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Turn On or Off Windows Update Delivery Optimization in Windows 11

Windows Update Delivery Optimization helps you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps more quickly and reliably.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization works by letting you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft, like other PCs on your local network, or PCs on the internet that are downloading the same files. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the internet, based on your settings. Sharing this data between PCs helps reduce the internet bandwidth that’s needed to keep more than one device up to date or can make downloads more successful if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection.

When Windows downloads an update or app using Delivery Optimization, it will look for other PCs on your local network (or from the internet, depending on your settings) that have already downloaded that update or app. Windows doesn’t download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows then gets parts of the update or app from the PCs that have it, and parts from Microsoft. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part.

Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time.

Delivery Optimization can’t be used to download or send personal content. Delivery Optimization doesn’t access your personal files or folders, and it doesn’t change any files on your PC.

Delivery Optimization downloads the same updates and apps that you would get through Windows Update and Microsoft Store, using the same security measures. To make sure you’re getting authentic updates, Delivery Optimization gets information securely from Microsoft to check the authenticity of each part of an update or app that it downloads from other PCs. The authenticity of the downloads is checked again before installing it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allow downloads from other PCs for Delivery Optimization in Windows 11.

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Restore Default Services in Windows 11

Services are an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface. Services provide core operating system features (such as printing, networking, remote access, File Explorer, Windows Search, updates, etc.) and apps to operate as intended.

Startup Type for services

  • Automatic – A service in this state will start at boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
  • Automatic (Delayed Start) – A service in this state will start just after boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
  • Automatic (Delayed Start, Trigger Start) – A service in this state will start just after boot when specifically called.
  • Manual (Trigger Start) – This is a version of Manual mode that allows Windows to start a service when specifically called and Microsoft’s answer to “too many services running all the time”.
  • Manual – Manual mode allows Windows to start a service when needed. However, very few services will start up when required in Manual mode. If you find you need a service, place it into Automatic.
  • Disabled – This setting will stop a service from starting, even if needed. Errors in the Event Viewer will show up complaining of that fact. Some services, while Disabled, will constantly complain. However, this situation is taken care of if placed in Manual. The service descriptions identifies those that should be in Manual vice Disabled.

Services are located in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services registry key.

Sometimes you may need to restore a missing or deleted service, or restore a service to default if changes to its General, Log On, Recovery, or Dependencies properties settings is causing an issue.

This tutorial will show you how to restore missing or messed up default services in Windows 11.

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Delete Services in Windows 11

Services are an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface. Services provide core operating system features (such as printing, networking, remote access, File Explorer, Windows Search, updates, etc.) and apps to operate as intended.

Sometimes you may need to delete a service. For example, when installed software doesn’t uninstall properly, and leaves its service in the Services list.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a service in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

If you have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can only pause updates for 1 week (7 days) until updates automatically resume.

If you do not have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can pause updates for up to 5 weeks (35 days) until updates automatically resume.

Some updates, like Microsoft Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

When updates resume, your device will need to get the latest updates before it can be paused again.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the pause updates feature of Windows Update for Windows 11.

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Start, Stop, and Restart Services in Windows 11

Services are an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface. Services provide core operating system features (such as printing, networking, remote access, File Explorer, Windows Search, updates, etc.) and apps to operate as intended.

Usually, Windows does a great job of automatically managing services, but sometimes you may need to manually start, stop, or restart a service on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to start, stop, or restart services in Windows 11.

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Enable and Disable Services in Windows 11

Services are an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface. Services provide core operating system features (such as printing, networking, remote access, File Explorer, Windows Search, updates, etc.) and apps to operate as intended.

Usually, Windows does a great job of automatically managing services, but sometimes you may need to manually enable or disable a service on demand.

  • If you disable a service, any dependent services are also affected. Enabling a service does not automatically restart its dependent services.
  • Changing the default service settings may prevent key services from running correctly. It is especially important to use caution when changing the Startup type setting of services that are configured to start automatically.

Startup Type for services

  • Automatic – A service in this state will start at boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
  • Automatic (Delayed Start) – A service in this state will start just after boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
  • Automatic (Delayed Start, Trigger Start) – A service in this state will start just after boot when specifically called.
  • Manual (Trigger Start) – This is a version of Manual mode that allows Windows to start a service when specifically called and Microsoft’s answer to “too many services running all the time”.
  • Manual – Manual mode allows Windows to start a service when needed. However, very few services will start up when required in Manual mode. If you find you need a service, place it into Automatic.
  • Disabled – This setting will stop a service from starting, even if needed. Errors in the Event Viewer will show up complaining of that fact. Some services, while Disabled, will constantly complain. However, this situation is taken care of if placed in Manual. The service descriptions identifies those that should be in Manual vice Disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and disable services in Windows 11.

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Change Copy Name Extension in Windows 11

When you copy a file or folder to the same location, a copy of that file or folder will be created with the – Copy extension added at the end of the filename by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default Copy name extension template to what you want for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Default New Folder Name in Windows 11

A folder is a location where you can store your files. You can create any number of folders and even store folders inside other folders (subfolders).

