How to Get Classic Start Menu on Windows 11?

Windows 11 introduces a new Start menu similar to the one Microsoft was working on for Windows 10X with a more helpful interface that floats above the taskbar with rounded corners and features traditional icons and recent documents and folders. Even though the menu has a new fresh design, it’s not something everyone wants since many users are comfortable with the classic Start menu that appears from the left side of the screen and features Live Tiles.

If you are among those users who prefer the classic menu, you can bring back the Start menu. With a registry tweak, it is possible to get a classic Windows 10-style Start menu on Windows 11. This risewindows article will guide you to get a Classic Start Menu in Windows 11.

How do I switch to Classic Start Menu on Windows 11?

If you want to see Windows 10 style Start Menu in Windows 11, do the following steps.

We recommend creating a full backup of the Registry file and making a system restore point since it involves registry tweaking. You can revert your PC to a previous working state if something goes wrong.

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Now, in the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following registry key:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Step 3. Then, right-click on the Advanced key, select New, and then DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

Step 4. After that, the above action will create a new REG_DWORD entry on the right-side pane of the Advanced key. Rename it to Start_ShowClassicMode. Next, double-click on and set its Value data to 1.

Step 5. Then, click OK to save the settings.

Step 6. Lastly, reboot your computer to see the changes.

If you would like to restore the default Windows 11 Start menu, navigate to the following key:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

After completing the above steps, on the right side of the Advanced key, double-click on Start_ShowClassicMode and change its Value data from 1 to 0. Restart your computer to see the changes.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys.

Also, read How to Configure Windows 10 to Show Only Tiles on Start Menu?

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