Announcing Hands-On Windows!

Posted on July 16, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 38 Comments

I’m happy to announce that I’m starting a new weekly podcast with TWiT, Hands-On Windows, with the first episode coming on July 28.

“Hands-On Windows, featuring Paul Thurrott, will help you adapt to the changes made in Windows 11,” the official description reads. “From visual tweaks to performance boosts, Hands-On Windows will show you how to get the most out of your Windows 11 PC.”

I view Hands-On Windows as a visual companion—or even alternative—to my upcoming book, Windows 11 Field Guide. New episodes will appear every Thursday, and each should be short (roughly 10-15 minutes, I think) and easily consumed, with actionable information to improve your Windows 11 experience. I’ve recorded the first three episodes already—What’s new in Windows 11, What’s wrong with Windows 11, and Multitasking—but haven’t helped edit them yet. (The first two might be a bit longer than usual.)

Hands-On Windows is an ad-free Club TWiT exclusive podcast. You can join Club TWiT for $7 a month and get everything the club offers or just get the podcast ad-free for $2.99 a month. You can also get the ad-free audio versions for $2.99 a month on Apple Podcasts.

You can learn more on TWiT.

To be clear, I am continuing with Windows Weekly as well.

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Comments (38)

38 responses to “Announcing Hands-On Windows!”

  1. markbyrn

    Look forward to it.

  2. JimP

    Sounds promising. I set a reminder in my calendar for July 28.

  3. SherlockHolmes

    I think the timing for this is a little off since everything gets more and more expensive. And I honestly dont think that the audience wont be that big because Windows 11 is so badly adopted.

    • Paul Thurrott

      I can't imagine anyone will join Club TWiT for this one podcast. But it's a much broader membership and is very much worth it overall.

    • Donte

      Looking at the June Steam hardware survey Windows 10 is at 71% and Windows 11 is at 21%. Not bad for an OS 9 months.


      My sons HP laptop for college arrived last Friday, with Windows 11. I imagine that 99% or more of all new Windows computers are the same.

  4. Pgiftos

    Looking forward to the show. Yes, I pay for a TWIT membership. I listen and/or watch several of their shows.

  5. navarac

    PS, I DO realise that Paul, and others, need to make a self-employed living BTW, and I do subscribe to Thurrot.com. That's all though. Another $84 a year to learn about the specifics of W11? Nah! As for Twit - I download the videos, using 'video downloader', and fast forward through the adverts. Most are irrelevant here in the UK anyway, and probably involve MORE subscriptions!

    • irfaanwahid

      Even though I wish Paul and Twit all the best with their new ideas.. but I personally don't see a problem with ads in Podcasts. It's either fast forwarding on my Apple Podcast app by 1-2min or pay $84. I think the former is easy to come around. I live in Kenya and those ads are not even applicable here.

    • Chris_Kez

      $84 is for ad-free versions of every TWiT show, not just Hands-On Windows, plus exclusive member shows, Discord access, etc. That may not be worth $84 to you, but I just want to make sure folks are clear about what the offer is.

    • j5

      Yes, that's a tough choice. Would I want to subscribe to Thurrott.com or Twit?

      I used to be a premium subscriber to Thurrott but didn't renew because of the state of the website. I'm holding out till they've done the final upgrades to see how it is. I've been following him since the Windows XP days. I really like following Paul's take on tech. 

  6. RoHo

    Yes, I'm in the no new subscriptions mode , especially in this economy. Good luck Paul.


  7. jollytiki

    Yeah. I watch all of your Podcasts...I have room for one more!



  8. Gareth

    Tempted by the club twit

    is it £7 UK prices as well or exchange rate setup


    like most I’m thinking of cutting the bulk ie Netflix that we watch one or two shows and just concentrate on premium content that pays better like audible etc


    times are changing here in Norther Ireland as well ?

  9. merlinv

    I’ll be watching this for sure! Keep doing what you’re doing, I love the content you produce!


