Why did things change in setup and context menus?


GracieAllen

Well-known member
Local time
4:58 AM
Posts
97
OS
Windows 11 Pro
This is one of those dumb things that sits in the back of your mind and periodically comes out and makes you ask "WHY would this change..." OR, it's just a Christmas morning whine 'cause the Corvette I asked for for Christmas won't be delivered until tomorrow - I THINK she's messing with me!

I have 2 computers, desktop and laptop. Both run Windows 11 Pro. Both are currently running 23H2.

Not TOO long ago, on my desktop the "This PC" button, when right clicked, STOPPED showing "Manage" in that context menu. Instead, you have to wade THROUGH the thing that pops up go to the bottom, to "More options", go into ANOTHER popup, and "Manage" is there. WHY did this move? But stranger to me, it ONLY changed on the desktop. On the LAPTOP, it's the way it's been for at least the last decade, and "Manage" is still on that first popup.

SAME question about "Pin to Taskbar". The way I view my world is the desktop. I despise having to go into the "Start" and fumble around that popup, or WORSE, have to hit "All apps" and lumber through that ridiculously long, bizarrely configured list. So everything I use 95% of the time (about 15 or so things) is pinned to the taskbar. Everything I use 99.9% of the time is on the desktop so I VERY rarely NEED to use the dreadful "Start" thing. Actually, I dislike the setup enough that I've been using a 3rd party menu system for years 'cause "Start" is so unproductive (not looking for flames or anything, I prefer this, y'all do you).

BUT, again, sometime in the not too distant past, the option to "Pin to Taskbar" disappeared from some things on the desktop. I've found that SOMETIMES if I RUN the program, I can go down to the Taskbar and from THERE, tell it to "Pin to Taskbar".

This came up because when I installed 23H2 (and this isn't a question, I'm not looking for a reason or a cure or a urination festival) it screwed up Office 2019, Word and Outlook - possibly other stuff but those were the two that were most obvious - suddenly typing was glitchy and screwed up. My "fix", after trying a bunch of other stuff, was to move from Office 2019 to Microsoft 365 this morning.

I didn't WANT to change anything, but it turns out that about at least a few (4?) years or so ago, we had 3 office licenses for 2010 (or 2016 or something) that we'd found online at a reasonable cost. And they worked fine until 1 day, her license was disabled by Microsoft because it was something it shouldn't have been - volume license or some such.

There was MUCH weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth and general hysteria, and I suggested she switch to Office 365, figuring she'd use the free, online-only version OR get a single user license or something simple..... But, NO, she got the FAMILY version. And, and I have no idea how she accomplished this, but she managed to have all her communication from Microsoft go to whatever account it uses when she goes to outlook.com online. So for at last "X" years, all the billing statements and whatever MS wanted to tell her, just SAT THERE. And once a year she'd get a thing on her credit card that showed a $100 charge from Microsoft, which she happily IGNORED, presuming it was something I'd purchased (with a credit card I don't have or ever use, so I'm not sure how I was supposed to do this)...

And then one day, MY Office license (from the same source at the same time) stopped working, and after speaking to MS (at best, NEVER a pleasant or productive thing) I was told I was SOL 'cause it wasn't a valid license any more, so I went out and bought a fer-real Office 2019 license and have been using it ever since.

Fast forward to now, when things composted after 23H2 (btw: the desktop NEVER INSTALLED 22H2, so I had to make the jump directly from 21H2 to 23H2), so this could be something that's been screwed up on other systems for a while that I didn't know about. And BTW: Office on the laptop is screwed up exactly the same way.

Anyhow, to make a long story even longer, I had her send me the "join my family" thing several days ago, and this morning put my big-boy pants on and uninstalled 2019 and installed Microsoft 365. And very shortly found that I couldn't do "Pin to Taskbar" from the shortcut's context menu...

