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How to Find Your MAC Address on Windows 10 or 11

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Sometimes you need to know the physical hardware address, or MAC address (short for “Media Access Control”), of your network adapter on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC. Here are several ways to find it.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/761481/how-to-find-your-mac-address-on-windows-10-or-11/
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Windows 11 Cripples File History to Prop Up OneDrive Backup

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Of all the weird and frustrating problems in Windows 11, this one might take the cake. Microsoft removed the “Add a Folder” option from Windows 11’s File History tool, meaning that you can only back up Documents, Photos, and other pre-made folders in Windows 11. That is, unless you pay for some OneDrive storage.

File History is the main backup tool in Windows. It was first introduced in Windows 8, and allows users to automatically back up select folders to an external drive. In short, File History is like an automatic cloud storage solution that sits at your desk and doesn’t cost $15 a month.

But Microsoft has its own cloud storage solution called OneDrive. And as noticed by Windows 11 users on Reddit, it seems that Microsoft is taking features away from File History to make a OneDrive subscription more appealing.

In previous Windows releases, users could choose which folders to automatically back up with File History. These folders could exist anywhere on your file system. But in Windows 11, users can only back up Documents, Photos, Videos, Downloads, Contacts, and other pre-made folders chosen by Microsoft.

If you’re a File History user, I suggest sticking with Windows 10 for awhile. The Windows 11 release is a bit buggy and its best features are still missing, so you’re not missing out on much. But if you’ve already upgraded to Windows 11, please make sure that File History is backing up your important data. You may need to move folders into Documents and other Microsoft-approved spaces to make sure that they’re automatically backed up.

Source: u/gdeadphilly

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/100810/windows-11-cripples-file-history-to-prop-up-onedrive-backup/
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5 Ways Windows 11’s Taskbar Is Worse Than Windows 10’s

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For all the hoopla about Windows 11, it’s clear that some of its taskbar features don’t yet match the functionality of the operating system it’s replacing—Windows 10. Here are five ways Windows 10’s taskbar beats Windows 11’s as of October 2021.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/761064/5-ways-the-windows-11-taskbar-is-worse-than-windows-10s/
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How to Make Your Taskbar Larger or Smaller on Windows 11

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As of October 2021, the taskbar size in Windows 11 can’t be adjusted with the Settings app. Luckily, we’ve discovered a registry hack that can make the taskbar larger or smaller. Here’s how to do it.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/759589/how-to-make-your-taskbar-larger-or-smaller-on-windows-11/
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How to Move Windows 11’s Taskbar to the Top of the Screen

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As of October 2021, Windows 11 doesn’t let you move your taskbar to the top of the screen with an official setting (unlike Windows 10). But we’ve figured out a way to make it happen by editing the Registry—and you can do it with just a few clicks. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/759882/how-to-move-windows-11s-taskbar-to-the-top-of-the-screen/
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Your Wi-Fi May Feel Faster on a Windows 11 Laptop—Here’s Why

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Microsoft confirms that it’s adding Wi-Fi Dual Station support to Windows 11, a feature that will significantly improve wireless internet performance on laptops equipped with compatible hardware, specifically Qualcomm FastConnect modules with 4-Stream DBS. Or in plain English, your crappy Wi-Fi may feel a lot faster on a Windows 11 laptop.

With Wi-Fi Dual Station support, the Windows 11 operating system “can now leverage two concurrent Wi-Fi connections” to provide “Ethernet-like reliability and latency” over a wireless network. In most cases, that means your Dual Station-compatible laptop will utilize your router’s 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (or 6Ghz) bands simultaneously to avoid jitter and congestion.

We expect all sorts of hardware manufacturers to take advantage of Wi-Fi Dual Station, but Qualcomm is currently leading the charge with its FastConnect systems. In a blog post celebrating the new feature, Qualcomm claimed a 4x reduction in latency when using a Windows 11 laptop with its 4-Stream DBS system with off-the-shelf Wi-Fi 6 routers.

To our surprise, Microsoft claims that Valve helped develop the Wi-Fi Dual Station system. The company has already added Wi-Fi Dual Station support to the Steamworks SDK, which many games (including CS:GO and DOTA 2) use for networking. Perhaps Valve is interested in bringing the feature to its upcoming Steam Deck, which does support Qualcomm’s FastConnect system. (Though the Steam Deck runs a custom Linux distro out of the box—maybe Wi-Fi Dual Station will come to Linux?)

