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Change Where New Apps will Save to in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you can select where new apps from the Microsoft Store will install and save data to by default instead of on the default Windows “Local Disk (C)” drive location. This can be handy if you do not have much free space on the Windows drive, or just prefer to save new apps to a different location.

You can select to install new apps to any internal or external NTFS drive, including SD cards and USB drives.

Windows 11 will only install new apps to the currently selected location. Existing apps will not get moved to the new location.

If you disconnect the drive you selected to install new apps to, then any app installed to that drive will no longer work until the drive is connected again.

If you disconnect the drive you selected to install new apps to, then Windows will install new apps to the Windows “Local Disk (C)” drive until the selected drive is connected again. Any new apps installed to the Windows “Local Disk (C)” drive during this time will remain on the Windows “Local Disk (C)” drive, and will not be moved to the other location.

Window will create the selected folders below on the root of the drive you selected to install new apps to. When a new app from the Microsoft Store is installed to the selected location, Windows 11 will create a WindowsApps folder at that location.

This tutorial will show you how to change where new apps from the Microsoft Store will save to for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Lock Screen Timeout to Turn Off Display After in Windows 11

Console lock display off timeout is the amount of minutes Windows will wait idle with no activity while on the lock screen when a user locks the computer before timing out and automatically turning off the display.

The Console lock display off timeout setting is set to 1 minute by default for all power plans.

Any changes made to the Console lock display off timeout setting for a power plan will affect all users on the PC that use the same power plan.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Console lock display off timeout setting in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 11

If you clean install Windows, you will need to install drivers for each device in the system. Some of these device drivers may no longer be available from the manufacturer, or you misplaced a backup of the driver installation file from the manufacturer.

It would be a good idea to back up your device drivers before doing a clean install to make it easy to restore any of these drivers as needed afterwards.

This tutorial will show you how to back up and restore all 3rd party device drivers on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.

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Downgrade Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro

You can directly downgrade your device from Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to the Windows 11 Pro edition by just changing the product key.

Downgrading to Windows 11 Pro will result in the loss of features only available in the Windows 11 Pro for Workstation edition.

This tutorial will show you how to downgrade from Windows 11 Pro for Workstations to Windows 11 Pro without losing anything.

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Upgrade Windows 11 Pro to Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

You can directly upgrade your device from Windows 11 Pro to the Windows 11 Pro for Workstations edition by just changing the product key.

Upgrading to Windows 11 Pro for Workstations will include features only in this edition.

This tutorial will show you how to upgrade from Windows 11 Pro to Windows 11 Pro for Workstations without losing anything.

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Uninstall Driver in Windows 11

When a device is connected to your PC, Windows will usually automatically install drivers for it, or you may have to manually install the device’s driver software.

Sometimes it might be necessary to uninstall a driver if it is causing issues, or you no longer need the driver after removing the device it’s for.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a driver for a device in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Downgrade Windows 11 Pro to Windows 11 Home

You may find yourself needing or wanting to downgrade from the Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise edition to the Windows 11 Home edition.

A direct downgrade from Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise to Windows 11 Home is not supported, and would normally require a clean install of Windows 11 Home resulting in the loss of all your data.

Using a workaround in this tutorial, you can downgrade your device from Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Education, or Windows 11 Enterprise to the Windows 11 Home edition without losing anything.

This tutorial will show you how to downgrade from Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise to Windows 11 Home without losing anything.

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Enable or Disable Clear Virtual Memory Paging File at Shutdown in Windows 11

A¬†paging file¬†(aka: “page file” and “virtual memory”) enables the system to remove infrequently accessed modified data from physical memory to let the system use physical memory more efficiently for more frequently accessed data. Windows also uses the page file to store data when physical memory (RAM) is full.

The¬†Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile¬†policy setting determines whether the virtual memory paging file is cleared when the device is¬†shut down¬†or¬†restarted. Virtual memory support uses a system paging file to swap pages of memory to disk when they aren’t used. On a running device, this paging file is opened exclusively by the operating system, and it’s well protected. However, devices that are configured to allow other operating systems to start should verify that the system paging file is cleared as the device shuts down. This confirmation ensures that sensitive information from process memory that might be placed in the paging file isn’t available to an unauthorized user who manages to directly access the paging file after shutdown.