So, having put y'all through this long, winding narrative of stupid human tricks, WHY did they change these things? Does Microsoft not WANT me to pin things to the taskbar? Do they not WANT me to easily be able to do "Manage" from "This PC"? Why are they screwing with things that have worked PERFECTLY for YEARS? Is this like Adobe, where as near as I can tell, with every release the developers HAVE TO CHANGE STUFF so we know they're doing SOMETHING? And usually the stuff they change is stuff that's been there, and been working fine for a decade, and is now slower, less productive, and generally more annoying!

I'm gonna go away now and see how much stuff that worked perfectly fine in Office 2019, Microsoft 365 broke or is going to force me to do in some bizarre new way!
 
Windows Build/Version
Office 11 Pro with 23H2

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i9-12900 overclocked just a touch
    Motherboard
    MSI Tomahawk
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia 4060 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3818 & Dell 2407 on the desktop, Dell 2405 on the laptop, Dell 3014 in the RV for traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD for O/S, 4TB for non-image stuff, 8TB SSD for images, 10TB spinning platters for backups.
    PSU
    EVGA 850 silver
    Case
    Phantek
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M575 trackball
    Internet Speed
    Varies between 20 and 400 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Plain ordinary PC.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7740 Precision
    CPU
    I9-9880
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K and Dell 2405 as needed. Dell 3014 in RV when traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 2560x1600 with connected to 3014
    Hard Drives
    Nothing spinning, 4, 1TB NVME SSD internal.
    PSU
    Dell 240W
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 wireless trackball
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Depends on how fast the hotspot is wherever I am.
    Browser
    firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender...
    Other Info
    Just an ordinary laptop for doing image processing and presentation.
Most times the changes made with succeeding versions of Windows are suggestions or ideas from the many/millions users that provide feedback about what they would like, hence the Feedback Hub item on the Start, All Apps menu. I've been using Windows since version 3.1 on my first computer in '92, retired in '94 and got a job offered by a computer store/shop and started a new career. I've had a computer with every version since 3.1 even with the Windows NT line from 3.51 to 2000. Never actually had one with Millenium Edition/ME or Vista but worked on plenty. And since we only buy the license to use Windows we get changes until the versions reach EOL/End of Life or EOS/End of Support, when those times are reached the computers don't just die but one takes changes with security in continuing. There may be pay-for extensions for Windows 10 but costly.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
OK, first of all, from the above post, it looks like you're male and are using your "wife's/significant other's" account to post.

Secondly, are the computers listed in "My Computers" the ones you're talking about, or do they belong to her?

The experts need to know which computer(s) you're talking about. So, if they're different than the ones showing . . .

There are some of your problems I can help with, and some I can't. Also, since it's Christmas day, the real gurus here may be awhile in checking out ElevenForum, since family comes first with most of us. I will be going to my daughter's for Christmas dinner later, so I will try to help with what I can.

I'll read your post again and be back later with what I can help with.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
This is one of those dumb things that sits in the back of your mind and periodically comes out and makes you ask "WHY would this change..." OR, it's just a Christmas morning whine 'cause the Corvette I asked for for Christmas won't be delivered until tomorrow - I THINK she's messing with me!

I have 2 computers, desktop and laptop. Both run Windows 11 Pro. Both are currently running 23H2.

Not TOO long ago, on my desktop the "This PC" button, when right clicked, STOPPED showing "Manage" in that context menu. Instead, you have to wade THROUGH the thing that pops up go to the bottom, to "More options", go into ANOTHER popup, and "Manage" is there. WHY did this move? But stranger to me, it ONLY changed on the desktop. On the LAPTOP, it's the way it's been for at least the last decade, and "Manage" is still on that first popup.

SAME question about "Pin to Taskbar". The way I view my world is the desktop. I despise having to go into the "Start" and fumble around that popup, or WORSE, have to hit "All apps" and lumber through that ridiculously long, bizarrely configured list. So everything I use 95% of the time (about 15 or so things) is pinned to the taskbar. Everything I use 99.9% of the time is on the desktop so I VERY rarely NEED to use the dreadful "Start" thing. Actually, I dislike the setup enough that I've been using a 3rd party menu system for years 'cause "Start" is so unproductive (not looking for flames or anything, I prefer this, y'all do you).

