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Windows 11 22H2 was just released, and with it comes a new security feature called Enhanced Phishing Protection that warns users when they enter their Windows password in insecure applications or on websites.

Windows login credentials are valuable to threat actors as they allow them to access internal corporate networks for data theft or ransomware attacks.

These passwords are commonly acquired through phishing attacks or by users saving their passwords in insecure applications, such as word processors, text editors, and spreadsheets.

In some cases, simply typing your password in a phishing login form, and not submitting them, is enough for them to be stolen by threat actors.

To combat this behavior, Microsoft introduced a new feature called 'Enhanced Phishing Protection' that warns users when they enter their Windows password on a website or enter it into an insecure application.

"SmartScreen identifies and protects against corporate password entry on reported phishing sites or apps connecting to phishing sites, password reuse on any app or site, and passwords typed into Notepad, Wordpad, or Microsoft 365 apps," explains Microsoft Security Product Manager Sinclaire Hamilton.

"IT admins can configure for which scenarios end users see warnings through CSP/MDM or Group Policy."

This new feature is only available in Windows 11 22H2 at this time, and it is not enabled by default. It also requires you to log into Windows with your Windows password rather than use Windows Hello.

So if you use a PIN to log in to Windows, this feature will not work.

When enabled, Microsoft will detect when you enter your Windows password and then issue a warning prompting you to remove the password from an insecure file or, if entered on a site, to change your Windows password.


Alert when entering Windows passwords in an insecure application

How to enable Enhanced Phishing Protection

While Windows 11 22H2 has Phishing protection enabled by default, the options to protect your passwords are disabled.

To enable these options, go to Start > Settings > Privacy & Security > Windows Security > App & Browser Control > Reputation-based protection settings.

Under the Phishing protection section, you will see two new options labeled 'Warn me about password reuse' and 'Warn me about unsafe password storage.'

When enabled, the 'Warn me about password reuse' option will cause an alert to be displayed when you enter your Windows password on a website, whether it's a phishing site or a legitimate site.

The 'Warn me about unsafe password storage' option will warn you when you type your password into an application like Notepad, Wordpad, and Microsoft Office and then press enter.

To protect your passwords, put a checkmark in both options to enable them, as shown in the image below. When you enable each option, Windows 11 will display a UAC prompt, which you should accept.


Enabling password protection in Windows 11 22H2 Source: BleepingComputer

BleepingComputer created a test account on our Windows 11 22H2 device and entered our password into Notepad to test this feature.

As you can see below, once we typed the password and pressed enter, Windows 11 displayed a warning stating, "It's unsafe to store your password in this app," and recommended we remove it from the file.


Windows 11 warning when you enter your password in Notepad Source: BleepingComputer

We also tested this feature in other applications, such as WordPad, Microsoft Word 2019, Excel 2019, OneNote, and Notepad2. We were not able to test this in Microsoft 365, which Microsoft claims is supported by the feature.

While Windows 11 warned us about our password in WordPad and Microsoft Word, it surprisingly did not warn us when typing it into Excel, OneNote, and Notepad2, which should be fixed.

This is especially true for Microsoft Excel, as it's known to be used to create password lists.

We also tested the password reuse feature by trying to log in to Twitter with our Windows password using Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Once we entered our password, Windows 11 displayed the following alert warning us to change our Windows password.


Windows 11 warning about password reuse on a website Source: BleepingComputer

However, the Enhanced Phishing Protection feature did not work when testing Mozilla Firefox.

Overall, this is an excellent new security feature for Windows users, and it is strongly recommended that you use it to protect yourself from phishing attacks and from saving your passwords in insecure files.

However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, with Microsoft needing to expand the security feature to support more browsers and applications.

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A new simple hack lets you enable File Explorer tabs on Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621!

For quite a few months, Microsoft has been working on File Explorer tabs support in Windows 11. While the feature is not live yet, a search for tabs within the code revealed that the tabs support is already present in the production builds but is hidden at the moment.

We know that support for tabs in File Explorer is one of the most anticipated features on Windows, especially on the latest versions of Windows. Microsoft’s first attempt to enable the feature happened in 2018 with the introduction of an interface called ‘Sets’, but this project was eventually abandoned.

