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Windows 11 v21H2

Installation

Bypass incompatibility check: Universal MediaCreationTool wrapper

I installed it on two incompatible devices, using the Universal MediaCreationTool wrapper to bypass the incompatibilities.

Progress

I have installed it on two devices by now. In both cases, the installation was flawless.

Look and feel / User preferences

Windows 11 has the taskbar at the bottom, and doesn't allow QuickLaunch folders. Two preferences that can be overcome using third party tools.

Trial 1: OpenShell cross

  • install !WinaeroTweaker
    • in WinaeroTweaker, go to Windows 11 ► Enable Classic Taskbar
    • also click 'Enable System Icons' and enable clock, network & sound
  • install !OpenShell
  • small icons & don't group icons: registry tweak:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
    • small icons: "TaskbarSmallIcons"=dword:00000002
    • don't group icons: "TaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000002
source: https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/odtoyp/am_i_the_only_one_who_wants_quick_launch_in/

issue: Windows Explorer search box not accessible (see https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu/discussions/745#discussioncomment-1446338)

Trial 2: !StartAllBack tick

https://www.startallback.com/
  • free trial: 30 days
  • license key:
    • 1 PC: $4.99 (€4.30)
    • 2 PCs: $8.99 (€7.75)
This seems to work seamlessly with Windows 11, not breaking the Windows Explorer search.

It has the following advantages:
  • position the taskbar where you want: bottom, left, top, right
  • add a quick launch bar
  • ungroup taskbar items:
    in the navpane of the app, choose Taskbar: then in the 'Tweak behavior and superpowers' section, next to Combine tasbar buttons, choose Never)
  • classic context menus:
    in the navpane of the app, choose Explorer: then in the Make it top notch' section, check the Classic context menus checkbox

Hide language bar tick

This requires two steps. Both are required to hide the language bar under all circumstances!

Step 1: Turn Input Indicator system icon off

  • classic Control Panel > Notification Area Icons (Systeemvakpictogrammen) > Turn system icons on or off
  • Input Indicator: Off

Step 2: Language Bar: Hidden

  • (modern) Settings > Time & language
  • Typing
  • Advanced keyboard settings
  • in the Switching input methods section:
    • enable Let met use a different input method for each app window
    • enable Use the desktop language bar when it's available
  • then click on the Language bar options link
    • choose Hidden
    • click Apply
source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNGMScAAFB0

Volume control !EarTrumpet app tick

In Windows 10, you were able to click the Volume icon and then use the left/right arrow keys to lower/increase the volume. In Windows 11, this is no longer possible, making the Volume icon part of the Quick Settings. The third-party app EarTrumpet made this possible again.

On my PC at the office, the default Volume icon returned after a couple of days, I suppose due to a domain group policy, so there the use of the EarTrumpet app has become superfluous…

Cascade windows

Trial 1: vbscript cross

If you rightclick the taskbar in Windows 10, you have the possibility to Cascade windows.

The following .vbs script does the same…

set objShell = CreateObject("shell.application")
objShell.CascadeWindows()

… in Windows 10.

However, in Windows 11, nothing happens!

Nevertheless, the method is present in Windows 11. Issue the following PowerShell command:

New-Object -ComObject "Shell.Application" | gm | select Name, MemberType

Trial 2: FastKeys tick

https://www.fastkeysautomation.com/
  • based on AutoHotkey
  • free trial: 15 days
  • personal license key: $19 (up to 3 computers)
Configuration:
  • choose Shortcuts in the navbar on the left
  • choose New (+) in the top right corner
  • choose Command instead of Run in the blue colored top left corner
  • click on the Library icon (booklet) in the black colored bar at the top
  • choose Window in the Command section
  • scroll down to Cascade Windows, select it and click on the Select button
  • the following appears:
DllCall( "CascadeWindows", uInt,0, Int,4, Int,0, Int,0, Int,0 )
  • position your cursor in the Shortcut field and press the desired shortcut key (e.g. Alt+C)
  • click on OK

Trial 3: AutoHotKey tick

Create an .ahk script with the same command as the FastKeys command:
DllCall( "CascadeWindows", uInt,0, Int,4, Int,0, Int,0, Int,0 )

Using the Ahk2Exe, you can convert the .ahk script to an executable. Afterwards, you can put a shortcut to this .exe file wherever you want.

