Windows 11 Guide
A guide on setting up your Windows 11 Desktop with all the essential Applications, Tools, and Games to make your experience with Windows 11 great!
- Getting Started
- Windows 11 Desktop
- Bypass Windows 11’s TPM, CPU and RAM Requirements
- Creating a Local Account on Windows 11 Home and Pro
- Removing the Windows 11 Watermark for Unsupported Hardware
- Ways to Customize Windows 11 Look and Feel
- Installing drivers for Windows the easy way
- General Drivers
- Microsoft Office Alternatives
- Secure & Privacy-focused Web Browsers
- Privacy & Security Focused Browser extensions
- Privacy-focused Search Engines
- Windows Security Hardening
- Encryption Tools
- Storage Disk Health/Data Recovery
- Battery Health
- Getting Software
- Gaming Resources for Windows
- Manage/Control Fans (CPU, GPU, and motherboard)
- Gaming Peripherals
- Gaming mice, keyboards, and headsets
- Game Controllers
- Intel ARC
- Setting up DXVK on Windows
- Improving Game Performance & Load Times
- NVIDIA RTX IO
- AMD StoreMI
- Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)
- Setting up OBS Studio
- Useful OBS Studio 3rd party Plugins & Themes
- Game Stores & Launchers
- Razor Cortex
- Epic Games Store
- Blizzard Battle.net
- EA Play
- Ubisoft Connect
- Rockstar Games
- GOG Galaxy Store
- Itch.io Store
- Prism for Minecraft
- FF XIV Launcher
- Game Streaming
- Cloud Game Streaming
- Local Game Streaming
- Playing Android Games
- Amazon App Store
- Google Play games for PC
- Aurora Store
- Magisk on WSA
- Game Emulators
- Emulator Frontends
- Nintendo GameCube & Wii
- Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo DS
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
- Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
- Game Boy Advance
- Sega Dreamcast
- PlayStation Portable
- PlayStation 1
- PlayStation 2
- PlayStation 3
- Performance Benchmarks
- Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA)
- Getting started with Windows Subsystem for Android
- Windows Subsystem for Android Settings
- WSA Toolbox
- Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
- WSL Learning Resources
- WSL Tools and Projects
- Setting up WSL Linux Distributions
- Windows Terminal
- Visual Studio and VSCode
- Visual Studio Extensions for Developer Productivity
- VS Code Extensions for Developer Productivity
- Game Development
- Setting up a macOS Workspace
- Android Development
- Professional Audio/Video Editing
- 3D Graphics and Design
- Machine Learning
- Open Source Security
- Differential Privacy
- .NET Development
- C# Development
- F# Development
- PowerShell Development
- TypeScript Development
- React Native Development
- ElectronJS Development
- C/C++ Development
- Java Development
- Python Development
- Ruby Development
- Flutter Development
- Node.js Development
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Windows as a Service (WaaS) is a new development concept, introduced with the release of Windows 11. It simplifies the lives of IT professionals and maintains a consistent Windows 11 experience for all Windows customers. These improvements primarily focus on maximizing customer involvement in Windows development, simplifying the deployment and servicing of Windows client computers, and leveling out the resources needed to deploy and maintain Windows over time.
Windows Virtual Desktop is a service that enables a secure, remote desktop experience from anywhere.
Windows 365 Cloud PC is a service that provides a secure way to stream your Windows experience including your personalized apps, content, and settings from the Microsoft cloud(Azure) to any device with your Windows 365 Cloud PC. Available August 2nd, 2021.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the essential business solution for busy professionals who need to engage with customers while staying productive at work and on the go. Arrive prepared for every appointment and update notes, tasks, and attachments. Along with relevant service and sales records.
Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform that comes with solutions developed by Microsoft including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Windows as a Service (WaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be used for services such as analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking, and security.
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DirectStorage API is an API in the DirectX family originally designed for the Velocity Architecture to Windows. The DirectX API is architected in a way that takes all this into account and maximizes performance throughout the entire pipeline from NVMe drive all the way to the GPU. It does this in several ways: by reducing per-request NVMe overhead, enabling batched many-at-a-time parallel IO requests which can be efficiently fed to the GPU, and giving games finer grain control over when they get notified of IO request completion instead of having to react to every tiny IO completion. The DirectStorage API will be available on Windows 11 PCs with NVMe SSDs, but will also be support in Windows 10 version 1909 and newer.
WinDirStat(Windows Directory Statistics) is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows.
eBPF for Windows is an eBPF implementation that runs on top of Windows. eBPF is a well-known technology for providing programmability and agility, especially for extending an OS kernel, for use cases such as DoS protection and observability.
Secure boot is a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that a device boots(Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS) using only software(such as bootloaders, OS, UEFI drivers, and utilities) that is trusted by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
Microsoft Defender Security Center is a user portal where you can access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint capabilities. It gives enterprise security operations teams a single pane of glass experience to help secure networks.
BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned computers. BitLocker provides the most protection when used with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 1.2 or later.
ARM64EC (“Emulation Compatible”) is a new application binary interface (ABI) for Windows 11 on ARM that runs with native speed and is interoperable with x64 architecture. An app, process, or even a module can freely mix and match with ARM64EC and x64 as needed. The ARM64EC code in the app will run natively while any x64 code will run using Windows 11 on ARM’s built-in emulation. The ARM64EC ABI differs slightly from the current ARM64 ABI in ways that make it binary compatible with x64 code. Specifically, the ARM64EC ABI follows x64 software conventions including calling convention, stack usage, and data alignment, making ARM64EC and x64 interoperable. Apps built as ARM64EC may contain x64 code but do not have to, since ARM64EC is its own complete, first-class ABI for Windows.
Windows 11 Desktop with new Start menu. Source: Microsoft
By Default the Start menu and icons are centered. Source: Microsoft
In system settings to change the position of the Start menu back to the Left-side layout. Source: Microsoft
Windows 11 desktop with the traditional Left-side layout. Source: Microsoft
Easily snap the layout of your Desktop Apps on Windows 11. Source: Microsoft
Note 1: Before performing any upgrade to your system make sure to do a full backup of your system in case anything happens during the upgrade process!
Note 2: Some anti-cheat software for video games(like Valorant) will require TPM, Secure Boot on Windows 11.
Fido is a PowerShell script that is primarily designed to be used in Rufus, but that can also be used in standalone fashion, and whose purpose is to automate access to the official Microsoft Windows retail ISO download links as well as provide convenient access to bootable UEFI Shell images.
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