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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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Generic Product Keys to Install or Upgrade Windows 11 Editions

Generic keys (aka: “default keys”) for Windows 11 from Microsoft will allow you to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11¬†edition¬†you want, but¬†will not activate¬†it.

Using a generic key can be helpful if you wanted to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition for evaluation or testing on a PC or virtual machine, or just don’t have a digital license or your genuine product key currently available and you will activate later when able.

This tutorial will provide you with a list of RTM (retail) and KMS generic keys (default keys) for all editions of 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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Pin or 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.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin items on Jump Lists of apps for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Maximum Number of Items in 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.

Windows 11 will display up to a maximum of 13 items in Jump Lists by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum number of items that can display in Jump Lists for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Change Which Taskbar to Show Apps on for Multiple Displays 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.

If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then you can show the taskbar on all displays instead of just on the main display.

The main taskbar is the taskbar with the clock and taskbar corner icons on it, and is on your main display. Taskbars that show on other displays not set as your main display do have the clock (if turned on), but do not have the taskbar corner icons on them.

When Show my taskbar on all displays is turned on when using multiple displays, you can select to show your taskbar apps on one of the following:

  • All taskbars¬†=¬†Pinned¬†and open apps will show their icon on all taskbars on all displays.
  • Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open¬†=¬†Pinned¬†apps will only show on the main taskbar. Icons for open apps will show on both the main taskbar and the taskbar on the display where the window is open.
  • Taskbar where window is open¬†=¬†Pinned¬†apps will only show on the main taskbar. Icons for open apps will only show on the taskbar on the display where the window is open.

This tutorial will show you how to change which taskbar to show taskbar apps on when using multiple displays for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Badges on Taskbar Apps in Windows 11

Badges will show on apps on the taskbar by default.

These badges are lightweight notifications that are contextual and specific to individual apps. For example, the Mail app’s badge shows you the number of unseen emails (not unread). The Clock app‚Äôs badge will show you that you have an active alarm. The Weather app‚Äôs badge lets you know when there is a weather alert in the area.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing badges on taskbar apps for your account in 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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Backup and Restore Pinned Items on Start Menu in Windows 11

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

The section at the top of the Start menu is called the Pinned section. This section consists of pins arranged in a grid. The items in this section are a subset of all the apps installed on the PC; not all installed apps are included in this section by default. The number of rows and items in this view are consistent across device panel sizes.

If you like, you can back up pinned items on the Start menu for any account, and restore the pinned items to the Start menu for any account.

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

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Add Create Restore Point Context Menu 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.

System Restore automatically manages the disk space that is allocated for restore points. It purges the oldest restore points to make room for new ones. System Restore allocates space based on the size of the hard disk and the version of Windows that the computer runs, as shown in the following table. You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection.

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. System Restore is also made available to users in the Windows Recovery Environment or safe mode, making it easier for them to restore their computers to a state before problems occurred.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Create Restore Point context menu for all users in 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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Use System Restore on 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.

System Restore automatically manages the disk space that is allocated for restore points. It purges the oldest restore points to make room for new ones. System Restore allocates space based on the size of the hard disk and the version of Windows that the computer runs, as shown in the following table. You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection.

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. System Restore is also made available to users in the Windows Recovery Environment or safe mode, making it easier for them to restore their computers to a state before problems occurred.

This tutorial will show you how to use System Restore to go back to a restore point in Windows 11.

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Create System Restore Point 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.

System Restore automatically manages the disk space that is allocated for restore points. It purges the oldest restore points to make room for new ones. System Restore allocates space based on the size of the hard disk and the version of Windows that the computer runs, as shown in the following table. You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection.

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. System Restore is also made available to users in the Windows Recovery Environment or safe mode, making it easier for them to restore their computers to a state before problems occurred.

This tutorial will show you how to manually create a restore point in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off System Protection for Drives 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.

System Restore automatically manages the disk space that is allocated for restore points. It purges the oldest restore points to make room for new ones. System Restore allocates space based on the size of the hard disk and the version of Windows that the computer runs, as shown in the following table. You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection.

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. System Restore is also made available to users in the Windows Recovery Environment or safe mode, making it easier for them to restore their computers to a state before problems occurred.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off system protection to create restore points and do a system restore for drives in Windows 11.

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