Finetuning

VPN settings

In Windows 10, you could access VPN settings easily by clicking the Network or the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray / notification area. In Windows 11, the Wi-Fi icon only shows the available Wi-Fi networks, the Network icon opens the quick settings panel, containing Night ligt, Focus assit, Project etc. If VPN isn't available here, you can add it.

The Power icon also opens the quick settings panel.

On my Home PC, I don't have a wired network, so I don't have Network icon, neither have I a Power icont, so I cannot access the VPN settings using either icon. It is available through Settings (Win+I) > Network & internet > VPN, but that's rather cumbersome.

What I did, was adding the Control Center icon to the system tray / notification area.

In a Windows Explorer window, go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons (Systeemvakpictogrammen)\System Icons and set the Control Center to On.

Issues

Windows 11 File Explorer Command Bar missing

Right after the upgrade to Windows 11, the File Explorer showed no Command Bar.

Using StartAllBack, I was able to choose the Win10 Ribbon UI (from the Explorer section in the TOC), but whenever I chose Win11 Command Bar, it didn't appear.

Then I found this tip on MAJOR GEEKS.

Apparently, the Win11 Command Bar was blocked, you can unblock it issuing the following registry tweak:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; MajorGeeks.Com
; How to Restore the Classic File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 11
; Tutorial: https://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/restore_file_explorer_11.html

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7}"=-

Afterwards, restart Explorer.

Taskbar

  • that the taskbar is at the bottom and can't be moved, okay, I can live with it
  • that I can't add a QuickLaunch bar, okay, I can live with it, I'll use Pin to taskbar, but…
  • nearly half (11 out of 24) of the items I'd like to pin to the taskbar, can't be pinned to the taskbar (Event Viewer, WinSCP, PSPad, IB Expert, MySQL Workbench, …)
Solution: StartAllBack

Icons

.bat / .exe files which I gave a custom icon, sometimes appear with a blank page icon.

Solution: move these icons from the network location to a local drive

Searching in Explorer

I can't put my cursor in the Search field if I launch the File Explorer throught the default shortcut.

Workaround:
  • open the 'old' Control Panel: now the Search field is accessible, even if I move to 'regular' folders

Solution: use StartAllBack instead of OpenShell.

Windows 11 v22H2

Installation

  • download the .iso for your PC, directly from the Ms site, or using the MediaCreationTool
    • in my case, I need(ed) the following version: Language English (United States)
  • try to install - if you get:
    • This PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements (processor, TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, …)
      or
    • We can't tell if your PC is ready to continue installing Windows 11,
  • then execute the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd file (on your own risk)
    execute it only once (if you do it a 2nd time, you undo the installation of the skip TPM check!)
  • normally the setup procedure will then launch
  • now uninstall !MSEdgeRedirect*
  • Choose what to keep: preferably Keep files, settings, and apps
  • Ready to install - To recap, you've chosen:
    Install Windows 11 (Pro),
    Keep files, settings, and apps
  • after installation, check the version by issuing the winver command
* during the installation, I got the message:
File Update Required - Ms Edge has updated, as such the IFEO exclusion file for MSEdgeRedirect is out of date and needs to be updated. Update Now? - I chose 'Yes', but maybe it had been better to disable Edge Redirect

Customization

After installation, some of the customizations I did in v21H2 were lost/reverted. So I needed to do them again.

Turn system icons off

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons\System Icons:
  • Volume: Off (I'm using EarTrumpet instead)
  • Power: Off (my laptop is deprived of a battery, so it always works on a wall plug)
  • Input Indicator: Off (I'm always using the same language)
  • Action Center: Off

Remove Action Center Icon from notification area

In Ultimate Windows Tweaker, search for action center, then check the following option:
  • Remove Action Center Icon From Notification Area
In the modern Settings: System > Notifications:
  • disable Do not disturb (yes I know, it sounds strange…)

No Calendar when clicking on the date in the taskbar*

Be aware, that if you remove the Action Center from the notification area, that you can no longer access the calendar by clicking on the date in the taskbar. So either use the Action Center, or… you can get the calendar (or at least an older (Win7?) iteration of it) back by adding the following registry mod:
  • goto Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell
  • add a DWORD entry with name UseWin32TrayClockExperience and give it value 1
The calendar immediately appears.

