Run Windows 11 Fixer to make a few usability adjustments quickly

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 6, 2021
Windows 11 News

Windows 11 Fixer is an open source program for Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system that users may run to make several usability adjustments quickly.

Microsoft launched Windows 11 this year with quite a few changes when compared to previous versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

One of the main complaints that I heard from users all around was that Microsoft removed certain options from the operating system. There is the taskbar with reduced functionality, and File Explorer which still has serious usability issues. It is also difficult to change default apps, but Microsoft seems to be working on that.

While it is possible to make some adjustments, to the taskbar for instance, some of these are only available by editing the Registry.

Windows 11 Fixer comes to the rescue. The  program displays all of its tweaks in its interface on launch. Please note that Windows 11 Fixer requires .NET Core 5.0, which is included in the archive that you download from the project's GitHub repository; the advantage of that is that the program comes with everything needed to run it, the downside, that the archive has a size of roughly 50 Megabytes.

From there, it is just a matter of flipping switches to change the configuration. The Taskbar alone has five different options in the recent version including changing the size of taskbar items, removing the chat and widgets button, and installing the freeware ElevenClock, which Ashwin reviewed previously.

Other options include enabling compact view mode in File Explorer, using the Windows 10 context menu instead of Windows 11's context menu, disabling online search functionality, displaying hidden files and folders in Explorer, and more. Some options let users install third-party applications such as the tweaker ThisIsWin11, Start 11, or  Microsoft PowerToys.

The developer highlights the following features of the application:

Customize the look and feel of the taskbar.
Adjust the right-click context menu to your liking.
Modify file explorer, and adjust file and folder options with ease.
Install a variety of software, including commonly used internet browsers.
Adjust a range of Windows Settings.
Additional options to enhance your Windows 11 experience.

Closing Words

Windows 11 Fixer is a handy tweaker for Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system. The program includes tweaks for major usability issues in the operating system and makes these easy to apply thanks to its well-designed interface.

Other tweakers for Windows 11, such as ThisIsWin11, offer more options and tweaks. These may not be as easy to use because of the number of tweaks, but at least some users may prefer these programs because of the additional options they come with. Another reason for not choosing Windows 11 Fixer is the file size of the archive.  Still, it may be worth a short, especially if you don't mind the size or need to apply one of the tweaks that other tweakers may not offer.

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  1. Toon Van Daele said on December 11, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    ThisIsWin 11 gets 8 flags on VirusTotal (!)
    Better be careful…

  2. Dumbledalf said on December 6, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Most of the changes I’ve done without this tool, the only significant ones that I see here are:

    – taskbar location
    – right click menu type

    For both I’ve left them as they are in Windows 11 and I believe in the future Microsoft will fix things up, I’m not a fanboy, I just know if they want Windows 11 to be well adopted, they need to fix what people are complaining about.

    I’m more curious about these new right click menus that they are trying to implement. How come the old ones look so thin and why are the new ones so unfinished and useless? How long will it take for Microsoft to achieve a decent level of consistency across the UI?

    For me Windows has only been getting worse in terms of Graphical User Experience since the inception of Windows 8. Windows 7 was the last version of Windows where everything just felt right and it was also pretty.

    Windows 8 and Windows 10 were very ugly with their flat and rectangular style, but I’m really happy that Windows 11 brings back rounded corners, more transparency and depth to the GUX, but it needs A LOT of work before it becomes something to be praised, now it can only be criticized, it feels like a game on Steam in Early Access where the developers have no idea what they are doing and are completely oblivious on what their players want.

    1. ULBoom said on December 7, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      The interface has never been completely consistent, maybe if you go back to Win 3.1 it was but that didn’t have the curated amazing awesome modern experience, most of which I turn off.

      After NT 3.51, Windows got mushier and mushier as the OS was progressively buried under glop.

    2. Yuliya said on December 7, 2021 at 5:14 am

      >How come the old ones look so thin
      They aren’t. It’s really an illusion, here is a mockup of the Win10 context menu:
      Note how the “Refresh” item is highlighted, however, on the right side it also has a thinner line in the middle as well. It is nothing too fancy, especially if you consider the highlight effect is opaque, so it can be anything you want it, including the same colour as the actual menu flyout and with a thin line in the centre. You can easily spot this if you keep animations enabled and click on Refresh. Pay attention on how the highlighted Refresh item fades, it’s not only the blue line, but it’s the whole highlighted box, just like in W10.

      >and why are the new ones so unfinished and useless
      Breaks compatibility with lots of programs which maybe will never receive an update for W11’s context menus, forcing people to use Microsoft’s built-in tools. But maybe I’m wrong on this one.

  3. omicrosoft said on December 6, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Only real and working Windows 8/10/11 fix is to use another OS.
    Windows is never gonna get fixed. And it is not free. Pay for pain.

  4. Rico said on December 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    ThisIsWin11 actually seems to be the most comprehensive tool of its kind.
    So why should I use the mentioned app…..?
    Just to download the first one? No,thanks!

    Winaero Tweaker is nice too, but not useful for debloating which can also be done with ThisIsWin11

    1. MelindaBezos said on December 6, 2021 at 11:16 pm

      Microsoft continues to destroy Windows. Its time someone at Microsoft fires every single person making these dumb decisions. We shouldn’t have to use ton of third-party tools to make Windows useable. This makes me appreciate Windows 7 more than ever now.

      I suggest StartAllBack, it fixes all Microsoft’s stupid decisions, it even restores control panel applets. Microsoft needs skilled developers like Tihiy and Sergey Tkachenko. There is truly no talent left at Microsoft.

      1. Software tester said on December 7, 2021 at 11:35 am

        Microsoft’s primary problem is its CEO who doesn’t know the job and those who mislead him, the fact that only 10% of Microsoft’s total revenue comes from Windows.That’s why they said Windows 10 is the last operating system.But they could not leave the world market, which they spread with the support of the state, whenever they wanted.Windows 10 was retired before it could get out of Beta
        Microsoft failed after Windows 7

  5. Trey said on December 6, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    @ Yuliya

    How about if they offered a version with and without .NET5. Would that make you happy? Somehow I doubt it.

    1. Yuliya said on December 7, 2021 at 4:51 am

      I guess it would be a middle ground. Ideally you would instruct the user to download the latest version of that dependency by themselves. It sucks, but there’s a chance they already have it installed. However it beats making the whole package three hundred times bigger! This is just silly.

  6. Yuliya said on December 6, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    > 208 KB
    >This is the first release of Windows 11 Fixer.

    > 58.7 MB Added two new programs to download through recommended software section.
    >Packaged release to include .net Core 5.0 so that it isn’t required to be install on PC.

    Do yourselves a favour and learn to use regedit.

    1. John G. said on December 6, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      Shouldn’t be better to install Net Desktop Runtime 6.0 instead instead 5.0? :[

      1. Yuliya said on December 7, 2021 at 4:52 am

        I guess. From Microsoft’s pov .NET 6 superseeds .NET 5.

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