BUT, again, sometime in the not too distant past, the option to "Pin to Taskbar" disappeared from some things on the desktop. I've found that SOMETIMES if I RUN the program, I can go down to the Taskbar and from THERE, tell it to "Pin to Taskbar".

This came up because when I installed 23H2 (and this isn't a question, I'm not looking for a reason or a cure or a urination festival) it screwed up Office 2019, Word and Outlook - possibly other stuff but those were the two that were most obvious - suddenly typing was glitchy and screwed up. My "fix", after trying a bunch of other stuff, was to move from Office 2019 to Microsoft 365 this morning.

I didn't WANT to change anything, but it turns out that about at least a few (4?) years or so ago, we had 3 office licenses for 2010 (or 2016 or something) that we'd found online at a reasonable cost. And they worked fine until 1 day, her license was disabled by Microsoft because it was something it shouldn't have been - volume license or some such.

There was MUCH weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth and general hysteria, and I suggested she switch to Office 365, figuring she'd use the free, online-only version OR get a single user license or something simple..... But, NO, she got the FAMILY version. And, and I have no idea how she accomplished this, but she managed to have all her communication from Microsoft go to whatever account it uses when she goes to outlook.com online. So for at last "X" years, all the billing statements and whatever MS wanted to tell her, just SAT THERE. And once a year she'd get a thing on her credit card that showed a $100 charge from Microsoft, which she happily IGNORED, presuming it was something I'd purchased (with a credit card I don't have or ever use, so I'm not sure how I was supposed to do this)...

And then one day, MY Office license (from the same source at the same time) stopped working, and after speaking to MS (at best, NEVER a pleasant or productive thing) I was told I was SOL 'cause it wasn't a valid license any more, so I went out and bought a fer-real Office 2019 license and have been using it ever since.

Fast forward to now, when things composted after 23H2 (btw: the desktop NEVER INSTALLED 22H2, so I had to make the jump directly from 21H2 to 23H2), so this could be something that's been screwed up on other systems for a while that I didn't know about. And BTW: Office on the laptop is screwed up exactly the same way.

Anyhow, to make a long story even longer, I had her send me the "join my family" thing several days ago, and this morning put my big-boy pants on and uninstalled 2019 and installed Microsoft 365. And very shortly found that I couldn't do "Pin to Taskbar" from the shortcut's context menu...

So, having put y'all through this long, winding narrative of stupid human tricks, WHY did they change these things? Does Microsoft not WANT me to pin things to the taskbar? Do they not WANT me to easily be able to do "Manage" from "This PC"? Why are they screwing with things that have worked PERFECTLY for YEARS? Is this like Adobe, where as near as I can tell, with every release the developers HAVE TO CHANGE STUFF so we know they're doing SOMETHING? And usually the stuff they change is stuff that's been there, and been working fine for a decade, and is now slower, less productive, and generally more annoying!

I'm gonna go away now and see how much stuff that worked perfectly fine in Office 2019, Microsoft 365 broke or is going to force me to do in some bizarre new way!
1. Not TOO long ago, on my desktop the "This PC" button, when right clicked, STOPPED showing "Manage" in that context menu. Instead, you have to wade THROUGH the thing that pops up go to the bottom, to "More options", go into ANOTHER popup, and "Manage" is there. WHY did this move? But stranger to me, it ONLY changed on the desktop. On the LAPTOP, it's the way it's been for at least the last decade, and "Manage" is still on that first popup.

When you right click on 'This PC', at the very bottom of the small window, you should see 'More Options'. Click on that and you should see 'Collapse' and then 'Manage'. I am running 23H2 Version 22631.2861. BTW

2. SAME question about "Pin to Taskbar". The way I view my world is the desktop. I despise having to go into the "Start" and fumble around that popup, or WORSE, have to hit "All apps" and lumber through that ridiculously long, bizarrely configured list. So everything I use 95% of the time (about 15 or so things) is pinned to the taskbar. Everything I use 99.9% of the time is on the desktop so I VERY rarely NEED to use the dreadful "Start" thing. Actually, I dislike the setup enough that I've been using a 3rd party menu system for years 'cause "Start" is so unproductive (not looking for flames or anything, I prefer this, y'all do you).