If that’s not enough to convince you of Wi-Fi Dual Station’s capabilities, AMD and Qualcomm are working together to bring this tech to AMD laptops. Clearly, Microsoft and Qualcomm have developed a breakthrough solution to wireless internet latency.

But you probably won’t experience this breakthrough for a while. Wi-Fi Dual Station requires a laptop with a FastConnect subsystem that supports Wi-Fi 6 and 4-stream DBS tech. In other words, a high-end PC with a Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 or 6700 module. (You’ll also need a Wi-Fi 6 router.)

And the time of writing, your best bet is to buy one of Acer’s new Windows 11 laptops, which contain Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 modules. Lenovo says that it plans to stick these same modules in future laptops, though it hasn’t provided a release date or even a general timeline for such products.

Source: Qualcomm via PC Gamer

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/99990/your-wi-fi-may-feel-faster-on-a-windows-11-laptop-heres-why/
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Windows 11 Launches Today, but Don’t Be Surprised If You Can’t Install It

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Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 11, setting the stage for its next generation of computing. Unfortunately, you may get left behind. The Windows 11 operating system’s strict hardware requirements make it incompatible with most PCs—here’s how to check if yours is compatible or not, plus instructions on installing the Windows 11 update.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/99772/windows-11-launches-today-but-dont-be-surprised-if-you-cant-install-it/
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How to Get Windows 11 Features Without Upgrading

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There are plenty of reasons why you might wait to upgrade to Windows 11. In many cases, your machine might not be ready for the update, but upgrading to a new operating system can be a significant disruption to your daily life. The last thing some of us can take right now is the loss of routine.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-to-get-windows-11-features-without-upgrading-1847785892
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Windows cranks it up to 11

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Like an aging rock star seeking to reach a new audience, Microsoft is betting Windows 11 will help it connect with a new generation.

Why it matters: Microsoft could once count on a huge portion of the computing market automatically choosing Windows because their business demanded it or they needed a specific app that wasn’t available elsewhere. Today, many businesses are putting the choice between Mac or Windows in the hands of individual workers.


The big picture: Windows still dominates the PC landscape, but the Mac has nearly doubled its share over the last few years. Chromebooks have made significant inroads as well, especially in the U.S. education market.

In an interview, Windows and Surface head Panos Panay acknowledged the change in competitive dynamics and the need for Microsoft to give Windows customers something new.

  • “You don’t want to feel behind, for sure,” Panay told Axios, reiterating his oft-stated goal that Windows be something people want to use, rather than something they have to use. “There’s a group that needs it, but there is a larger group that wants it,” he said of today’s Windows.

Catch up quick: Windows 11 is now available on new PCs and as a free update for existing computers.

  • Windows 11 includes a fresh user interface, built-in Teams video chat and other tweaks, including a news feed and updated widgets.
  • Microsoft has debuted a new line of Surface computers, as have computer makers Asus, HP and Lenovo. Other computer makers, including Acer, Dell and Samsung, also have new models in the works, Panay said in a blog post.

Between the lines: The days when Mac vs. PC was almost a religious choice are gone, but Microsoft is still playing up choice as one of its key arguments.

  • While the Mac comes in only a few different varieties, Windows comes on a huge range of desktops, laptops, two-in-ones and tablets, ranging from high-end gaming PCs that sell for thousands of dollars to inexpensive laptops that cost only a couple hundred dollars.
  • Windows also supports touchscreens and direct pen input, while Apple limits those features to iPads and iPhones.
  • Gaming is another Windows stronghold, with Microsoft having leveraged both its Xbox brand and its long history of PC-based video games.

Yes, but: One of the key features of Windows 11 — support for running Android apps via the Amazon App Store — isn’t quite ready.

  • “It’s taking a little bit,” Panay said, saying the company is still working with Intel and Amazon to make sure the feature works perfectly. “We are being methodical. … We are obsessing over every detail.”
  • Microsoft is taking pains to note how open its revamped store is, supporting not only Amazon’s Android App Store, but also one from “Fortnite” creator Epic that neither Apple nor Google allow.

Go deeper: So far, the Windows 11 reviews are mixed.

Source: https://www.axios.com/windows-11-microsoft-cranks-up-4da34c56-4e29-4aca-b0a6-60bb5c90fa73.html
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