Windows 11 comes with a new recommendations feature for settings, services

Windows 11 power settings

Windows 11 offers a lot of compelling features, including a new
Start menu, notification center, and improved Windows Settings
app. However, some of its default settings may not provide you
with the best performance and it’s likely that you’ll play with
the default configurations.

If you make unrecommended modifications to Windows 11, a new
notification will now appear within the Settings app suggesting
you to revert the changes.

For example, you can change default power settings to stop the
screen from turning off altogether. Windows allows users to
select different preferences for when the device is using the
battery power and when it’s plugged into a power source. If you
set either of the settings to “never”, the following
notifications will appear:

  • The screen is set to never turn off, which uses more power.
  • Sleep is set to Never, which uses more power.

Windows Settings alerts

These alerts will include an action button, allowing you to
switch back to the recommended settings. That means you can
click on the action button to turn off the “Never” option for
screen and sleep settings.

It’s worth noting that the desktops only have the plugged-in
option for screen timeout, while devices with a battery will
have access to two screen timeout options: battery and
plugged-in.

The recommendations won’t be limited to Windows 11’s native
settings. For instance, the Settings app can also show a
reminder when your Microsoft 365 subscription is about to
expire. As you can see in the below screenshot, Microsoft 365
alerts will appear within the homepage of the Settings app.

Microsoft 365 alert in Settings app

“Microsoft 365 is expiring soon. Turn on billing to keep your
subscription,” the alert reads, and it includes a new action
button that lets you renew the subscription or enable recurring
billing.

Storage health recommendation

Windows 11 also comes with a built-in feature that will warn
users if their NVMe SSD drive is plagued with hardware issues.
The notification will prepare users for the worst and give you
enough time to copy the data to another drive or cloud storage.

For the time being, this feature is designed to work with NVMe
solid-state drives only, but it’s possible that Microsoft will
add support for more drives in future.

The warning will appear via both the Settings app and
notifications center, and it will recommend users to back up
any data on the SSD for obvious reasons. The notification will
open the disk management panel in Settings, which will include
more detailed information on the storage drive’s health.

In addition to these quality improvements,
Windows 11 Settings app also comes with new features from
Control Panel and support for advanced personalization
controls.

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