What Start Menu replacement software do you use?


I use StartAllBack for almost the same reasons as @Edwin. I also use Power Start because I don't need to see what MS wants to recommend to me. Power Start can be found in the MS Store.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Open Shell and Explorer Patcher to get the Windows 7 start button and start menu and the Windows 10 taskbar right-click menu plus many other options. I like the Classic Desktop that adds the Cut-Copy-Paste buttons along with Copy to and Move to. Very useful.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 64-bit (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v23H2 (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
Years ago Windows had a feature that allowed you to place a shortcuts tool bar on the desktop that would slide in and out as needed. You could put all your shortcuts in it and keep a clean desktop. In Microsoft's way, they removed that feature. I found True Launch Bar, a product that provides that same functionality. I've been using it for years and years.

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro X64 - always current.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING
    Memory
    Corsair DDR4-2132 4x16gb Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080TI
    Sound Card
    On motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - NEC PA241W
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    1 - WD_BLACK 1TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    1 - WD_BLACK 2TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    PSU
    850 Watt Corsair® RM850x 80+
    Case
    Corsair 7000D AirFlow
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i Elite CAPELLIX XT Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Sidewinder
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum - 300mbs
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64 - always current
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Maingear Element
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 9750H
    Motherboard
    Intel LAPQC71B
    Memory
    32gb - Kingston DDR4 1333 Mhz Dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2tb INTEL SSD PEKNW020T8
    PSU
    On board
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Fans
    Mouse
    TeckNet
    Keyboard
    On Board
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum 300mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I found True Launch Bar, a product that provides that same functionality.
That toolbar makes use of the fact that toolbars could be placed on the taskbar until MS removed that option in Windows 11.
That means that you have to use software that brings back the Windows10 taskbar in Windows 11. Otherwise it will not function!

Apps that can be used are Explorer Patcher and StartAllBack, both programs that (as far as I have understood from other topics and messages) are due be disabled by MS when you update to 24H2. The developer of StartAllBack already has indicated that he will not inckude the Windows10 taskbar routines in future versions. ExplorerPatcher to follow, maybe.

So it's doubtful if this replacement for the Quick Launch toolbar will be usable in future. :(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Build by vendor to my specs
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    MSI PRO B550M-P Gen3
    Memory
    Kingston FURY Beast 2x16GB DIMM DDR4 2666 CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GT 730 2GB LP V1
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S24E450F 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1. SSD Kingston NV2 - 500 GB
    2. SSD-SATA Crucial MX500-2TB
    PSU
    Corsair CV650W
    Case
    Cooler Master Silencio S400
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper H412R
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream (wired, scissor keys)
    Mouse
    Asus WT465 (wireless)
    Internet Speed
    70 Mbps down / 80 Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox 115.7.0 ESR
    Antivirus
    F-secure via Internet provider
    Other Info
    Oracle VirtualBox 7 for testing software on Win 10 or 11
Apps that can be used are Explorer Patcher and StartAllBack, both programs that (as far as I have understood from other topics and messages) are due be disabled by MS when you update to 24H2.
FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
Hopefully these restrictions are only in Canary versions, not in the standard release of Windows 11. As mentioned earlier all these inconveniences in Canary will be done in Windows 12 when it will be released. Not in Windows 11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 64-bit (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v23H2 (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).
that is nonsense. It was disabled. changing the filename, fixed it. They did disable DSE though.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Pro 3
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8GB

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 (23H2) Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 577B5AA#ABA
    CPU
    Core(TM) i5-12400T
    Motherboard
    HP 89E9
    Memory
    12.0 GB (11.7 GB usable)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 730
    Sound Card
    DFX Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HO Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ10HBLB00BH1 SSD 1TB
    PSU
    HP Std. for this product
    Case
    All-in-One
    Cooling
    Fan
    Keyboard
    HP Wireless / Bluetooth
    Mouse
    HP Wireless / Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Link speed (Receive/Transmit): 1000/1000 (Mbps)
    Browser
    Google Chrome; Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Pro / Windows Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP 15tegooo [HP Pavilion Laptop Intel I-7]
    CPU
    Intel I-7-1165G7
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP HD micro edge, Bright View, 250 nits
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x768
    Hard Drives
    256 GB DD4-3200 SDRAM
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    Std HP Laptop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Keyboard
    std
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
I use Start 11 v2 for a mostly transparent 10 style Start Menu, StartAllBack for the small Win 10 Taskbar + Clock and dark mode enhancements and TranslucentTB for a clear taskbar.

