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Windows has long offered you different ways to dictate text and navigate the screen using your voice. 

Also: How to recover deleted files in Windows 10 or 11

But one new feature now available in Windows 11 is voice access. Using voice access, it's possible to navigate and interact with Windows by speaking different commands, actions, keys, and keyboard shortcuts. 

Plus, you can dictate text in an email, message, or document.

Though the feature is designed for people who can't use a mouse and keyboard due to physical limitations, voice access can be useful for anyone who wants to use Windows 11 with their voice. Here's how it works.

How to use voice access in Windows 11

Requirements

To use voice access, you need to install the 22H2 update for Windows 11

Go to Settings > Windows Update and click the button for Check for updates. If the 22H2 update is waiting, click the button for Download and Install. For now, Microsoft is still doling out this update in a staggered way, so it may not yet be available for your PC. 

If you still want to snag the update, head to the Download Windows 11 page. In the section for the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, click the Download now button. Then run the downloaded Windows11 InstallationAssistant.exe file to install the update.

Next, go to Settings > Accessibility > Speech. Turn on the switch for voice access (preview).

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A voice access guide pops up, prompting you to set up your microphone. Your default microphone is shown on the screen. If you wish to set up a different one, click the button for Add new microphone. Otherwise, click the right arrow in blue.

Also: The 5 best streaming mics 

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Follow any steps to set up your microphone if they appear. Then click the Start guide button to learn how to use voice access. Say, "Voice access, wake up." Follow the instructions to try different commands and options using your voice.

Take a tutorial on voice access.

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Windows congratulates you on making it through the guide. To view a list of commands that you can say with voice access, click the View commands button. A screen for voice access commands appears. 

Browse or print the list to read the commands you can say and how to say them. You can also click the link at the top for "Voice access help article" to view a Microsoft support article on the feature.

View voice access commands.

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Now, it's time to try voice access for real. First, you'll want to learn how to turn the feature on and off. Say, "Voice access, wake up" to move from sleep mode to listening mode. Say, "Voice access, sleep" to go from listening mode to sleep mode."

To stop it from listening, say, "Turn off microphone." To turn it on again at this point, click the microphone icon on the voice access toolbar at the top. To turn off the feature and close the toolbar, say, "Turn off voice access." To display the toolbar again, return to Settings > Accessibility > Speech. Turn off the switch for voice access and then turn it on again.

Also: How to automatically keep your Windows applications updated

Turn voice access on and off.

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Next, try navigating Windows and issuing different commands using your voice. You can open an application by saying, "Open [name of app]." For example, say, "Open File Explorer." Once in File Explorer, navigate using your voice. To open a specific folder, say, "Double-click [name of folder]." 

For example, say: "Double-click Pictures." To open a subfolder, say: "Double-click [name of subfolder]." For example, to open a subfolder named Wallpaper in the Pictures folder, say: "Double-click Wallpaper." 

If there are two of the same folders or subfolders visible, Windows asks which one you mean by displaying a number next to each. Say the number for the folder you wish to open.

Open folders with your voice.

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To open a specific file in the selection folder, say, "Double-click [name of file]." For example, to open a file named Star Trek 05.jpg, say, "Double-click Star Trek 05.jpg."

Next, try dictating text in a document. Let's use Microsoft Word for this. Say, "Open Word." In a new blank document, just start dictating your text. Remember to dictate punctuation marks, navigation commands (such as new line or new paragraph), and formatting commands.

Also: How to get Microsoft Office for free

Dictate text in a document.

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If you need to move around the document to correct mistakes and format text, say things like, "Go to top," "Move up five times," and "Move after [specific word]." 

To delete a word, say "Delete [word]." To format a word, issue the specific formatting command followed by the word. For example, say, "Capitalize you." If the word appears multiple times in the document, voice access displays a number next to each occurrence. 

Say the number next to the instance you wish to format.

Navigate a document and format text with your voice.

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To save the file, use a combination of navigation commands and the numbered grid to select the correct menus and dialog boxes.

Save a document with your voice.

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If you get stuck figuring out what to say, click the question mark in the upper right of the voice access toolbar. From the menu, you can view all the commands, start the interactive guide, and learn about voice access through Microsoft's support document.

View the commands and learn more about voice access.

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Finally, you can tweak a few key settings for voice access. Click the gear icon in the upper right to change the microphone and manage certain options. Return to Settings > Accessibility > Speech

Here, you can turn voice access on and off, set the feature to start every time you sign into Windows, learn how to activate voice typing in text boxes, and use the classic speech recognition tool to interact with Windows.

Also: How to replace your Windows 11 Start menu with a third-party app

Tweak the settings for voice access.

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Killexams : How to manage Microsoft Defender Antivirus from Command Prompt on Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is the default anti-malware solution that protects your Windows 11 installation and files from unwanted viruses, ransomware, spyware, and many other types of malware and malicious attacks.

Usually, you would use the Windows Security app to manage the antivirus, such as scanning, updates, and quarantined items. However, it's also possible to control the Microsoft Defender Antivirus with commands from Command Prompt. For example, when you have to use a script to automate specific tasks. You are in charge of managing multiple computers, and you need a quicker way to run specific tasks. Or you want to schedule an update and scan at a particular time.

This guide will walk you through the steps to manage the Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 11 from Command Prompt.

How to update antivirus definition on Microsoft Defender

To download and install the latest definitions for the Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to check and update Microsoft Defender Antivirus and press EnterMpCmdRun -SignatureUpdate

Once you complete the steps, the antivirus will automatically check and download any available updates.

Rollback definitions updates

To uninstall recently installed definition updates, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to remove recent definitions and press EnterMpCmdRun -RemoveDefinitions -All 

The "-All" option restores the previous definitions from the backup or original default set of signatures.

  1. Type the following command to roll back the engine version and press EnterMpCmdRun -RemoveDefinitions -Engine 

The "-Engine" option rolls back to the previous version of the antivirus engine.

  1. Type the following command to remove dynamic signature updates and press EnterMpCmdRun -RemoveDefinitions -DynamicSignatures

The -DynamicSignatures option uninstalls only the dynamic signatures.

After you complete the steps, the recent definition updates will be uninstalled from the device.

How to do quick antivirus scan on Microsoft Defender

To run a quick antivirus scan from Command Prompt on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to perform a quick antivirus scan and press Enter: MpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 1
  • Quick tip: You can also replace "1" with the "0" option to start a default scan.

Once you complete the steps, the Microsoft Defender Antivirus will perform a quick scan of the locations where malware is more likely to hide.

How to do full antivirus scan on Microsoft Defender

To run a full antivirus scan on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to perform a full antivirus scan and press EnterMpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 2

After you complete the steps, the antivirus will scan all the locations for malware. If you have a lot o files, this option could take a long time.

How to do custom antivirus scan on Microsoft Defender

To run an antivirus scan only on specific locations from Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to perform a custom antivirus scan and press EnterMpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 3 -File PATH\TO\FOLDER-FILES 

In the command, update the path to the folder to scan. For example, this command scans the "Documents" folder: MpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 3 -File C:\Users\username\Documents

  1. (Optional) Type the following command to perform a custom scan with timeout time and press EnterMpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 3 -File PATH\TO\FOLDER-FILES -Timeout 1 

In the command, remember to update the path with the folder to scan. For example, this command scans the "Documents" folder and sets the timeout to one day: MpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 3 -File C:\Users\username\Documents -Timeout 1 

  • Quick note: You can change the timeout number to specify another number of days. The option is also available for quick and full scan commands.

Once you complete the steps, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will only scan the specified location.

How to do boot sector malware scan on Microsoft Defender

As part of the Windows 11 installation, the boot sector includes essential instructions to process the startup sequence. If a specially crafted virus access the boot sector can cause problems that are difficult to fix. However, the Microsoft Defender Antivirus can also remove malware from the boot sector with a simple command.

To run a virus scan in the boot sector of Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to perform a custom antivirus scan and press EnterMpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType -BootSectorScan

After you complete the steps, the default antivirus will look for any malicious code inside the boot sector.

How to restore quarantined item on Microsoft Defender

Microsoft Defender Antivirus may sometimes detect files as malicious when they are known and harmless. When this happens, you can use a command to review the quarantined files and another command to restore those files that are not a threat.

To check and restore quarantined items from Microsoft Defender Antivirus, use these steps: 

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to open the antivirus tool location and press Entercd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
  4. Type the following command to view quarantined items and press EnterMpCmdRun -Restore -ListAll
  1. Type the following command to restore the quarantined items and press EnterMpCmdRun -Restore -All
  2. Type the following command to restore a specific quarantined item and press EnterMpCmdRun -Restore -Name ITEM-NAME

In the command, replace the "ITEM-NAME" with the name of the item to restore.

  1. Type the following command to restore a quarantined item to a specific path and press Enter: MpCmdRun -Restore -Name ITEM-NAME -FilePath PATH\TO\RESTORED

In the command, specify the path to restore the item. For example, this command restores a specific item to the "Documents" folder: MpCmdRun -Restore -Name app.exe -FilePath C:\Users\username\Documents

Once you complete the steps, the file will restore automatically to its original location. 

This guide outlines some essential commands to manage the Microsoft Defender Antivirus with Command Prompt. However, the command-line tool offers many other options, which you can view using the "MpCmdRun" command.

More resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

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Killexams : Microsoft’s security guide for companies: Follow these 5 simple steps Basic security hygiene can help organisations protect themselves against as many as 98% of cyberattacks, so says Microsoft’s latest Digital Defense Report. Advising organisations to focus on security the report says that security is no longer just about keeping safe, it has also become a key enabler of technological success for any organisation. The report adds that innovation and enhanced productivity can only be achieved by introducing security measures that make organisations as resilient as possible against modern attacks. Many cyberattacks are successful simply not because hackers used some sophisticated or hard to detect techniques, but because the organisation did not follow basic security hygiene. To help companies better defend themselves, Microsoft recommends what is says are 5 minimum security standards:
Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA): To protect against compromised user passwords and helps to provide extra resilience for identities. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds a layer of protection to the sign-in process. When accessing accounts or apps, users provide additional identity verification, such as scanning a fingerprint or entering a code received by phone.
Apply Zero Trust principles: The cornerstone of any resilience plan limiting the impact on an organisation. These principles are: Explicitly verify and ensure that users and devices are in a good state before allowing access to resources. Use least privilege access. This means that only allows the privilege that is needed for access to a resource and no more. Assume breach, this means be always prepared for system defences to be breached and systems might be compromised. This means constantly monitoring the environment for possible attacks.
Use extended detection and response anti-malware: Implement software to detect and automatically block attacks and provide insights to the security operations. Monitoring insights from threat detection systems is essential to being able to respond to threats in a timely fashion.
Keep your systems up to date: Unpatched and out of date systems are a key reason many organisations fall victim to an attack. Ensure all systems are kept up to date including firmware, the operating system, and applications.
Protect data: Knowing your important data, where it is located and whether the right systems are implemented is crucial to implementing the appropriate protection.
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Killexams : How to open Task Manager on Windows null © Provided by Tom's Guide null

PC newbie or veteran, you may not know how to open Task Manager on Windows. Why would you want to open the Windows Task Manager anyway? Well, this feature does a lot more than its name suggests.

Task Manager not only lets you manage tasks (who'd have guessed?) — but also shows a whole bunch of useful information, such as your computer’s current performance or which apps are taking up the most resources on startup.

Even if you have one of the best Windows laptops or best gaming PCs, this info can still come in handy.

There are a few ways to open Task Manager on Windows 11 and Windows 10, as we cover in our simple guide below.

Ready? Here's how to open Task Manager on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Esc

It requires some finger gymnastics, but this is the easiest and quickest way to open Task Manager on Windows. 

2. You can also right-click the taskbar, then click Task Manager

This is a useful method if you don't have a working keyboard to hand. Unfortunately, this only works in Windows 10 as it was removed from Windows 11 for some reason. If anyone from Microsoft is studying this: bring back this feature, please! 

3. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then click Task Manager.

The third, and probably most familiar, way to open the task manager is through the Ctrl + Alt + Delete menu. This is the classic way to get to the task manager that most of us will recognize, though step 1 above is a much more efficient alternative. 

4. Press Win + R to open a command prompt, then type in "taskmgr" and hit enter.

You can even open the Task Manager from a command prompt. This is the best choice if you want to impress your friends by appearing like a hacker or character from The Matrix.

And there we are. Now you can summon Task Manager in four different ways. With this knowledge, you’re invincible. Now you know how to open Task Manager on Windows, take a look at how to enable God Mode in Windows 11 or 10 or how to change the Windows 11 Start menu back to Windows 10. Or for another Windows guide, check out how to factory reset on Windows 10.

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Killexams : How to add check boxes to Microsoft Word documents © PC World

Whether you’re writing the next greatest novel or a simple grocery list, Microsoft Word is used for all types of things. Fortunately, if you’re looking to add check boxes to a personal survey or work checklist, it’s relatively easy to do. We’ll guide you every step of the way. Let’s dive right in.

Add check boxes to Word Documents on Windows

To add check boxes to your Word document on Windows, you’ll need to use the features in the Developer tab. This tab isn’t displayed by default. To show the Developer tab, right-click anywhere in the ribbon and click Customize the Ribbon option in the context menu. In the Options window that appears, check the box next to Developer and then click OK.

Now, type out the list you’d like to add check boxes to. Once typed out, place the cursor at the beginning of the first item. Then, in the Developer tab, click Check Box Content Control in the Controls group.

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The check box will appear next to the item.

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Copy and paste the check box next to each item. To check or uncheck a check box, simply click it with your mouse.

Add check boxes to Word Documents on Mac

As with Windows, you’ll need to display the Developer tab to add check boxes. To show the Developer tab, open the Word menu and select Preferences. In the Word Preferences window that appears, click Ribbon & Toolbar. Next, check the box next to Developer in the Customize the Ribbon group and select OK.

With the Developer tab now in view, go ahead and type your list that you would like to add check boxes to. Next, place the cursor at the beginning of the item on the first line and then select Check Box in the Developer tab.

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The check box will appear next to the item. To check or uncheck the box, select the box and then click Options in the Developer tab. In the pop-up window that appears, select Checked under default value to check it and Not Checked to uncheck it. Select OK.

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That’s all there is to it.

Add check boxes to Word for the Web

Word for the Web only offers check boxes using the bullet feature. Unfortunately, there’s no way to check or uncheck these boxes digitally, so you’ll need to print the sheet out and manually check the boxes with a pen.

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Killexams : How to run Android apps on Windows 11: A detailed guide
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Your Windows 11 install likely doesn’t include one of the most-anticipated features of the operating system — native Android emulation. This allows you to run Android apps directly on your PC.

The ability to run Android apps on Windows 11 is now available in the stable channel, but only in select countries (full list below). However, you can install Android apps even if you’re not in one of these regions. Here’s everything you need to know about how to run Android apps on Windows 11.

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To install Android apps on Windows 11, you will need to update to the latest build and install the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store. If you're in an unsupported region, you can also sideload the Windows Subsystem for Android and manually install apps using APK files.


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How to install Android apps on Windows 11 officially (Selected regions)

Android apps on Windows 11 are officially available in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Vatican City. The other requirement is that you should have a compatible Windows 11 system, running Build 22000.526 or higher.

Install the Windows Subsystem for Android

Now that you have the latest Windows 11 build, you can move on to install the Windows Subsystem for Android. This is basically an entire Android build that runs as a virtualization instance inside Windows, letting you run Android apps on Windows. There are a few steps to getting the subsystem on your Windows 11.

Open the Microsoft Store, and click the Library tab at the bottom left corner.

Windows 11 Microsoft Store

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Click the Get updates button.

Windows 11 Microsoft Store updates

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Your Microsoft Store should finish updating. Click the profile button on the title bar to the right to check the version. The version number should be in the About this app section. Make sure it is 22110.1402.6.0 or higher.

Windows 11 Microsoft Store version

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Once your Microsoft Store is up to date, you can move on to enable virtualization. Older systems will need you to flip the switch in the BIOS/UEFI settings, usually called Intel VT-X or AMD-V, depending upon the brand of CPU in your system. Then you can enable it inside Windows 11.

Open the Control Panel, navigate to the Programs section, and click Turn Windows features on or off. Enable Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Hypervisor Platform by ensuring the boxes next to them are checked, and click OK.

Windows 11 Windows features dialogue

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Restart your system. Search for and open the Amazon Appstore in the Microsoft Store, and click Get. Go through the setup process. This will install the Windows Subsystem for Android and the Amazon Store, and get your system ready for Android apps.

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Installing Android apps through the Amazon Appstore

The process to install Android apps officially is rather simple. You will need an Amazon account.

Open the Amazon Appstore via the Start menu/search. Click the Already an Amazon customer? Sign in button, enter your credentials and click Sign-In. Search and select the app you want to install, and click the Get/Download/Install button.

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How to get Android apps on Windows 11 unofficially

The requirements are the same here. You will need Windows 11, build 22000.282, or later. You also need to enable hardware virtualization and meet minimum system requirements. The difference is that we will have to sideload the subsystem instead of installing it officially. Ensure you update Windows before you begin, and enable Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Hypervisor Platform.

Read moreThe complete guide on how to install Windows 11

Sideloading the Windows Subsystem for Android

Some folks may not be able to get their hands on the Windows Subsystem for Android and Amazon Appstore despite following the steps. In that case, installing the Subsystem manually is an option. It’s a little tricky, but it can work.

Search for Windows PowerShell, right-click the app search result, and click Run as administrator.

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In PowerShell, copy-paste this code:

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winget install 9p3395vx91nr -s msstore
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You’ll have to agree to the agreement terms of the store in PowerShell. When prompted, type in the letter Y and press the Enter key.

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PowerShell will then prompt you with some more license terms, specific to the Subsystem this time. Press Y and Enter again.

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The Subsystem package will then download and install, and you’ll get a Microsoft Store notification saying it was successful.

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Install Android apps on Windows 11

If you managed to get the Amazon Appstore to install directly, you can open it by searching for it from the Start menu. It will ask you to log in once with your Amazon account. Once done, you can search for the app you want and click the Get button to download it. Any Android app installed on Windows 11 will show up as a normal program you can directly run from the Start menu.

See alsoThe best Android emulators for PC and Mac

If you don’t have access to the store, which you won’t if you sideloaded the Subsystem, you will have to download the APKs and install them via PowerShell manually. For this, you will need to have a system-wide Android Debug Bridge (ADB) installed on your system. This is needed because the Subsystem acts like an Android phone wirelessly connected to the Windows 11 PC, and you can use ADB to leverage that connection to push APKs of your choice. This method is useful for installing apps that are not available on the Amazon Appstore.

Download the 15-second ADB Installer here. Extract and run the installer. supply the administrator permission when asked. It will run in a terminal window, asking you Y/N as yes or no for installing specific components. We need all three components, so press Y and the Enter key for all three — install ADB and Fastboot, install ADB system-wide, and install Drivers. The driver installer will pop up as a separate window, which you have to follow to finish the installation.

Windows 11 ADB installer

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Download the APK file of the app of your choice from a trusted source like APK Mirror. For this tutorial, we’re using the Firefox browser for Android. Run the Windows Subsystem for Android. You can do this by simply searching for it and clicking on it from the Start Menu.

In the settings, make sure Developer Mode is turned on. Click the boxed arrow in the Files tab to get the Subsystem running.

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Run PowerShell as an administrator again.

To connect to the Subsystem via ADB, copy the IP address you can see in the Subsystem settings. Type adb connect in the PowerShell window, followed by the copied IP address. Ensure there’s a space between the word connect and the IP address. Press Enter.

Use the command adb devices to verify that the connection was successful.

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Now, find the APK file in your Downloads folder. Right-click it, and click Copy as path.

Go back to the PowerShell window, type adb install, and paste the path you copied. Make sure to remove the quotation marks at the beginning and end of the path. You can use arrow keys to navigate through the command text. Your final command should look like this:

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adb install C:\Users\yourname\Downloads\firefox.apk
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Press Enter to begin the installation. You’ll see the PowerShell say Performing Streamed Install, followed by a Success message.

Windows 11 Windows Subsystem for Android install success

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The app is now installed and should now show up in the Start menu.

What Android apps can you get on Windows 11?

For now, the Amazon Appstore for Windows has over 1,000 apps available. These include games like Lords Mobile, June’s Journey, Coin Master, studying apps like Kindle, and kids’ apps like Khan Academy Kids and Lego Duplo World. Big apps like Gmail and YouTube are missing, due to the absence of Google Mobile Services.

With the sideloading method, it’s more or less the same issue. You will not be able to install apps that require Google Services or have split installation files with an APKM extension. However, you can install more than 50 apps this way, provided you can find the APK file.

Benefits of running Android apps on Windows 11

There’s one big upside to native Android emulation on Windows — there’s no need to install third-party Android emulators. There are many uses for this, including using chat apps like WhatsApp on your PC or trying to play mobile games on your PC. The process of installing Android apps on Windows has always been a long one, but when the final release of this feature hits, it will become quick and easy, likely for good.

It is also likely to take up fewer system resources than third-party emulators. So far, in the current stage, this feature has a few quirks, but we expect it to be smooth sailing by the time it’s ready for public release.


Read more: The best Android apps available right now

FAQs

Yes, Windows 11 can officially run Android apps. The feature is only available in a few countries right now, but you can unofficially get it running if you want to.

Yes, you can. There are ways to unofficially install Android apps using APK files, and also install Google Play Store.

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Killexams : Windows 11 Field Guide Progress Report #4: Launch Video, 10 New Chapters, Pedantry No result found, try new keyword!Today, the Windows 11 Field Guide hit an interesting milestone: it’s now 500 pages long in PDF form, about the same length as its predecessor. But there's so much more to come. Mon, 28 Nov 2022 02:45:00 -0600 en-US text/html https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-11/276412/windows-11-field-guide-progress-report-4-launch-video-10-new-chapters-pedantry Killexams : Microsoft first tested a tabbed File Explorer in Windows 95 Beta0 0

One of the user-favorite features of Windows 11 is the ability to create tabs in File Explorer. First noticed in Windows 11 Dev Channel build 22572 back in March, earlier this year, the feature finally reached general availability (G.A.) by October when it was ready for the Windows 11 2022 update (version 22H2).

Tabbed File Explorer with context menu open on Windows 11 desktop
Tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11

However, while tabs in File Explorer only became available in Windows 11 22H2, Microsoft has been working on this feature for quite a while. That's because the Redmond company had first started testing and developing such a feature back when Windows 95 (Codenamed Chicago) was still not fully conceived. That is nearly 30 years ago.

Amateur Windows historian and Twitter user @wowstartsnow brought this interesting finding to our attention. Old timers at Neowin who have been around for a very long time may remember this feature in case they had information on the insider happenings of the company.

File Explorer tabs in Windows 95

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The reason for tabbed File Explorer in Windows 95 never making it to the final public release is anybody's guess. Perhaps the company thought the feature was too intensive for its time. Or perhaps it ran into a bug that was not fixable. Or maybe it was simply not ready in the state that Microsoft wanted.

File Explorer tabs in Windows 95

Interestingly, Microsoft also put out a similar feature in Windows 10 dubbed "Sets" which would allow the grouping of apps. Sadly, Sets was killed by Microsoft and it too never made out of Insider testing.

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Killexams : How to Finally Upgrade to Windows 11, Now It’s Worth It

One year on, Windows 11 has received a bunch of performance and feature upgrades, and it’s definitely worth upgrading to the operating system now.

However, for many PC users, and especially some custom PC users (like myself), upgrading isn’t as simple as it might seem. Unlike Windows 10, when upgrading from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, it’s not as simple as clicking the notification in the taskbar and downloading the upgrade.

So, how might one upgrade to Windows 11? Here’s our handy guide on how to do it. Note that your experience may be different depending on your device. And if you want to jump straight to the install part of this guide, click here.

Windows 11 system requirements

Windows 11 has steeper, more demanding system requirements than any other Windows OS. It’s perhaps more difficult than it should be, because Microsoft published a minimum spec, then tweaked it, then waived certain parts of it for the testing period, leaving us all thoroughly confused about which computers would be able to run the new operating system and which wouldn’t.

Broadly speaking, if your computer was purchased within the last five years or so, or was assembled by parts released in the last five years or so, then it’s a fairly safe bet that it’s Windows 11 compatible (unless, obviously, it’s a Mac). If you want to see if your specific computer can run Windows 11, download Microsoft’s PC health check app. It’s a quick tool that assesses your computer for compatibility with the new operating system, and is a great place to start.

Right now, the list of system requirements includes a 1GHz or faster CPU (with two or more cores), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Those specs are easy to fulfil and most computers will be compatible with them. What’s more difficult is the storage and motherboard requirements.

You’re going to need a version 2.0 Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which takes care of various security-related duties — TPMs are included on most modern motherboards, so you may already have one, even if it’s not enabled. If it’s not enabled, you’ll need to go into your BIOS and manually enable it (I had to do this on my custom PC, but not on my laptop). We provide more on how to do this in the next section.

You’ll also need to enable Secure Boot and have the booting hard drive set to GPT. We provide information on this in the sections after TPM.

Microsoft also says that you must be running Windows 10 (version 2004 or later) to upgrade, however, there’s nothing preventing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers from upgrading, provided they have compatible hardware. The free upgrade, however, is exclusive to Windows 10 users.

If your desktop or laptop doesn’t meet the base qualifications, then Microsoft says “you may not be able to install Windows 11″ — although you can still try to install it if you have access to a licence or the free installation.

There are some additional feature-specific requirements beyond the basic specs, covering parts of the operating system like two-factor authentication (you’ll need a PIN, biometric entry method, or a smartphone for this). If you want to take advantage of the new DirectStorage system for games, you’ll need an NVMe SSD as one of your storage drives.

How to enable TPM 2.0 on your PC

This is the most difficult thing about the entire upgrade process and it varies widely from machine to machine. Most new machines should have it enabled, but some custom PCs might lack it (such as my own).

If you want to check if this feature is enabled, press Windows Key + R and type tpm.msc into the prompted menu.

You’ll either get a message indicating that ‘compatible TPM cannot be found’ (in which case, follow the guide below), or you’ll get a message confirming TPM is ready to use.

If it’s TPM 2.0, you’re good to go, otherwise your motherboard may not be compatible with Windows 11.

To enable TPM 2.0, you’ll need to:

  • Restart or turn on your computer
  • Access your BIOS (by pressing DEL or whatever the prompted key is on startup)
  • If you’re having trouble accessing your BIOS, you can find specific information on how to by going to your motherboard manufacturer’s website or looking for a guide to your specific motherboard
  • In your BIOS, navigate to a section labelled ‘Advanced’, ‘Security’ or ‘Trusted computing’
  • The option to ‘Enable TPM’ may be worded differently, and could be listed under Security Device, Security Device Support, TPM State, AMD fTPM switch, AMD PSP fTPM, Intel PTT, or Intel Platform Trust Technology

Once you’ve enabled TPM 2.0, make sure you save your changed BIOS settings and exit the BIOS. Once you’ve done this, your computer should start to boot normally. If you also need to enable Secure Boot, that needs to be done in the BIOS as well (however you should make sure GPT is also enabled).

How to enable GPT on your hard drive

Windows 11 relies on a different hard drive partition style to previous versions of Windows and will not run on a booting hard drive without being sent to GPT (instead of MBR).

Most hard drives should be running GPT, but just in case yours isn’t, there’s a handy tool for overcoming this. You can also check if your hard drive is running GPT or MBR by accessing ‘Disk Management’ on your PC (‘Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions’ in Control Panel).

Provided that you’ve kept Windows 10 up to date, you’ll just need to do the following steps:

  • Open Settings > Windows Update > Recovery > Restart Now (under advanced startup)
  • Click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt
  • Now that Command Prompt is open, type mbr2gpt /valdiate to make sure your drive can be converted
  • Now type mb2gpt /convert
  • This will take a few moments, but after this is done, enable Secure Boot in your BIOS using the above guide

How to enable Secure Boot on your PC

Note that Secure Boot requires GPT to be enabled. The section below details how you can enable this.

Access the BIOS by following these steps:

  • Restart or turn on your computer
  • Access your BIOS (by pressing DEL or whatever the prompted key is on startup)
  • If you’re having trouble accessing your BIOS, you can find specific information on how to by going to your motherboard’s manufacturer’s website or looking for a guide to your specific motherboard
  • In your BIOS, navigate to a menu called ‘boot mode’ or  ‘CSM mode’
  • Click on this setting and enable UEFI/BIOS

Once you’ve done this, make sure you save your settings and exit the BIOS. Once you’ve done this, your computer should start to boot normally.

Check your files and backups

When you go through the Windows 11 upgrade process, all of your applications, files, and folders should still be intact when you finish. But just in case, back up your important files.

If you’ve been doing your daily computing without the safety net of backups in place, now’s the time to change that. Use the File History tool that comes as part of Windows: From Settings go to Update & Security, then Backup, then click the Add a drive option to choose where you want to save copies of your files.

Many people now turn to cloud storage services to keep important files backed up on the web and synced to multiple devices at once. Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive (the obvious choice for Windows, as it’s built right in) are all good options. You’ll need to pay a monthly subscription fee to store a serious number of files, but it’s usually good value. The Google Drive desktop software has just been updated to make it easier to use as a backup solution for Windows.

Even if all your key files are stored on the web, we’d recommend keeping a local copy on an external hard drive as well and updating it once a week or so. Not only does it supply you another option if something disastrous should happen to your cloud locker (or your internet connection), it’s typically much quicker to restore files from a local drive than download terabytes of data over your broadband connection.

Check your installed software

It’s worth noting that not all of the features and native tools of Windows 10 are going to make it to Windows 11 — if there’s something in this list that you’ve come to love and rely on, then you might want to hold off on upgrading to the next operating system until you’ve found a suitable replacement or workaround.

When it comes to checking everything currently installed on your system, just click the Apps entry on the main Windows Settings pane to see a list. You can sort it based on file size and date of installation, so if there are any programs you’re not really using anymore, you might want to get rid of them, especially if they’re taking up a lot of room — the more space you’ve got to install Windows 11, the better.

As with your files, installing Windows 11 shouldn’t interfere with your applications, but it’s best to prepare for the worst anyway. Make sure that you know how to re-download and reinstall all of your most important software packages (double-check on licence codes, download locations, and so on), just in case you need to start again from scratch — and make sure all your projects, saved games, and the like are backed up somewhere.

We haven’t heard of any Windows 10 program that’s going to refuse to run on Windows 11, but there’s always a chance with particularly old software. If you regularly rely on a program that hasn’t been updated in a few years, you might want to contact the developer to make sure it’ll work with the new operating system — and perhaps hold off on installing Windows 11 until you’ve confirmed.

How to upgrade to Windows 11

To get started:

  • On your PC, open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update
  • Check for updates
  • If the Windows 11 upgrade is available, the option to download and install will appear before your eyes (go on, click it)
  • Follow the prompts to configure your new settings.

If your machine isn’t ready and you don’t want to wait:

  • Head over to the Windows 11 software download page
  • Using the Windows 11 Installation Assistant, click Download Now and follow the instructions
  • You can also create a bootable USB or DVD by selecting Create Windows 11 Installation Media
  • And after following the directions, you should have successfully installed Windows 11.

Do I have to upgrade to Windows 11?

There’s no real pressure to install Windows 11. Microsoft says it will support Windows 10 Home and 10 Pro until at least October 14, 2025, which gives you three more years to figure out your upgrade plan. And even then, we wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft extends the support timeline for Windows 10, similar to what Microsoft did for Windows 7.

However, you’ll miss out on key software and performance upgrades that are exclusive to Windows 11, such as the 22H2 update, which added a whole bunch of accessibility, gaming and productivity features (my favourite is the ability to snap layouts for all of your open apps).

Anyway, happy upgrading. Hopefully, this guide has made the process easier for you.

This article has been updated since it was first published.

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