Five really stupid things in Windows 11


What’s so annoying about Windows 11 with everyday use? We present to you the five biggest annoyances.

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In this video, I show you what really annoys me about Windows 11. And how to fix at least two problems. Warm up, Microsoft, it’s now here in the taskbar.

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Yes I know. We have already made quite a few videos on Windows 11 and some of them are mostly positive. I’m also in favor of this because Windows 11 does some things well like Android emulation and a lot of thoughtful little quality of life improvements and mostly because in my opinion it looks more modern than Windows 10. But of course, that doesn’t mean that by Long shot we’re somehow a die-hard Microsoft fan here. Impossible, here’s why: Five really mundane things about Windows 11. Besides, the reviews aren’t mine, but they come from the entire editorial team.

Bad things 1: the new context menu

Because I’m doing the video here, I’m going to start with my very personal nerve function which drives me crazy every day. Changed context menu, that is, what appears when you right-click on something. First of all, the thing is slow. Look here, this is my office. Now I right click on this file. This is how long it takes for the stupid menu to finally show up. Well, it only happens the first time you use the right click, once the pane loads it gets a little faster, but still: it’s still not fast.

But what I find equally annoying: Microsoft has revamped and minimized the context menu, which means not all software can add entries and the thing will be forever. Well, I understand that anyone with an older Windows installation with a lot of software is probably familiar with this. Here is my old system context menu, it’s actually a bit cluttered. You can get it by “Show more options” in the new context menu.

But: why can’t I decide what to show in the first list? It doesn’t make any sense at all, why aren’t there more regular “copies” here? Why is it in this super tough mini icon now? Does Microsoft think everyone does everything with Control-C and Control-V? Another feature that I use a lot is also buried in the second menu, which is quick file sharing with Dropbox. Grrrmbl. Dropbox features are on the first list, but not the ones I want.

W: Why exactly the same things appear in the second list as in the first? Nobody – really nobody – will click More Options if you want to add something already available in the first list! That does not make sense! Technically this is all clear to me already, one is the new menu and the other is just the old Windows 10, which is called there – but fancyly there is another way.

The workaround is to just activate the old list by editing the registry, and it loads faster. If you delete the registry key, everything will be back to normal. I have put the command line commands in the description below. Still: the style is different, I don’t want to work with it, especially since the old list is uglier than the new one.

Disable the new context menu:

reg.exe adds “HKCUSoftwareClassesCLSID {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} InprocServer32 ″ / f / ve

Activate the new context menu again:

Remove reg.exe “HKCUSoftwareClassesCLSID {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}” / f

Important thing 2: the pre-installed teams are completely broken

Well, it got really weird: Windows 11 put this icon here very prominently in the taskbar. Cat, written on it. If you click on it, there is something with your friends, family and loved ones; Then he said: First steps. Well, I will continue with that. Then the window for saving differences appears. Registration does not work at all. Then comes: You cannot register here with a corporate, school or university account. Instead, use your personal account. First of all: the university was capitalized by Microsoft. Most importantly, like probably a billion other people, I don’t use Teams for fun, because it’s a great program. But because the employer wants it. Are there people who really think: Yeah, I’ve been on a team all my working days, and now I really want to use them after work to chat with Grandma? No, Microsoft does not exist. And when there is very little. We have already made a video on the difference.

But above all why? Why are there two versions of Teams, one for work accounts and one for private accounts? Why doesn’t Microsoft call the Special Edition differently? As in the system tray, it just says “cat”? Because seriously, no one is checking this: “Welcome to Teams” – and at the bottom it says “Call Microsoft Teams (work or school”)? Ah yes: if you install the “normal” version of Teams, then enter Teams in the Start menu, it will come here. Do you want to guess which one? Exactly, the white light framed version is the broken version and the other is the normal version.

Mist Dings 3: Kontozwang im. Shop

When installing the major version of Windows 11, a Microsoft online account is first required. You can delete it later and replace it with an offline account. But you need it for installation. In reality. Unless you use a forbidden word as your username, for example “Microsoft” or “elonmusk”. Uh, it’s supposed to be. I couldn’t hear. In any case, then you can enter any snippet in the password and after that you can create an offline account.

With more expensive versions of Windows, the so-called “offline account” is officially introduced; What is meant by this is simply a user account that is only defined on the system in question – as it should be.

The question is: why does Microsoft really want to create an online account? And why is this only the case with the Home Edition? Sure: if Microsoft introduced online account requirements for business licensing, businesses would come in and say are you stupid, we’re already paying enough for your products, and you don’t have to collect our data either. . But you can do it with individuals: they have to create an account – and once that’s done, of course, you can easily sell them Office subscriptions or stuff in the App Store – which, by the way. , can only be done with Microsoft. – use your account, even with free applications. This is already the case with the new Microsoft Store for Windows 10, so there is nothing specific for Windows 11.

Crap Thing 4: The taskbar can no longer be glued at will

I think the new taskbar is great, but many of the writing team don’t – they want the top instead of the bottom or even the side. However, with the tools in the table, you can only define if the thing is stuck in the middle or aligned to the left. By default, the icons are in the middle – and while that drove me completely crazy at first, I think it’s only now. But I am not everything. So I can understand when people get angry.

With Windows 10, you can stick things all over the place. With a little tweaking of the registry, you can raise the bar relatively easily in Windows 11, and there are tools that do this with the click of a mouse; For example Start11 or StartAllBack. The latter can be installed simply via a script shell – in Windows this command prompt is called: winget install startallback.

The tool can also paste the old tiles into the Start menu, as it was before; If anyone really wants this.

But: with such modifications, there is of course always the risk that something will go wrong during Windows updates; That’s why I only install something like this in an emergency. It would be better if Microsoft just changed the alignment of the taskbar again.

Petty Thing 5: The News Gadget That Can’t Be Hidden

I was actually upset with this during my initial Windows 11 test: the so-called widget window doesn’t show a lot of clickbait elements by default, but source hiding doesn’t work reliably. Here, for example: I’m not interested in sports news, so I hid Spox – also written here in black and white in Manage Topic. However, there are a few football elements of Spox here. Manu, Microsoft!

So these are my five biggest reviews. do you have more? Comments are welcome – and of course, click “Subscribe”. Thank you goodbye!

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