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Enable or Disable Networking in Windows Sandbox in Windows 11

Windows Sandbox¬†provides a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation. Software installed inside the Windows Sandbox environment remains “sandboxed” and runs separately from the host machine.

A sandbox is temporary. When it’s closed, all the software and files and the state are deleted. You get a brand-new instance of the sandbox every time you open the app.

Networking in Windows Sandbox is done by creating a virtual switch on the host (Windows 10/11), and connects the Windows Sandbox to it via a virtual NIC.

Disabling network access can decrease the attack surface exposed by the Sandbox. Enabling networking can expose untrusted applications to the internal network.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable networking in Windows Sandbox for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Clipboard Sharing with Windows Sandbox in Windows 11

Windows Sandbox¬†provides a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation. Software installed inside the Windows Sandbox environment remains “sandboxed” and runs separately from the host machine.

A sandbox is temporary. When it’s closed, all the software and files and the state are deleted. You get a brand-new instance of the sandbox every time you open the app.

You can copy and paste between the host (Windows 10/11) and Windows Sandbox by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable clipboard sharing with Windows Sandbox to copy and paste between the host Windows 10/11 and Windows Sandbox for all users.

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Enable or Disable Windows Security Firewall and Network Protection Notifications

The Notifications page of Windows Security settings lets you configure what kind of notifications you want to receive.

The Firewall and network protection notification settings allow you to specify if you want to receive notifications when Microsoft Defender Firewall blocks a new app. You can also configure these notifications differently depending on if the app was blocked on your domain network, your private network, or the public network (internet).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable firewall and network protection notifications from Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Windows Security Account Protection Notifications

The Notifications page of Windows Security settings lets you configure what kind of notifications you want to receive.

The Account protection notifications below can notify you if there are issues with your Windows Hello or Dynamic Lock, such as bad lighting making it difficult for Hello to recognize you, or your mobile device not being found to activate Device Lock.

  • Problems with Windows Hello
  • Problems with Dynamic lock

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable account protection notifications from Windows Security in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Windows Security Virus and Threat Protection Notifications

The Notifications page of Windows Security settings lets you configure what kind of notifications you want to receive.

The¬†Virus & threat protection¬†notifications below are purely informational and none of them require immediate action from you. You’ll always receive notifications when there’s a problem that requires immediate action. The settings on this page simply let you specify whether you want to know things such as that a threat was successfully blocked, or that a malware scan completed uneventfully.

  • Recent activity and scan results
  • Threats found, but no immediate action is needed
  • Files or activities are blocked

In some cases, it may not be appropriate to show these non-critical notifications, for example, if you want to hide regular status updates. You can hide notifications that describe regular events related to the health and security of the device. These notifications are the ones that don’t require any action.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable non-critical virus & threat protection notifications from Windows Security in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Determine if Windows License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

When it comes to purchasing licenses for Windows there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. The most common license types for product keys are Retail (FPP (Full Packaged Product)), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), and Volume Licensing. Each Windows license type confers rights and imposes restrictions based on the Microsoft Software License Terms.

This tutorial will show you how to determine if your Windows is activated with a Retail, OEM, or Volume channel license type.

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Add or Remove “Open in New Process” context menu in Windows 11

You can right click on a drive, folder, or library, click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10), and click/tap on Open in new process to open the drive, folder, or library in its own new separate process.

Opening drives, folders, and libraries in their own new separate explorer process can improve the stability of the explorer shell.

By default, all File Explorer windows, including the desktop shell, run in a single explorer.exe process. If one File Explorer window hangs or crashes, it will cause all File Explorer windows running in the same process to hang or crash until the process restarts.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open in new process context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process in Windows 11

Each process running in Windows is assigned a unique decimal number called the process ID (PID) to identify an active process. This number is used to specify the process when for example attaching a debugger to it.

By default, all File Explorer windows, including the desktop shell, run in a single explorer.exe process. If one File Explorer window hangs or crashes, it will cause all File Explorer windows running in the same process to hang or crash until the process restarts.

You are able to use the Open in new process context menu to manually open folder windows (File Explorer) in a new process.

If you like, you can enable to launch folder windows in a separate process by default. This way each explorer.exe process will have its own process ID (PID) to improve stability of the explorer shell.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable launch folder windows in a separate explorer process by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 10 (KB5018482) and Windows 11 (KB5018483 and KB5018496), the Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist is enabled by default.

The vulnerable driver blocklist is also enforced when either memory integrity (also known as hypervisor-protected code integrity or HVCI), Smart App Control, or S mode is active. Users can opt in to HVCI using the Windows Security app, and HVCI is on by-default for most new Windows 11 devices.