Start>All Apps>Click on the first letter of the alphabet you see (A)>Now click on the first letter of the app you want to pin (let's say Outlook)>right click on outlook when it shows up>hover over more>choose Pin to Taskbar and/or Pin to Start

3. I didn't WANT to change anything, but it turns out that about at least a few (4?) years or so ago, we had 3 office licenses for 2010 (or 2016 or something) that we'd found online at a reasonable cost. And they worked fine until 1 day, her license was disabled by Microsoft because it was something it shouldn't have been - volume license or some such.

Yeah, there are unscrupulous jerks out there taking advantage of those who don't know better. That's why we have these forums (all the way from Vista to now) to help us stay out of trouble.

The beauty of Microsoft 365 (office) Family is that you get six copies. You can use one for yourself, one for wife, one for kid(s) and if any are left over, you can even give one to your neighbor. :-) In addition, each person can put their copy on five of their own computers. I'm gonna try it after the holidays.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription; you pay $99.99 each year and get what I discussed above. With the subscription, you will get updates when Microsoft 365 gets new features. MS 365 also includes Outlook that's not an online one. Here's a link that shows what you get with your subscription. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/mic...f3c73ed1ce39cd8dd&activetab=pivot:overviewtab

4. So, having put y'all through this long, winding narrative of stupid human tricks, WHY did they change these things? Does Microsoft not WANT me to pin things to the taskbar? Do they not WANT me to easily be able to do "Manage" from "This PC"? Why are they screwing with things that have worked PERFECTLY for YEARS? Is this like Adobe, where as near as I can tell, with every release the developers HAVE TO CHANGE STUFF so we know they're doing SOMETHING? And usually the stuff they change is stuff that's been there, and been working fine for a decade, and is now slower, less productive, and generally more annoying!

Alls I can tell ya . . . it's progress! Or so they say. I don't like all the changes they've made either, but some are more acceptable than others.

Because the Control Panel will be deprecated at some point, I would advise you to learn to use Settings to the exclusion of Control Panel. When the Settings app first came out, I decided I would stick to that and learn all I could about it. For the most part, I can find what I want in Settings, although I do have to ask "How do I . . . quite often." That's what ElevenForum is for!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
@GracieAllen


Most of the "set things back to normal" tweaks are in here...



After going through these, post back with whatever is left over. :-)



If you watch and wait... MS Office 2021 Professional (lifetime license), will go on sale here, fairly often.
Generally the best price will be $25-$30.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3447 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
@GracieAllen


Most of the "set things back to normal" tweaks are in here. :-)

I don't use those, so he's got two ways to go now. :-)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
Thanks for the replies... Actually, GracieAllen is the cat. She does most of the online shopping and such, and receives a surprising amount of spam and special offers. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get the bank to give her a credit card...

I'll have to look at the tweaks... As I said originally, I'm mostly just whining 'cause some of the changes don't make sense. I"m sure there are lots of people that started with Windows late enough that they think the Start menu is great. I started using computers in 1980, like the TRS-80, and worked for DEC for a number of years, so I've been using PCs since 1985 and Windows since 3.1 or even earlier. So I'm a crotchety old codger that's not big on "change for the sake of change". If there's no demonstrable productivity improvement in a change (makes it faster and/or easier to use), don't screw with it.

And yeah, killing the control panel is going to be a major PITA. 'Cause when you want to change pagefile settings it's a lot easier to remember Windows/R and typing "systempropertiesadvanced" than to click on "System" in the control panel then press the "Advanced" button... Or worse, trying to search for it.

As far as computers, I'll have to see what's listed. Because I'm processing large-ish images, I regularly have to update hardware, and software is very frequently changing.
 
