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    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10

    How to Change to Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    06 Mar 2017
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Change to Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10

    warning   Warning
    This tutorial will no longer work starting with Windows 10 build 10041 released on March 18th 2015.

    You can use this instead: How to Turn On or Off to Use Full Screen Start in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 with the Start screen from Windows 8 merged together as one.

    This tutorial will show you how to toggle to use the old resizable Start Menu or Start Screen at will in your user account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Set Start Menu or Start Screen in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties
    • Option Two: Set Start Menu or Start Screen using a BAT File


    EXAMPLE: Start Menu

    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10-start_menu.jpg


    EXAMPLE: Start Screen in Start and Apps view
    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10-start_screen.jpg
    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10-apps_screen.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Set Start Menu or Start Screen in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties


    1. If you have not already, you will first need to enable using the resizable Start menu.

    2. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties.

    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10-taskbar_properties.jpg

    3. Do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do.

    4. To Use Start Menu instead of Start Screen
    NOTE: This is the default setting on a desktop PC.

    A) Check the Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 5)

    5. To Use Start Screen instead of Start Menu
    NOTE: This is the default setting on a touch PC (ex: tablet or laptop).

    A) Uncheck the Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10-2-change_start.jpg

    6. Click/tap on the Sign out and change settings button to apply. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note
    If you click/tap on Cancel, then it will undo your setting change.

    warning   Warning
    Be sure to save anything you have open before clicking on the Sign out and change settings button.


    Use Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows 10-3-change_start.jpg

    7. You will now be signed out of Windows, and you will then need to sign back in to Windows.





    OPTION TWO

    Set Start Menu or Start Screen using a BAT File



    Note   Note
    The .bat files below are to change the registry DWORD values in the key below.

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

    EnableXamlStartMenu DWORD

    0 = Enable resizable Start menu

    EnableStartMenu DWORD

    0 = Use Start Screen
    1 = Use Start Menu


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Use Start Menu instead of Start Screen
    NOTE: This is the default setting on a desktop PC.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Use_Start_Menu_instead_of_Start_Screen.bat

    Download

    3. To Use Start Screen instead of Start Menu
    NOTE: This is the default setting on a touch PC (ex: tablet or laptop).

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Use_Start_Screen_instead_of_Start_Menu.bat

    Download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop and run it.

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    6. You will now notice a command prompt quickly open and close, and your screen flash while applying the changes to your registry and to restart explorer.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file(s) if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Stephanie's Avatar
    Posts : 14,586
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       #1

    Thank you Shawn .. great tutorial
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  2. paulsalter's Avatar
    Posts : 22,965
    Windows 10
       #2

    Thanks for info

    I like the original start screen, but this new start menu looks interesting

    good to be able to swap between them
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  3. LittleJay's Avatar
    Posts : 9,646
    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       #3

    Hi Shawn. I upgraded a copy of W7 to W10 and noticed that the option to use the Start Screen is grayed out and can not be checked. So I will try out option 2 and see if it works. Thanks for the info!
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hey Barry,

    Interesting. May be an issue with upgrading.
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  5. Pendaws's Avatar
    Posts : 329
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 1909 (18363.836)
       #5

    Very good Shawn, I will be using this soon. :)
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  6. LittleJay's Avatar
    Posts : 9,646
    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       #6

    Brink said:
    Hey Barry,

    Interesting. May be an issue with upgrading.
    Hi Shawn. The 2nd option worked just fine! Thanks much!
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,746
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Perfect.
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  8. Posts : 5,834
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       #8

    Thanks, Shawn. :)

    I'm glad that we have the option.
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  9. nomadgamer13's Avatar
    Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #9

    Thanks Shawn.
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