How to get Classic Start Menu in Windows 11?

A lot of features are available in Windows 11. Microsoft has also announced a free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. If you are familiar with Windows 10, you will not have much trouble switching to Windows 11. However, if you are using Windows 7 or 8 and upgrade it to Windows 11, you may feel uncomfortable with its Start Menu. With a registry tweak, it is possible to get a classic Windows 10 style Start menu on Windows 11.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you to get a Classic Start Menu in Windows 11 and guide you by switching back to Windows 11 Start Menu.

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

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

Since this procedure involves registry tweaking, we recommend creating a full backup of the Registry file and making a system restore point. In case something goes wrong, you can revert your PC to a previous working state.

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

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

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

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

Step 4. The above action will create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value entry on the right-side pane of the Advanced key. Rename it to Start_ShowClassicMode. Now, double-click on and set its Value Data to 1.

Step 5. Click OK to save the settings.

Step 6. Finally, 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

On the right-side of the Advanced key, double-click on Start_ShowClassicMode and change its Value data from 1 to 0. That’s it. Restart your computer to see the changes.

Also Read: How to Align Taskbar Items to the Left in Windows 11?

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