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Disable Modern Standby in Windows 10 and Windows 11

In Windows 10 and Windows 11, there are two power models for PCs: S3 and Modern Standby (S0 Low Power Idle). The S3 power model is an older standard and is not capable of the instant on that consumers expect from modern devices. Modern Standby is capable of leveraging all the capabilities of a modern chipset and can be integrated across the breadth of tablets and PCs today. The first iteration of Modern Standby was Connected Standby, which first shipped in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Modern Standby expands upon the Windows 8.x Connected Standby concept, allowing for flexibility in component selection and the ability for the OS to manage network connectivity in standby.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 Modern Standby (Modern Standby) expands the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Connected Standby, and consequently Modern Standby, enable an instant on / instant off user experience, similar to smartphone power models. Just like the phone, the S0 low power idle model enables the system to stay connected to the network while in a low power mode.

Although Modern Standby enables an instant on/off user experience like Connected Standby, Modern Standby is more inclusive than the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Modern Standby allows for market segments previously limited to the Traditional Sleep (S3) power model to take advantage of the low power idle model. Example systems include systems based on rotational media and hybrid media (for example, SSD + HDD or SSHD) and/or a NIC that doesn’t support all of the prior requirements for Connected Standby.

Modern Standby systems can be connected (enabled), disconnected (disabled), or managed by Windows to allow network connectivity during standby. This behavior is dictated by the hardware and/or by configuration.

  • Connected Modern Standby¬†will allow you to stay connected to the network while in standby to still receive and get notifications about email, VoIP calls, and such, but it will use more battery.
  • Disconnected Modern Standby¬†will allow longer battery life, but you will no longer have the advantages of staying connected to the network while in standby.
  • Managed by Windows¬†will allow Windows to manage network connectivity during standby.

On any Modern Standby system (whether connected or disconnected), the system remains in S0 while in standby, allowing the following scenarios to work:

  • Background activity
  • Faster resume from a low power state

On systems that are connected while in standby, wakes based on specific network patterns may also be set by the operating system to enable apps to receive the latest content such as incoming email, VoIP calls, or news articles.

This tutorial will show you how to disable Modern Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) to enable S3 support on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 device.

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Remove Facial Recognition Sign-in from Account in Windows 11

Windows Hello¬†is a more personal, more secure way to get instant access to your Windows 11 devices using a¬†PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint. You’ll need to set up a PIN as part of setting up fingerprint or facial recognition sign-in, but you can also sign in with just your PIN.

These options help make it easier and safer to sign into your PC because your PIN is only associated with one device and it’s backed up for recovery with your Microsoft account.

You can¬†set up facial recognition sign-in¬†with your PC’s infrared camera or an external infrared camera.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in option from your account in Windows 11.

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Delete Desktop Background Wallpaper History in Windows 11

You can change your desktop background in Windows 11 to be a picture, solid color, a slideshow, or Spotlight collection.

Windows keeps the last 5 recent images referenced with full path in the registry as your desktop background wallpaper history.

This tutorial will show you how to delete all or specific recent images from desktop background wallpaper history for your account in Windows 11.

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Use Find My Device to Remotely Lock your Windows 11 Device

Find My Device¬†is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you’re an administrator on it. This feature works when¬†location services¬†is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off¬†location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to¬†locate the device¬†online at Microsoft, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

If you have Find My Device turned on, your device will automatically update its location periodically while connected to the Internet.

If needed, you can use Find My Device to remotely lock your Windows device. Remotely locking your Windows device will log out any active users and disable sign in for local users (standard users). Administrators with permissions will still have access, but unauthorized access will be blocked. Your device will be locked and location tracking services will be enabled. It will be required to have an administrator sign in to the remotely locked device first before any standard users are able to sign in.

Once your device is locked, you can reset your password if needed for added security.

This tutorial will show you how to use Find My Device to remotely lock your Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.

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Use Find My Device to Locate your Windows 11 Device

Find My Device¬†is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you’re an administrator on it. This feature works when¬†location services¬†is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off¬†location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to¬†locate the device¬†online at Microsoft, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

If you have Find My Device turned on, your device will automatically update its location periodically while connected to the Internet.

This tutorial will show you how to use Find My Device to see the last known location of your Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.

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Enable or Disable Find My Device in Windows 11

Find My Device¬†is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you’re an administrator on it. This feature works when¬†location services¬†is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off¬†location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to¬†locate the device¬†online at Microsoft, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

If you have Find My Device turned on, your device will automatically update its location periodically while connected to the Internet.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Find My Device to see the last known location of your Windows 11 device from your Microsoft account online.

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Enable or Disable Shared Experiences in Windows 11

Shared Experiences allows the use of cross-device experiences (continue experiences) like Nearby Sharing and Share Across Devices.

You can disable the Continue experiences on this device policy so the Windows device is not discoverable by other devices, and cannot participate in cross-device experiences.

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

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Turn On or Off Share Across Devices for App Experiences in Windows 11

Share across devices (aka: “Project Rome“, “Shared Experiences”, and “Cross Device Experiences”) allows you to continue app experiences on other devices connected to your account.

You can select to share app experiences on My devices only or with Everyone nearby.

  • My devices only¬†(default) = Only allows apps running on devices you have signed into with the same Microsoft account to use this feature.
  • Everyone nearby¬†= Gives everyone near you permission to use the share across devices feature with your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sharing across devices for your account in Windows 11.

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Use Classic Icons or Thumbnails on Alt+Tab in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

Pressing Alt+Tab will show open windows as thumbnails by default.

You can also press and hold the right Alt key, press and release the left Alt key, and press Tab to have Alt+Tab show open windows as classic icons instead of thumbnails.

This tutorial will show you how to always show classic icons or thumbnails on Alt+Tab by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change what Alt+Tab Shows in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

You can select Alt+Tab to show:

  • Open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge¬†(default)
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows only

This tutorial will show you how to change what shows when pressing ALT+TAB to switch between open windows and tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Alt+Tab to Show as Windowed or Full Screen in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22526, Microsoft is experimenting with showing ALT + TAB as windowed by default instead of full screen for some.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Alt+Tab experience to show as windowed or full screen for all users in Windows 11.

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Remove Shortcut Arrow Icon in Windows 11

A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, or app) on your PC. You can create shortcuts and then place them in a convenient location, such as on the desktop, so you can easily access the item that the shortcut links to. Shortcut files (.lnk) can be distinguished from the source target by the arrow that appears overlayed on the shortcut’s icon.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the shortcut arrow overlay on all shortcut icons for all users in Windows 11.

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Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 11

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

The TargetReleaseVersion policy allows you to specify which feature update version of Windows 11 you would like your computer to move to and/or stay on until the version reaches end of service or you reconfigure this policy.

If you don’t update this policy before the device reaches end of service, the device will automatically be updated once it is 60 days past end of service for its version.

If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion the same as the current version, Windows 11 will stay on this version until it reaches end of service.

If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion higher than the current version, Windows 11 will directly update only to the specified version even if a higher version is available.

This tutorial will show you how to specify a TargetReleaseVersion version of Windows 11 you want to move to or stay on in Windows Update until it reaches end of service in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

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Reset Windows Update in Windows 11

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

Sometimes you may have an issue with Windows Update such as not being able to download or install updates, error messages, not being able to search for new updates, etc. These kind of issues can occur when the Windows Update database or components are corrupted, one or more services related to Windows Update are not running, etc.

Resetting the Windows Update components can usually solve these types of issues.

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