In Windows 11, Microsoft has now completely changed its new Windows OS design. And most of the users are loving it, especially the visual effects which are giving a much more refreshing look to it.
One of the notable design changes in Windows 11 is the Start menu, which is now in the center of the taskbar rather than on the left as we’ve seen before. In addition, after clicking on the Start menu in Windows 11, you’ll see a floating window with rounded corners and with the location of the power button changed to the bottom right. Also, the new Start menu has two sections: the top section is for Pinned apps and the bottom section contains the Recommended apps.
If you are not one of the users who are fans of the new Windows 11 Start menu design and want to change it back to the classic Windows 10 start menu, follow the steps below.
Methods to Get Windows 10 Start Menu in Windows 11
Method 1: Get Windows 10 Start Menu via Registry Editor.
- Type regedit in the Search box and open Registry Editor from the top results.
- In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following folder: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
- Then right-click on Advanced and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Change the Value name to Start_ShowClassicMode and press Enter.
- Now, double-click on the Start_ShowClassicMode value, then change the Value data to 1 and press OK.
- Close Registry Editor and restart the PC to apply the change.
If you regret changing to the Windows 10 Start Menu and want to get back to Windows 11 Start Menu, you can just change the Value data of the Start_ShowClassicMode key from 1 to 0.
Back up Registry Editor
Since making changes to the Registry settings can be dangerous because even a minor mistake can result in system harm, it’s important to make a backup of the Registry Key you’re about to change before you start. To do that:
- Right-Click on the Advanced key at the left-hand side panel and choose Export.
- Give a suitable name like Advanced_Backup, and save the file to your desktop.
When something goes wrong after editing the registry, you can simply undo the changes by double-clicking the extracted registry key on your desktop.
Method 2: Get Windows 10 Start Menu via Windows Settings
In this method, The first step to bringing back the classic Windows 10 Start menu in Windows 11 is to change the position of the taskbar and Start menu from the center to the left.
- Press Win + I to open Settings, then click Personalization > Taskbar.
- Scroll down to Taskbar behaviors, and change the Taskbar alignment option from Center to Left by using the drop-down menu.
- Now, the taskbar should have moved to the left.
That’s how you can easily get the classic Windows 10 Start Menu in Windows 11. In this article, we have also covered how easily you can switch between both the new and classic start menu. If you also want to get back to the familiar environment, try it now!