Personalization Restore Classic Start Menu in Windows 11

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The method in this tutorial no longer works starting with Windows 11 build 22000.65.


The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Windows 11 comes with a new Start menu without live tiles.

If you do not like the new Start menu in Windows 11, you can restore the classic Start menu similar to the Windows 10 Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the classic Start menu for your account in Windows 11.

EXAMPLE: Default and classic Start menu in Windows 11
Default_Start_menu_in_Windows_11.jpg
Classic_Start_menu_in_Windows_11.jpg




Here's How:

The downloadable .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Start_ShowClassicMode DWORD

0 or <delete> = Default Start menu
1 = Classic Start menu


1 Do step 2 (classic) or step 3 (default) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Restore Classic Start Menu in Windows 11

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Restore_classic_Start_menu_in_Windows_11.bat



3 To Restore Default Start Menu in Windows 11

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Restore_default_Start_menu_in_Windows_11.bat



4 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5 Unblock the .bat file.

6 Run the .bat file

7 You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as the explorer process is restarted to apply the registry changes.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Thanks Guys !!!!!

However that key doesn't exist in my version

I get a very quick screen --too quick to read but something like error

Cheers
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So, Win 8/10 start menus are considered "classic" now. Fuggin fantastic. :cautious:
 

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MY ERROR -- should have run command in admin Mode

Working properly now

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I think the first thing anyone wants to do on any new Microsoft OS, is change the Start Menu to a more classic view.
You'd think, after all these years, MS would catch on. :D
 

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I think the first thing anyone wants to do on any new Microsoft OS, is change the Start Menu to a more classic view.
You'd think, after all these years, MS would catch on. :D
I don't understand this obsession with the start menu, the only time I go near it is once a week or so to reboot my pc, everything useful is pinned to my taskbar or I use the search.
 

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The only small issue @Brink is, it does not follow the location of the start button. :D
But I guess it's fine.

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The only small issue @Brink is, it does not follow the location of the start button. :D
But I guess it's fine.

That's ok. The taskbar alignment can easily be changed below to match.

 

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The site looks great. The rounded corners on the avatars are a nice touch to reflect the W11 graphics. Can't believe how much work you've already done on this not-yet-released version. Thanks for the excellent (and well chosen) early tutorials -- already. I'm looking forward to re-visiting all of them when (if) I have the official W11 installed.
 

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It IS pretty weird (and fun) to be able to see the gang here check out certain features on an OS that officially isn't released yet. ;)

And the emojis on this site are quite an improvement.
 

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... everything useful is pinned to my taskbar ...
Does this mean you've got about 25 icons in your taskbar? Wanna show us a shot? (Mine below)
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    10 Pro 21H1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M910S SFF
    CPU
    i7-7700 @ 3.60MHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 @ 2400MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 630 onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 870 EVO SSD
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wired 600
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (really!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq Pro 6300 SFF
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 339A
    Memory
    16GB DDR3
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (HP) onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 870 EVO SSD
    Keyboard
    Microsoft 600 wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (really!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    It's a good old machine, and it runs (almost) perfectly.

z3r010

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    doofenshmirtz evil incorporated
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO Black 32GB (2x16GB) 3600MHz AMD Ryzen Tuned DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB ROG Strix LC OC
    Sound Card
    Sound BlasterX Katana
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x27" Dell U2714H & 1 x 34" Dell
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB M.2 2280 PCI-e 4.0 x4 NVMe Solid State
    Drive
    PSU
    ASUS ROG THOR 850W 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    ASUS ROG Strix Helios Midi-Tower ARGB Gaming Case
    Cooling
    ASUS ROG Strix LC Performance RGB AIO CPU Liquid Cooler - 360mm
    Keyboard
    Logi Ergo
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Vertical
    Internet Speed
    900/100 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Pro
    Other Info
    HP M281 Printer
    Logitech Brio Stream webcam
    Yeti X mic
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop
    CPU
    i7

Wisewiz

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I guess I use "that much stuff." Each of my solid globe icons hides a pop-up of six rows. Some of those have flyouts. It works for me, and I almost never need to access the Start menu, as you said above.
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    10 Pro 21H1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M910S SFF
    CPU
    i7-7700 @ 3.60MHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 @ 2400MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 630 onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 870 EVO SSD
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wired 600
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (really!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq Pro 6300 SFF
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 339A
    Memory
    16GB DDR3
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (HP) onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 870 EVO SSD
    Keyboard
    Microsoft 600 wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (really!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    It's a good old machine, and it runs (almost) perfectly.
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