How to make Windows 11 more like Windows 10

April 4, 2022 0 Comments

If there’s something you don’t like about Windows 11, here are some ways to make it look like Windows 10 without having to go back.

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If you’re running Windows 11 on a personal PC or experimental computer, you’re not interested in the new Start menu, taskbar, and other changes to the new OS. There’s not much you can do to overcome all the limitations in Windows 11, but there are utilities that you can use to improve Windows 11 and compensate for some of its vulnerabilities. ExplorerPatcher is a free tool to try.

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Created by Valentine Solutions, Explorer can closely alter the Start Menu, Taskbar, File Explorer, and other elements so that they work more closely with their counterparts in Windows 10. You can switch to the Windows 10 Start menu with a list of apps and a tiled screen You can populate the taskbar with simple icons and settings, and even change its position at the top, left or right, just like in Windows 10. And you can disable Windows 11 command bar and context menu in File Explorer. Here’s how ExplorerPatcher works.

On your Windows 11 PC, browse the GitHub page for Explorer patches. Scroll down to the How to page page and click on the “Download the latest version of the setup program” link. Run the downloaded ep_setup.exe file. After installing the program, click the Start button. In the Suggested section, look for a shortcut called Features (ExplorerPatcher). Otherwise, click the All Apps menu and scroll through the list until you see the features (ExplorerPatcher). Click on that shortcut to open ExplorerPatcher Properties window (Figure A)

Figure A

The first setting controls the taskbar. Click on the taskbar style link and you can switch between Windows 11 and Windows 10. Other settings on the taskbar screen allow you to change its position up, down, left or right. You can enable or disable search buttons, task view buttons and desktop buttons. Also, you can choose to hide the taskbar when not in use. If you make any changes here or in any other settings screen, click the link below to restart File Explorer to apply those changes (Figure B)

Figure B

Next, click Settings for the system tray. Here, you can control the appearance and behavior of the system tray. You have a system tray (Figure C)

Figure C

Next click on File Explorer settings. Select various options to disable Windows 11 features in File Explorer, such as the command bar, context menu, navigation bar and advanced search bar. You can also completely hide the search bar and control whether the title bar shows an icon, a title, both or both (Figure D)

Figure D

Next, click Settings in the Start menu. To switch to the Windows 10-style menu, click the Start menu style option and set it to Windows 10. Then click on the position option on the screen and change it to the edge of the screen. You can specify how many apps appear in the most frequently used section, disable the suggested section and pin the apps in the Start menu from File Explorer (Figure e)

Figure e

The next setting of Windows Switcher allows you to control the behavior of the task switcher by pressing Alt + Tab. If you use multiple monitors, you can show all open windows on the primary monitor or only show windows on the current monitor. You can also apply a theme, color scheme, size and other features to the task switcher (Figure F)

Figure F

Next, the weather setting lets you enable, disable, and customize a taskbar icon for the weather. Setting various features and other offer options for commands in Windows 11. Controls how and when updates are applied to an Explorer patch for updates. Lastly, the Advanced setting allows you to configure more advanced settings in Windows 11, although you may want to take some precautions here (Figure G.)

Figure G.

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