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Change Time to Clear Windows Security Protection History in Windows 11

The Protection History page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view recommendations and actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken on your behalf, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services (ex: SmartScreen) that are turned off.

Protection History only retains events for 15 days by default, after which they will automatically be cleared from history.

You can change the number of days to keep items in the scan history folder. After this time, Microsoft Defender removes the items. If you specify a value of zero, Microsoft Defender does not remove items.

This tutorial will show you how to change how many days to automatically clear Windows Security protection history in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails in Windows 11

The mouse pointer, which is sometimes referred to as the cursor, is a bitmap that specifies a focus point on the screen for user input with the mouse.

You can turn on to display pointer trails to see where the mouse is moving on the screen.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off displaying mouse pointer trails for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Show Pointer Location when Press CTRL Key in Windows 11

The mouse pointer, which is sometimes referred to as the cursor, is a bitmap that specifies a focus point on the screen for user input with the mouse.

Windows 11 gives you a fast way to find your mouse pointer by circling it when you press the Ctrl key.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show location of the pointer when the Ctrl key is pressed for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Pointer Snap To Default Button in Windows 11

The mouse pointer, which is sometimes referred to as the cursor, is a bitmap that specifies a focus point on the screen for user input with the mouse.

To speed up the process of selecting a choice when a dialog box appears, you can turn on the Snap To mouse properties option to Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the pointer Snap To default button option for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision in Windows 11

The mouse pointer, which is sometimes referred to as the cursor, is a bitmap that specifies a focus point on the screen for user input with the mouse.

Enhance pointer precision¬†is a form of pointer acceleration that determines how fast the pointer moves in response to movements of the mouse. Enhance pointer precision makes the pointer work more accurately when you’re moving the mouse slowly, but it can make the pointer less precise in other situations. Your mileage may vary.

The MouseSpeed, MouseThreshold1, and MouseThreshold2 string values in the HKCU\Control Panel\Mouse key in Registry Editor determine when and to what extent cursor speed accelerates when the pointer moves rapidly.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off enhance pointer precision for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Clarity Boost in Microsoft Edge with Xbox Cloud Gaming

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.

Microsoft has added a new exclusive Clarity Boost feature to Microsoft Edge that enhances console games with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Clarity Boost is a spatial upscaling enhancement that makes streaming games look clearer and sharper while playing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and 11. It uses a set of client-side scaling improvements to improve the visual quality of the video stream. Clarity Boost allows you to enjoy the most advanced games on the market and experience amazing graphics right from Microsoft Edge whether you are on your high-end PC gaming rig or your tablet.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and disable Clarity Boost while playing games with Xbox Cloud Gaming in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Efficiency mode for PC Gaming 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.

When playing a game on your Windows PC, gamers want and deserve the best performance possible and that requires maximizing their PC resources for the gameplay experience. Through a new setting in Efficiency mode, Microsoft Edge helps improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to help keep games running fast and smooth by automatically reducing browser resource usage when a PC game is launched. With this feature, you do not need to close the browser to play and reopen it when you are done. As soon as you close the game, Microsoft Edge will exit Efficiency mode and get you right back to where you left off.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off use Efficiency mode for PC Gaming in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Reset and Clear Microsoft Store Cache in Windows 11

Microsoft redesigned the¬†Microsoft Store¬†from the ground up in Windows 11, making space for more content, keeping the user experience simple and responsive. It will help you discover and install the best apps, games, movies and even special offers ‚Äď like unique movie discounts for Xbox Game Pass members. All the content in the Microsoft Store is tested for security, family safety and device compatibility.

If you are having issues with installing or updating apps from the Microsoft Store in Windows, it may be caused by an issue with the Microsoft Store cache.

This tutorial will show you how to clear and reset the Microsoft Store cache for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find BitLocker Recovery Key in Windows 11

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned drives and computers.

BitLocker is the Windows encryption technology that protects your data from unauthorized access by encrypting your drive and requiring one or more factors of authentication before it will unlock it.

