The Windows 10 Start menu on Windows 11: it can be done


Among the innovations introduced by Microsoft with Windows 11 on a graphic level there is the restyling of menu Start, characterized by a different layout than the one seen in Windows 10. A change that has not, however, thrilled everyone. Those who are used to the previous version and do not want to abandon it can follow these simple steps.

How to activate the Windows 10 menu on Windows 11

The procedure was announced by the editorial staff of Tom’s Hardware (link at the end of the article). A few steps are enough, within everyone’s reach, but it is good to consider that the version of W11 currently available is one preview build and that once made available in its final form, the platform may no longer allow this option.

  • Open the registry by running the “regedit” command (without quotes) after pressing Win + R or typing it in the search field on the taskbar;
  • find the key “HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced”;
  • right-click on the right side of the screen, select “New” and then “DWORD (32 bit) value to create a new key, calling it” New value # 1 “(or” New value # 2 “if already existing);
  • rename the newly created key to “Start_ShowClassicMode” (always without quotes);
  • double click on the new key and type “1” in the “Value Data” field.

The Windows 10 Start menu on Windows 11 (Tom’s Hardware)

Then close “regedit” and restart the operating system to make the change effective. L’alignment of the elements on taskbar it will remain in any case to the center, as default for Windows 11. You can change it and set it to the left, like on Windows 10, simply by changing the setting for this parameter included in the new operating system.

At any time it will be possible undo the effect of the change, simply by setting the key “Start_ShowClassicMode” to the value “0” or by deleting it from the registry.


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