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Disable Modern Standby in Windows 10 and Windows 11

In Windows 10 and Windows 11, there are two power models for PCs: S3 and Modern Standby (S0 Low Power Idle). The S3 power model is an older standard and is not capable of the instant on that consumers expect from modern devices. Modern Standby is capable of leveraging all the capabilities of a modern chipset and can be integrated across the breadth of tablets and PCs today. The first iteration of Modern Standby was Connected Standby, which first shipped in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Modern Standby expands upon the Windows 8.x Connected Standby concept, allowing for flexibility in component selection and the ability for the OS to manage network connectivity in standby.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 Modern Standby (Modern Standby) expands the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Connected Standby, and consequently Modern Standby, enable an instant on / instant off user experience, similar to smartphone power models. Just like the phone, the S0 low power idle model enables the system to stay connected to the network while in a low power mode.

Although Modern Standby enables an instant on/off user experience like Connected Standby, Modern Standby is more inclusive than the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Modern Standby allows for market segments previously limited to the Traditional Sleep (S3) power model to take advantage of the low power idle model. Example systems include systems based on rotational media and hybrid media (for example, SSD + HDD or SSHD) and/or a NIC that doesn’t support all of the prior requirements for Connected Standby.

Modern Standby systems can be connected (enabled), disconnected (disabled), or managed by Windows to allow network connectivity during standby. This behavior is dictated by the hardware and/or by configuration.

  • Connected Modern Standby¬†will allow you to stay connected to the network while in standby to still receive and get notifications about email, VoIP calls, and such, but it will use more battery.
  • Disconnected Modern Standby¬†will allow longer battery life, but you will no longer have the advantages of staying connected to the network while in standby.
  • Managed by Windows¬†will allow Windows to manage network connectivity during standby.

On any Modern Standby system (whether connected or disconnected), the system remains in S0 while in standby, allowing the following scenarios to work:

  • Background activity
  • Faster resume from a low power state

On systems that are connected while in standby, wakes based on specific network patterns may also be set by the operating system to enable apps to receive the latest content such as incoming email, VoIP calls, or news articles.

This tutorial will show you how to disable Modern Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) to enable S3 support on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 device.

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Use Find My Device to Remotely Lock your Windows 11 Device

Find My Device¬†is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you’re an administrator on it. This feature works when¬†location services¬†is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off¬†location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to¬†locate the device¬†online at Microsoft, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

If you have Find My Device turned on, your device will automatically update its location periodically while connected to the Internet.

If needed, you can use Find My Device to remotely lock your Windows device. Remotely locking your Windows device will log out any active users and disable sign in for local users (standard users). Administrators with permissions will still have access, but unauthorized access will be blocked. Your device will be locked and location tracking services will be enabled. It will be required to have an administrator sign in to the remotely locked device first before any standard users are able to sign in.

Once your device is locked, you can reset your password if needed for added security.

This tutorial will show you how to use Find My Device to remotely lock your Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.

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Use Find My Device to Locate your Windows 11 Device

Find My Device¬†is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you’re an administrator on it. This feature works when¬†location services¬†is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off¬†location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to¬†locate the device¬†online at Microsoft, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

If you have Find My Device turned on, your device will automatically update its location periodically while connected to the Internet.

This tutorial will show you how to use Find My Device to see the last known location of your Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.

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Use Classic Icons or Thumbnails on Alt+Tab in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

Pressing Alt+Tab will show open windows as thumbnails by default.

You can also press and hold the right Alt key, press and release the left Alt key, and press Tab to have Alt+Tab show open windows as classic icons instead of thumbnails.

This tutorial will show you how to always show classic icons or thumbnails on Alt+Tab by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove User Program Groups from Start Menu in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

All apps appears when a user clicks on All apps in the upper-right corner of the Start menu :win:. All Apps is a comprehensive list of shortcuts, in alphabetical order, of all installed apps. Some of these shortcuts are grouped into folders with the expandable folder in the list.

The Start Menu > All apps list for an account will include items (ex: app shortcuts) from the following locations:

  • New Users¬†– This profile includes items from the¬†C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that only get added for new accounts.
  • All Users¬†(common program groups) – This profile includes items from the¬†C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that are shared by all accounts on the PC.
  • User¬†– This profile includes items from the¬†C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder for a specific user.

If you like, you can enable the¬†Remove user’s folders from the Start Menu¬†policy to remove the¬†User¬†(program groups) shortcuts from the Start menu > All apps list for all or specific users.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the User items from the Start Menu > All apps list for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Common Program Groups from Start Menu in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

All apps appears when a user clicks on All apps in the upper-right corner of the Start menu :win:. All Apps is a comprehensive list of shortcuts, in alphabetical order, of all installed apps. Some of these shortcuts are grouped into folders with the expandable folder in the list.

The Start Menu > All apps list for an account will include items (ex: app shortcuts) from the following locations:

  • New Users¬†– This profile includes items from the¬†C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that only get added for new accounts.
  • All Users¬†(common program groups) – This profile includes items from the¬†C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that are shared by all accounts on the PC.
  • User¬†– This includes items from the¬†C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder for a specific user.

If you like, you can enable the Remove common program groups from Start Menu policy to remove the All Users (common program groups) shortcuts from the Start menu > All apps list for all or specific users.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the All Users items from the Start Menu > All apps list for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pin and Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Items pinned to an app’s jump list will appear at the top of the jump list for quick access.

