How to move Windows 11 Start menu to the left

Windows 11 was launched by Microsoft in October 2021 and it is slowly being adopted by the users. The user interface has been slightly redesigned and the new OS (Operating System) has some additional hardware requirements (you can quickly check the compatibility of your computer using Microsoft Health Check). One of the most noticeable user interface change is the new location of the taskbar including the Start menu. By default the taskbar is now centered at the bottom of the screen. We are going to see in this small tutorial how to move it back to the location it had with Windows 10.

Windows 11 Taskbar

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List of Windows 11 supported processors

Microsoft Windows 11 was released in October 2021 as a free upgrade to Windows 10. Due to security considerations, the new operating system has higher hardware requirements than its predecessor. For your convenience, we have included a list of processors that meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 in the following tables:

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How to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11

Windows 11 was launched by Microsoft in October 2021 as a free upgrade to Windows 10. I had recently purchased a second hand Acer PC with Windows 10 and I had upgraded some of its components (RAM and SSD). I was curious about Windows 11 so I decided to perform an upgrade from Windows 10 Home on this computer and I have documented the steps in this tutorial in case you want to do something similar.

Windows 11, source Microsoft
Windows 11, source Microsoft

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How to enable TPM 2.0 in the motherboard UEFI BIOS

Windows 11 has introduced new system requirement for compatible devices. One of them is that TPM 2.0 has to be enabled. TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) is an international standard designed to secure hardware and it is used by Windows 11 to improve the security against firmware and ransomware attacks. It is often disabled by default in the motherboard UEFI settings even when the computer supports it. We are going to see in this tutorial how I enabled it in order to allow my computer to pass Microsoft PC Health Check Windows 11 compatibility test.

TPM 2.0 enabled on this PC
TPM 2.0 enabled on this PC

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Check Windows 11 compatibility with Microsoft PC Health Check

Microsoft released Windows 11 in October 2021 as a free upgrade to Windows 10. It has higher hardware requirements than its predecessor in order to improve the security of compatible devices. You can quickly check if your device is compatible with Windows 11 by using Microsoft PC Health Check. We are going to see step by step in this tutorial how to download, to install and to use this program in order to check Windows 11 compatiblity.

Microsoft PC Health Check - Windows 11 compatibility check
Microsoft PC Health Check – Windows 11 compatibility check

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AMD has announced the new Ryzen 7000 CPUs

AMD unveiled its new generation of CPUs last August 29th, 2022: the Ryzen 7000 processors that are based on the new Zen 4 architecture and are made using the TSMC 5 nm FinFET lithography process.

AM5 Platform (Source AMD)
AM5 Platform (Source AMD)

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How to replace the motherboard of a computer

The computer I bought during the pandemic in 2020 had an entry level motherboard: an ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 with limited tuning options in the UEFI  BIOS. There was nothing wrong with it (after I updated its BIOS to solve some random video games issues), but I had always wanted to replace it with a model with more tuning options. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I ended purchasing a refurbished Gigabyte B450M DS3H motherboard (36€). I have documented step by step in this tutorial how I replaced the original motherboard of the computer  by the new one in case you need to do something similar.

Gigabyte B450m DS3H
Gigabyte B450m DS3H

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Updated versions of Windows 11 supported processors lists (May 12th, 2022)

Windows 11, Microsoft’s new operating system, was released last October 2021. It requires the CPU and the motherboard to include some hardware-enforced attack protections in order to improve the OS security. As a consequence, Microsoft regularly updates a list of Windows 11 supported processors on its website and it was last updated May 12th, 2022.

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