In early 2022, Microsoft brought tabs in File Explorer as part of the Windows Insider program and users can officially try it in Build 22622 or newer. Tabs support is not enabled by default in Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621 (production) as the company is taking its time to make sure everything is working exactly as expected.

File Explorer tabs have therefore been hidden inside the production builds and only users who have the enablement package (Build 22622) installed have actually been provided with access to tabs, with everybody else told to wait until at least October.

Enable File Explorer tabs in Windows 11 Build 22621 (22H2)

To enable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11 Build 22621.xxx, follow these steps:

   1. Download ViveTool from Github.

   2. Double-click the ViveTool.zip and extract it to Downloads or any folder of your choice.

   3. Copy the extracted folder’s path.

   4. Open Search and look for Command Prompt.

   5. Select Command Prompt and tap on the “Run as administrator” option.



   6. In Command Prompt, type cd and paste the path you copied earlier. In our case, it is cd C:\users\username\downloads\ViveTool-v0.3.1

In Command Prompt, type the following commands one by one:

   • vivetool /enable /id:39145991

   • vivetool /enable /id:37634385

   • vivetool /enable /id:36354489

Once done, restart the device.



You’ll notice that tabs are now working in File Explorer. You can create a new tab by clicking on the + icon or from the context menu. You can also drag and drop tabs to change their position.



This feature will be enabled by default in October, but there’s no ETA as to when the tabs could go live for all users in October. Windows 11’s enablement package-based features generally don’t have a specific release date.

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Windows 11 | 10 Builds / Nvidia confirms Windows 11 22H2 is causing performance issues
« Last post by javajolt on September 25, 2022, 03:47:54 PM »
Windows 11 22H2 has an issue with Nvidia GeForce cards, the chip maker confirmed in a statement and promised that it’s working on a fix. In some cases, Windows 11 22H2 could cause BSOD, result in lower FPS and have a substantial performance impact on some systems, according to reports on Reddit and Feedback Hub.

Nvidia spokesperson confirmed the chip maker is aware that users may see a performance impact on certain games when using the initial release of Windows 11 22H2 on systems powered by GeForce cards. Nvidia and Microsoft have identified issues with new “graphics debugging tools” added with Windows 11 22H2.

The companies are working closely to release driver updates that should fully address performance issues with games. Nvidia said the Windows 11 22H2 feature is accidentally getting turned on and results in performance problems, particularly lower frame rates in some games.

Thankfully, a fix is already rolling out and it’s available in beta from Nvidia’s website. Here’s the full changelog of the update:

   • Fixed issues with the in-game overlay for games such as Farming Simulator 22, Cyberpunk 2077, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, and F1 2021.

   • Fixed issues with desktop notification for rewards.

   • Fixed an issue where Alt+F12 hotkey was unusable in other apps.

   • Fixed an issue where performance overlay resets to Basic after a system reboot or starting.

   • Fixed an issue where the system restarts automatically after self-update.

It goes without saying that this is a nasty bug for early adopters of Windows 11 22H2 and it’s gamers who are mostly going to suffer here. Performance could also be lower in video editing apps, but a drop of just a few percent in apps won’t be noticeable.

On the other hand, a system slowdown in a competitive online game could be frustrating for many users.

Delay Windows 11 22H2 for now

We’ll repeat our previous advice – it’s always better to delay massive updates like Windows 11 version 22H2 for at least a month. Although the feature updates are tested by users, it’ll always take some time to iron out unnoticed bugs.

Windows Insider Program is huge and thousands of users submit their feedback, but critical rare bugs often get lost in the sea of other feedback.

If you’re on Windows 10 or Windows 11 version 21H2, you’re likely best off waiting until next month at least. It’s better to wait until the October patching is done – and then tested by users to make sure it doesn’t break anything else. Remember, Windows Updates fixes are known for collateral damage.

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Windows 11 hasn’t been with us very long, but you’ve probably seen reports that Microsoft is already working on its successor, Windows 12.