You can enable the Do not allow pinning items in Jump Lists policy to disable and remove Pin to this list and Unpin from this list context menus for Jump Lists.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable pin and unpin items on jump lists for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can¬†pin an app to the taskbar¬†to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

You can enable the Do not allow pinning programs to the taskbar policy to disable and remove Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar from context menus.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can¬†pin an app to the taskbar¬†to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

You can enable the Remove pinned programs from the taskbar policy to prevent pinned items from being shown on the the taskbar, and to disable Pin to taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show pinned items on the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Reset and Clear Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can pin an app to the taskbar to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

Items you pin to the taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below for your account.

In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

In a folder:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

This tutorial will show you how to reset and clear all pinned items on your taskbar in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Backup and Restore Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can pin an app to the taskbar to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

Items you pin to the taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below for your account.

In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

In a folder:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

This tutorial will show you how to back up and restore all pinned items on your taskbar in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency in Windows 11

Turning on system protection for a drive allows System Restore to include the drive when restore points are created so you can undo undesired system changes by reverting to a previous point in time.

System Restore monitors system changes and saves the system state as a restore point. If a system problem develops as a result of a system change, the user can return the system to a previous state using the data from a restore point.

Restore points are created to let users select a previous system state. Each restore point contains the required information to restore the system to the selected state. Restore points are created before key changes are made to the system.

Use System Restore to make restore points when you install a new app, driver, or Windows update, and when you create a restore point manually. System Restore does not restore user data or documents, so it will not cause users to lose their files, e-mail, browsing history, or favorites. Restoring will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made.

If an app, command, or schedule calls to create a restore point in Windows 11, system restore will only create the restore point if no other restore point has already been created within the past 24 hours (1440 minutes) by default. Users can always manually create a restore point at any time from within the System Restore user interface though.

You can change the system restore point creation frequency to how many minutes you want instead of the default 1440 minute for System Restore to skip creating a new restore point if any restore points were created within the previous set minutes. Setting 0 minutes for unlimited will have System Restore never skip creating a new restore point.

This tutorial will show you how to increase or decrease the system restore point creation frequency to what you want in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 11

You can turn your Windows PC into a mobile hotspot by sharing your Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi. You can share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data connection. If your PC has a cellular data connection and you share it, it will use data from your data plan.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the mobile hotspot feature for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Compact OS in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Windows 10 and Windows 11 have tools and features that help you save disk space and optimize your image.

Compact OS compresses all operating system binaries and sets the system state to Compact, which remains unless administrator changes it.

When running CompactOS, Windows update can replace or remove individual files as needed to help maintain the drive footprint size over time.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Compact OS in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Memory Compression in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Memory Compression allows Windows 10 and Windows 11 to make better use of available memory on all systems by reducing physical memory utilization, resulting in fewer pagefile IO operations and a reduced reliance on disk. Furthermore, it improves the speed of writing to and reading from disk when MM determines paging must be enacted. Microsoft expects users to experience improved overall responsiveness and usability on all devices running Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Microsoft enabled the Memory Manager (MM) to compress infrequently-accessed memory pages which reduces the amount of reads and writes to the disk (pagefile) and therefore improves responsiveness. Compressing memory reduces the amount of memory used per process, allowing the operating system to maintain more applications in physical memory at a time before enacting traditional paging.

When Memory Manager’s policy does dictate paging, the data being written to or read from the disk is already compressed to typically around 40 percent of its original size. This compression improves the performance of other unrelated operations on the system by reducing a major source of interfering IO load. The end result is a snappier, more responsive experience with improved app launch performance and consistency.

Memory Compression is faster than using the page file, but does use more CPU resources. Your system may not perform as fast as it would if it didn’t need to compress data in memory. If you see a lot of compressed memory and suspect it’s the reason your PC is a bit slow, the only solution for this is to install more physical memory (RAM) or disable Memory Compression.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Memory Compression in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Internet Explorer mode Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality that isn’t supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge.

Most sites work better on modern browsers. For better speed and security, it is recommended to only using Internet Explorer mode when necessary.

If the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode option is set to Allow, you can add the Internet Explorer mode button to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode button on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Reload in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality that isn’t supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge.

Most sites work better on modern browsers. For better speed and security, it is recommended to only using Internet Explorer mode when necessary.

If the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode option is turned on, you can open sites that require Internet Explorer in Microsoft Edge using Internet Explorer mode. To reload the page in Internet Explorer mode, select Settings and more > More tools > Reload in Internet Explorer mode. If this option is off, it won’t appear under More tools.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allow sites to reload in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.

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Change Lid Close Action in Windows 11

The lid switch close action specifies the action to take when the system lid is closed.

Users can specify one of the following actions to take:

  • Do Nothing¬†= No action is taken when the system lid is closed.
  • Sleep¬†= The system enters sleep when the system lid is closed.
  • Hibernate¬†= The system enters hibernate when the system lid is closed.
  • Shut Down¬†= The system shuts down when the system lid is closed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default action to take when closing the lid of your laptop in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Lid Open Action in Windows 11

The lid open wake action specifies the action to take when the system lid is opened when waking (resuming) from sleep, hibernate, or modern standby.

Users can specify one of the following lid open actions to take:

  • Do Nothing¬†= No action is taken when the system lid is opened.
  • Turn on the display¬†(default) = The OS turns on the display when the system lid is opened.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default action to take when opening the lid of your laptop in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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