Notification area icons

The only notification areas that remain on my machine, are:
  • PowerToys
  • Samsung Magician
  • Windows Security
  • EitherMouse
  • ClipClip
  • WiFi

Issues

Snap Windows

In Settings > System > Multitasking > Snap windows, they removed the following option:
  • When I resize a snapped windows, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window
It's been officially documented that this function has been removed, here: https://changewindows.org/platforms/pc/releases/windows-11-2022-update
Search for the word 'adjacent' on that page, and you'll read the sad news…

Windows 11 v22H2 (after Aomei Backupper restore to SysBup '220415)

On the 4th of July 2023, I decide to go back to the situation of 20220415.

Proceeded as described above PLUS:

Classic apps

Old Calculator

Was already installed in the SysBup, but I mention it here, because of the other classic apps.

Classic Paint

Install Paint Classic 2022 (Paint Classic 2016 is mentioned in 'Installed apps', 2022 not, but that's not the point)
  • install (follow the instructions from the to Get Windows 10 Classic Paint in Windows 11.png or website)
  • apply the add2defaultApps registry tweak
  • apply the word-paste-ole-fix tweak
  • try the last fix by copying a Paint image and pasting it in Word
  • uninstall the modern Paint app (Settings > Apps > Installed apps) - otherwise this modern Paint will be opened if you type mspaint in the Run box!

Classic Notepad

  • uninstall the modern Notepad app
  • apply the RestoreClassicNotepad registry tweak
  • [zZz…apply the CreateExeAliasForNotepad registry tweak (https://www.top-password.com/blog/create-execution-aliases-for-specific-apps-in-windows-11/)]
    ▲ the above always shows lowercase 'notepad' (command) in Windows Search, whereas below solution shows proper case 'Notepad' (App) in Windows Search ▼
  • create a shortcut to notepad.exe (target: %windir%\system32\notepad.exe) in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories
    that's simply the way it works in Windows 10, and still works in Windows 11
  • try to preview a .txt attachment in Outlook - this should now normally work

Move the Outlook Navigation/Apps bar back to the bottom of the TOC

  • regedit
  • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\ExperimentEcs\Overrides
  • New > String Value
    • name: Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar
    • data: false
  • restart Outlook

Update all apps

Since I don't update apps automatically, issue this update once.

Please note that this can take a long time: from 12:18u to 14:14u!

Relocate AIMP playlists

Go to C:\Users\Stijn\AppData\Roaming\AIMP, delete (or rename) the PLS folder, then issue the following command:

mklink /J PLS "H:\OneDrive\Music\!AIMP afspeellijsten"

WinTerminal

  • add cmdadm, ps7 and ps7 adm to C:\Users\Stijn\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps (from Software\WinTermal\cmdadm, ps7, ps7adm)
  • add the Context Menu items: see WinContextMenu

Browser stuff

AutoFill exensie

  • waarden van AutoFill in gelijknamige browserextensie importeren

myfav.es

  • myfav.es/boossy (gekoppeld aan mijn gmail-adres) ipv myfav.es/stijn.bousard (gekoppeld aan mijn Twitter-adres)
  • inloggen op myfav.es lukt alleen nog via gmail, geen enkele van de andere 3 inlogmogelijkheden werkt nog => aflopende zaak?

Relocate browser(s) cache

  • opgelet: exporteer misschien eerst je autofill/wachtwoorden, want achteraf was ik die kwijt - niet erg, maar handiger als je ze kunt behouden!
  • see: Software\WinSetup\Browsers\BrowserCacheRelocation

Varia

  • netwerkkaart op g zetten ipv b
  • waarden van QTTabBar importeren

Uninstall video editor apps?

