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Windows 11


Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, which is now available on many PCs. Below, you’ll find the latest news and discussion about Windows 11, along with helpful how-to guides compatibility information, and upgrade advice.

The Satechi M1 Wireless Mouse on a desk next to a MacBook.

How to connect a wireless mouse to a laptop

You can connect a wireless mouse to your laptop with its bespoke USB receiver or by using Bluetooth -- or both! Here's how to do it.
Windows 11 updates are moving to once a year.

This new Windows 11 setting could improve performance and battery life

A person using a laptop that displays various Microsoft Office apps.

How to get Microsoft Office for free

The Notepad app on Windows 11.

It only took 41 years, but Notepad just got its most important update ever

A man sits, using a laptop running the Windows 11 operating system.

Here’s how much RAM Windows 11 actually uses

Media Player inside Windows 11.

I gave the Windows Media Player another shot. Here’s what surprised me

The Anker PowerCore III connected to laptop.

What to do when your Windows 11 laptop is plugged in but not charging

Missing Wi-Fi icon in Windows 11.

What to do if the Wi-Fi option isn’t showing in Windows 11

Secure Boot setting in an ASUS BIOS.

How to enable secure boot in Windows 11

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 sitting on a table.

Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: Is it finally time to upgrade?

Android App running on a Windows 11 PC

How to install Android apps on Windows 11

The Phone Link app being used on a phone and laptop screen.

This background process may consume up to 20% CPU usage

Person sitting and using a Windows Surface computer with Windows 11.

Windows may let you purge your PC of AI

Microsoft is trying to mend the damage it may have caused with Recall by giving users more control over its AI implementation in Windows.
Person using Windows 11 laptop on their lap by the window.

What is the Antimalware Service Executable, and should you disable it?

The Antimalware Service Executable is an important component in your Windows security. Here's why you should keep it running if you can.
Dell XPS 13 2024 front view showing display and keyboard.

Dell XPS 13 (2024) review: Great laptop. Wrong chip?

The 2024 Dell XPS 13 maintains the controversial design elements of the XPS 13 Plus, now with better cooling.
Acer Predator XB3 Gaming Monitor review

The best free PC driver update tools everyone should have

Automatic driver download tools don't have the best reputation, but there are some out there you can use to keep your PC up to date safely. Here are the best.
Windows 11 logo on a laptop.

Windows 11 just took copying and pasting to the next level

Copying and pasting in Windows 11 has reached a new level with PowerToys Advanced Paste.
Windows 11 logo on a laptop.

There are two versions of Windows 11. Here’s how to decide between them

Wondering which version of Windows 11 you need? We’ll walk you through a comparison of Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Home so that you can decide.
A top-down view of the Surface Laptop Go.

Windows is about to axe these three iconic apps

Microsoft will remove these three legendary Windows apps in an upcoming update, including WordPad.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 sitting on a table.

Microsoft is adding a controversial app to Windows 11

A new Windows 11 build rolling out to Windows Insiders suggests Microsoft is adding a controversial app as a default within the operating system.
CD in a CD drive on a Macbook Pro.

How to burn a CD in Windows 11

Sometimes you need to use a compact disc for storing or sharing data, and so here's how to burn a CD in Windows 11, for both music and data.
Person using Windows 11 laptop on their lap by the window.

Microsoft just made Paint relevant again

Microsoft wants to make the Paint app useful and fun again with new AI image-generating tool.
The Surface Laptop shown in front of a Copilot+ sign.

The MacBook monopoly just got overturned

Microsoft's new Copilot+ PCs are faster and longer lasting than the MacBook Air.
Microsoft introducing the Recall feature in Windows 11.

Sorry, Microsoft — I don’t want Copilot+ reading my DMs yet

Copilot+ PCs can track everything you do to provide helpful context, but I'm not convinced the new devices are free of issues quite yet.
A Dell XPS 13 Plus viewed from the side.

Dell is doing something it’s never done before to the XPS 13

Dell is flipping the XPS 13 on its head by adding a new Snapdragon X Elite chip and a suite of AI features.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces updates to the company's Copilot artificial intelligence (AI) tool.

Microsoft just kicked off a new era of PCs with Copilot+

Microsoft is introducing an entirely new category of PCs, dubbed Copilot+, and they could change everything.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 rear view showing lid and logo.

If you use a VPN, don’t skip this important Windows 11 update

Microsoft has released patch to fix VPN issues that cropped up after its April security update.
Dell XPS Desktop 8960 with the side panel removed.

How to check what motherboard you have in two easy steps

Checking your motherboard model isn't hard to do, but it's not as intuitive as other components. Here's how to find out.
Laptop screen showing the Windows 11 Start Menu reverted to classic.

How to customize the Windows 11 Start Menu

Your Windows 11 Start Menu can be customized to fit your wants and needs. Here’s how to add, move, and remove elements of this important Windows menu.
An Alienware + Windows 11 PC gaming setup.

How to optimize Windows 11 and Windows 10 for gaming

Windows is the place to be for PC gamers, but it's not perfect for gaming out of the box. Here's how to optimize your Windows 11 laptop or desktop for gaming.
Privacy settings in Windows 11.

A massive Windows 11 AI feature may launch next week despite privacy concerns

The AI Explorer app is rumored to be launched next week despite privacy concerns.
EcoFlow River 2 Pro used indoors to power office computer and equipment.

How to find your Windows 11 product key

Your Windows 11 product key is an important piece of information that you’ll be able to access in a few different ways. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help.
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Windows 11 may bring Live Tiles back from the dead — sort of

Start Menu Companions seem to behave like the now discontinued Live TIles feature from Windows 8.
An HDR demon running on the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8.

The simple reasons HDR looks terrible on your PC

It's a struggle to get a great HDR image out of your PC, but it doesn't have to be. Here are the simple reasons why.

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