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Microsoft may let you switch between old and new Start menus on Windows 11


The recently leaked Windows 11 build has revealed lots of new details about Microsoft’s upcoming OS such as the new Start menu and Taskbar experiences. That said, the leaked build is not final, and there are more UX enhancements and features still to come. One such addition that Microsoft may add in a future build is the ability to return to the classic Windows 10 Start menu with Live Tiles if they prefer it over the Windows 11 one.

While there’s no setting in the UI to revert to the classic menu yet, Rafael Rivera on Twitter has found that all the plumbing to enable such a switch is already in place, and you can enable it yourself by adding a registry key to the Windows Registry Editor. Enabling this key will bring back the classic Start menu with Live Tiles, replacing the centered Windows 11 one entirely.

If you’re already running the leaked build, here’s how to do it:

  1. Press Win+R on your keyboard.
  2. Type “Regedit” and hit enter
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  4. Right-click and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value
  5. Name it “Start_ShowClassicMode”
  6. Set its value to 1
  7. Restart your PC

Like we’ve said, it’s likely that Microsoft will simply make this a toggle in a future build of Windows 11 for those who don’t like or aren’t yet ready to learn the new Windows 11 Start menu. What are your thoughts on the new Start menu design? Will you be using it or returning to the classic Windows 10 Start menu? Let us know in the comments.

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