Windows 10 version 21H1 will reach its end of support next month

Next month, Microsoft will end support for all editions of Windows 10 version 21H1, also known as the May 2021 Update. The EOL date is December 13, 2022, when the OS will receive the latest cumulative update with vulnerability fixes. Microsoft recommends upgrading to the latest versions of Windows 10 as soon as possible to continue to stay protected.

This is how you can disable ads in Windows 11 Start menu

Microsoft intends to advertise its services in the Windows 11 Start menu. This not even news for most users who track the Dev channel. Earlier, this advertisement option was discovered in Build 25227. Officially known as Start menu badges, they will remind the user to do this or that important action.

Updated official Windows 11 virtual machines available for download

Microsoft has released an updated version of Windows 11 machines. The company predominantly targets them for developers, but anyone else can play with them. Instead of installing the latest OS on a virtual machine yourself, you can download the ready-use image that also includes a set of developer tools.

PowerToys 0.64.0 released with new tools, File Locksmith and Hosts File Editor, and settings backup

Microsoft today released a new PowerToys version 0.64. It makes two new tools available to everyone. One of them, File Locksmith, will show you what process is preventing you from deleting or moving the file. Another one, Hosts File Editor, is an easy-to-use tool for changing the hosts file. Finally, PowerToys can now export/import their settings.

How to enable the hidden Energy Recommendations Settings page in Windows 11

Besides the search in Task Manager and the updated Reset PC dialog, recent Windows 11 pre-release builds include one more hidden gem. The Settings app now has a new Energy Recommendations page that allows you to  reduce your carbon footprint and extend the battery life by following the tips listed on it. Each of the recommendations includes a one-click action that applies optimal settings, e.g. display turn off time, power scheme, and so on.

How to enable Search Box in Task Manager on Windows 11

Microsoft is working on adding a search box to the Task Manager. It will appear right in the title bar, so the user will be one click away from search for processes and services by their name, developer, or PID. The new feature exists in Windows 11 starting in Insider Build 25231, but it is hidden.

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