Like Windows 8, Windows 10 has been filled with Live Tiles since its launch in 2015. By default, dozens of tiles or squares in the Start Menu are updated with the latest information, news or weather.
Start Menu live tiles first appeared in the Windows Phone 7 OS and were designed for a mobile-first experience. Start Menu live tiles are about to disappear when Windows 11 launches in the fall. Or at least that’s what a new leaked build tells us.
Windows 11 comes with a brand Start Menu that ditches live tiles for static icons. If you’ve seen the screenshots of the updated Start menu, you probably figured out already that the Windows 11 design borrows its Start Menu from Windows 10X, an operating system originally designed for dual-screen products.
But if you aren’t a fan of these changes, it looks like you can still switch it back to the classic design, at least in the leaked build.
According to references spotted in the leaked preview of Windows 11, there’s a new feature called “Classic Start Menu”. If you enable this feature in Windows Settings or Registry, you can restore the live tiles and go back to the old Start.
In the leaked build, users can go back to the old Start Menu with live tiles by creating a new DWord value using Registry Editor:
- Open Regedit (Registry Editor.
- Open HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
- Open the Advanced folder.
- Create a new DWord and name it “Start_ShowClassicMode”
- Double-tap on the DWord entry and set its value to 1.
- Restart Windows Explorer using Task Manager.
At the moment, the classic Start Menu requires a Registry change, and Microsoft hasn’t added the option in the Settings app of the leaked build.
By default, the Start menu will be centred and it will feature a simplified look with icons in a grid. There’s a new area within the Start menu for recommended activities/files, such as your Microsoft Office files and apps.
The all apps list has been moved to the top right corner, while the power options are moved to the right corner at the bottom of the screen.
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