Windows 11 to update the Startup, Recovery, and other settings

Microsoft continues improving the Settings app with new Startup and Recovery designs, updates for existing features, and more.

Windows 11 new Startup settings
  • Microsoft is working on updating the Startup page with a new style design and options on Windows 11.
  • The wizard to roll back to the previous version also gets visual updates.
  • These changes and others are available on Windows 11 build 25247 and higher releases.

Windows 11 continues to improve the Settings app with the release of build 25247, revamping the Startup settings page, and the upcoming visual changes for the Recovery settings.

On the “Startup” settings, the page gets a visual update to organize the apps (via @PhantomOfEarth). The view now stretches the items across the page, and each item will now include an option to open the app file location in the Program Files folder for classic desktop applications and the app settings page for Microsoft Store apps.

Startup new design
Startup new design

Although the new page style is available on starting build 25247, the option to open the app file location is still under development and is a hidden feature.

In the “Recovery” settings, we have previously seen that development teams have updated the visuals of the “Reset this PC” feature, and on build 25247, the company is also experimenting with the same styling treatment for the rollback (Go back) wizard (via @PhantomOfEarth) to match the design language available throughout the operating system with mica material and support for the light and dark color modes. However, these are still changes in development. As a result, they are only available if you enable them manually.

Rollback wizard update
Rollback wizard update

In previous builds, we have also seen a few other changes coming to the Settings app, including a “Trade-in or recycle your PC” option, under the “Related” settings, with leaks to resources to back up and remove your data from the computer and information how to trade-in or recycle your computer.

Trade-in or recycle your PC
Trade-in or recycle your PC

These changes are in addition to other recently introduced improvements for the Settings app, including an option in the “Taskbar” settings to show seconds in the System Tray and changes for the “Touch keyboard” setting.

Show seconds in clock
Show seconds in clock

The new “Energy Recommendations” page with configuration suggestions to save energy and lower carbon footprint in the “Power & Battery” settings. A new warning when your OneDrive account is running out of space with an option to purchase more storage on the “Accounts” page. An updated “Windows backup” settings that now syncs voice typing and automatic punctuation settings across all devices.

Energy recommendations settings
Energy recommendations settings

Also, the company has recently updated the “Ethernet” page to show the gateway (router) address in the network details summary, and the “Disks & Volumes” section now alerts users of potential data loss if they detect changes to the partition style.

Ethernet summary with default gateway
Ethernet summary with default gateway

Enable hidden changes on Windows 11 build 25247 

Although most of these changes are available upon updating to build 25247, others are hidden or slowly rolling out to users.

To enable the hidden features on Windows 11, you will need to download and decompress the ViveTool command-line tool. Then you have to open the tool with Command Prompt as an administrator and run these commands:

  • Trade-in or recycle your PC setting: vivetool /enable /id:39731733
  • Startup page update: vivetool /enable /id:41075629
  • Go back wizard update: vivetool /enable /id:41670003 and vivetool /enable /id:36390579
  • Seconds in the System Tray: vivetool /enable /id:41314201

Once you run the necessary commands, the new changes should appear the next time you open the Settings app.