Windows 11

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luisloayza
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Windows 11

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Hello. I was wondering if shifting from W10 to W11 is safe now.
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Cmanrogers
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Re: Windows 11

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I guess it depends on what you found unsafe about it, but I found it works okay and you're fine switching (or not switching.)
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Re: Windows 11

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My main problem with Windows 11 is just how it obfuscates settings and tools behind so many pointless menus. It’s like they try their best to prevent you from accessing any diagnostics or manual settings.
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Re: Windows 11

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Hello. Microsoft employee here. I can tell you that hiding things is not the intention of the Windows team. They are actually trying to make it better. One of the quickest ways to find what you are looking for is to click the start button (or the hit the windows key on the keyboard) and start typing what you are looking for. For example, to configure your keyboard, click start and begin typing "key". You will see a list of items appear...the first of which is "Keyboard".

This works great as long as you know what you are looking for, right? But what if you know what you are looking for but can't think of the name? Well, with the introduction of Copilot for Windows, you can now describe to copilot what you are looking for and it will likely point you in the right direction. For example, I can ask Copilot "How do I configure that thing I type on?" Copilot responds with:
It sounds like you're asking about how to configure your keyboard. Here are some general steps you can follow on Windows:
1. **Add a new keyboard layout**: Go to `Settings` > `Time & Language` > `Language & region`. Under `Preferred languages`, select the language that contains the keyboard you want, and then select `Options`. Select `Add a keyboard` and choose the keyboard you want to add⁷.
2. **Change keyboard layout**: Click the `Input Indicator` icon in the Taskbar (bottom right). Select the new keyboard layout⁵. You can also use the `Windows key + Spacebar` keyboard shortcut to cycle between the available keyboard layouts quickly⁶.
3. **Remap your keys**: You can use the `Keyboard Manager` utility in `Microsoft PowerToys` to change your keyboard functions⁴. After downloading `PowerToys`, select `Keyboard Manager` and toggle `Enable Keyboard Manager`. You'll find separate sections for remapping keys and remapping shortcuts, each of which can be adjusted to your liking⁴.
4. **Reassign hot keys**: Download and install the `Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center`. Connect the keyboard that you want to configure. Select the `Start` button, and then select `Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center`. From the displayed list of key names, select the key that you want to reassign. In the command list of the key that you want to reassign, select a command⁸.

Remember, these steps might vary slightly depending on your specific keyboard and Windows version. If you need more specific help, let me know!

Good luck!
John
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