Important information that is kept in real memory might be written periodically to the paging file. This periodical write-operation helps devices handle multitasking functions. A malicious user who has physical access to a server that has been shut down can view the contents of the paging file. The attacker can move the system volume into a different computer and then analyze the contents of the paging file. This process is a time-consuming one, but it can expose data that is cached from RAM to the paging file. A malicious user who has physical access to the server can bypass this countermeasure by unplugging the server from its power source.

Enabling the Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile policy causes the amount of time that is required to complete a shut down or restart depends on the size of the page file. It takes longer to shut down and restart the device, especially on devices with large paging files. Because the process overwrites the storage area that is used by the page file several times, it could be several minutes before the device completely shuts down or restarts.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable clear virtual memory paging file at shutdown or restart for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Virtual Memory Paging File Encryption in Windows 11

A¬†paging file¬†(aka: “page file” and “virtual memory”) enables the system to remove infrequently accessed modified data from physical memory to let the system use physical memory more efficiently for more frequently accessed data. Windows also uses the page file to store data when physical memory (RAM) is full.

Encrypting the page file prevents malicious users from reading data that has been paged to disk, but also adds processing overhead for filesystem operations.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable virtual memory paging file encryption in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Manage Virtual Memory Paging File in Windows 11

A paging file (aka: “page file” and “virtual memory”) enables the system to remove infrequently accessed modified data from physical memory to let the system use physical memory more efficiently for more frequently accessed data.

Windows also uses the page file to store data when physical memory (RAM) is full.

The system automatically manages the size of the paging file (“C:\pagefile.sys”) on the Windows drive by default.

However, there may be times you may need to manually manage the paging file. For example:

  • If the C: drive that Windows is installed on is small in size, you may wish to remove the paging file from that drive, and add a paging file to another drive with more space instead.
  • If you use a lot of memory, then you may wish to add a paging file to another drive to have available if needed.
  • If you don’t use a lot of memory and your paging file is large in size, you may wish to use a smaller custom size.
  • If you are getting a¬†BSOD PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA or KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR¬†or¬†Low Memory¬†type error when the paging file size is not system managed, you may need to set a larger custom size for the paging file.

This tutorial will show you how to manage the virtual memory paging file for each drive on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.

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Enable or Disable Search on Taskbar and Start Menu in Windows 11

Windows Search is on your taskbar and Start menu by default in Windows 11.

You can use the search box to find your apps, files, settings, help, and more on Windows‚ÄĒplus unlock the power of the web with quick access to online information like time zone conversions, fact lookup, trending searches, and search results for navigating to websites faster. You can also use Search to find files and people in your work or school organization through‚ÄĮ Microsoft Search.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Search on the taskbar and Start menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Default System Font in Windows 11

A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design.

Windows 11 uses the Segoe UI font as the default system font. This font is used for icons, menus, title bar text, File Explorer, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default system font for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Power Button on Start Menu in Windows 11

The Power button on the Start menu allows you to quickly open Sign-in options, Sleep computer, Hibernate computer, Shut down computer, or Restart computer from the Start menu.

If wanted, you can completely remove the Power button from the Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Power button on the Start menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Sign out in Account Picture Menu on Start Menu in Windows 11

The¬†account picture menu¬†(aka: “user tile menu”) on the Start menu allows you to¬†Change account settings,¬†Lock¬†the computer,¬†Sign out, or¬†switch user.

If you like, you can completely remove Sign out in the account picture menu on the Start menu.

When you sign out of Windows, all your open windows and apps are closed, but the computer is not turned off. Another user can sign in without needing to restart the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Sign out in the account picture menu on the Start menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Change account settings” in Account Picture Menu on Start Menu

The¬†account picture menu¬†(aka: “user tile menu”) on the Start menu allows you to¬†Change account settings,¬†Lock¬†the computer,¬†Sign out, or¬†switch user.

If you like, you can completely remove Change account settings in the account picture menu on the Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Change account settings in the account picture menu on the Start screen for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Account Picture Menu on Start Menu in Windows 11

The account picture menu (aka: “user tile menu”) on the Start menu allows you to¬†Change account settings,¬†Lock¬†the computer,¬†Sign out, or¬†switch user.

If you like, you can completely remove the user tile and account picture menu from the Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the account picture menu on the Start screen for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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