How to enable the new Open with dialog in Windows 11

You can enable the new Open with dialog in Windows 11 starting in build 22567. Microsoft has added it to the operating system, but enables it gradually to users. There is a great chance that you don’t have it right now. So here is a way to make it appear right now. Continue reading “How to enable the new Open with dialog in Windows 11”

Windows 11: always run Command Prompt and PowerShell as Administrator

Windows 11 includes two ways to make Command Prompt and PowerShell always run as Administrator. By default, Windows launches PowerShell, Command Prompt, and Windows Terminal without elevated privileges. If an app, script, or command requires an Administrator access level, the user needs to close Command Prompt and relaunch it with elevated privileges. Continue reading “Windows 11: always run Command Prompt and PowerShell as Administrator”

How to Prevent Batch File From Closing Automatically

The command prompt, once launched, will only close when the user types the exit command or click the close window button. But it also happens that the command prompt closes itself. That happens without showing the results of the completed script. This behavior of the console can be spotted when executing script files, such as CMD and BAT files. Continue reading “How to Prevent Batch File From Closing Automatically”

How to bypass TPM check for cumulative updates in Windows 11

Users who install Windows 11 on a device that does not meet the minimum hardware requirements may need to bypass TPM check for updates. Otherwise they may run into problems installing cumulative updates in the near future. Not only the Windows 11 installer, but also some updates may check the device for hardware compatibility. Continue reading “How to bypass TPM check for cumulative updates in Windows 11”

Enable Windows 11 Developer Mode (3 Methods)

You may need to enable Developer mode in Windows 11 if you want to install modern apps from any source, not just the Microsoft Store. You will need to activate a special feature that is available in all editions of Windows 11. So you can enable it in Windows 11 Pro+ using at least three methods, and in Home edition in at least two ways. Continue reading “Enable Windows 11 Developer Mode (3 Methods)”

How to extract images from the Thumbs.db file

To extract images from the Thumbs.db file, download and install the free Thumbs Viewer utility. Then open the file in the app and check out the stored thumbnails. You may need to retrieve images from Thumbs.db to restore accidentally removed images.

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How to change the network adapter priority in Windows 11

To change the network adapter priority in Windows 11,  you need to open the Network connections folder, and open the adapter properties. Then click advanced properties for TCP/IP, and specify the wanted priority. Let’s review these steps in detail.

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How to create a file of a certain size in Windows

You may need to create a file of a certain size in Windows when testing the writing speed of disks, checking quotas on the size of transferred or stored data. Usually such files are dummy files representing a continuous block of zeros. They can have any extension or not have it at all. The latter is unimportant, the main thing is that they occupy a given amount of disk space. Continue reading “How to create a file of a certain size in Windows”

How to move the WSL Linux subsystem to another disk or partition

You may want to WSL to another disk in Windows 11 after installing a huge number of apps. Given the number of installed applications, the size of the WSL environment can take up a lot of disk space. Continue reading “How to move the WSL Linux subsystem to another disk or partition”

Remove pending downloaded Windows Update files in Windows 11

Nowadays in Windows 11, you may rarely need to remove pending downloaded Windows Update files. Updates are relatively stable and fast. Monthly patches no longer cause crippling headaches; they are much faster and more reliable than ever before. Still, Windows is Windows, and it is far from perfect. Windows Update may still hang or throw an unexpected error. You may want to delete Windows Update files in Windows 11 to start over in such a case. Continue reading “Remove pending downloaded Windows Update files in Windows 11”

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