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By Steven P.
Here is how you can upgrade to Windows 11 today
by Steven Parker
For those with a qualifying PC, Windows 11 will be offered for free to Windows 10 users starting on October 5. It will be a staggered rollout, so even if you qualify, it might not end up being offered on release day and possibly not for days or weeks after. However, it is entirely possible to upgrade your PC today if you qualify for it and we're going to show you how!
First of all, if you are unsure your PC meets the criteria for Windows 11, you can download the PC Health Check app, run it, and you will learn if you qualify. Assuming you do, follow the steps below.
Ensure you have the latest Windows Updates in your Window 10 system; Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program; Press Get started > Now link your Microsoft account; Pick Release Preview Channel > Confirm > Confirm again > Restart.
After you have restarted, here is the tricky part. Do not check for updates at the Windows Update settings page, because you will get Windows 10 21H2 offered, which is also in the Release Preview Channel. The idea is to let Windows offer the Windows 11 upgrade by itself. You may already see a banner at Windows Update, or in the case like I experienced, a message showed up a day after I enrolled in the Release Preview Channel.
Long story short, it's not exactly clear how to trigger the Windows 11 upgrade offer. If you know, please tell us in the comments.
At this point, you can review the license terms in order to trigger the upgrade.
After you have accepted the license terms, Windows 11 will start downloading and installing in the background. This takes some time, so you can go ahead and do something else, and when you come back to your PC, you will be presented with a helpful "Restart to install Window 11" prompt.
Upon rebooting, this is what you will see, the new Start menu will automatically be opened and the Microsoft Store app too. It seems my VM decided to half-sync my Dark theme over from my main PC, but you get the idea.
Next, you're going to want to opt out of Windows Insiders again, to ensure you don't end up getting a prerelease version of Windows 11 after October 5. The Release Preview Channel is also used to push out Cumulative Updates before they are made publicly available in Windows Update, if Microsoft deems that additional testing is required.
Open Start > Settings > Windows Update Scroll down and expand Windows Insider Program Then toggle Unenroll this device when the next version of Windows releases When you reboot your system you should be already unenrolled:
If the above for whatever reason, fails to work, you can also download the ISO directly from Microsoft. You will still be required to register as a Windows Insider, but the ISO will let you start the upgrade by right clicking on the file and mounting it within Windows 10 and running the Setup.
Select the Build 22000.194 option. If you are unsure about what Windows 11 offers over Windows 10, you can check out our extensive deep dive article on what to expect with Windows 11, right here.
Do you plan to upgrade now, or will you wait until Microsoft offers the update? Let us know in the comments below.
Winaero Tweaker 1.32
by Razvan Serea
Winaero Tweaker is an an all-in-one customization utility that helps you to tweak Windows in just a few simple clicks. The program includes tweaks for every version of operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 11. Winaero Tweaker automatically detects the version of Windows OS you’re running and shows tweaks and customization options accordingly. The software can be installed as a portable app so you can take it with you as you move from one computer to another.
Here's a partial features list:
Information - View information about your PC hardware and OS. Aero Colors - Change all Windows Aero settings including those which can't be changed with Control Panel. Aero Lite - Activate the hidden Aero Lite theme. Alt+Tab Appearance - Change hidden secret options of the Alt+Tab dialog. Colored Title Bars - Enable colors for window title bars in Windows 10. Dark Color Scheme - Here you can enable the dark color scheme for Windows 10 system settings and apps. Inactive Title Bars Color - Change the color of inactive title bars in Windows 10. Disable Aero Shake - Disable or enable the Aero Shake feature. Disable Driver Updates - Turn off driver updates in Windows Update. Disable Web Search - Disable Web Search in taskbar and Cortana in Windows 10. Disable Action Center - Disable or enable the Action Center feature in Windows 10. Disable Live Tiles - Disable Live Tiles all at once for Universal(Metro) apps. Activate Windows Photo Viewer - Activate Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10. Auto-update Store apps - Disable or enable auto-update of Store apps in Windows 10. Disable Cortana - Disable Cortana in Windows 10. Disable Windows Defender - Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10. Microsoft Edge Download Folder - Change the default download folder in Microsoft Edge. Stop Unwanted Apps - Stop unwanted apps Windows installs automatically. Windows Defender Tray Icon - Show or hide Windows Defender tray icon. App Switcher Hover Timeout - Change the App Switcher hover timeout delay. Charms Bar Hover Timeout - Change the Charms Bar hover timeout delay. Modern App Closing Options - Speed up closing time of Metro apps for mouse and touch. Start Screen Power Button - Show or hide the Power button on the Start screen. Disable Telemetry - Prevent Windows 10 from spying on you. ... and many more. Changes in Winaero Tweaker 1.32:
With Winaero Tweaker 1.32 you can now enable the classic (full) context menus on Windows 11. Just turn on the checkbox and restart the Explorer. Changed the behavior of the "Enable Ribbon" option for Windows 11. It no longer disables the "Share" command, so it enables the Ribbon UI without side effects.
