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Rename PC in Windows 11

Rename your device to make it easier to identify if you use multiple computers with your Microsoft account.

PCs on a network need unique names so they can identify and communicate with each other. If two PCs have the same name on the same network, it creates a conflict for network communications. Most PCs come with default names, but you can usually change them. It’s best to keep PC names short (fifteen characters or less) and easily recognizable.

It is recommend that you use only Internet-standard characters in the PC name. The standard characters are the numbers 0 through 9, uppercase and lowercase letters from A through Z, and the hyphen (-) character. PC names cannot consist entirely of numbers, nor can they contain spaces. The name also cannot contain special characters, such as the following:

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This tutorial will show you how to change the computer name of your Windows 11 PC.

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Native Boot Windows 11 Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX)

Native Boot allows you to create a virtual hard disk (VHDX), install Windows to it, and then boot it up, either on your PC side-by-side with your existing installation, or on a new device.

A native-boot VHDX can be used as the running operating system on designated hardware without any other parent operating system. This differs from a scenario where a VHDX is connected to a virtual machine on a computer that has a parent operating system.

Native boot for Windows 11 requires the .vhdx format, not the .vhd format.

VHDXs can be applied to PCs or devices that have no other installations of Windows, without a virtual machine or hypervisor. (A hypervisor is a layer of software under the operating system that runs virtual computers.) This enables greater flexibility in workload distribution because a single set of tools can be used to manage images for virtual machines and designated hardware.

This tutorial will show you how to boot a Windows 11 VHDX file natively to dual boot with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise editions.

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Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 11

The Command shell is an entry point for typing commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows GUI.

If you are troubleshooting or unable to open a command prompt from within Windows 11, you can open a command prompt at boot to use instead.

This tutorial will show you how to open an elevated command prompt at boot in Windows 11.

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Boot to Advanced Startup (WinRE) in Windows 11

Advanced startup enables you to perform these actions:

  • Start recovery (aka: Windows RE or WinRE), troubleshooting, and diagnostic tools.
  • Boot from a disk (ex: USB or DVD) or device (UEFI only)
  • Access the PC’s UEFI firmware
  • Restore Windows from a system image
  • Choose default operating system to boot to on PC if multiple operating systems are installed

When you boot to advanced startup, all user sessions are signed off. If you select a Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) feature from this menu, the PC restarts into WinRE and the selected feature is launched.

The Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a companion operating system installed alongside Windows 11, typically in a separate partition, that can help with troubleshooting, recovery, or booting from external media, such as a USB stick.

This tutorial will show you how to boot to the advanced startup (WinRE) in Windows 11.

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Create Windows 11 Virtual Machine with Hyper-V

Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in virtualized and isolated environment. Special software called a hypervisor manages access between the virtual systems and the physical hardware resources. Virtualization enables quick deployment of computer systems, a way to quickly restore systems to a previously known good state, and the ability to migrate systems between physical hosts.

Hyper-V is available on 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. It is not available on the Home edition.

This tutorial will show you how to set up and create a Windows 11 virtual machine with Hyper-V on a Windows 10 PC.

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Dual Boot Windows 11 with Windows 10

Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.

If you already have Windows 10 installed and want to keep it, you can install Windows 11 on another partition or disk to dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10 on the same PC.

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See if PC meets Requirements for Windows 11 with PC Health Check app

Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.

If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized, but for most devices already in use today, Microsoft expects it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Update.

Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but will be coming later this year. You can check your PC for Windows 11 compatibility in the meantime to get ready.

Use the PC Health Check app to see if your current PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If so, you can get a free upgrade via Windows Update when it rolls out.

This tutorial will show you how to use the PC Health Check app to see if your current PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Performance button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Performance mode has been renamed to Efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge.

What is efficiency mode?
Helps minimize power usage to extend battery life by reducing resource usage (CPU, memory). Benefits might vary depending on your device applications and individuals browser habits.

How it works

  • Puts background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, if sleeping tabs is on
  • May cause videos to be less smooth, animations to slow down when you’re not interacting with the browser

You can select to use the following for efficiency mode when turned on:

  • Always active¬†– Active when your device is charging to minimize resource usage.
  • Active when unplugged¬†– Active when your device is unplugged to extend your battery life.
  • Active when unplugged, low battery¬†– Active when your device is unplugged and saving battery to extend your battery life.