Last edited:

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i9-12900 overclocked just a touch
    Motherboard
    MSI Tomahawk
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia 4060 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3818 & Dell 2407 on the desktop, Dell 2405 on the laptop, Dell 3014 in the RV for traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD for O/S, 4TB for non-image stuff, 8TB SSD for images, 10TB spinning platters for backups.
    PSU
    EVGA 850 silver
    Case
    Phantek
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M575 trackball
    Internet Speed
    Varies between 20 and 400 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Plain ordinary PC.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7740 Precision
    CPU
    I9-9880
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K and Dell 2405 as needed. Dell 3014 in RV when traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 2560x1600 with connected to 3014
    Hard Drives
    Nothing spinning, 4, 1TB NVME SSD internal.
    PSU
    Dell 240W
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 wireless trackball
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Depends on how fast the hotspot is wherever I am.
    Browser
    firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender...
    Other Info
    Just an ordinary laptop for doing image processing and presentation.
Thanks for the replies... Actually, GracieAllen is the cat. She does most of the online shopping and such, and receives a surprising amount of spam and special offers. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get the bank to give her a credit card...
I love it! My chihuahua/terrier mix is Gracie and my cat is Lucy. Neither of whom I can trust with an ElevenForum account. Or a computer for that matter! :p
I'll have to look at the tweaks... As I said originally, I'm mostly just whining 'cause some of the changes don't make sense. I"m sure there are lots of people that started with Windows late enough that they think the Start menu is great. I started using computers in 1980, like the TRS-80, and worked for DEC for a number of years, so I've been using PCs since 1985 and Windows since 3.1 or even earlier. So I'm a crotchety old codger that's not big on "change for the sake of change". If there's no demonstrable productivity improvement in a change (makes it faster and/or easier to use), don't screw with it.
Same here. I've been with Windows since 3.1 and have been beta testing Microsoft product since around 1985 when I got my first Windows computer. I started out with a Tandy Color Computer. Never used a DEC, but did use a dedicated Xerox word processor.

And yeah, killing the control panel is going to be a major PITA. 'Cause when you want to change pagefile settings it's a lot easier to remember Windows/R and typing "systempropertiesadvanced" than to click on "System" in the control panel then press the "Advanced" button... Or worse, trying to search for it.

As far as computers, I'll have to see what's listed. Because I'm processing large-ish images, I regularly have to update hardware, and software is very frequently changing.
Quite frankly, I think the Settings app is an improvement; there's more information to be had once you learn how to get around in Windows 11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
I don't have any problems getting around in the Windows 11 setup, as long as you're doing trivial stuff like shoving a different profile onto a display or something like that, but every time I need to do something important, like use the Device Manager, I have to go into the Control Panel 'cause the Windows setup is so clunky.

I figure it's going to be like Windows 11. They did stuff to make it better, so millions of computers can't easily use it. When 2025 gets here and they stop support for Windows 10, there'll STILL be millions of computers that don't upgrade. For those of you old enough to have been around for Windows XP, there were many computers still running it LONG after MS tried to force everybody onto new "supported" O/S.

I also figure somebody will create a Control Panel clone that does what the current one does, and a whole bunch of people that don't want to spend their time wading through multiple screens and searching, and going out to the Internet to find the place where somebody tell you "OH, yeah, that's SUPER easy to get to, you just do Win/R and type in systempropertiesadvanced", or whatever the equivalent thing is for what you're trying to do.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i9-12900 overclocked just a touch
    Motherboard
    MSI Tomahawk
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia 4060 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3818 & Dell 2407 on the desktop, Dell 2405 on the laptop, Dell 3014 in the RV for traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD for O/S, 4TB for non-image stuff, 8TB SSD for images, 10TB spinning platters for backups.
    PSU
    EVGA 850 silver
    Case
    Phantek
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M575 trackball
    Internet Speed
    Varies between 20 and 400 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Plain ordinary PC.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7740 Precision
    CPU
    I9-9880
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K and Dell 2405 as needed. Dell 3014 in RV when traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 2560x1600 with connected to 3014
    Hard Drives
    Nothing spinning, 4, 1TB NVME SSD internal.
    PSU
    Dell 240W
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 wireless trackball
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Depends on how fast the hotspot is wherever I am.
    Browser
    firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender...
    Other Info
    Just an ordinary laptop for doing image processing and presentation.
You'll get to other tweaks later, but for the first issue...
You can disable the new context menu (and clicking show more options..) and get back "manage this PC" and "pin to taskbar"