When you create a new folder, it is named New folder by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default New folder name template to create new folders with a custom name by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane.

OS drives and fixed drives (ex: internal drives) will only be shown under This PC, and not separately in the navigation pane.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the drives showing twice in the navigation pane of File Explorer for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Shortcut Name Extension in Windows 11

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive and click tap on either Show more options > Create shortcut or Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut), a shortcut to that file, folder or drive will be created with the – Shortcut extension added at the end of the filename by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the – Shortcut extension being added to the filename of newly created shortcuts for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Default Location in Windows 11

Microsoft operates a location service that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.

Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control over which apps are allowed to access your precise location.

Location services is a device-wide setting that can be controlled by the device administrator. When turned on, it enables certain Windows features—such as auto-setting the time zone or Find my device—to function properly. When this location setting is enabled, the Microsoft location service will use a combination of global positioning service (GPS), nearby wireless access points, cell towers, and your IP address (or default location) to determine your device’s location. Depending on the capabilities of your device, your device’s location can be determined with varying degrees of accuracy and may in some cases be determined precisely.

You can set a default location for your device that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location can’t be detected using GPS or other methods.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default location for your Windows 11 device for your account.

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Clear Default Location in Windows 11

Microsoft operates a location service that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.

Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control over which apps are allowed to access your precise location.

Location services is a device-wide setting that can be controlled by the device administrator. When turned on, it enables certain Windows features—such as auto-setting the time zone or Find my device—to function properly. When this location setting is enabled, the Microsoft location service will use a combination of global positioning service (GPS), nearby wireless access points, cell towers, and your IP address (or default location) to determine your device’s location. Depending on the capabilities of your device, your device’s location can be determined with varying degrees of accuracy and may in some cases be determined precisely.

You can set a default location for your device that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location can’t be detected using GPS or other methods.

This tutorial will show you how to clear the default location for your Windows 11 device for your account.

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Set Default Location in Windows 11

Microsoft operates a location service that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.

Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control over which apps are allowed to access your precise location.

Location services is a device-wide setting that can be controlled by the device administrator. When turned on, it enables certain Windows features—such as auto-setting the time zone or Find my device—to function properly. When this location setting is enabled, the Microsoft location service will use a combination of global positioning service (GPS), nearby wireless access points, cell towers, and your IP address (or default location) to determine your device’s location. Depending on the capabilities of your device, your device’s location can be determined with varying degrees of accuracy and may in some cases be determined precisely.

You can set a default location for your device that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location can’t be detected using GPS or other methods.

This tutorial will show you how to set a default location for your Windows 11 device for your account.

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Clear Location History from Windows 11 Device

Microsoft operates a location service that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.

Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control over which apps are allowed to access your precise location.

When location services is turned on, each user on the device can allow apps to use their device’s location and location history to deliver location-aware services as precisely as the device supports. If you grant a specific app access to your device’s location on the settings page, that app will have access to precise location information. Otherwise the location information provided to the app has lower accuracy. When your location is used by a location-aware app or Windows service or feature, your location information and recent location history are stored on your device.

Locations looked up by apps or services will be stored and available on the device for a limited time (24 hours), then deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to clear your device location history on demand for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Let Apps Access Location in Windows 11

Microsoft operates a location service that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.

Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control over which apps are allowed to access your precise location.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Let apps access your location for your account Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Location Services in Windows 11

Microsoft operates a location service that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.

Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control over which apps are allowed to access your precise location.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable location services for all users on your Windows 11 device.

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Compare Windows 11 Editions

This tutorial will show you a comparison of available features between Windows 11 editions to help find out which Windows is right for you.

Windows 11 Home
The best Windows ever keeps getting better, offering home users, students, and gamers a calm, creative space to think, express, and create.

Windows 11 Pro
Designed for the hybrid workplace, Windows 11 Pro has the business and management features your team needs to work more efficiently, seamlessly, and securely almost anywhere.

Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
Designed for people with advanced workloads and data needs such as data scientists, CAD professionals, researchers, media production teams, graphic designers, and animators.

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Add or Remove Search Index Locations in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations[/B] by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

  • Classic = Search only you Documents, Pictures, and Music folders plus the desktop.
  • Enhanced = Search your entire PC (may affect battery life and CPU consumption). PC must be plugged in for initial indexing.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove locations to be excluded or included in the search index in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Respect Power Settings when Indexing in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

Respect power settings when indexing can change how and when search indexing happens based on power and battery settings. This can be handy to help save battery life.

If you turn on Respect power settings when indexing, search indexing stops searching and updating the database with new information in the background or throttle it down during certain times. For instance, when the PC is in battery saver mode, best power efficiency power mode, or game mode. Or when the processor usage peaks 80 percent, or disk usage goes up above 70 percent.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Respect power settings when indexing for all users in Windows 11.

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