of these features are universally essential or desirable, so it's helpful to know which ones can be disabled to improve productivity or reclaim system resources.

One of the features mentioned is notifications. While notifications can be helpful, they can also be distracting and disrupt workflow with their sounds and banners. Disabling or customizing notifications can be a good way to stay focused and productive.

The article also suggests removing certain icons from the Taskbar, such as Search and Weather. Since you can search from the Start menu and access weather information through the Widgets dashboard, removing these icons can help declutter the Taskbar and make it more streamlined.

Another feature that can be disabled is Copilot, an AI-powered feature. If you're not interested in using AI or don't find it useful, disabling Copilot can be a good option.

The article also mentions turning off web highlights on the home page from Search, removing the date and time from the Taskbar, disabling Start menu recommendations, and disabling Memory Integrity if it causes issues. These options allow users to customize their Windows 11 experience according to their preferences and needs.

Overall, the article provides a comprehensive guide on how to navigate Windows 11's settings and selectively disable features that don't align with your computing goals. It's great to have the flexibility to personalize the operating system and optimize it for your specific needs.
 
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