While there aren’t any screenshots, or anything else, to view of Windows 12 just yet, we asked an AI text-to-image tool to give us its take on what the future operating system might look like.

There are a number of AI-powered text-to-image generators either available to use now or coming shortly. The best known of these is DALL-E 2, but there are others like Stable Diffusion, Google’s Imagen, and even TikTok is starting to offer a rudimentary AI green screen effect.

For our experiment, we used Midjourney which runs through a Discord server. We asked it to first create an image of "Windows 12" and then tailored our request to produce a screen-shaped Windows 12 wallpaper, the results of which we then upscaled.

The images are obviously inspired by both Windows 10 and Windows 11, so the wallpaper will look at home on either of those operating systems or older.

You can download the wallpapers below. Just click on any of the images to open a full, 4K resolution version.



















Download all 10 Wallpapers here

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Generating checksums—cryptographic hashes such as MD5 or SHA-256 functions for files is hardly anything new and one of the most efficient means to ascertain the integrity of a file, or to check if two files are identical.

However, generating a file containing its own checksum as part of its content is a task quite daunting, if not seemingly impossible due to a paradox involved in the process.

That has not stopped a researcher from creating a PNG image that contains the file's MD5 checksum, visible within the matrix of pixels that make up the image.

A leet image with a 1337 hash

Reverse engineer and researcher David Buchanan have yet again left everyone surprised after sharing an image on Twitter that contains its own hash.

BleepingComputer confirmed the checksum of the image in question is 1337e2ef42b9bee8de06a4d223a51337, which are the characters displayed vertically within the image itself.

Note: The image embedded below has been compressed and as such lost this properly. Readers can attempt the experiment with the original image shared by the researcher. For redundancy, we have preserved the original image:


Preview of the image that displays its own MD5 hash within pixels (David Buchanan)

A checksum is a smaller-sized chunk of data, or even a digit, derived from another set of digital data as a means to detect errors or data corruption that may have occurred. The idea is that any minor change happening to the original file or piece of data will alter its checksum indicating that the integrity of the data is now void.

Most digital technologies of the times make use of cryptographic hash functions — like MD5, SHA1, SHA256, or so to generate checksums of files fairly quickly.

For any file you may have or create, you can trivially calculate its MD5 checksum on your PC/Mac, or another device. And, the slightest change to the file's contents even by a character or pixel will drastically change its checksum. You can practice this by recalculating your altered file's checksum.

This makes the inclusion of a file's checksum within its content by ordinary means a scenario that is quite paradoxical.

You need the checksum or hash of a file first to include this information within the content of the file itself. But doing so by editing or altering the file will effectively change the file's checksum, therefore making this practice seem impossible.

But, reacting to a 2013 challenge posted by security researcher 0xabad1dea ('a bad idea'), Buchanan solved the puzzle this week by creating such a file.



"The image in this tweet displays its own MD5 hash," tweets Buchanan.

"You can download and hash it yourself, and it should still match - 1337e2ef42b9bee8de06a4d223a51337"

"I think this is the first PNG/MD5 hashquine."

Hashquines: files containing their own checksums

What Buchanan essentially created is colloquially called a "Hashquine," a term coined in 2017 by hardware and software enthusiast, foone to refer to files that show their own hash.

The same year, Google security engineers, known as spq and Ange Albertini successfully demonstrated the concept by respectively generating GIF and Postscript files that displayed their own hash as part of the file's contents:


A GIF with animated frames displaying the file's MD5 hash (spq)

Another researcher Rogdham later provided "GIF-MD5-hashquine" source code on GitHub, enabling just about anyone to generate such GIFs while using MD5 as the choice of hash.

What Buchanan has demonstrated today, however, essentially makes the MD5 hashquine technique possible for PNG files.

"I think I first became aware of hashquines after seeing spq's GIF hashquine in 2017," Buchanan told BleepingComputer in an email interview.

"Ever since, I wanted to make a PNG hashquine. I thought about it for a while, but couldn't figure it out - the same tricks used for the GIF file format can't be directly applied to PNG."

Since then, the researcher worked on several projects involving PNG images.