Fixed the "Change system font" option. It should not produce the "square" icon instead of the ":" for the clock in the taskbar. Also, it shouldn't interfere with the Anki app.
Download page: Winaero Tweaker 1.32 | 2.4 MB (Freeware)
View: Winaero Tweaker Home Page | v1.32 Release Notes
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By Usama Jawad96
Closer Look: Context menus in Windows 11
by Usama Jawad
Windows 11's general availability date is a little over two weeks away. Starting from October 5, the OS will begin to roll out to supported PCs in a staggered manner. Given its nearing release date, we have been taking a look at some of its features and capabilities in more detail in our ongoing Closer Look series.
So far, we have taken a look at Search, Widgets, the Start menu, Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, the Taskbar, quick settings and notifications, Virtual Desktops, power and battery settings, default apps configurations, and File Explorer in Windows 11. Today, we'll be taking a look at a relatively smaller feature, namely the Windows 11 context menus (or "right-click menus", depending upon what you call it).
For the purpose of this hands-on, we'll be taking a look at Windows 11 build 22000.194 that was released to the Beta Channel a week ago versus a publicly available and up-to-date Windows 10 (version 21H1 build 19043.1237). As usual, it is important to note that the OS is still under active development so it's possible that some of the features we talk about may change by the time of Windows 11's general availability.
Context menu for desktop in Windows 10 Starting off with Windows 10, you can essentially open the context menu by right-clicking on items. That essentially displays a menu containing some quick settings and configurations options. For example, in my case (screenshot above), when I right-click on the desktop, I get some basic settings related to desktop customization, some configurations related to display, and another "Open with Code" option because that was an association created when I installed Visual Studio Code on my laptop. Options that are not available are grayed-out, such as "Paste" and "Paste shortcut" in the screenshot above because I have no items on my clipboard to paste.
Sample context menu for a Microsoft Word file in Windows 10 Depending upon the item you right-click on, the context menu will expand to show all the available options to you. For example, when I open the context menu on a Microsoft Word file on my desktop, I get new options and third-party associations with Notepad++ and WinRAR, along with native associations like Microsoft Defender. Some items also have hierarchical or nested menus that you can explore by hovering over the relevant option, as can be seen in the screenshot above. The same behavior is mimicked in File Explorer. Essentially, the context menu offers quick access to some configurations that may be useful for the item that you are interacting with.
Context menu for taskbar in Windows 10 While you would like to think that the design language of the context menus is same across the OS, this is unfortunately not the case. A prominent example of this is the taskbar context menu (screenshot above), which seems to have a completely different UI compared to the ones for desktop and file items.
Context menu for desktop in Windows 11 Coming over to Windows 11, you'll notice that Microsoft has significantly revamped the design. You get brand-new iconography along with the rounded corners that is a staple design pattern in the OS. When you right-click on the desktop, you'll see a somewhat familiar context menu that contains all of the settings from Windows 10. It also adds a "Open in Windows Terminal" option by default.
Legacy context menu for desktop in Windows 11 However, if you'd rather use the legacy context menu, you can press Shift + F10 or just click the "Show more options" item in the context menu to open it. Microsoft has emphasized that it has not removed any Windows 10 context menu functionality completely from the new OS as of yet.
