The 7 Best Registry Hacks for Windows 11

Windows 11 isn’t perfect out of the box — no software is. Tweaking it to personalize it can be the difference between an acceptable user experience and a great one. Here are some of our favorite registry hacks for Windows 11 that you should try.

Warning: All of these hacks, by their nature, require you to edit the Windows Registry. Removing or modifying the wrong thing can make your computer unpleasant to use, unstable, or even completely unusable. Proceed with caution. Before making any changes to the registry, you should familiarize yourself with the basics of the Windows registry and Registry Editor (RegEdit) before proceeding. (Or use our downloadable registry hacks, which eliminate the risk of making a mistake when editing the registry.)

Restore original right-click context menu

Windows 11 has significantly changed the context menu. It might even be the biggest overhaul between Windows versions since the feature was introduced.

Not everyone likes it – changing classic functions like copy, paste and rename text options to pictograms after several decades has been met with mixed reviews.

However, a quick registry hack can cause it to revert to the old right-click context menu.

RELATED: How to Recover Old Context Menus in Windows 11

Add applications to the context menu

If you have an app that you access all the time, or just want in the context menu, there is also a registry hack for that. This tweak pairs extremely well with the previous one, as apps you add using this registry hack appear in the “Show more options” submenu in Windows 11.

To note: Applications on your system PATH can be added by simply typing the name of the executable.

RELATED: How to Add Any Application to Windows Desktop Context Menu

Change taskbar size

Three Windows 11 taskbar sizes

You can resize the taskbar by changing the scaling your whole UI, but it also affects the size of icons and text. What if you want to change the taskbar size without changing everything else on your system?

Again, there is a registry hack for this. You can make your taskbar bigger or smaller by changing a single value.

RELATED: How to make your taskbar bigger or smaller in Windows 11

Move taskbar

The Windows 11 taskbar at the top of the screen.

The taskbar is traditionally located at the bottom of the screen, but since there are taskbars, people have wanted to reposition them.

Windows 11 doesn’t support moving the taskbar at all: you can change the location of the Start button from the left side of the screen to the middle, but that’s the extent of your customization options.

Fortunately, you can still move the taskbar to the top of the screen with a registry hack. Unfortunately, you can’t move it to the left or right of the screen without third-party programs, despite compelling reasons to allow it. There is an entry in the Windows registry that should allow the taskbar to be positioned on the left or right of the screen, but it doesn’t work.

RELATED: How to move the Windows 11 taskbar to the top of the screen

Disable lock screen

Windows 11 lock screen.

The The lock screen can display custom images or images from Windows Spotlight – it’s a nice way to personalize your PC, but what if you don’t want it at all? The lock screen requires an extra click or key press before you can log into your PC.

We have the registry hack for you if you want to be able to enter your PIN or password immediately. Setting “NoLockScreen” to 1 will disable the lock screen entirely. You can edit the registry yourself or use the included REG files.

RELATED: How to Disable Lock Screen on Windows 10 or Windows 11

Remove Bing from the start menu

Remove Bing search from the start menu.

The Start menu incorporates an extremely practical search function. You don’t even have to type in the search bar, you can just open the start menu, start typing, and wham – you’re looking for your Windows PC.

Of course, the vast majority of the time you use the search function, you’re only looking for local content, so why are there so many extra Bing results cluttering things up?

Don’t worry, you can permanently kick Bing out of your Start menu with a registry hack. Just set “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions” to 1 and you won’t get online results anymore.

RELATED: How to Disable Bing in Windows 10 Start Menu

Remove Action and Notification Center

A red "X" on the notification center.

Windows 11 drastically changed some of Windows’ most common user interface elements. The Context Menu, Start Menu, Taskbar, Settings app, and Action and Notification Centers have all been reworked.

Maybe you don’t want a big popup with all your notifications on the side of your screen, maybe you just don’t like the way it looks. Whatever the reason, you can disable action and notification center with a registry hack .

To note: This will remove the ability to control Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or audio settings on your computer without accessing the Settings app.

RELATED: How to Disable Action Center in Windows 10

Hide “Requirements Not Met” Message (Initiate Only)

Windows 11 has pretty strict hardware requirements – they’ve been controversial since the time they were announced. The situation has been further complicated by the fact that Microsoft has changed the hardware requirements several times since the release of Windows 11.

In March 2022, a message appeared in Windows 11 Insider Previews warn users that their computer doesn’t meet Windows 11 hardware requirements. It hasn’t made its way to everyone (yet), but it probably will at some point. As of May 2022, the message can be easily disabled with a quick registry hack.

RELATED: How to Hide “Requirements Not Met” on Windows 11

Windows 11 doesn’t have as many fun or handy registry hacks as Windows 10, but it’s also a lot newer. As Microsoft continues to tweak and update Windows 11, chances are new registry hacks will appear.

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