Tip: Restoring the Windows 11 Start menu to Windows 10

Tip: Restoring the Windows 11 Start menu to Windows 10

Windows 11 will be launched this autumn with several new features. One new feature is a new look for the start menu. No doubt, not everyone is happy with this graphical change.  

With these instructions you can convert the new start menu back to the Windows 10 look and still make the most of Windows 11.

This option has not been available since the official release of Windows 11.

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1. Open the registry as administrator

Press in the search bar: Regedit -> then select "run as administrator".

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2. Create a new value in the register Start_ShowClassicMode

In the Windows Registry, navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware_Microsoft_Windows_Registry.

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Create a new DWORD value as shown in this screen shot.
Start_ShowClassicMode
Value Data= 1

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3. Restarting in Windows 11

Restart Windows 11 by right-clicking the Windows icon and then clicking Restart.

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4. Change the task bar to Left

Right-click on taskbar and change centre to Left.

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5. Welcome back, Windows 10 look!

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Jasper

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Xavier
Xavier
9 months ago

Unfortunately, this no longer works since version 22000.65.

Maurice
Maurice
7 months ago

No, it is not. Not even after the official rollout of 11.

Gilissen
Gilissen
3 months ago

Microsoft has found out - as they so often do - that users don't want those cluttered GUI changes. And instead of accepting that they are cluttered, they force us to use it. This is like ribbons vs. menu bars. As screens get lower and wider (where menus take up less vertical space), they forced us to use those hideous and unusable ribbons. Some things I could do in Excel 2002 with 2 clicks. With ribbons in Excel 2019, it takes me at least 5 clicks to find the same functions. Those GUI tweaks is just to give people who know nothing about computers the impression that Android, iOS or Windows was completely reworked from scratch. The reality is that the same underlying crap gets a different look. Some pop-up windows for deep settings are still the same in Windows 11 as in Windows 98.

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