SAB, Start 11.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x 2 + Insider Dev
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    My first abomination, I call it the Money Pit One
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 12900K @ 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO
    Memory
    2 x Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (4x16GB Total) DDR5-6200 CL36 Dual Channel Kit
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 ULTRA GAMING 10GB GDDR6X
    Sound Card
    ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC for pinpoint positioning and dynamics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung JS7000 50" SUHD TV or Samsung 27" FHD 60Hz 8ms GTG VA LED Smart Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @ 150 DPI
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 Series - 250GB PCIe Gen3. X4 NVMe 1.4 - M.2 Internal SSD (Windows 11 Pro Dual boot)
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000i 80+ Platinum Modular Power Supply 1000W
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Full Tower Case - Black
    Cooling
    CORSAIR iCUE H150i RGB Elite 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Perixx PERIBOARD-732B Wireless Mini Backlit USB Keyboard with Low Profile Keys - US Layout
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse
    Internet Speed
    1000 Mbps
    Browser
    Latest Version Of Firefox & Microsoft Edge Chromium Stable
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    LG Electronics 14x Sata Blu-ray Disk Rewriter - WH14NS4O
    6x2 HDMI Switcher (6 inputs, 2 outputs) so I can send the output of my Cable Box, Roku, or any of my 4 computers to either my TV or Monitor separately or simultaneously.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x 2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    My second abomination, I call it the Money Pit Two
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 12900K @ 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI
    Memory
    2 x Vengeance RGB 32GB DDR5 6400MHz CL32 Dual Channel Kit (4x16GB Total) Black
    Graphics card(s)
    ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Ti OC Edition 8 GB GDDR6X
    Sound Card
    ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC for pinpoint positioning and dynamics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3-inch, FHD anti-glare display Refresh Rate:144Hz or Samsung JS7000 50" SUHD TV or Samsung 27" FHD 60Hz 8ms GTG VA LED Smart Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @ 150 DPI
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 Series - 250GB PCIe Gen3. X4 NVMe 1.4 - M.2 Internal SSD (Windows 11 Pro Dual boot)
    PSU
    Corsair AX860 - 860W Modular Power Supply
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tempered Glass Full Tower Case - Black
    Cooling
    CORSAIR iCUE H150i RGB Elite 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse
    Keyboard
    Perixx PERIBOARD-326 Wired Mini Backlit USB Keyboard with Low Profile Keys - US Layout
    Internet Speed
    1000 Mbps
    Browser
    Latest Version Of Firefox & EDGE Chromium Stable
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    LG Electronics 14x Sata Blu-ray Disk Rewriter - WH14NS4O
    6x2 HDMI Switcher (6 inputs, 2 outputs) so I can send the output of my Cable Box, Roku, or any of my 4 computers to either my TV or Monitor separately or simultaneously.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
I don't see it in the pic you posted?

@hdmi My Screen resolution is almost always 1920 x1080 @ 150 DPI which would make any Taskbar setting appear larger than normal.


StartAllBack.jpg

Anyhow this is my StartAllBack small Taskbar and all of the Icons are of uniform size & Clock + Date occupy only a single line and have a custom Font.

Windows 11 Default.jpg

Default Windows 11 Task bar - Bigger pinned Icons (Left) vs Notification Icons (Left) & Clock + Date occupy 2 lines.

