Microsoft Disables Ability to Use Classic Start Menu in Windows 11

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Windows 11 users who aren’t happy with the operating system’s new mobile-inspired Start Menu will probably have to learn to love it or tolerate it on a permanent basis. As reported by users who have tested out Windows 11’s latest preview build (22000.65), Microsoft has removed the ability to restore the “classic” Start Menu design and its Live Tiles with a registry hack. Users used to be able to revive the older Start Menu by setting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Advanced\ “Start_ShowClassicMode” to 1, but that workaround is no longer effective. Microsoft’s decision isn’t all that surprising, as Windows 11’s new Start Menu design is one of its most marketed features.

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Since the Windows 11 update is rolling out to members of the Windows Insider Program, it’s always possible the live tiles support will be reinstated via an optional toggle in the Settings before the changes trickle down into a full public build. However, there’s no guarantee that this will happen.

Source: Windows Latest

Tsing Mui
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