In 2021, Buchanan produced a mysterious image that looked very different on Apple and non-Apple devices, as first reported by BleepingComputer.

Prior to this, the researcher demonstrated using Twitter images to pack entire ZIP archives and MP3 files.

"Through these, I learned a lot more about the gory details of the PNG file format, and also the limits of how badly you can mangle an image before Twitter won't let you upload it."

And it seems the researcher has figured out creating a perfect PNG-MD5 hashquine that Twitter won't block or alter—for now anyway.

"Armed with my improved knowledge of the PNG file format, and a much faster PC than I had in 2017, I finally figured out a viable method."

Buchanan has shared a detailed technical breakdown in a Twitter thread on how he was able to land on his hashquine, and it has to do with leveraging hash collisions:



"Most (all?) existing hashquines rely on collisions to change the boundaries of different sections within the file. I couldn't think how to do this with PNG (especially while remaining twitter-compatible)," says Buchanan.

"Instead, I put all my collisions within the image data itself. Colliding blocks contain random garbage data, which would look like this:"


Collisions displayed as pixels in Buchanan's proof of concept (BleepingComputer)

In crafting a solution for this challenge, Buchanan derived a "clever PNG palette" that has 256 entries, the first being red and all others being black.

"As long as my colliding blocks don't contain any bytes that are 0, all the random garbage ends up simply as black pixels. Sometimes the colliding blocks do contain zeroes - I just keep trying again until they don't."

Another key insight the researcher shared with BleepingComputer is having to carefully design the font used to print the MD5 hash within his PNG so as to avoid "garbage bytes" resulting from a collision to flow into the next pixel, which would alter the image.

"Here's a closeup of one of the digits, you can see that there is only one red pixel per row," the researcher tells BleepingComputer.


Custom image font for PNG-MD5 hashquine (Buchanan)

"I had to carefully design the font like this because otherwise, the garbage bytes from one collision would run into the next pixel."

Pointing to the image, Buchanan further explained, "the garbage on the right side is from the digit collisions, but the garbage along the lower edge is from the collisions used to correct the adler32 checksum (the crc32 collisions are not visible, they actually occur after the end)."

 It seems it'll be a while until, much like Rogdham, Buchanan is also able to release his code for PNG-MD5 hashquines.

The researcher tells BleepingComputer he's further refining the code which at the time is "a bit of a rube goldberg machine" and potentially working on a paper.

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Windows 11 offers a seamless updates experience for most users, but, ever so occasionally, installations sometimes get a little clogged up and version 22H2 is one of the updates that is stuck for some folks. Windows 11 22H2 is not installing for some users, according to reports seen by us.

Not to worry though, it’s easy enough to sort out Windows 11 22H2 installation issues. The problem has been documented by users on Reddit, the Microsoft forum, and the company’s in-built Feedback Hub.

“My download is stuck at 0%,” a user noted. “We couldn’t install this update, but you can try again (0x8007001f),” another user added. There are similar reports all over social media, with one of the users stating “I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 Gen 8 that should have no problems running anything this OS can throw at it. but 22H2 doesn’t work”.

Usually, a stuck Windows 11 version 22H2 update is the result of a driver/software conflict, missing updates, or cached Windows Update files that cause the update service to freeze during the download itself. Even the best hardware can run into installation issues and Surface products are also affected.

Version 22H2 is another example of the company trying to minimize Windows Update issues, make the updates smaller in size, and ensure the process is as pain-free as possible, but installing updates doesn’t always run smoothly. That being said, if version 22H2 is not getting installed, you can try these fixes.

How to fix Windows 11 22H2 installation issues

Here are a few great ways that you can try to fix the installation/download problems:

Leave Windows Update untouched for a few hours: If the Windows Update is stuck, there’s a chance it’s actually not stuck and the process is simply taking longer than usual. In some cases, users were able to install Windows 11 2022 Update after letting the update run for a few hours.

You need to make sure updates really are stuck. As per reports, users successfully installed the feature update by allowing the download to run for up to 3 hours. We’d recommend waiting a couple of hours, especially with older machines. The download size is apparently close to 4GB and it may seem extreme, but installation is likely to work if you wait.