If you like, you can add the Performance button on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge Canary to make it easier to change efficiency mode settings.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Performance button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Change Device Usage for Windows 10 PC

Starting with Windows 10 build 21354, you can select all the ways you plan to use your device to get customized suggestions for tips, tools, and services.

You can select one or more of the following for your device usage:

  • Gaming¬†= Play and discover games, keep up with new releases
  • Family¬†= Connect with the whole family, edit safety settings, and give everyone their own profile on this device
  • Creativity¬†= Bring ideas to life – from novels and presentations to photos and videos
  • Schoolwork¬†= Take notes, write essays, collaborate on projects
  • Entertainment¬†= Watch videos, browse the web, connect on social media
  • Business¬†= Track expenses, manage customers, run your business

This tutorial will show you how to change device usage settings for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add “Edit or Run with” PS1 File Context Menu in Windows 10

A PS1 file is a script, or cmdlet, used by Windows PowerShell.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a custom Edit or Run with cascading context menu for PowerShell .ps1 files for all users in Windows 10.

The Edit or Run with cascading context menu includes the following items for PS1 files :

  • Run with PowerShell
  • Run with PowerShell as administrator
  • Run with PowerShell 7
  • Run with PowerShell 7 as administrator
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE as administrator
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE (x86)
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE (x86) as administrator
  • Edit with Notepad
  • Edit with Notepad as administrator

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

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.

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.

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 Create Virtual Displays for Classic Apps in Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Windows Mixed Reality includes native support for classic desktops apps (Desktop (Win32) applications) starting with Windows 10 build 18329. To do so, Windows 10 uses virtual displays to show these apps in the mixed reality home.

These virtual displays may impact your display layout, especially if you have multiple physical displays.

Disabling virtual display creation at mixed reality startup may result in your headset display briefly freezing when you launch a classic app in mixed reality.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable create virtual displays for classic apps when Mixed Reality starts for your account in Windows 10.

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Download Windows 10 ISO

A Windows 10 ISO file can be used to create your own bootable Windows 10 installation media using either a USB flash drive or DVD/Blu-ray.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to download an official Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft.

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Show Weather Temperature in ¬įC or ¬įF for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s current weather conditions directly on your taskbar and hover over the icon to see concise, scannable information from sports and stocks to local news and breaking headlines.

The weather icon on the taskbar and¬†weather card¬†in News and Interests can display the temperature in¬†Celsius¬†(¬įC) or¬†Fahrenheit¬†(¬įF).

This tutorial will show how to switch between displaying the temperature in Celsius (¬įC) or Fahrenheit (¬įF) on the weather card and weather icon on the taskbar for¬†news and interests¬†for your account in¬†Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Open Desktop View app in Mixed Reality on Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

While inside Windows Mixed Reality, you can use the Desktop view app to interact with your PC desktop without taking off your headset.

While you are wearing a headset, Windows can detect when focus moves to apps on your Windows 10 desktop and automatically start the Desktop view app in Mixed Reality for you.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically open the Desktop View app when a desktop app gains focus while wearing a headset in Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Start Mixed Reality Portal when Put On Headset in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Mixed Reality Portal is the desktop app that takes you through Windows Mixed Reality setup. It also serves as the command center on your PC for your mixed reality experience.

Windows can automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you plug in or put on your headset. Mixed Reality Portal always starts when you open an app designed for mixed reality.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you put on a headset for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Start Mixed Reality Portal when Plug In Headset in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Mixed Reality Portal is the desktop app that takes you through Windows Mixed Reality setup. It also serves as the command center on your PC for your mixed reality experience.

Windows can automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you plug in or put on your headset. Mixed Reality Portal always starts when you open an app designed for mixed reality.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you plug in a headset for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Suspend Mixed Reality and its Apps when Headset is Asleep in Windows 10

Windows Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

You can adjust the amount of idle time before a headset automatically goes to sleep for Windows Mixed Reality.

By default, Windows 10 will suspend Windows Mixed Reality and its app when your headset is asleep.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off suspend Mixed Reality and its apps when headset is asleep for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Sleep Timeout for Mixed Reality Headset in Windows 10

Windows Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

You can adjust the amount of idle time before a headset automatically goes to sleep for Windows Mixed Reality.

This tutorial will show you how to change the amount of idle time before a headset automatically goes to sleep for Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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