Windows will require a BitLocker recovery key when it detects a possible unauthorized attempt to access the data. This extra step is a security precaution intended to keep your data safe and secure. This can also happen if you make changes in hardware, firmware, or software which BitLocker cannot distinguish from a possible attack. In these cases, BitLocker may require the extra security of the recovery key even if the user is an authorized owner of the device. This is to be certain that the person trying to unlock the data really is authorized.

Your BitLocker recovery key is a unique 48-digit numerical password that can be used to unlock your system if BitLocker is otherwise unable to confirm for certain that the attempt to access the system drive is authorized.

It depends on how you backed up your BitLocker recovery key for where to find it.

This tutorial will show you how to find your BitLocker recovery key for a drive in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check BitLocker Drive Encryption Status of Drive in Windows 11

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned drives and computers.

You can turn on BitLocker to encrypt the operating system drive (Windows drive), fixed data drives (internal hard drives), and removable data drives (external hard drive or USB flash drive).

Knowing the current BitLocker Drive Encryption status of a drive can help you to manage BitLocker settings for the drive.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current status if BitLocker Drive Encryption for a drive in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find DirectX Version in Windows 11

DirectX is a suite of multimedia technologies required by many Windows games. If your PC doesn’t have the right version of DirectX installed (the product box should tell you which one you need), your game might not work properly.

DirectX is a set of components in Windows that allows software, primarily and especially games, to work directly with your video and audio hardware. Games that use DirectX can use multimedia accelerator features built-in to your hardware more efficiently which improves your overall multimedia experience.

This tutorial will show you how to find the DirectX version you have in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) Version in Windows 11

The Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) is the graphics display driver architecture introduced in Windows Vista (WDDM v1.0). WDDM is required starting with Windows 8 (WDDM v1.2). The WDDM design guide discusses WDDM requirements, specifications, and behavior for WDDM drivers.

WDDM provides the functionality required to render the desktop and applications using Desktop Window Manager, a compositing window manager running on top of Direct3D. It also supports new DXGI interfaces required for basic device management and creation. The WDDM specification requires at least Direct3D 9-capable video card and the display driver must implement the device driver interfaces for the Direct3D 9Ex runtime in order to run legacy Direct3D applications; it may optionally implement runtime interfaces for Direct3D 10 and higher.

This tutorial will show you how to find the current Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) version you have in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable to Allow Wake Timers in Windows 11

A wake timer is a timed event that wakes the computer from a sleep or hibernate state at a specific time to perform scheduled tasks.

Important wake timers includes things like a required reboot after a Windows update. They supersede all other settings.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to allow wake timers to wake the computer in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find Wake Timers in Windows 11

A wake timer is a timed event that wakes the computer from a sleep or hibernate state at a specific time to perform scheduled tasks.

Important wake timers includes things like a required reboot after a Windows update. They supersede all other settings.

This tutorial will show you how to get a list of wake timers that support or configured to wake the system in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Device to Wake Computer in Windows 11

When you put your computer to sleep, a device can automatically wake the computer if the device is currently configured (allowed) to wake the system from a sleep state.

Some devices may support waking the system from a sleep state, but are not currently configured to wake the system.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing a device to wake the computer in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Get List of Devices that Support Waking Computer in Windows 11

When you put your computer to sleep, a device can automatically wake the computer if the device is currently configured to wake the system.

Some devices may support waking the system from a sleep state, but are not currently configured to wake the system.

Knowing which devices that are currently configured to wake the system from any sleep state can be useful if you want to prevent a device from waking the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to get a list of devices that support or configured to wake the system from any sleep state in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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See Active Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power plan.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to see which power plan is currently set as the active power plan for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Name of Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following power plans by default:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people. Allows you to change your¬†Power Mode.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition¬†by default. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to rename a power plan in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Export and Import Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two. A power plan is also known as a power scheme.

Changes made to a power plan settings will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

You can export a power plan and all its settings to a POW file as a backup.

You can then import the POW file when ready to restore the power plan and its settings to any computer as it was when exported (backed up).

This tutorial will show you how to export (back up) and import (restore) a power plan in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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