Microsoft continues to deploy Windows 11 slowly among its users. The system continues to come with a long list of limitations and missed features. We have compiled a list of issues you might face with your Windows 11 and some tips to fix them. You can read that guide here.

At the moment, upgrading to Windows 11 is optional. If you’ve already upgraded to the new operating system, then you can test some third-party apps to customize and extend the functionality of Windows 11. In this article, we will learn some ways to Personalize your Windows 11 experience with these free apps.

Personalize Windows 11

Drag and drop to the taskbar

Windows 11 does not support drag and drop in the taskbar. According to sources close to Microsoft, this feature will appear in stable builds no earlier than the second half of 2022.

Fortunately, the independent developer has created an open-source app that allows you to activate drag-and-drop support on the Windows 11 taskbar.

Download the application from the Github repository and run it.

How to Personalize Windows 11 experience with these free apps

To exit the program, click on the icon in the system tray (the icon uses the image of the actress Megan Fox in the image of mona Lisa) and select the exit option (Quit) from the menu. Alternatively, you can terminate the Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix process.exe in the Task Manager.

You can also read our recent review: Windows 11 Debloater Review: A Powerful Tool to Customize Windows 11. Windows 11 debloater is another free tool that will help you improve your experience with Windows 11.

ThisisWin11

Essentially, Windows 11 is a bit redesigned Windows 10 with a new design, so the problem of pre-installed unwanted software remains relevant to it.

How to Personalize Windows 11 experience with these free apps

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 also allows users to manually uninstall pre-installed apps using the Control Panel or the Settings app. But if you want to remove all unwanted software from your system quickly, you can try a new open-source application called ThisIsWin11. This utility allows you to configure advanced and essential functions of the operating system and disable Windows 11 features such as the integration of Microsoft Teams on the taskbar.

The app currently offers the following features:

  • Basic settings: Quickly configure basic Windows 11 settings.
  • PumpedApp: Check and optimize Windows 11 by making changes to the Power Throttling feature.
  • Bloatware: Uninstall preinstalled Windows 11 apps.
  • Quickly install apps with packages.
  • PowerClicks: Automate Windows tasks using PowerShell scripts.

You can also use the app to automate tasks, run PowerShell scripts, or install, uninstall, or reinstall apps. You can even enable Maximum Performance Mode, which requires modifying the Windows registry.

The program is available for download in the Github repository.

Start11

The recently released Start11 app helps users customize the look and feel of the Start menu and even restore the classic interface. Start11 is compatible with Windows 11 and Windows 10. The program can be used to recreate the interface from previous versions of the operating system.

How to Personalize Windows 11 experience with these free apps

With Start11, you can even get the Windows 10 Start menu from Windows 11. Start11 supports several features to customize Windows 11. For example, you can use the program to move the Start button and customize the Start Menu interface.

The app currently offers the following features:

  • Place the Start menu on the left side of the screen.
  • Activate dark mode.
  • Choose a style and theme for the Start menu. For example, you can choose the appearance of the Windows 7 Start menu.

The beta version of the Start11 program costs $4.99. In the future, the app should get new features.

The program is available for download on the Stardock website.

Lively Wallpaper

The Lively Wallpaper application has received a new code base and support for Windows 11. With this free and open-source app, you can enable dynamic desktop background in Windows 11.

How to Personalize Windows 11 experience with these free apps

Lively Wallpaper allows you to turn videos, GIFs, and HTML into Windows desktop wallpapers.

With Lively Wallpaper, you can choose the following formats as your desktop wallpaper:

  • Video
  • Web page
  • Video Streams
  • Shaders
  • GIF images

The program is available for download in the Github repository.

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