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Weekly Digest: Windows 11 updates, new Surface Go 3, tech tips

In case you missed it, Windows 11 gets redesigned volume control, January Patch Tuesday releases, Surface Go 3 goes matte black, and more tips to get the most out of your PC.

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft released the Windows 11 build 22533 in the Dev Channel that finally updates the UI for the volume controls and other hardware indicators. The company also rolled out the ISO file for build 22533 if you want to test these new bits using a clean installation.

As part of the first Patch Tuesday for 2022, Windows 11 received the update KB5009566 that bumps the version number to build 22000.434 and addresses many problems. In addition, the company made the update the update KB5008353 as a preview in the Beta and Release Preview Channels with non-security updates expected to ship with the February Patch Tuesday.

If you are still on Windows 10 (versions 21H2, 21H1, and 20H2), then your device will receive the update KB5009543 to fix a bunch of issues, and it brings the version number to build 19042.1466 (20H2), 19043.1466 (21H1), and 19044.1466 (21H2).

Microsoft has introduced a new matte black of its Surface Go 3 device with optional LTE connectivity, which you can get now from the Microsoft Store starting at $550.

Finally, the company has confirmed that it is no longer manufacturing Xbox One consoles to focus exclusively on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learned more tips to get the most out of Windows, including the steps to fix a USB drive when it is not working on Windows 11.

We looked into the steps to change the Lock screen background with custom images and the different ways to enable the Administrator account on Windows 11.

Also, on Windows 11, you now know the steps to disable search web results suggestions from the Taskbar and Start menu and how to install the new Media Player app in the stable channel of the OS ahead of its release.

If you need a local administrator account on Windows 11, you can complete this task using the Settings app, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

Although BitLocker is not part of Windows 11 Home, you can still use encryption to protect your data if your computer meets the requirements with BitLocker Device Encryption.

Finally, you can use these steps to reset your computer while keeping your files on Windows 11, and the instructions to install Windows 11 Home without a Microsoft account.

On Windows 10, we looked into the steps to allow apps through the firewall, create a custom partition to install the OS, perform an offline malware scan with Microsoft Defender Antivirus, change your account password with Command Prompt, reset the Windows Update components to fix problems, and more.