You can also run Windows’ own troubleshooter, but if it doesn’t work then you can try and delete the cached files yourself manually.

To do this, follow these steps:

   1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the C:\ Windows\ SoftwareDistribution.

   2. Delete everything.

   3. Reboot the system.

Force update using installation media

As always, if the update doesn’t show up or the update simply won’t run, you can always download Windows 11 22H2 ISO and manually run the installation.

Remember that it’s always better to wait for a month before installing a major feature update like 22H2, especially when the best features like File Explorer with tabs are coming in October.

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Windows 11 KB5017321, a mandatory update is reportedly failing to install with 0x800F0806 error. Fortunately, Microsoft is already looking into the reports, according to sources.

Windows 11 22H2 is rolling out to consumers around the world and many users have already rushed to download the feature update. Microsoft has also released Windows 11 KB5017321, a new cumulative update for version 22H2, but it seems to be failing for many users.

The update titled “2022-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 x64-based Systems (KB5017321)” (part of the greater Windows 11 2022 Update/version 22H2) fails to install due to a pretty vague error message 0x800F0806.



A number of PC owners are having trouble installing KB5017321, which fixes critical flaws in Windows 11 22H2.

“Can’t download Windows 11 KB5017321 with error code 0x800f0806. SFC and DISM scans are clear. I have even tried clearing windows update data via the help app using commands of net stop wuauserv and others. There’s no success,” one of the frustrated users noted in the Feedback Hub.



“I tried to reinstall it maybe 4-5 times – the same error,” another user noted. Some users have also run into pretty generic installation issues, including an error message that simply states “Updates Failed, There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later.”

The issue appears to be widespread and Microsoft is apparently looking into the reports, according to sources close to the Windows team.

How to fix error 0x800F0806

Users hit by one of the error messages when installing Windows 11 version 22H2 should first check for downloads on Microsoft Update Catalog. Try these easy steps to fix error 0x800F0806:

   1. Go to Microsoft Update Catalog and search for KB5017321. Or directly click here to download the .msu package.

   2. Double-click on .msu and click on next, agree to terms and conditions when asked.

   3. Click on Next and install the package.

   4. Reboot the system.

   5. Check for updates and the error won’t appear again.

If that doesn’t work, you can try these advanced steps which should help you fix the error message:

   1. Open Windows Search / Start and type Command Prompt.

   2. Select Command Prompt entry and tap on “Run as administrator”.

   3. Copy and paste it into Command Prompt: dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

   4. Wait while the command runs and finally reboot the system.

   5. Check for updates again.

If the problems remain and nothing works, you can always pause the updates and wait for a few weeks. Microsoft is expected to issue a hotfix for Windows 11 2022 Update soon, but you can also download Windows 11 22H2 ISO images and perform a fresh installation to fix the bugs.

It goes without saying that the tech giant can’t seem to push out an update without breaking something for some folks. One of the recent Windows 10 updates broke Group Policies.

Let’s hope the company takes its time fixing bugs before pushing the upgrade to everyone, which is expected sometime in late 2022.

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The release of Version 22H2 is just not about refining the basics of Windows 11. Microsoft also made sure to tap the game front of the system by introducing some relevant features and improvements, which is good news for those using their machines for PC gaming.


Windows 11 Controller Bar

Starting it is the new Controller bar, which we reported weeks ago. In this update, Windows 11 PC gamers will be able to easily and quickly access their recently played and installed games and game launchers. By simply connecting an Xbox Wireless Controller (or compatible controller) to the PC and pressing the Xbox button, the Xbox Game Bar will appear.

Another huge development in Windows 11 2022 update is the gaming graphics enhancement. Specifically, those windowed games running DirectX 10 and 11 will get better display latency, Auto HDR, and variable refresh rate, which were only possible through a full-screen mode before the update. Other present gaming features in Windows 11 are also tapped, such as the DirectX12 Ultimate. According to Microsoft, the update also introduces DirectStorage support across more storage configurations (including RAID 0) and Auto HDR support to more games.