Start 11.png

Stardock Start 11 Taskbar - The Start Menu button, Search button & Task View button look like crap because they are bigger than the pinned icons beside them also the Clock + Date occupy 2 lines.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x 2 + Insider Dev
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    My first abomination, I call it the Money Pit One
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 12900K @ 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO
    Memory
    2 x Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (4x16GB Total) DDR5-6200 CL36 Dual Channel Kit
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 ULTRA GAMING 10GB GDDR6X
    Sound Card
    ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC for pinpoint positioning and dynamics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung JS7000 50" SUHD TV or Samsung 27" FHD 60Hz 8ms GTG VA LED Smart Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @ 150 DPI
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 Series - 250GB PCIe Gen3. X4 NVMe 1.4 - M.2 Internal SSD (Windows 11 Pro Dual boot)
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000i 80+ Platinum Modular Power Supply 1000W
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Full Tower Case - Black
    Cooling
    CORSAIR iCUE H150i RGB Elite 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Perixx PERIBOARD-732B Wireless Mini Backlit USB Keyboard with Low Profile Keys - US Layout
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse
    Internet Speed
    1000 Mbps
    Browser
    Latest Version Of Firefox & Microsoft Edge Chromium Stable
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    LG Electronics 14x Sata Blu-ray Disk Rewriter - WH14NS4O
    6x2 HDMI Switcher (6 inputs, 2 outputs) so I can send the output of my Cable Box, Roku, or any of my 4 computers to either my TV or Monitor separately or simultaneously.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x 2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    My second abomination, I call it the Money Pit Two
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 12900K @ 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI
    Memory
    2 x Vengeance RGB 32GB DDR5 6400MHz CL32 Dual Channel Kit (4x16GB Total) Black
    Graphics card(s)
    ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Ti OC Edition 8 GB GDDR6X
    Sound Card
    ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC for pinpoint positioning and dynamics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3-inch, FHD anti-glare display Refresh Rate:144Hz or Samsung JS7000 50" SUHD TV or Samsung 27" FHD 60Hz 8ms GTG VA LED Smart Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @ 150 DPI
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 Series - 250GB PCIe Gen3. X4 NVMe 1.4 - M.2 Internal SSD (Windows 11 Pro Dual boot)
    PSU
    Corsair AX860 - 860W Modular Power Supply
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tempered Glass Full Tower Case - Black
    Cooling
    CORSAIR iCUE H150i RGB Elite 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse
    Keyboard
    Perixx PERIBOARD-326 Wired Mini Backlit USB Keyboard with Low Profile Keys - US Layout
    Internet Speed
    1000 Mbps
    Browser
    Latest Version Of Firefox & EDGE Chromium Stable
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    LG Electronics 14x Sata Blu-ray Disk Rewriter - WH14NS4O
    6x2 HDMI Switcher (6 inputs, 2 outputs) so I can send the output of my Cable Box, Roku, or any of my 4 computers to either my TV or Monitor separately or simultaneously.
I've downloaded Open-Shell as I use it on my main Desktop Windows 7 PC as I hates the new start menu in XP. I would love to use it in this Windows 11 one but I say a video stating that Microsoft are going to force these things not to work n Windows in a future update. So far I've been adverse to installing it as I could not get the Windows Updates pause forever registry change working. My stupidity was the cause and now it seems that I have it paused until 2030. So I will be making an Acronis full image (just in case) and installing Open-shell because I can make it look exactly like my Windows 7 one upstairs.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    NUC
    CPU
    Intel Celeron Processor @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Corporation NUC11ATBC4 (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Q90A (3840x2160@60Hz) Intel UHD Graphics (Intel)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 50" QLED
    Screen Resolution
    3940 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    KINGSTON OM8SEP4512N-A0 (SATA-2) 500GB SSD
    Keyboard
    HP standard Wireless
    Mouse
    HP standard wireless
    Internet Speed
    D: 52.77 Mbps, U: 11.26 Mbps (on Wi-Fi)
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    This is a small NUC Mini-PC that is not my main computer. It's a small one that is connected to my TV so I can watch YouTube, check emails, browse and shop online. It had Windows 10 pre-installed which I was not really happy about as I have Windows 7 in my Desktop, but then it updated to Windows 11 despite my having toggled off the option to receive those types of updates.
@hdmi My Screen resolution is almost always 1920 x1080 @ 150 DPI which would make any Taskbar setting appear larger than normal.


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Anyhow this is my StartAllBack small Taskbar and all of the Icons are of uniform size & Clock + Date occupy only a single line and have a custom Font.

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Default Windows 11 Task bar - Bigger pinned Icons (Left) vs Notification Icons (Left) & Clock + Date occupy 2 lines.

