is a free app for all versions of Windows that lets you adjust (i.e. tweak) hidden secret settings that Microsoft does not let you adjust from the user interface. In addition, it allows you to add extra value to existing Windows apps and tools with advanced context menus, options, and handy commands.
It is a powerful system utility that supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11 and includes hundreds of settings. It also includes many options that were earlier available exclusively in my standalone applications.
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Besides Winaero Tweaker, there are a number of other useful freeware tools created by Winaero. Check them out here: Winaero apps.
Starting in the most recent version Windows 11 22H2 Moment 4, you can no longer drag a file to the address bar of File Explorer to copy or move it to a parent folder or other folder in the path. The change affects the upcoming major release, 23H2, as well. Microsoft considers the feature not enough popular among users, so the new File Explorer doesn't include it.
In September, researcher Gagan Ghotra discovered that some user queries to the Bard chatbot were visible in search engines as clear text. Even though Google has since closed access to these search results, Bing and Yandex still show some user requests with chatbot responses, including personal data.
Microsoft has finally closed the loophole that allowed you to get Windows 11 for free by using a legacy serial number. The algorithm that accepts activation keys from older Windows versions, such as Windows 8/8.1/7, has been disabled. From now on, you have to purchase a Windows 11-specific serial number to activate your copy.
Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 23555 to Insiders who receive updates from the Dev channel. This time, the OS doesn't include new features, at least none is officially claimed. Instead the release is focused on fixes and improvements.
OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot can now search the internet for reliable information with direct links to sources, expanding beyond its previous data limitations. Currently, this feature is only available to Plus and Enterprise subscribers. But soon it will become available to all users.
Microsoft will end support for offline maps in Windows 11. When you open the Maps app, you'll see a notification that this option will no longer be available by the end of 2023.
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The latest Windows 11 2023 Update (version 23H2, build 22631) is now available to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel as an optional update. If you wish to install a new feature update for Windows 11, you can manually check for updates in Windows Update and opt-in. However, please note that the update will only appear if your device meets the minimum system requirements.