Partly a "note-to-self", but maybe useful to others as well: Windows comes with some default settings and behaviors that are not to everyone's liking. Here's my short list of fixes so far. Disclaimer, tinkering with Windows can break stuff, so use at your own risk! Windows 11 annoyances fixes - turn off Web search results on start menu with the group policy editor and regedit: step-by-step - disable the entire left-swipe widgets + news menu by typing winget uninstall "windows web experience pack" in an elevated cmd prompt. - disable Windows tips: go to settings > System > Notifications and disable 'get tips' all the way at the bottom. For those who don't mind paying a few bucks, Start11 fixes a whole bunch of start menu and taskbar related stuff. Stardock's been around long enough that I'd trust them to not do anything shady at this point. Bonus: fixes for Edge annoyance fixes - fastest solution: install Firefox form the windows store, or alternatively: - turn off coupons, travel tips, donations etc by going to edge://settings/privacy and toggle them off under services - turn off Edge tips by going to edge://flags and disabling "Show feature and workflow recommendations" - disable showing Bing rewards in Edge here edge://settings/profiles/rewards - avoid showing any bing/msn nonsense on your new tab page by adding 0.0.0.0 ntp.msn.com to your hosts file. If you know of any others, please post here. I'll update with more if I find any as well. Together we can make Win11 palatable!