Sample context menu for image file in Windows 11 The difference between the context menus present in Windows 10 versus Windows 11 is a bit more evident when you right-click on a specific item like a file. In the screenshot above, I simply pasted an image file to my desktop and right-clicked on it. The first thing you'll likely notice is that certain Shell verbs or common commands such as Cut, Copy, Rename, Share, and Delete have been moved to a simplified ribbon on top of the context menu, similar to the design of the File Explorer. If you have an item on your clipboard, this ribbon will automatically adapt to show you the Paste icon where relevant. The rest of the options are present in a list along with a default "Copy as path" utility which I think will be quite useful especially when you're writing code and quickly want to copy the path of the file to utilize in your code. The capability is present in Windows 10 too but is accessed in an indirect way.
Sample legacy context menu for image file in Windows 11 However, you'll also notice that other associations such as those for Visual Studio Code (yes, it can open images), WinRAR, and Notepad++ are noticeably absent. While you can still access them by using Shift + F10 or "Show more options" via the legacy context menu (screenshot above), this is very much an intentional design change.
Microsoft argued back in July that the reasons for this UI revamp are that the Windows 10 context menu is overly long, common commands are not grouped together, and it also contains options that are barely used. I'm somewhat inclined to agree. The context menu present in Windows 10 is indeed too cluttered and unless you have developed muscle memory for what option you want to actually use, sifting through the entire list is fairly overwhelming, depending upon all the associations you have linked with first- and third-party apps.
However, this design change also begs the question: Will people always have to click on "Show more options" to utilize the legacy context menu if they don't find the relevant item in the list? The short answer is "no". That's because Microsoft has stated that third-party developers can use app identity and IExplorerCommand to extend the context menu and have their app listed as well. Third-party items will be grouped separately below Shell verbs.
That said, this also means that the onus to have apps properly linked to the context menu for a quick action is solely the responsibility of the developer. As you may be able to discern, not many developers have made effort on this front yet, which can also be attributed to the fact that Windows 11 is not generally available yet. In fact, Microsoft's own "Scan with Defender" option is hidden behind the legacy context menu. Until developers update their software to work natively with Windows 11, the only way to access their verbs will be via the legacy context menu.
The taskbar context menu in Windows 11 And oh, if you were wondering about whether the taskbar context menu is consistent with the other context menus, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that it is consistent, but the bad news is that it's so severely crippled that it contains none of the immediate functionalities that Windows 10 offered. I have discussed this in detail in my dedicated Closer Look piece about the taskbar in Windows 11.
All in all, I like the simplified context menus (except the one associated with the taskbar) as it's aesthetically pleasing to look at, and it's easier to find basic commands. However, I understand that power users will not be happy with some of the changes such as certain verbs behind hidden behind another context menu. That said, I hope the situation will improve once Windows 11 becomes generally available and developers start to update their apps to adapt to the OS.
What are your thoughts on the revamped context menu in Windows 11? Let us know in the comments section below!
Take a look at the section here or select from the links below to continue exploring Windows 11 in our ongoing "Closer Look" series:
Closer Look: Search in Windows 11 Closer Look: Widgets in Windows 11 Closer Look: Start menu in Windows 11 Closer Look: Snap Layouts and Snap Groups in Windows 11 Closer Look: Taskbar in Windows 11 Closer Look: Quick settings and notifications in Windows 11 Closer Look: Virtual Desktops in Windows 11 Closer Look: Power and battery settings in Windows 11 Closer Look: Default apps settings in Windows 11 Closer Look: File Explorer in Windows 11
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by Steven Parker
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By Steven P.
Nvidia GeForce 472.12 release is the first official Windows 11 Game Ready Driver
by Steven Parker
Nvidia today has launched its latest GeForce Game Ready 472.12 WHQL driver. Although the previous driver, released on August 31 supported Windows 11, Nvidia has made a point of stating that this release is the first official Windows 11 Game Ready driver, with the following announcement in the release notes:
Here's what's new
As usual, the new 472.12 driver also fixes some bugs:
There are also some unresolved issues that remain:
The 472.12 Game Ready driver is now available for download on the GeForce Experience app. Those looking for the official standalone installation links can find them below:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 11, 10 – Standard | DCH
Windows 11, 10 - Standard
You may find more details on the official blog post here, and here are the release notes.