Adjusting the Start menu, taskbar, and system tray is now possible in Windows 11 following a new update that introduces several group policies.
At the moment, several group policies are only supported in the latest version of Windows 11 (Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22610) for users of the software giant’s Dev and Beta channels.
While IT administrators can configure Microsoft’s new Group Policies locally by opening the Group Policy Editor and heading to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar, they can also be deployed at remotely through Microsoft Endpoint Manager using a profile with custom settings in Intune.
A simplified Windows 11 experience
In a recent Windows Insider blog post, the software giant explained that these new policies will allow IT admins to “simplify their Windows 11 experience through Start, Taskbar, and System Tray.”
New MDM and group policies introduced by Microsoft include Disable quick settings drop-down menu, Disable notification center and calendar flyouts, Disable all taskbar settings, Disable search (in Start menu and taskbar), Hide task view on taskbar, Block customization of “Pinned” in Start, Hide “Recommended” in Start, Disable Start context menus, and Hide “All apps” in Start.
In addition to helping IT admins simplify their Windows 11 experience, the company’s latest Insider Preview also includes a number of changes and fixes for known issues. For starters, Microsoft has updated the Family Safety widget with a new location sharing view to show where family members are using the app.
Another big change in this latest version of Windows 11 is the fact that the aging SMB1 (Server Message Block) file sharing protocol is now disabled by default. However, for companies that still need to use SMB1 to connect to older devices, Microsoft plans to provide an unsupported out-of-band installer package.