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I3 10100
    Motherboard
    ASUS B460M
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4 Crucial
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel on chip
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24, LG 24
    Screen Resolution
    Full HD x 2
    Hard Drives
    kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe 500 GB
    PSU
    LC Power 650W
    Case
    Noname
    Cooling
    Air 2x 120mm
    Keyboard
    Cherry G-81
    Mouse
    Logitech M500
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS/Vivobook Flip 14
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 4700u
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Vega
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14"
    Screen Resolution
    FullHD
    Hard Drives
    512 Samsung NVMe PCIe
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Mouse
    Touchpad, Touchscreen
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
Or worse, trying to search for it.
Searching for those specific settings that don't appear in the Windows Settings app nor can easily be found through Windows Search (Win + S) is a solid piece of Christmas cake with the Search bar that belongs to the (Windows 7 style) Start Menu of Open-Shell.

As for your questions, why does Microsoft do this... why does Microsoft do that... the answer to those questions is even much easier than cake. It's... well, because money.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
True, though you're missing the point - I don't WANT to have to go searching for things that are sitting right in the open in the Control Panel. I've been using the Open-Shell Menu since Windows 10 showed up.

And yes, I KNOW it's money, but is there SOMEBODY that's the adult in the room and looks at the changes the eager developers come up with and asks "What functionality or productivity improvement will this change to an already working <whatever> provide?" Or is that "OLD" thinking, where somebody looks at such things, makes sure new software is actually regression tested, and boring things like efficiency?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i9-12900 overclocked just a touch
    Motherboard
    MSI Tomahawk
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia 4060 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3818 & Dell 2407 on the desktop, Dell 2405 on the laptop, Dell 3014 in the RV for traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD for O/S, 4TB for non-image stuff, 8TB SSD for images, 10TB spinning platters for backups.
    PSU
    EVGA 850 silver
    Case
    Phantek
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M575 trackball
    Internet Speed
    Varies between 20 and 400 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Plain ordinary PC.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7740 Precision
    CPU
    I9-9880
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K and Dell 2405 as needed. Dell 3014 in RV when traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 2560x1600 with connected to 3014
    Hard Drives
    Nothing spinning, 4, 1TB NVME SSD internal.
    PSU
    Dell 240W
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 wireless trackball
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Depends on how fast the hotspot is wherever I am.
    Browser
    firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender...
    Other Info
    Just an ordinary laptop for doing image processing and presentation.
True, though you're missing the point - I don't WANT to have to go searching for things that are sitting right in the open in the Control Panel. I've been using the Open-Shell Menu since Windows 10 showed up.

And yes, I KNOW it's money, but is there SOMEBODY that's the adult in the room and looks at the changes the eager developers come up with and asks "What functionality or productivity improvement will this change to an already working <whatever> provide?" Or is that "OLD" thinking, where somebody looks at such things, makes sure new software is actually regression tested, and boring things like efficiency?
12620-dung-i-had-to-be-the-first-to-submit-a-screenshot-of-dung.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
Welp, it looks like I was kinda duped into "helping" someone who didn't actually need my (or anyone's) help, but just wanted to rant.

Oh, well, I don't feel badly about my attempt to help, nor do I regret my attempts to help.

It just kinda sux that I could have been helping someone else who actually needed help.

Se la vie . . .
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
Welp, it looks like I was kinda duped into "helping" someone who didn't actually need my (or anyone's) help, but just wanted to rant.

