How to Switch between old and new Start Menu on Microsoft Windows 11


With the leaked images of Windows 11 UI, the question has arisen for many older users of the Microsoft Windows operating system: is it still possible to use the classic Windows Start menu?

The latest news from Windows 11 reveals a lot of details about the latest Microsoft operating system, including the user experience of the Start menu and Taskbar. Of course, it should be noted that the revealed build is not the final version, and there will certainly be more changes in the user interface features. Another thing that Microsoft may add in the next build is the ability to return to the classic Windows 10 Start menu with Live Tiles. This feature is intended for when the user prefers this menu to the new version of Windows 11.

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According to Windowscentral, there are no user interface settings to return to the classic menu; But a Twitter user has noticed that all the necessary steps to do this have already been done by the developers and you can activate it just by adding a key to the Windows registry. By activating this key in Windows 11, the classic Start menu with Live Tiles will completely replace the new design.

If you are currently using the leaked version of Windows 11, you can use the following method to add the classic Start menu to the latest version of the Microsoft Windows 11 operating system:

  • In the first step, press the Win + R key combination.
  • Then type “Regedit” and press Enter.
  • Go to the following path:

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

  • Right-click and create a new DWORD (32-bit) file.
  • Name it “Start_ShowClassicMode”.
  • Set its value to 1.
  • Restart your system.

If you do not want to go through all these steps, you can wait for Microsoft to release the final version; Because it will most likely add an option to change the Start menu from the new mode to the classic model so that users can easily use their favorite user interface in this section. With this method, you no longer need to learn the new features of the Windows 11 Start menu.

What do you think about the new Windows 11 Start Menu? Would you like to use it and discover new parts of it, or do you prefer the classic version of Windows 10?


Adib Zahedi is the CEO and Founder of He has nearly a decade of experience in IT, including two years spent working on a Youtube Chennal. He is also an author and writes articles for Has articles include tutorials and covers everything from Windows PCs to smartphone's software.

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