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Stardock Start 11 Taskbar - The Start Menu button, Search button & Task View button look like crap because they are bigger than the pinned icons beside them also the Clock + Date occupy 2 lines.
I still don't see it. Your network/sound/notifications icons don't look like you have the Windows 10 taskbar. They look like you have the Windows 11 taskbar. I took a picture of my taskbar and I resized the picture so that its width matches the width of your picture. Here is the result:

ExplorerPatcher_StartAllBack.jpg

As you can see, your taskbar is absolutely huge, and for no good reason excepting only maybe if you are visually impaired. It's like forcing everyone to stay in a wheelchair regardless of whether a person can walk. This is Microsoft in 2024.
 

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    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
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    i7 13650HX
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    16GB DDR5
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    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
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    3840×2160
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    Logitech K800
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    i5 1135G7
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    16GB DDR4
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    Intel Iris Xe
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    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
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    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
I hope this is an appropriate place to ask this...

I have a question for Open-Shell users before I install it in Widows 11.
I've had it (Classic Shell) for over 10 years in my Windows 7 Desktop, faultless and never needed to uninstall it.
But if I ever needed to uninstall it from 11, and I had altered my start menu items to my tastes (and I really do alter it)., including adding folders, would removing it leave the original Start menu intact as it was before I installed Open-Shell?

I ask because in 7 I could directly alter the contents of the Start menu from Explorer.

Apologies if it's in the wrong section, I looked in Apps but felt silly starting a new thread just for this..
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    NUC
    CPU
    Intel Celeron Processor @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Corporation NUC11ATBC4 (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Q90A (3840x2160@60Hz) Intel UHD Graphics (Intel)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 50" QLED
    Screen Resolution
    3940 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    KINGSTON OM8SEP4512N-A0 (SATA-2) 500GB SSD
    Keyboard
    HP standard Wireless
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    HP standard wireless
    Internet Speed
    D: 52.77 Mbps, U: 11.26 Mbps (on Wi-Fi)
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    This is a small NUC Mini-PC that is not my main computer. It's a small one that is connected to my TV so I can watch YouTube, check emails, browse and shop online. It had Windows 10 pre-installed which I was not really happy about as I have Windows 7 in my Desktop, but then it updated to Windows 11 despite my having toggled off the option to receive those types of updates.
, would removing it leave the original Start menu intact as it was before I installed Open-Shell?
Yes

EDIT: you can actually even have both the original and the Start menu of Open-Shell if you assign different keyboard/mouse actions for each (on the Controls tab of the Settings for Open-Shell Menu window).
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
Yes

EDIT: you can actually even have both the original and the Start menu of Open-Shell if you assign different keyboard/mouse actions for each (on the Controls tab of the Settings for Open-Shell Menu window).
Thank you. I will install it tomorrow. Much appreciated. I did actually find two 'Start menu' folders a few minutes ago in the Microsoft\Windows 'Default User' and in My User folders which I added to .rar files and saved them on an external drive - just in case.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    NUC
    CPU
    Intel Celeron Processor @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Corporation NUC11ATBC4 (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Q90A (3840x2160@60Hz) Intel UHD Graphics (Intel)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 50" QLED
    Screen Resolution
    3940 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    KINGSTON OM8SEP4512N-A0 (SATA-2) 500GB SSD
    Keyboard
    HP standard Wireless
    Mouse
    HP standard wireless
    Internet Speed
    D: 52.77 Mbps, U: 11.26 Mbps (on Wi-Fi)
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    This is a small NUC Mini-PC that is not my main computer. It's a small one that is connected to my TV so I can watch YouTube, check emails, browse and shop online. It had Windows 10 pre-installed which I was not really happy about as I have Windows 7 in my Desktop, but then it updated to Windows 11 despite my having toggled off the option to receive those types of updates.
Does TranslucentTB count? That's all I use every other modification is done within Windows.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 22635.3720
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550M DS3H
    Memory
    16 Gb DDR4 3200 Corsaire Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    On CPU: Radeon Vega 7
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2312HM + Dell U2412M
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 Dell U2412M 1920x1080 Dell U2312HM
    Hard Drives
    Crucial CT250P2SSD8 System; Sandisk SDSSDA240G Apps; Seagate 2Tb HDD Data
    PSU
    Corsair Bronze 550W
    Case
    No idea, got it from my son
    Cooling
    standard
    Keyboard
    Aukey KM-G12
    Mouse
    Micrsoft bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    3.7 Mbs
    Browser
    Brave / Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows / Malwarebytes

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