Windows 11 Advanced Features for users

The advanced menu of Windows 11 is a set of tools complementary to the classic start menu of the operating system, which offers great possibilities for users or professionals. Microsoft is preparing a new redesign of the start menu as one of the many novelties for the launch of the next version of the operating system, Windows 11 Anniversary, confirmation of the constant update of the system and not only in security patches but in support for new technologies, updating of tools and integrated applications, as well as the addition of new features. Microsoft removed the start menu in the new Windows 8 interface, Modern UI, after being present from Windows 95. Microsoft re-implemented it by popular request in Windows 8.1 and improved it in Windows 11 and its successive updates.  Next to the start menu, the system offers another advanced menu that offers shortcuts to some of the most important operating system tools. A menu especially aimed at advanced and professional users whose components we will review in this post.

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Windows 11 advanced menu tools

To activate the advanced Windows 11 menu, press the right mouse button on the start button and use the WIN + X key combination.

Programs and characteristics

A new control panel with the latest version of adding or removing programs and providing quick access to two important interfaces: The ability to add, modify or delete existing desktop styles and the activation/deactivation of Windows features, which helps configure some advanced Windows features like IIS, Hyper-V or PowerShell. The installed updates interface can also be accessed, allowing you to view and uninstall installed updates through Windows Update.

Energy options

This control panel is almost the same as Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 but with much faster access in the case of desktop PCs. On laptops, access is seen through the icon of the active power system in the taskbar.

Event Viewer

This Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is an administrative utility that helps you find and troubleshoot Windows and applications, including blue screens and other problems.


This is the classic control panel of all Windows. It provides a wide range of information about the PC, including Windows edition, Windows Experience Index, processor, RAM, system type, touch capabilities, and activation status. It also provides a front-end for numerous system-level utilities including device manager, remote configuration, advanced system configuration or Windows Update.

Device administrator

Another classic MMC interface since it is one of the oldest utilities in Windows. The Device Manager identifies each of the hardware components of the PC and shows status and controller assigned to the naked eye. It is one of the first places that any user will visit after installing Windows to ensure that all hardware devices and peripherals are configured correctly.

Network connections

One of the functions added to those included in Windows is the one destined to networks, with direct access for the management of the connections available in a computer, Ethernet LAN or wireless networks.

Disk Management

Another classic MMC interface that shows the mass storage units connected to the computer and provides tools to change drive letters, formatting, declining or growing partitions, and the like. The disk manager may seem old fashioned but also offers modern Windows features such as the ability to create virtual hard drives VHDs.

Team management

Another Microsoft Management Console (MMC) of the old school, a container for several other instruments and that could be considered as the spiritual predecessor of the new user menu that we are analyzing. It includes access to the task scheduler, event viewer, shared folders, local users and groups, performance, services and device or disk manager.

Symbol of the system

Access to the classic DOS-style command-line interface, which allows a user to instruct the system through a simple line of text.

Command Prompt (Administrator)

A version of this Windows console but at the administrator level, which allows you to complete any task, order or instruction not only at the user level.

Task Manager

The classic utility also used primarily to stop hanging tasks, view performance data and, in Windows 8, prevent the automatic launch of applications and utilities at startup.

Control Panel

Classic and essential, it is still very necessary in Windows 11, because many of the configurable features it contains are not available anywhere else. With a few exceptions, the control panel looks and works exactly the same as in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

File Browser

Another classic tool that has been renewed in Windows 11 to provide it with maximum functionality. New icons or the presence of Ribbon, the ‘Scenic UI’ tape type interface created and released by the Office 2007 office suite.


The classic search tool is the only menu tool with a Modern UI style (old Metro) and not with the desktop version.


Another of the classic tools also accessible from WINKEY + R

Turn off or log off

Another novelty regarding the advanced menu of Windows 8, offers shortcuts to close the current session of the system, shut down or restart the computer.


This item works identically to write WINKEY + D. If you are viewing the desktop, all open applications and windows are minimized to the taskbar. If you are in Metro mode, the classic desktop and open applications and windows will not be minimized.

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