HDR

“Along with this update, we released a new HDR Calibration app, which will enable players to improve the color accuracy and consistency of their HDR displays,” said Ashley McKissick, Corporate Vice President, Gaming Experiences & Platforms, in the blog announcing the features.


Microsoft Edge PC Gaming

Improvements in the gaming section of Windows 11 aren’t only limited to its system. In June, Microsoft also launched a new gaming homepage on Edge for easy viewing of upcoming game release dates. “The new gaming homepage gets you right to the action and allows you to earn Microsoft Rewards points as soon as you launch the browser, with personalized stories and easy access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) library, including recently played games (Xbox account required),” McKissick added.

On the other hand, Panos Panay announced in a separate post that alongside the update is the expansion of the Amazon Appstore Preview and a change dedicated to game developers. “Today, through our partnership with Amazon, we are expanding the Amazon Appstore Preview to international markets, bringing more than 20,000 Android apps and games to Windows 11 devices that meet the feature-specific hardware requirements,” said Panay. “In addition to a growing catalog of apps and games, we are also excited to share that we are moving to the next stage of the Microsoft Store Ads pilot – helping developers get content in front of the right customers.”

Prior to these announcements, Microsoft delivered some earlier updates to the Xbox app on Windows. It includes the direct integration of HowLongToBeat on the Xbox app on PC and the app’s faster launch and improved performance.

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Long gone are the days when you would have to be physically present to access a computer. What might have seemed like science fiction in the old days is a reality for the average Windows user now.

Through remote access, you can access your Windows remotely from far-off places with ease. Here, we’ll lay down the different ways you can do that. So let's get started.

How to access your Windows PC remotely on Mac

To access any computer remotely—whether through Windows, Mac, or Linux—you have to rely on a process called Remote Access. It's a reasonably straightforward method by which you can access any computer or network through a network connection.

To access your Windows computer from your Mac, you'll have to use remote access software, a special program that lets you access your PC remotely. And in 2022, there are a host of options available to do that. We’ll discuss the two handiest ones: Microsoft Remote Desktop and Team Viewer.

1. Microsoft Remote Desktop

A handy option for remote access is the Microsoft Remote Desktop. It’s the official, free remote transfer and access app from Microsoft that lets you connect to a remote PC without any hassles.

To get started with the Remote Desktop transfer, you’ll have to install the app on both of your systems. On your Mac, head to the Mac store and grab the official Remote Desktop app from there.

Similarly, on your Windows computer, head to the App Store and download the app.

Launch the app on both computers. Then, head to your Mac, launch the app, and click on Add PC.



In Add PC window, you’ll have to enter the IP address of your Windows computer. You can easily find out your Windows IP address from the Command prompt. Just head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘cmd,’ and select the best match. In the command prompt, type in 'ipconfig', and hit Enter. Look for IPv4—it will have your IP address.

Now enter this IP address in the PC name column. Moreover, if you like, you can give an apt name to your PC in the Friendly name section. Finally, click on Save.



Now, right-click on the icon of your newly saved connection from the Remote Desktop app on your Mac. The connection will start initiating a new connection and you will be able to access your Windows in no time.

However, if you can’t then you might first have to enable the Remote Desktop setting on Windows manually. Here’s how:

   1. Hit the Windows key + I to open the Windows settings.

   2. Head to System > Remote Desktop and toggle the switch for Remote Desktop.

Note that the Remote Desktop feature is only available for Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows. So if you’re running the Home edition of Windows, the Remote Desktop app from Microsoft won’t work for you. If that's the case, then the second method below is what you're looking for.

2. Team Viewer

TeamViewer is propriety remote access software first released in 2005. It’s your one-stop solution to access computers and networks remotely through other computers or laptops.

A lot of new additions have been made to the software since it was first released in 2005. For instance, you can not only see the remote screen from the endpoint but also share and receive different files from both computers.

To set up remote access on your PC through the TeamViewer app, first head to the official website of TeamViewer and download the app from there. Do this for both your Mac and Windows.

