Windows 11 Start Menu


John

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I have finally conceded that Windows 11 Start Menu is fine for me -I gave up Open Shell and Start 11 (by Stardock) and I am perfectly content with the Windows 11 Start Menu. Am I in the minority or majority?
 

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Who Knows, I have mine looking like Win 10 but everything else about 11 I love
 

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I like the new start menu
 

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For now I'm not doing much customizing but I like having the ability to add or delete Pinned items that are most frequently or commonly used.
 

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It depends on how long you have been working with previous Start menus, some people still remember Windows 95, and how stable working habits you have. I am still feel more comfortable with Open Shell, counting it more practical and tuneable, but also use the new 11 menu time-to-time (it opens by Shift+click). For me, they are somehow complementary, currently about 80:20.
 

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I'm still using Start11. I prefer categorizing my start menu.
 

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Only computer I never owned was Windows ME [Millenium Edition] and those before Windows NT 3.51. Got started with MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1, started building and repairing in late '94 or just before Windows 95 came out, so I've been through the bunch of changes.
 

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    Intel Core i5
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    8GB [16GB on order]
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Bree

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I have finally conceded that Windows 11 Start Menu is fine for me .... Am I in the minority or majority?
You're certainly in the minority of those expressing an opinion, but then those with a gripe are always the most vociferous. Those that like it are less likely to come here and say so.

When I first got Windows 10 in 2015 I didn't try to make it look like my previous Windows 7. Rather, I adapted to and made use of the new Start and soon had it populated with small tiles for a dozen or so of my frequently used apps. Some of them, such as my XP version of Solitaire, needed to be added as custom entries in All apps in order to do so. The Taskbar provided more space for the most frequently used.

Start menu - W10.jpg

And when that system was upgraded to Windows 11 it really wasn't that difficult to customise Start in a similar way.

Start menu - W11.jpg

So yes, I'm happy to use the new Start. It would be nice to have more rows of icons in Pinned and less in Recommended, but apparently that's already available in Insider builds and should appear for the rest of us in the 22H2 feature update.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

The-Hive

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I am happy with EP as I have both win 10 and win 11 start menus
 

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    Alienware Area 51m R2
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    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
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    32GB
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    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
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    C: Samsung 2TB P981A
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    Alienware AW610M
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    Dual Boot Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Pro Dev build
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512Gb SSD
    2GB External drive
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    Norton
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