Changes to the start menu were the most noticeable and controversial feature of Microsoft’s new one Windows 11 Operating system. But in the early builds of Windows 11, getting the old Windows 10 Start menu was always just a few clicks away in Settings. However, after the changes in the latest version of Windows 11, this is no longer the case.
The shift happened in the second build of Windows 11 beta software, That is now available through the Windows Insider Program. Among other notable changes to the Start menu, Microsoft has apparently removed the option from Settings entirely, leaving you with the bright and shiny new Start Menu whether you like it or not. And yes, that means there is no way to left-align the taskbar either.
There are a couple of caveats, however. First, there is actually a way to restore the Windows 10 Start Menu, but it’s far from easy. The people of Tom’s Hardware discovered a back door method this includes optimizing a registry. Obviously, anything involving a registry change is not recommended and can cause serious problems with your device. On the other hand, you’re initially in beta software, so you should proceed lightly anyway.
Second, it’s important to keep in mind that Windows 11 is still in its early stages of development. While the core features and design elements are likely to stay, we’ll likely see a variety of changes between now and the final release date towards the end of this year. Since the ability to return to the Windows 10 Start Menu was already available in the early builds, it’s not hard to imagine Microsoft bringing it back.
This is especially true when there is an uproar over his disappearance. Judging by that hostile reactions some had towards the new start menu, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft changes its mind about this again. Giving people the ability to toggle between the old Start menu and the new one has few downsides. It will make the cumbersome traditionalists happy and encourage more of them to upgrade in due course.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft decides when additional builds of Windows 11 roll out in the coming months.