    I already have club TWIT no biggie there.

  10. doon

    Looking forward to it!

  11. digiguy

    Sorry, not sure I understood it. Is there a way to watch free with ads or it's paid only?

  12. Tiny

    This might be the show that finally convinces me to join TWIT. I don't mind advertisements that are integrated into the podcast. I don't much care about most of the extras: book club, interviews, discord, etc.


    One question. How long will the podcast be?

    • lwetzel

      Paul said in announcement "each should be short (roughly 10-15 minutes, I think) "

  13. dallasnorth40

    Great idea! I won't miss it.

  14. SherlockHolmes

    Looks like no Gong in this show :-P

  15. squage

    Ooh ace, looking forward to it!

  16. navarac

    ....and another subscription (and I know I'll get slated for the comment!).

    • retcable

      Not from this person. I have declared an end to subscriptions in this house, we will do no more of them. The practice has gotten completely out of hand in my opinion. I do not believe that it costs millions of dollars per month to produce, host, and deliver each individual podcast, or cost so much that a monthly fee is necessary to pay those expenses. I do not like ads any more than the next person, but surely an ad or two can provide the necessary funding for producing and hosting a podcast.

      • navarac

        Right-on. $7/month for a sub seems OK until you add them all up. It is getting out of hand, and it's time to stop as a pensioner/veteran on a fixed income that doesn't rise with times. I've stopped a lot including Office/MS 365. Libre-Office is just fine, except for, perhaps, Excel, and even LibreOffice Calc will do the trick mostly.


        I need the cash to pay for more important things than monthly subs - fuel, food and utilities for 3. I can't be the only one starting to think this way, though?

        • SherlockHolmes

          No, I think many are thinking the same right now. For me i cancelled Netflix and our germany Pay-TV Sky. Because I need the money for other things now. And I work for a government agency in Germany.

      • mikegalos

        It is amazing that we've gone from an ad basis for entertainment to paid subscriptions while simultaneously going from paying for products to getting them discounted with advertising.

    • Paul Thurrott

      If you're not interested, just don't subscribe.

      • navarac

        I'm always interested in your output, Paul. Just ... yet another sub, as I said, and no I'm off subs altogether lately. Nothing personal.

        • navarac

          PS I'd rather pay more for Thurrott.com to include the "book add-on. The $7/month-$84/year to support Twit is double the price of thurrott.com and less than a quarter the value really!


          Just saying. I know people don't like to hear the downsides, but is not meant with disrespect.

          • Paul Thurrott

            This is a textbox example of disrespectful. You're not pointing out downsides, you just keep crapping on what I'm doing. And can't seem to stop.


            Not sure why I have to explain this but...


            TWiT and BWW Media Media (which owns Thurrott.com) are two completely different companies. And my book is something I write by myself. They're not connected in any ownership or financial way at all.


            Regarding video, I wouldn't have done it without TWiT's help. It's too hard and too time-consuming. I spent months experimenting with this, and this isn't just the best option, it's not even close. I spend enough time on everything else I do. There are only so many hours.


            Again, if you don't want to subscribe, just don't. You don't have to keep telling me and everyone else about it.

            • navarac

              Obviously rattled your cage! Just unsubscribed to you as well. For fucks sake - if you don't like comments, get rid of them off the website.

              • Paul Thurrott

                I love comments. I don't appreciate repeated, unnecessary complaints about me having to make a living like everyone else.
                • rbwatson0

                  Maybe you need to start a Windows Mental Health Support Group. Call it 'Hands Over Windows'... /s

                  Geesh.

  17. smartin

    Well this is untimely. We're in the process of reviewing all of our subscriptions in the household due to the effects of Biden's, Putin's Brandon's(?) tax hikes. Now you remind me I have a Thurrott.com subscription. I'm afraid I figured out Windows 11 quite awhile ago.


    Sadly I guess it's time to say buh-bye. I really did enjoy the content while I needed it. I hope you don't get hit too hard in the new economy.