Windows 11 - First look

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Microsoft to set Windows Terminal as default console in Windows 11​

"Over the course of 2022, we are planning to make Windows Terminal the default experience on Windows 11 devices," Windows Terminal Program Manager Kayla Cinnamon said. "On Windows 11, you are able to set Windows Terminal as your default experience. This setting can be found in multiple places: inside the Developer settings page of Windows settings, inside Windows Terminal’s settings on the Startup page, and inside the Windows Console Host property sheet."
 

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Microsoft is finally signaling the end of the legacy Control Panel in Windows 11. The software giant introduced a number of changes in its Settings section of Windows 11 earlier this year, and this month the company has started testing even more ways to replace Control Panel functionality.

In new test versions of Windows 11, Microsoft has moved the advanced network settings into a new page in the Settings app, which includes sharing options for folders, printers, and network discovery options. Some entry points to the network and device settings in Windows 11 also now redirect to the Settings app, instead of forcing you into the Control Panel.

Elsewhere, links to the section of the Control Panel used to uninstall apps now redirect to the Settings app. Even the section for uninstalling Windows Updates is now part of the Settings app, instead of being housed in the Control Panel.
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6 Years after release, Microsoft is still working on migrating the Windows Control Panel​

It is now the end of 2021, six years after the release of Windows 10. Windows 11 has been released in the year, even though Microsoft stated earlier that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows.
The Control Panel is still available, as only some applets have been migrated so far. Now, with the last build of Windows 11 in 2021 comes the migration of two Control Panel applets. Both applets have been disabled by Microsoft in the Control Panel; they are now placeholders that point to the relevant section in the operating system's Settings application. [...]
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If Microsoft keeps up the pace, the Control Panel will still be present when Windows 12 is released in 2027. It is clear that the change removes functionality. While the core functionality is still there, helpful features such as the option to add information to the listings or sort listings using other parameters, are no longer available.
Administrators may resort to using third-party programs to uninstall software, or the Windows Package Manager for that purpose.
 

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Will there be any windows 11 updates released over Christmas new year period?

I would guess probably NO for stable build of Windows 11 as usual for holidays at the end of the year, unless important stuff like major issues must be fixed soon. But I don't know for Windows 11 Insider...
 

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I used windows 11 for two weeks and I think it isn't complete yet. I really hate the double right click context menu. I don't understand why they made it like that. If I need to extract a zip file, I have to click on show more options then another menu to choose from it. Another thing is the dark theme, Why it still has some windows with white color like task manager , control panel, etc...
The taskbar is very big and has no functionality compared to windows 10.
So I went back to windows 10. It is still the best for me so far.
 

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Windows 11 bug causes color rendering issues on HDR displays​

Redmond is currently working on a fix that is expected to be available for release during late January.

If you are having problems displaying HDR content from your Windows 11 PC, Microsoft also provides several measures you can take to fix them on this support page.
 

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Restore drag and drop to the Taskbar in Windows 11 with this open-source program​

How to restore drag and drop to the Taskbar in Windows 11​

The utility you will need for restoring the feature, is called Windows 11 Drag & Drop to the Taskbar (Fix). The name is kind of on the nose, but the program works quite well. Download the executable from GitHub. It is a portable software which creates a config file in the same folder. Run the program and an icon will appear on the system tray. This indicates that the application is active, it needs to be running in for the functionality that it restores.

To test if it works as intended, open any application that you'd like to open files in. E.g. Notepad. Minimize the window, and switch to Explorer. Drag a text document over Notepad's icon and mouse over the preview pane that appears, and click it. The file will be opened in the text editor.

Note: You need to have the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable x64 installed on your computer, else the tool won't work.
As for an official fix, Windows Latest reports that Drag and Drop for the Taskbar will be added in Windows 11 22H2, which could arrive in a few months.
 

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The first major Windows 11 Update may be released in Summer 2022​

Windows Central suggests that the first Windows 11 feature update could be released earlier than many users and administrators would expect. According to the blog, Windows 11 version 22H2 will be completed in May 2022 and a final build will be released in Summer 2022.
I'm told the current engineering schedule has mainline development on version 22H2 scheduled for completion in May 2022, with a final build expected sometime in the summer.
Summer 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere starts on June 21 and ends on September 23 in the year. A release closer to the end of the period, in September in particular, seems feasible, considering that the release date would be just 11 months after the official release of the Windows 11 operating system.

Windows Central does not mention its source for the information, and the news should be filed under rumor for the time being.

The next feature update has the codename Sun Valley 2. It will introduce new functionality to the operating system, notably support for Android applications by integrating the Windows Subsystem for Android in the operating system. Other improvements include updated applications and overall polishing of the system, which some users felt rushed by Microsoft.

Windows 11 is still being rolled out to all compatible devices at the time of writing. The next feature update version will be offered to devices that Telemetry considers to offer the best upgrading experience. Rollouts happen over periods of weeks or months, and Microsoft expects to offer the free upgrade to Windows 11 to all eligible devices by mid-2022. The period of the 2022 feature update release rollout will likely be shorter.
 

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Find out if System Restore is enabled on Windows 11 Devices​

How to enable and configure System Restore on Windows 11​

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Select the Configure button in the window after making sure that the main drive, drive c: usually, is selected, to activate System Restore or change parameters. The page that opens displays three core options:
  • Turn System Restore on or off by switching between "Turn on system protection" and "Disable system protection".
  • Change the percentage of disk space that System Restore may use for its functionality.
  • Delete all restore points for the drive.
Repeat the process for other drives if you want to. Once turned on, you may use the create button to create a new system restore snapshot right away.

Windows 11 will create snapshots automatically if system restore is turned on, for instance, when updates are installed.

You may use the option to create manual system restore points regularly.

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System Restore is a useful feature of Windows 11 and previous versions of Windows. It is unclear why it is not enabled by default, at least on some systems. One explanation is the required storage space that it uses when enabled.
The solution is not perfect. While it works well when it comes to the installation of updates, usually, it may fail in other situations, e.g. accidental deletion of system files or malware attacks.
 

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The first big Windows 11 update, Sun Valley 2, should be ready in mere months​

 

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Here's how to install the new Media Player in the Windows 11 stable channel​

How to install the new Media Player in the Windows 11

1. Go to Microsoft Store - Generation Project (v1.2.3) [by @rgadguard & mkuba50], and paste the URL of the Groove Music app's Microsoft Store listing in the text box. Here's the link:
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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/groove-music/9wzdncrfj3pt

2. Click the drop-down menu to the right-hand side, which says RP, and select the Fast channel.

3. Proceed by clicking the checkmark button next to it, and a long list of links will appear. Look for the file with the name Microsoft.ZuneMusic_11.2111.54.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle. It is about 35 MB to download.

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Note: There is a similar file with the number 54.70, that weighs about 92 MB. Don't download this version, as it cannot be used to update the Media Player.

4. Run the file that you downloaded, and the operating system will display a pop-up that asks whether you would like to update Media Player. Click the update button to confirm the action, and wait for it to finish the process.

The new Media Player is ready to use, you can find more about its features in our previous article. You may have noticed that the program's title says Media Player Preview, because it is still being tested. But, now that the app works on the Windows 11 stable channel, it is only a matter of time before Microsoft makes the news official.
 
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Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22526 to the Dev Channel. In it, Microsoft has not really highlighted any major changes other than it "includes a good set of changes and improvements as well as fixes." First up are the Changes and Improvements: