Tag Archives: Windows

Windows 11 – change default settings for Right-click menu

The Right-click (Context) menu option in Windows 11 has changed to a streamlined format.  To temporarily restore some of the original right-click menu settings, select “Show more options (Shift + F10 keys).

To permanently restore the prior Right-click menu in Windows 11, right-click the Start button and type Windows Terminal.

Copy the command from below, paste it into Windows Terminal Window, and press enter.

reg.exe add “HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32” /f /ve

Restart your Windows 11 computer. The Right-click (Context) menu option should be set to the legacy format.

Outlook for Windows will replace Windows Mail

Outlook for Windows will soon replace the current Windows Mail, Calendar and People apps in Microsoft Windows.   Existing data can be imported to the new Outlook version. Outlook can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store or selected from the “Try the new Outlook” toggle switch.  It will be installed by default in on devices running Windows 11 version 23H2 or higher.

Outlook for iOS and Android can be downloaded from the Apple App and Google Play stores.  Support information is available at support.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook.

Phone Link for iPhone users on Windows 11 Insider – Preview

Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Phone Link for iPhone users for Windows Insider users with Windows 11.  Phone Link will allow you to pair your iPhone and Windows PC over Bluetooth in order to provide limited iPhone functions such as calls and messages on your computer.

The Phone Link app is available at the Windows App Store. Microsoft also has a list of known issues regarding Phone Link.

This is one of the new features that Microsoft is introducing with Windows 11 updates, including adding new AI-powered Bing to the Windows taskbar, video screen recording in Snipping Tool, and multiple tabs in Notepad.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 and 8.1 extended security updates on January 10th 2023

Microsoft has ended Windows 7 and 8.1 extended security updates as of January 10th, 2023.    Microsoft will also be ending support for Microsoft Edge for these Windows versions as well.    An exception is Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, which ends support on on July 11, 2023.

More information is available at the Windows End of Support page. A list of the life cycle of Microsoft products may be found here.