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Weekly Digest: Windows 11 is here, and tech tips

In case you missed it, Windows 11 leaked revealing many changes coming to the OS, Xbox Mini Fridge announced, Windows 10 updates, and more tips to get the most out of your PC.

This week on Pureinfotech: An early build of Windows 11 leaked onto the web, confirming that Microsoft is working on a new version of its desktop operating system despite the company saying that Windows 10 was the last version.

Although the leak reveals many new user interface changes, such as the new Start menu, updated taskbar, and improvements to the windows management system, this is not everything. Microsoft plans to host a virtual press event on June 24 to announce in more detail what to expect for Windows 11.

You can also watch this video to get a first look at the new user interface, clean installation, and in-place upgrade process of Windows 11.

Although it is still unclear how the company will be offering the new version, it’s currently possible to activate Windows 11 with a valid Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 product key.

In addition, the software giant also announced that it is building a mini-fridge with the shape of an Xbox Series X console, and it’s expected to be available for this holiday season.

As part of the maintenance support, Microsoft made available an out-of-band update to the unwanted redirect problem when installing or starting an Xbox Game Pass game on Windows 10. Furthermore, the update KB5003690 came out in the Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel to address many non-security problems with Windows 10 21H1. These fixes are also expected to ship in the next cumulative update for the operating system.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learn several tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to set up a proxy.

In anticipation of Windows 11, we looked into the steps to align the taskbar icons to the left since the new default is all items centered. Since there’s a new Start menu with Windows 11, we outlined the steps to enable the classic menu with Live Tiles and left alignment in the taskbar.

You now know the steps to change the size of the Windows 11 taskbar and the instructions to enable or disable the snap layouts in maximize button. Furthermore, we even looked at the steps to enable or disable the new option that allows Windows 11 to remember the window location based on the monitor connection.

Finally, if you use Microsoft Teams, you can use these steps to enable the dark mode theme and these instructions to prevent the app from running in the background after it’s close.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.