New to Win11 and got some Customisation Questions


Vonbek

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Bear with me... fuzzy brain between Fibro and painkillers and my google-fu also sucks majorly it seems.

First up, long time lurker and first time poster. Been lurking and using stuff since this was Seven Forums :D
Got a few hopefully simple Questions, including a few that are just simple clarification issues if it turns out there is no other options.

Used so far :

WinAero Tweaker - already sorted a lot of stuff that I was after including old context menus etc
General .ini hacks for the drive icons ( which nicely enough now work native on C:\ too as well so no need to reghack it )
General low impact stuff like moving pagefile to separate partition on the OS SSD that isn't C:\
Partitioning of drives to try and keep C:\ for OS and things that really can't or won't install elsewhere ( question for that later )

Looking for Advice on :

This PC desktop customisation - I was sure that there was something in WinAero that allowed easy customisation or something in Windows itself for both setting what desktop icons showed and also changing them from default Windows Icons. My fuzzy brain is not finding either or easily finding it on Google, and hoping to add This PC and Network to desktop ( I know to custom name the This PC one however that's gonna be a "create the link then shortcut it and rename the shortcut" job like creating the old "force shutdown link" from win 10 ) and them custom icon that and Network

This PC navigation customisation - Again I was sure there was an option in WinAero for tweaking that but it seems to be gone and win11 is frying my brain for doing it via explorer shell. Is there any easy way to sort this or is it down to the reghacks listed in the old TenForums post here?

Quick Access Customisation preferred or removal if not possible in W11 - Again I was sure Tweaker had an option but seems not for the win11 version. Any easy or quick ways to edit, or if not editable easily remove, apart from the reghacks listed here

Library Icon customisation - Any way to do this easily, again this was something I was sure was easy to do via Tweaker but seems not and my google-fu has failed me. I vaguely remember something about being able to dupe the shells onto a shortcut you then added as custom and do it that way, is it still possible if no cleaner method?

Wishlist if these exist as any form of edit whether simple or Reghack level :

Adding the Action Centre icon back to the bottom right overflow area to allow action centre to be easily pulled out. preferably without 3rd party software and definitely not paid options
Taskbar Pins icon customisation
forcing windows default view for all folders to be tiles + thumbnails, I've tried the listed tricks and none stick so far. it keeps defaulting back to either small icons or even worse content layouts
any way to get true transparent taskbar like you could in win10 with 7TT+?
any way to hive off Users dir to a separate partition apart from doing it via sysprep? I'd like to do it since there's a couple of games want to put portrait files and similar in the appdata rather than installdir like a sensible person would


TIA, hopefully someone out there can answer these or at worst say "windows 11 says no joy"...

wanders off to work out why my USB-C ports can't support external drives or indeed any form of charging/data... hoping that the ports themselves are not DOA since that'll be my third machine in as many months returned for a fresh unit
 
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    FA707RM
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    only ever laptops, so don't be surprised when I say things like "not an option" ;)

CountMike

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Bear with me... fuzzy brain between Fibro and painkillers and my google-fu also sucks majorly it seems.

First up, long time lurker and first time poster. Been lurking and using stuff since this was Seven Forums :D
Got a few hopefully simple Questions, including a few that are just simple clarification issues if it turns out there is no other options.

Used so far :

WinAero Tweaker - already sorted a lot of stuff that I was after including old context menus etc
General .ini hacks for the drive icons ( which nicely enough now work native on C:\ too as well so no need to reghack it )
General low impact stuff like moving pagefile to separate partition on the OS SSD that isn't C:\
Partitioning of drives to try and keep C:\ for OS and things that really can't or won't install elsewhere ( question for that later )

Looking for Advice on :

This PC desktop customisation - I was sure that there was something in WinAero that allowed easy customisation or something in Windows itself for both setting what desktop icons showed and also changing them from default Windows Icons. My fuzzy brain is not finding either or easily finding it on Google, and hoping to add This PC and Network to desktop ( I know to custom name the This PC one however that's gonna be a "create the link then shortcut it and rename the shortcut" job like creating the old "force shutdown link" from win 10 ) and them custom icon that and Network

This PC navigation customisation - Again I was sure there was an option in WinAero for tweaking that but it seems to be gone and win11 is frying my brain for doing it via explorer shell. Is there any easy way to sort this or is it down to the reghacks listed in the old TenForums post here?

