ViVeTool 0.3.1 allows enabling features by names, boot persistence, and much more

ViVeTool is one of the tools that need no introduction for enthusiasts. The app is the real game changer when it comes to hidden features and "controlled roll-outs" in Insider builds of Windows 10 and Windows 11. If something new is not available in your most recent Insider release, it is a matter of a couple commands to get it working. Tabs in File Explorer, new Search applet, and tens of other features were revealed with ViveTool. This excellent piece of software has now reached version 0.3.1 that brings with it a lot of novelties.

Rufus now eliminates Windows 11 Microsoft Account requirement and privacy questions

With version 22H2, Microsoft has made the Microsoft Account requirement mandatory for all editions of the OS. The change wasn't welcomed by the community, so enthusiast quickly found ways to bypass it. Now those who use Rufus to create a bootable media, can now use the tool to install Windows 11 without creating a Microsoft Account and made the setup program less annoying.

Here are Microsoft’s major Xbox platform announcements

Microsoft has revealed several major changes coming to the Xbox platform in 2022 and later. Project Moorcroft will allow games to access game demo versions. Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to more countries. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be able to stream some games from they library. Finally, in coming days we will able to try a new Microsoft Xbox TV app.

PowerToys 0.59 features a restyled Power Rename and improvements to Keyboard Manager

Microsoft has released a new stable version of its PowerToys app suite. PowerToys 0.59 is notable for using WinUI 3 in Power Rename, that makes it look modern and stylish. Among other changes, Keyboard Manager now supports up to 4 modifier keys for shortcuts.

Windows Terminal Preview 1.14 allows applying the background image to entire window

Microsoft today released the stable version of Windows Terminal 1.13. It includes all the changes from the appropriate preliminary release. At the same time, the Redmond firm issued a new version of Windows Terminal Preview 1.14. The latter has got new actions, and also allows setting one background image to your entire Terminal window, instead of each split panel has its own background.