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Enable or Disable Audio Input 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.

Windows Sandbox will be able to receive audio input (ex: microphone) from the user by default.

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

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Enable or Disable Printer 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.

Windows Sandbox is not able to view and share printers from the host (Windows 10/11) by default.

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

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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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View Security Providers in Windows Security in Windows 11

The Security providers page in Windows Security provides you a list of all antivirus, firewall, and web protection security providers that are running on your device and registered with Windows Security. Here you can easily open the providers’ apps, or get more information on how to resolve any issue that they have reported to you in Windows Security.

This tutorial will show you how to view all security providers running on your Windows 11 device in the Windows Security app.

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Check for Offline Maps Updates in Windows 11

Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus, Maps for Windows 11 gets you there. Get directions and choose from alternate routes, or plan a longer trip with multiple stops.

You can download maps, and use the Maps app to search for and get directions, even when you are offline.

By default, Windows will automatically update maps when plugged in and not on a metered connection.

You can also manually check for updates for downloaded offline maps at any time while connected to the internet.

This tutorial will show you how to manually check for updates of downloaded offline maps in Windows 11.

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Delete Offline Maps in Windows 11

Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus, Maps for Windows 11 gets you there. Get directions and choose from alternate routes, or plan a longer trip with multiple stops.

You can download maps, and use the Maps app to search for and get directions, even when you are offline.

By default, Windows will automatically update maps when plugged in and not on a metered connection.

If you no longer need an offline map, you can delete the offline map to free up hard drive space.

This tutorial will show you how to delete offline maps in Windows 11.

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Repair Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

The¬†Microsoft Edge¬†web browser included in Windows 11 is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

If you can’t open Microsoft Edge or if it opens briefly and then closes, then you could try repairing Microsoft Edge to fix it.

Repairing Microsoft Edge requires an internet connection and will reinstall the browser. Your browser data and settings will not be affected.

This tutorial will show you how to perform a repair of Microsoft Edge for all users in Windows 11.

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Download Offline Maps in Windows 11

Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus, Maps for Windows 11 gets you there. Get directions and choose from alternate routes, or plan a longer trip with multiple stops.

You can download maps, and use the Maps app to search for and get directions, even when you are offline.

By default, Windows will automatically update maps when plugged in and not on a metered connection.

This tutorial will show you how to download offline maps in Windows 11.

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Change Storage Location of Offline Maps in Windows 11

Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus, Maps for Windows 11 gets you there. Get directions and choose from alternate routes, or plan a longer trip with multiple stops.

You can download maps over Wi-Fi, and use the Maps app to search for and get directions, even when you are offline.

By default, Windows will automatically update maps when plugged in and not on a metered connection.

Offline maps are stored in the hidden C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\MapData folder by default.

You can change the storage location of offline maps if wanted. If you select a different drive as the new storage location, all new and current downloaded offline maps will be moved and saved into a hidden protected OS system folder named MapData at the root of the selected drive.

This tutorial will show you how to change the storage location of offline maps in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Download Offline Maps over Metered Connections in Windows 11

Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus, Maps for Windows 11 gets you there. Get directions and choose from alternate routes, or plan a longer trip with multiple stops.

You can download maps over Wi-Fi, and use the Maps app to search for and get directions, even when you are offline.

By default, Windows will automatically update maps when plugged in and not on a metered connection.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off downloading offline maps over metered connections for all users in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Update Offline Maps in Windows 11

Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus, Maps for Windows 11 gets you there. Get directions and choose from alternate routes, or plan a longer trip with multiple stops.

You can download maps over Wi-Fi, and use the Maps app to search for and get directions, even when you are offline.

By default, Windows will automatically update maps when plugged in and not on a metered connection.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically update offline maps for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Language Bar in Windows 11

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you will see the language bar (input indicator) on the taskbar system tray area and sign-in screen by default.

The language bar allows you to switch between your added languages and keyboard layouts as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the language bar on the taskbar and sign-in screen for your account in Windows 11 without having to remove all extra languages and/or keyboard layouts.

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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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