News and Interests in Windows 10: Force Activation of the Function

Microsoft has been working on a new feature for Windows for a long time: News and Interests . This function is nothing more than a new feed, anchored in the taskbar, from which we will be able to see news about our interests, the weather, sports scores and much more just by placing the mouse. Initially this was going to be one of the novelties of Windows 10 21H2. However, the new Windows 10 cumulative patch, KB5001391 , has brought this new feature to versions 2004 and 20H2 , although not all users at once.

This is a fairly common move at Microsoft. When the company brings a new feature to users, it does not reach everyone at once, but comes in waves , just like updates. In this way, the company ensures that, in the event of errors, they do not affect all users of its OS, and can correct these possible problems before bringing the feature to more users in the new wave.

News and Interests has already reached Windows 10 users who have installed the new cumulative update KB5001391. However, we may not see it on our PC yet. In case this happens, we can resort to a little trick that will allow us to activate it right now, without waiting any longer. This is what we must do.

Activate News and Interests through group policy

The first thing we will have to do is make sure that we have installed the KB5001391 patch in Windows 10 . As it is a quality patch, optional, we will have to install it by hand from Windows Update. Otherwise, we will have to wait for Patch Tuesday, May 11, for it to be installed along with the rest of the Windows patches.

If we have Windows 10 Pro installed on the computer, we will be able to activate this new feature through the local group policy editor, gpedit. To do this, what we must do is run “gpedit.msc” in the Windows 10 search bar, and scroll to the Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components section, and here we will see a “News and Interests” section. .

We double click on this feature, and we will mark it as ” Enabled “.

Clever. Now we just have to restart the computer for the changes to take effect, and when we log in to Windows again we will be able to see the News and Interests bar anchored on the right side of the taskbar.

When will everyone be activated

Although the feature has already arrived with the new cumulative update for Windows, as we have explained, it has not been activated for all users from day one. Microsoft plans to activate this feature to everyone throughout this month. A group of users will be able to see it on their systems starting on Patch Tuesday, and the rest will gradually appear throughout the month of May.

If all goes well, at the beginning of June the new “News and Interests” panel should be available to everyone without having to do anything else.

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