Quick Access Customisation preferred or removal if not possible in W11 - Again I was sure Tweaker had an option but seems not for the win11 version. Any easy or quick ways to edit, or if not editable easily remove, apart from the reghacks listed here

Library Icon customisation - Any way to do this easily, again this was something I was sure was easy to do via Tweaker but seems not and my google-fu has failed me. I vaguely remember something about being able to dupe the shells onto a shortcut you then added as custom and do it that way, is it still possible if no cleaner method?

Wishlist if these exist as any form of edit whether simple or Reghack level :

Adding the Action Centre icon back to the bottom right overflow area to allow action centre to be easily pulled out. preferably without 3rd party software and definitely not paid options
Taskbar Pins icon customisation
forcing windows default view for all folders to be tiles + thumbnails, I've tried the listed tricks and none stick so far. it keeps defaulting back to either small icons or even worse content layouts
any way to get true transparent taskbar like you could in win10 with 7TT+?
any way to hive off Users dir to a separate partition apart from doing it via sysprep? I'd like to do it since there's a couple of games want to put portrait files and similar in the appdata rather than installdir like a sensible person would


TIA, hopefully someone out there can answer these or at worst say "windows 11 says no joy"...

wanders off to work out why my USB-C ports can't support external drives or indeed any form of charging/data... hoping that the ports themselves are not DOA since that'll be my third machine in as many months returned for a fresh unit
Some more tweaks here Download MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks Tools for Windows - MajorGeeks
Bunch of Registry tweaks here
 

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idgat

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ExplorerPatcher might also give you some of the window dressing you're after.

With whatever's left over from your wishlist, you might be better addressing them one by one, one after the other when one is solved, through separate posts.
 

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Vonbek

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Some more tweaks here Download MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks Tools for Windows - MajorGeeks
Bunch of Registry tweaks here

Cheers, there's a lot of those that are already in the 11Forums thread or Winaero but spotted a couple for later on if no one is able to either point me at the bit I'm being blind about or a cleaner option.

ExplorerPatcher might also give you some of the window dressing you're after.

With whatever's left over from your wishlist, you might be better addressing them one by one, one after the other when one is solved, through separate posts.

Had a look at it, I'm still loath to use it due to some of the things it and open shell are reporting as possible glitches.

Half the issue is I'll be using the machine for work and that will involves long uptimes with solid data throughput ( the machine is basically a portable playback rig for event AV ) so want to be doing as little as possible and preferably with things that are "run and done".

It looks great, but I can't afford to have things like unresponsive UX elements etc. even if they're rare occurences.


Appreciated though, and I've filed the bookmark and alos tagged it in my Git account for going back to.
 

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  • OS
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    Laptop
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    Asus A17 2022
    CPU
    R7-6800H
    Motherboard
    FA707RM
    Memory
    2x8GB Samsung DDR5-4800
    Graphics Card(s)
    dGPU : RTX 3060 Mobile / iGPU : 680M
    Sound Card
    N/A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1980p ISP inbuilt
    Screen Resolution
    1980p/144
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 3x4 1TB NVME OS internal
    Adata SX8200 Pro 2 TB 3x4 NVME secondary internal
    Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5" SATA External via USB-C Caddy
    Seagate 4TB 7200rpm HDD External via USB-A 3.2
    PSU
    Asus 240W laptop brick
    Case
    N/A
    Cooling
    Laptop own plus CM Uplus 3+ stand
    Keyboard
    N/A
    Mouse
    Deathadder V2 Pro
    Internet Speed
    Variable ( will be either Hardwire Cat7 or WIFI6 )
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    only ever laptops, so don't be surprised when I say things like "not an option" ;)

quack101

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Weird. This PC customisation is still an option in winaero. I'm using version 1.33.0.0
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    Unknown
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    1080p ASUS OLED display, 15.6 inches, pixel shift enabled via MyASUS app
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    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000, built-in trackpad
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    (From speedtest.net, recommended server, WiFi 6) 383.36 Mbps download, 35.80 Mbps upload
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    Microsoft Edge (Chromium)
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    Windows Security/Defender
    Other Info
    Win11 compatible, although update not yet offered through Windows Update (Win11 install assistant was used).
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