The vulnerable driver blocklist is designed to help harden systems against third party-developed drivers across the Windows ecosystem with any of the following attributes:

  • Known security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers to elevate privileges in the Windows kernel
  • Malicious behaviors (malware) or certificates used to sign malware
  • Behaviors that aren’t malicious but circumvent the Windows Security Model and can be exploited by attackers to elevate privileges in the Windows kernel

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Allow or Prevent Themes to Change Desktop Icons in Windows 11

Windows includes the common¬†This PC¬†(aka: Computer),¬†User’s Files,¬†Network,¬†Recycle Bin, and¬†Control Panel¬†shortcuts that you can add or remove as icons on your desktop.

Changing your¬†theme¬†can also change your¬†desktop icons¬†to what’s included in the theme.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent themes to change desktop icons for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Allow or Prevent Themes to Change Mouse Pointers 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 change the mouse pointer style, color, and size to make it easier to see in Windows 11.

Changing your¬†theme¬†can also change your mouse pointers to what’s included in the theme.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent themes to change mouse pointers for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find Compressed Files and Folders in Windows 11

The NTFS file system volumes support file compression on an individual file basis. The file compression algorithm used by the NTFS file system is Lempel-Ziv compression. This is a lossless compression algorithm, which means that no data is lost when compressing and decompressing the file, as opposed to lossy compression algorithms such as JPEG, where some data is lost each time data compression and decompression occur.

Data compression reduces the size of a file by minimizing redundant data. In a text file, redundant data can be frequently occurring characters, such as the space character, or common vowels, such as the letters e and a; it can also be frequently occurring character strings. Data compression creates a compressed version of a file by minimizing this redundant data.

While NTFS file system compression can save disk space, compressing data can adversely affect performance. NTFS compression has the following performance characteristics. When you copy or move a compressed NTFS file to a different folder, NTFS decompresses the file, copies or moves the file to the new location, and then recompresses the file. This behavior occurs even when the file is copied or moved between folders on the same computer. Compressed files are also expanded before copying over the network, so NTFS compression does not save network bandwidth.

Files or folders saved into an existing compressed folder will automatically be compressed.

This tutorial will show you how to find and list compressed files and folders in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find All EFS Encrypted Files in Windows 11

The Encrypted File System, or EFS, provides an additional level of security for files and folders. It provides cryptographic protection of individual files on NTFS file system volumes using a public-key system.

Files or folders saved into an existing encrypted folder will automatically be encrypted by EFS.

This tutorial will show you how to find and list all EFS encrypted files that belong to the current user on all connected NTFS local drives in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Map network drive” and “Disconnect network drive” context menu in Windows 11

You can Map a network drive to access shared files on it from File Explorer in Windows without having to look for it or type its network address each time.

A mapped network drive has the following characteristics:

  • It has a drive letter assigned like any other partition in your system.
  • It points to a network shared folder on another PC.
  • It points only to resources found on your network.
  • You need to know the¬†user name¬†and¬†password¬†credentials for the network drive (share) to connect to it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Map network drive and Disconnect network drive context menu for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Show Encrypted or Compressed NTFS files in Color in Windows 11

The NTFS file system volumes support file and folder compression on an individual file basis. The file compression algorithm used by the NTFS file system is Lempel-Ziv compression. This is a lossless compression algorithm, which means that no data is lost when compressing and decompressing the file, as opposed to lossy compression algorithms such as JPEG, where some data is lost each time data compression and decompression occur.

The Encrypted File System, or EFS, provides an additional level of security for files and folders. It provides cryptographic protection of individual files on NTFS file system volumes using a public-key system.

You can turn on to show file name text of encrypted files and folders in green color and compressed files and folders in blue color.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Encrypt or Decrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 11

The Encrypted File System, or EFS, provides an additional level of security for files and folders. It provides cryptographic protection of individual files on NTFS file system volumes using a public-key system.

Files or folders saved into an existing encrypted folder will automatically be encrypted by EFS.

This tutorial will show you how to encrypt or decrypt a file or folder in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check Windows Terminal Version in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current version of Windows Terminal in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check PowerShell Version in Windows 11

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current version of PowerShell in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Disable Folder Thumbnail Previews without Disabling File Thumbnail Previews in Windows 11

File Explorer can display thumbnail previews (image) or icons of files in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will now show previews of items within folders.

File Explorer displays a thumbnail preview image of the last item added to the folder by default.

This tutorial will show you how to disable only folder thumbnail previews without disabling file thumbnail previews for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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