Now launch the app on both of your systems. On your Mac, in the Control Remote Computer section, enter the ID of your Windows computer in the section of the partner ID of your PC, and click on Connect.



As soon as you do this, the app will then start connecting and authenticating a new connection.

A new dialog box will pop open, asking for the password on your Windows PC. Enter the password and click on Log on.

That’s it, your Mac will get access to the Windows PC instantly. This is what it will look like:



Anything that you do through this remote window—deleting the files, opening a browser, and so on—will take place in real-time on your Windows PC.

To close the session, simply click on the Close[X] icon in the bottom right corner of your TeamViewer app.

Using the Windows PC through your Mac

There are a host of reasons you might want to access the Windows PC through your Mac. Whether you have to troubleshoot the home PC from your office, or you simply want to collaborate with your colleagues, accessing your PC remotely through different operating systems like Mac is a real choice for almost all Windows users now, thanks to handy remote access apps out there. Team Viewer and Microsoft Remote Desktop are some of the best ones out there, but they aren’t the only ones for sure.

If remote accessing is a long-term setup for you, then make sure you only choose from the best ones out there.

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How to disable Bing Search on Windows 11 until a new update fixes it

Here's how to disable Bing Search on Windows 11

Use Group Policy Editor

1. Click the Start menu and type gpedit.msc.

2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.

3. Double-click the policy named "Do not allow web search" and "Don't search the web or display web results in Search."

4. Set both policies to Enabled. Click Apply and OK to enable the new policies

5. Close Local Group Policy Editor when finished.

Use Windows Registry

1. Click Start and type regedit. Accept the User Account Control (UAC) prompt that is displayed.

2. Navigate to the following location: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

3. Right-click Search and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Name the new DWORD value "BingSearchEnabled"

5. Double-click the new DWORD BingSearchEnabled and set the data to 0 and click OK.

6. Close the Windows Registry when finished and restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

When you search your PC, in addition to getting local results, you also get web-based results powered by Bing Search on Windows 11. But there doesn't seem to be an easy way to disable Bing on Windows 11 if you don't want web-based results.

Microsoft introduced Bing's web search functionality on Windows 10 and has kept this feature on Windows 11 too. Most Windows 11 users see web search on your PC as a way for Microsoft to promote its Bing search engine, but it isn't something that holds much value when you are searching for files that are on your PC.

Disable Bing Search on Windows 11

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't provide an option in Settings to turn off Bing Search. You can turn off both options in Cloud content search in Windows Settings.



But, that doesn't stop your PC from still displaying web-based search results. Instead, you need to make an edit to the Local Group Policy Editor and Windows Registry. Here's what you need to do.

Disable Bing Search via Local Group Policy Editor

Here's how to disable Bing Search on Windows 11 using the Local Group Policy Editor.

1. Click the Start menu and type gpedit.msc.



2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search in the left pane. You need to enable two policies "Do not allow web search" and "Don't search the web or display web results in Search."



3a. Double-click the policy named "Do not allow web search." Set the policy to Enabled and click Apply and then click OK.



3b. Double-click the policy named "Don't search the web or display web results in Search." Set the policy to Enabled and click Apply and then click OK.



4. Restart your PC to apply the changes you made.

It is possible to still see web-based results after making this change in Local Group Policy Editor. If you are still seeing web-based results, you will need to make an extra edit in the Windows Registry.

Disable Bing Search via Windows Registry

Here's how to disable Bing Search using the Windows Registry.

1. Click Start and type regedit. Accept the User Account Control (UAC) prompt that is displayed.

2. Navigate to the following location: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

3. Right-click Search and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Name the new DWORD value "BingSearchEnabled"

5. Double-click the new DWORD BingSearchEnabled and set the data to 0 and click OK.

6. Close the Windows Registry when finished.

No need to restart your PC, you should see the change you made right away. Now when you search on Windows 11, Bing Search or "Search the web" will no longer be displayed. If you want to bring Bing Search back, just navigate to the abovementioned location in the Windows Registry and delete the DWORD "BingSearchEnabled."

Of course, the changes described in this guide will work for a little while, at least until Microsoft releases an update making changes like this impossible.

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