  • (Microsoft) ClipChamp = video editor: uninstall app or only remove it from the context menu
  • (IOForth) FilmForth = video editor & movie maker
  • (IOForth) RecForth
  • (NCH Software) Debut - Logiciel de capture d'écran et d'enregistrement vidéo gratui (français)

Uninstall other pre-installed apps

  • 3D Viewer

Clean the context menus

And finally

  • create a new Aomei backup (230714)

ToDo

  • relocate Aangepaste Office-sjablonen / Custom Office Templates (zie WinReinstallDellStudioXps1647)
  • relocate Finale Files
  • PuTTY??? veranderen???
*

0) Registry

goto Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell

remove DWORD UseWin32TrayClockExperience

1) Ultimate Windows Tweaker

Search for action center,

then uncheck the following option:

Remove Action Center Icon From Notification Area

2) Control Panel

Notification Area Icons

below: Turn system icons on or off

Action Center: Off

Windows 11 v23H2

Installation

  • download the .iso for your PC, directly from the Ms site, or using the MediaCreationTool
    • in my case, I need(ed) the following version: Language English (United States)
  • try to install - if you get:
    • This PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements (processor, TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, …)
      or
    • We can't tell if your PC is ready to continue installing Windows 11,
  • then execute the Skip_TPM_Check_on_Dynamic_Update.cmd file (on your own risk)
    execute it only once (if you do it a 2nd time, you undo the installation of the skip TPM check!)
  • normally the setup procedure will then launch
  • now uninstall !MSEdgeRedirect*
  • Choose what to keep: preferably Keep files, settings, and apps
  • Ready to install - To recap, you've chosen:
    Install Windows 11 (Pro),
    Keep files, settings, and apps
  • after installation, check the version by issuing the winver command
* during the installation, I got the message:
File Update Required - Ms Edge has updated, as such the IFEO exclusion file for MSEdgeRedirect is out of date and needs to be updated. Update Now? - I chose 'Yes', but maybe it had been better to disable Edge Redirect

Customization

After installation, some of the customizations I did in v21H2 were lost/reverted. So I needed to do them again.

Taskbar at the bottom

  • relocate to the right
  • add the Quick Launch toolbar (small icons, no title, no text)

Turn system icons off

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons\System Icons:
  • Volume: Off (I'm using EarTrumpet instead)
  • Power: Off (my laptop is deprived of a battery, so it always works on a wall plug)
  • Input Indicator: Off (I'm always using the same language)
  • Action Center: Off

Remove Action Center Icon from notification area

In the modern Settings: System > Notifications:
  • disable Do not disturb (yes I know, it sounds strange…)

Classic Notepad

Old Calculator & Classic Paint 'survived' the update, Classic Notepad however wasn't available (nor the modern Notepad app).

Restore access to Classic Notepad
  • apply the restore_classic_notepad.reg registry tweak
  • create a shortcut to notepad.exe (target: %windir%\system32\notepad.exe) and name it Notepad
  • copy this shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories (you can't create the shortcut here, because you need admin rights)
    that's simply the way it works in Windows 10, and still works in Windows 11
Restore "New > Text Document" in Windows Explorer context menu Relink .txt file to Notepad++

The above actions associate .txt files with Notepad, however I prefer Notepad++.
  • open Explorer and find a .txt file
  • rightclick the .txt file and choose 'Open with' > Choose another app
  • choose 'Notepad++' and click on 'Always'
Try if everything works fine
  • type 'notepad' in the Windows Search box: 'Notepad' should be listed under 'Apps' in the search results
  • try to create a .txt file in Explorer using the context menu
  • try to preview a .txt attachment in Outlook - this should now normally work

Folders under This PC

The folders under This PC are also missing after the update, a known issue. Read Win11FileExplorer for the full story.

To keep it short:
  • open WinaeroTweaker
  • File Explorer category > Customize This PC Folders subcategory
  • wait for the right pane to appear
  • then click on Restore Windows 10 folders, and you get Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos instantly!
  • remove the folders you don't need to be shown

Notification area icons

The notification area icons that remain on my machine, are:
  • PowerToys
  • Samsung Magician
  • Windows Security
  • OneDrive
  • !ClipClip
  • OpenVPN GUI
  • AquaSnap
  • (Brave)
  • EitherMouse
And always visible:
  • WiFi
  • AIMP
  • EarTrumpet

Disable "-Shortcut" Text

  • use Winaero Tweaker to achieve that
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