How to Restore Classic Start Menu in Windows 11

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to restore Windows Classic Start Menu in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a new start menu with live tiles that contains shortcuts of apps, settings, and files. The new start menu looks refreshing and modern. However, not everyone will say the same thing.

If you want to go back to Windows classic menu similar to Windows 10, the steps below will show you how to get that back in Windows 11.

Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with restoring Windows classic menu in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

First, search for regedit from the search box. Select Registry Editor from the search results as shown below.

regedit in windows 11

When the registry editor opens, browse to the path below:

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

Modify the DWORD named:

Start_ShowClassicMode

If you don’t see it, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it Start_ShowClassicMode

windows 11 registry classic start menu

Then set the data value to:

0 or <delete> = Default Start Menu
1 = Classic Start Menu
windows 11 classic menu restore

Restart and you should see Windows classic menu restored.

windows 11 classic menu

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to restore Windows classic menu in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

2 Comments

  1. Does not work any longer. Microsoft took away this possible hack. Guess I’ll have to scroll through several sets of 18 icons to find the one I want instead of using small icons on a single page to quickly find the one I need.

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