I ThisIsWin11 any good?


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Does anybody here have experience with the ThisIsWin11 tool? I'm getting ready to upgrade my Win10 Pro computers to Win11 and think I want to perform much of the customization that this tool purports to perform, but it sounds a bit overwhelming. It also looks like a procedure I would want to perform only once (and export the results) rather than performing once on each of my 4 computers.

I tried some debloating script on Win10, but it needed a lot of customization, and my knowledge of the inner working of Windows - what was necessary vs. what was optional - was poor enough that I ended up having to do a clear reinstall to get back to a working system. I don't want repeat that experience with Win11.
 

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An issue with customizing Win10 and Win11 is the semi-annual Version Upgrades and maybe some of the Build updates to them in resetting some of the defaults or uninstalled features and being restored to the defaults. My understanding about the Version Upgrade is it will be done only once a year and in the the second half of the year, supposedly Win11 will get it as 22H2, no 22H1, same for Win10.
 

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I would not recommend using any tools to customise Windows at all. It's going to cause problems because most of the developers who develop said tools rarely have sufficient knowledge to make the changes correctly. Windows 11 is just a feature update to Windows 10, you shouldn't have to make many changes, if at all.
 

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An issue with customizing Win10 and Win11 is the semi-annual Version Upgrades...
...they're annual Feature Updates from now on, for both 10 and 11.

I use Window 11 as it is with only one addition, a simple 3rd-party app that recreates just one function that was in 10 but was left out in 11.

And judging from the latest Insider Dev builds, that's in the pipe-line for future versions of W11, so I'll be able to remove that app when MS restore that function.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


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... Windows 11 is just a feature update to Windows 10, you shouldn't have to make many changes, if at all.
I don't know that I'd agree with that . My wide just got a Surface Pro tablet with Win11 preinstalled. If nothing else, it had a bunch of bloat-ware that wasn't in Win10 (and Win10 already has a bunch of bloat-ware). I could/did manually delete a lot of those but some I couldn't delete.
 

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If you want 11 get it, try it, tweak it and if you don't like it roll back to 10 or make an image
 

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...they're annual Feature Updates from now on, for both 10 and 11.

I use Window 11 as it is with only one addition, a simple 3rd-party app that recreates just one function that was in 10 but was left out in 11.

And judging from the latest Insider Dev builds, that's in the pipe-line for future versions of W11, so I'll be able to remove that app when MS restore that function.
I don't see the point of it. According to the documentation (what little there is):

The program does not support pinning apps to the taskbar using the drag and drop gesture, and this feature is currently not planned so how is it of any use? Just curious.
 

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The program does not support pinning apps to the taskbar using the drag and drop gesture, and this feature is currently not planned so how is it of any use? Just curious.
Try this trivial example in Windows 10 (or any previous version, come to that). Then try the same thing in Windows 11.

Open Notepad and minimise it. Open File Explorer, click and hold on a .txt file and drag it over the Notepad Icon on the Taskbar. Notepad will come back up and you can drop the file into it to open the text file in Notepad.

This is a function that has been in all previous versions of Windows, but was left out of Windows 11.

Typically I will select dozens of image files and drag and drop them into my running PaintShop Pro to edit them. Without this little app what I used to do in one drag and drop would now take dozens of 'File > Open' operations.
 
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Ah, I wouldn't miss that since I never do it but I can see you're point.

Would that open separate instances of PSP, one for each image? If so that is pretty cool.
 

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Typically I will select dozens of image files and drag and drop them into my running PaintShop Pro to edit them. Without this little app what I used to do in one drag and drop would now take dozens of 'File > Open' operations.

I'm not sure why, but when I highlight a bunch of images, I can still drag/drop them into Photoshop to edit them, if that's what you're talking about with PSP... and I don't have any tweaks for that installed.
 

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I'm not sure why, but when I highlight a bunch of images, I can still drag/drop them into Photoshop to edit them, if that's what you're talking about with PSP... and I don't have any tweaks for that installed.
Yes, if you can already see windows for both the File Explorer and your Photoshop (or my PSP) then you can easily drag from one and drop to the other.

The case I'm talking about is where you can't see the window to drop the files into it. In all versions of Windows before W11 dragging the files over the running app's icon on the taskbar would bring its window to the front, where you could then drop the files into it. This is the function that's missing in W11.
 

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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


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@Bree Ah... I've never used that, I always just start the drag to get the files attached to the mouse and Alt+Tab until I opened the app anyway. Forgot you could drag to the icon.
 

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