With the just released Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a new Start menu. As you may have noticed, the new Start menu is completely different from the Start menu in Windows 10.
Start menu in Windows 11 vs. Windows 10
The new Start menu in Windows 11 uses a completely different layout. It shows pinned apps at the top and recommended and recent items appear at the bottom. In Windows 10, the Start menu shows apps (recently installed and other apps) on the left and pinned apps on the right as tiles. In addition, the Start menu in Windows 11 does not use the tile concept introduced with Windows 8.
PC users who have been using Windows 10 for years may miss the old Start menu, as the Windows 10 style Start menu was more customizable, especially the tiles and live tiles.
If you love Windows 10 Start menu and can’t live without it, you’re in luck, because it’s possible to get Windows 10 Start menu in Windows 11. All you have to do is add a DWORD value to the Windows 11 Registry.
After making the necessary changes to the registry, the Windows 10 style Start menu will appear. However, when you invoke the Start menu, either by clicking the Start button or by pressing the Windows key , the Start menu appears at the bottom left of the screen (the default location for Windows 10) when the Start button is centered (see image below). Therefore, if you want to use the Windows 10 style Start menu in Windows 11, it is better to move the Start button to the left.
Follow the instructions below to restore the Windows 10 style Start menu in Windows 11.
Restore Windows 10-style Start menu in Windows 11
NOTE: Keep in mind that you’ll need to edit the Windows registry to restore the Windows 10 style Start menu. Create a system restore point before editing the registry in case something goes wrong!
Step 1: Use Search to open the Registry Editor. Type Registry Editor and then press Enter to open the same.
Click the Yes button when the User Account Control message appears.
Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
Step 3: On the right side, right-click an empty place, click New, click 32-bit DWORD Value and name it Start_ShowClassicMode.
Step 4: Finally, double click it and change the value data from 0 to default 1 to enable Windows 10 as the Start menu in Windows 11.
Step 5: To see the old-style start menu, you need to restart File Explorer. To do this, open the Task Manager under the Processes tab, right-click on the entry in Windows Explorer, and then click on the Restart option. That is! You can also restart your PC to achieve the same result.
Restore the Windows 11 Start menu
After using the old-style start menu for a few days, you can return to the original Windows 11 start menu. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location using the folders on the left:
Step 2: On the right side, find the Start_ShowClassicMode created earlier, right click on it and then click on Uninstall option.
Step 3: Finally, restart File Explorer via Task Manager or reboot your PC once.
Tip 1: You can move apps pinned to Home by dragging and dropping them anywhere on Home.
Tip 2: You can move the button and Start menu to the left of the taskbar.