Windows 10 – Old Start Menu

With the Consumer Tech Preview Microsoft introduced a new iteration of it’s start menu, while it looks nice and offers a little more functionality there are also a few new issues. Let’s get the old one back.

Windows 10 Build 9926 Start Menu
Windows 10 Build 9926 Start Menu

You’ve installed the preview and probably already got rid of all the ‘Live Tiles’ put in your Start Menu, great! Hold on.. what’s this?!

Start Menu Wide Unpinned
Start Menu Wide Unpinned

Microsoft has changed the Start Menu with a new XAML based solution, looking more elegant and having nice animations it does have short comings for those looking for a clean desktop environment.

  • It won’t resize with all apps unpinned
  • The search covers a portion on your taskbar if you open it
  • A minor animation prevent quick navigation on opening and closing

Can we get rid of these issues? Yes!

  1. Windows Key + R
  2. Type: regedit
  3. Go to:
  4. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  5. Right click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  6. Type: EnableXamlStartMenu
  7. And leave or set the value to 0
  8. Right click the taskbar > Task Manager
  9. Click: More details
  10. Right click: Windows Explorer > Restart
  11. It’s back!
Windows 10 Build 9926 Start Menu like before with Build 9879
Windows 10 Build 9926 Start Menu like before with Build 9879

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