urn:uuid:21ed8707-ddda-585e-9e65-22883b57479a Topic: Microsoft Windows – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2023 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2023-09-10T22:12:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:c563f648-bb50-4a50-a1bf-7d83ebfb28cd 2023-09-10T22:12:00Z 2023-09-10T22:12:00Z Microsoft has not stopped forcing Edge on Windows 11 users Microsoft has <strong>not</strong> stopped forcing Edge on Windows 11 users Microsoft announces vague changes to the default web browser setting for Windows Insider. Nothing but wishful thinking. Still force-opens web links in Edge. <p>Microsoft published a blog post on the Windows Insider Blog in late August with a vague statement saying that “Windows system components“ were to begin respecting the default web browser setting. Windows 10 and 11 regularly bypass this setting and force-open links in Microsoft Edge instead. In my extensive testing, I haven’t found any changes in the new Windows Insider version.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/windows-system-components-default-edge.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:933ffdf1-dc6d-48c0-8ef3-4a7e35fdb230 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z Phone Link relays your personal data through Microsoft servers <cite>Phone Link</cite> relays your personal data through Microsoft servers The Phone Link app doesn’t transfer data directly between your devices over the local network. Instead, it allows Microsoft to peak at your personal data. <p>The Microsoft Phone Link (formerly known as “Your Phone”) app for Windows, Android, and iOS lets you access parts of your smartphone from within Windows. However, Microsoft has not built the service with your privacy in mind. Instead, the software behemoth relays your personal data through its servers, despite the app only working while your devices are connected to the same local network.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/microsoft-phone-link-privacy.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:53bc6889-732e-49bf-9de2-08ec110fda20 2022-10-25T15:08:00Z 2022-10-25T15:08:00Z First look at Microsoft PC Manager and its conflicting interests First look at <cite>Microsoft PC Manager</cite> and its conflicting interests Microsoft’s new PC cleaner app puts the company’s interests in front of its customers’. At least it doesn’t over-promise and under-deliver like its competitors. <p>Microsoft is testing a new app to compete with the many dubious “PC cleaner” software available on the market (like CCleaner and CleanMyMac). However, Microsoft’s new app looks out for the company’s interests before its customers’.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/microsoft-pc-manager-conflicting-interests.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:b9f3c26b-36f8-4f6c-ac47-8e2ace31df73 2022-03-24T01:42:00Z 2022-03-24T01:42:00Z How to run Windows 11 in GNOME Boxes (with UEFI and TPM2 emulation) Windows 11 needs some extra config to run as a virtual machine in GNOME Boxes. Get it setup with UEFI secure boot, TPM 2.0 emulation, and accelerated drivers. <p>My old tutorial for installing Windows 10 in GNOME Boxes doesn’t work with Windows 11. Here’s how to install Windows 11 as a virtual machine (VM) inside GNOME Boxes. (Some configuration file changes required.)</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/how-to-win11-in-gnome-boxes.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:216946f0-6b6f-47b4-97ed-5f62e81afcb0 2022-02-14T16:48:00Z 2022-02-14T16:48:00Z 2-clicks to install Windows 11/10 without the third-party bloatware You can block bloatware/partner/advertisement apps from cluttering up your fresh Windows installation by changing just one setting during the installation. <p>When you install Windows 11 (or 10), Microsoft will preinstall additional third-party bloatware such as Candy Crush, Netflix, Spotify, and others based on your region (“inbox apps”). All you need to skip installing the bloatware is to, temporarily, choose an unrecognized region during the installation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/windows-ooberegion-bloatware.html">Read more …</a></p>