How to bring back the old resizable Start Menu

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  1. Posts : 520
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #21

    I personally prefer the original Windows 8.1 start screen and it is working fine. In this build, the notification icons also load correctly as well when you switch to the start screen. Also it is much easier to find new programs on the start screen now.

    I hope the option to use the original start screen will be included in the final version without the need to change the registry.
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  2. Posts : 11
    Win 10
       #22

    Dave44 said:
    See tutorial: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html


    1. ​Right click on the Start Button and select "Run"
    2. Type "regedit"
    3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer>Advance
    4. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value, call it "EnableXamlStartMenu" without the quote marks
    5. Restart Explorer


    just done it on mine as i perfer that start menu to new one
    Thanks, just tried it, rebooted and all is well
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  3. Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1 & TP 9926
       #23

    working great here too, thanks for the tip :)

    But now i cant expand to start screen, I guess we cant have both lol
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  4. Vladimir's Avatar
    Posts : 696
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       #24

    I liked the new start menu style... especially the ability to switch between full screen and "classic" style

    How to bring back the old resizable Start Menu-classicsm.jpgHow to bring back the old resizable Start Menu-fullsm.jpg

    I didn't like very much the "Search the web and Windows" feature. It works fine when I'm looking for files in my computer or in OneDrive, but gives me ambiguous results when I search for some companies sites .
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  5. gregrocker's Avatar
    Posts : 281
       #25

    Thanks, I like it much better. But if we only change it and don't give feedback the crappier new Start menu may persist in future builds.

    One would hope they are monitoring these changes via metrics but we found out years later they never even saw metrics for how many installed 3rd party Start Menu's in Windows 8. Of course they weren't interested in feedback when building 8. As MVP's were told quite bluntly, they were going to get it all from metrics .

    Let's be sure to give feedback. There is just no way this latest build's Start Menu is an improvement on the sleeker and simpler previous one - at least for desktop consumers.
    Last edited by gregrocker; 25 Jan 2015 at 20:45.
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  6. Winuser's Avatar
    Posts : 6,995
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #26

    gregrocker said:
    Thanks, I like it much better. But if we only change it and don't give feedback the crappier new Start menu may persist in future builds.

    One would hope they are monitoring these changes via metrics but we found out years later they never even saw metrics for how many installed 3rd party Start Menu's in Windows 8. Of course they weren't interested in feedback when building 8. As MVP's were told quite bluntly, they were going to get it all from metrics .

    Let's be sure to give feedback. There is just no way this latest build's Start Menu is an improvement on the sleeker and simpler previous one.
    I did my part. I had a feedback pop-up this morning and I gave them my view of what they need to change in the start menu. I also commented on the way the updates work now.
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  7. gregrocker's Avatar
    Posts : 281
       #27

    This loses Cortana so I gotta roll it back and try to rid Start menu of the category headings that are wasting space.
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  8. IownAmoneyPit's Avatar
    Posts : 975
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       #28

    @gregrocker when I created my Start menu I did it by using the method described in the first link below, after adding all the rows of apps making sure there is no space between any of the rows my Start Menu looks like the image(s) seen in the second link below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/general-dis...tml#post184581

    https://www.tenforums.com/general-dis...tml#post184433
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  9. gregrocker's Avatar
    Posts : 281
       #29

    I was able to eliminate the spacing between live tiles thanks to your fix, but would still like to get rid of the category headings on the left side for Pinned and Most Used which waste list space. These category labels are more for a Start Screen, not so much for a Start Menu. But they seem to be planning a convertible Start Menu that explodes onto a Start Screen using the Omni-Arrow. There needs to be customizations for Desktop users to be able to avoid this.
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  10. IownAmoneyPit's Avatar
    Posts : 975
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       #30

    gregrocker said:
    I was able to eliminate the spacing between live tiles thanks to your fix, but would still like to get rid of the category headings on the left side for Pinned and Most Used which waste list space. These category labels are more for a Start Screen, not so much for a Start Menu. But they seem to be planning a convertible Start Menu that explodes onto a Start Screen using the Omni-Arrow. There needs to be customizations for Desktop users to be able to avoid this.
    OK now I understand what you are talking about greg. I am left with what is in the left image below after selecting the taskbar properties on the right.

    Also the "All Apps" menu is alphabetized wasting space.

    How to bring back the old resizable Start Menu-start-left.pngHow to bring back the old resizable Start Menu-taskbar-properties.png
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