[Video] Windows 11 Configuration: Privacy, Desktop Settings & Registry Hacks

How to configure Windows 11, including privacy, turning off adverts, start menu location, taskbar settings, and desktop and font scaling. Also includes editing the registry to reduce shutdown time, scale taskbar icons, and fix the context menu.

If you like this video, you may also find useful my episode on using Diskpart in Windows to recover…

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47 Comments on “[Video] Windows 11 Configuration: Privacy, Desktop Settings & Registry Hacks”

  1. Does it basically work same and Windows 10 when it comes to changing font size Etc?
    With my macular degeneration I need all the help I can get.
    Thanks Chris
    Keith Kuhn

  2. How does one go about turning off Microsoft's Secure boot? Seems a bit intrusive of Microsoft to take over my computer right from the get go. Are they the new owners of what was once mine? There is something very sinister about this taking over of all my files, documents, and information. Where does it go? Who now owns it? The Cloud?

  3. I work with MP3 files a lot. I would love to have Windows Explorer columns default to desired columns, such as Name, Title, Size, Album Artist, etc etc. Is that possible?

  4. Because of windows 11, I format my PC,. and installed ,Garuda Linux for gaming my free time .
    and I am so impressed with the performance.
    I want to own my computer …not Microsoft !
    As for some who think about games who need windows : They run all, so fast and smooth through Steam, even i got better perfomance than windows 10 in some games.

  5. I'm not looking forward to having to set up a new PC I'll be making coming months but at least I can sort a few things out initially and try get Windows 11 workable.

    I will most definitely but setting up a Linux OS drive tho and try move away from Windows on a day to day basis, for every task possible. I'm making the jump! 😊

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  7. Thank you so much Chris for sharing your insights especially on a topic like this. as much as i dislike the new changes coming from Microsoft I am always stuck using it and like to "fix" it each time there is a new iteration. your fixes should help the pain of the new OS. the more recommendations you have on these topics are most appreciated.

  8. Mr Chris, I'm thinking about buying laptop for my father – he needs it for office apps and some web based calculators plus YT. Should i get something with Intel Core i3-10110U or Intel Core i3-1115G4, will it be enough for like 5 years usage? (he needs to be on win 11 – job requirement – insurance companies) Or maybe overall wait for i3 12gen ? Or maybe you have other proposals in same price range? Thank you in advance. πŸ™‚

  9. Linux is far easier than windows in terms of privacy.

    Most people don't know about tech.

    I'm suspecting that there will be a lot of e-waste in the coming years.
    Maybe by then i'll be piling up old pc's deemed unusable by microsoft.

  10. A very useful and practical demonstration of how to set the defaults on the latest Windows 11, minus all the hysterical doom and gloom being made by other content providers – looking at you Linux people.

  11. Thank you Christopher.
    >>Windows 11 is the future of computing…<<. I remember that Micro$oft said Windows 10 was going to be the final solution, to coin a phrase?
    I’m on Ten and use ClassicShell to make it look like Seven – will this work in Eleven?

  12. 4:09 Appropriately this was recorded on April 20th (a.k.a 4-20), because a person needs to smoke a lot of the "demon weed" to deal with the stress of this new Windows release!

  13. Chris, not long ago I followed your excellent, crystal clear instructions for cloning and upgrading my old HP windows 10 A.I.O desktop from HHD to SSD, all is working fine, I now wish to upgrade my newer windows 11 mini-computers SSD to a higher SSD, can I follow the same procedures as HHD to SSD, or is there a different procedure, in fact, do you already have a page and procedures to do so?

  14. It is interesting that this video is necessary. The consumer need advice on how to defeat the invasive and undesirable features that Microsoft built into their product. No doubt Microsoft hopes that most consumers will not be bothered with such product configuration, or will lack the skills to do so.

  15. The best part of this video is that you can tell he's trying really hard not to spend the whole video talking about how terrible all of this nonsense is. The cynicism still comes through in his voice sometimes, he can't help it.

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