Oh, well, I don't feel badly about my attempt to help, nor do I regret my attempts to help.

It just kinda sux that I could have been helping someone else who actually needed help.

Se la vie . . .
What really gets to me is when trying to help someone and instead of them paying attention to any of the helpful post, they will keep repeating the same question over and over again. Sometimes in the same thread and sometimes in a new or different threads.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
If you mean poor Gracie, she's very appreciative! You guy knew about the Tweaks, which I hadn't seen... They'll come in handy I suspect. And I did warn you it was just a long narrative of stupid human tricks!

So, Wynona, you were a big hit with her royal highness!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i9-12900 overclocked just a touch
    Motherboard
    MSI Tomahawk
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia 4060 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3818 & Dell 2407 on the desktop, Dell 2405 on the laptop, Dell 3014 in the RV for traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD for O/S, 4TB for non-image stuff, 8TB SSD for images, 10TB spinning platters for backups.
    PSU
    EVGA 850 silver
    Case
    Phantek
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M575 trackball
    Internet Speed
    Varies between 20 and 400 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Plain ordinary PC.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7740 Precision
    CPU
    I9-9880
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K and Dell 2405 as needed. Dell 3014 in RV when traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 2560x1600 with connected to 3014
    Hard Drives
    Nothing spinning, 4, 1TB NVME SSD internal.
    PSU
    Dell 240W
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 wireless trackball
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Depends on how fast the hotspot is wherever I am.
    Browser
    firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender...
    Other Info
    Just an ordinary laptop for doing image processing and presentation.
If my 2 cents is worth anything, I look at it this way. With each OS as far back as I can remember, we've all grumbled and griped some. We're all creatures of habit and it's sometimes hard to accept this or that change MS throws our way. But Windows does not belong to you or me. Whatever MS chooses to do with it, is on them because Windows belongs to them. They are not forcing me or you to use it.

As users, we have 3 choices.
#1 We can be bitter, complaining, and unhappy the entire time we use Windows.
#2 We can move to another OS
#3 We can seek out ways to change what we can to make it more to our liking and gracefully adapt to and accept everything else

Personally, only one of those options works for me and it's not #1 or #2.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
I much prefer choice #4. Seek out ways to change what I can to make it more productive for how I need/want to use it and gracefully keep making cynical jokes about everything else so ppl can maybe have a good laugh about it... all simply because crying about it adds productivity only in the particular sense that it produces more tears, which are salty so as a result are electrically conductive and might therefore lead to short circuiting their computer... and whatnot.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
I'd be with #4, though I'm not sure about the tears and short-circuited computers. Fortunately, there are 3rd party tools that help with some of the more unproductive things.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i9-12900 overclocked just a touch
    Motherboard
    MSI Tomahawk
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia 4060 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 3818 & Dell 2407 on the desktop, Dell 2405 on the laptop, Dell 3014 in the RV for traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD for O/S, 4TB for non-image stuff, 8TB SSD for images, 10TB spinning platters for backups.
    PSU
    EVGA 850 silver
    Case
    Phantek
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M575 trackball
    Internet Speed
    Varies between 20 and 400 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Plain ordinary PC.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 7740 Precision
    CPU
    I9-9880
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K and Dell 2405 as needed. Dell 3014 in RV when traveling.
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 2560x1600 with connected to 3014
    Hard Drives
    Nothing spinning, 4, 1TB NVME SSD internal.
    PSU
    Dell 240W
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 wireless trackball
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Depends on how fast the hotspot is wherever I am.
    Browser
    firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender...
    Other Info
    Just an ordinary laptop for doing image processing and presentation.
If you watch and wait... MS Office 2021 Professional (lifetime license), will go on sale here, fairly often.
Generally the best price will be $25-$30.
Great Tip, Sadly SOLD OUT

Had no idea about this site, very useful link TY
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Swift Go16
    CPU
    i7

Latest Support Threads

Back
Top Bottom