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Windows 11: towards the definitive end of the Windows 10-style start menu?

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Written by Guillaume
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Among the many cosmetic changes in Windows 11, there's one that's likely to be the talk of the town: the redesign of the Start Menu, especially since Microsoft might be less flexible than initially planned.

Unveiled only a few weeks ago, Windows 11 is already on everyone's mind. However, it does not promise to completely rethink good old Windows 10, which, in any case, should be supported by Microsoft at least until 2025. So there's no need to worry. Well, yes, a little bit, insofar as the contributions / changes of the new operating system may not suit you ... starting with this famous Start Menu "new formula".

After the leaks and the official presentation of Windows 11, this Start Menu has been widely discussed: it is indeed one of the most notable changes. In its new version, it makes a cross on most of the Windows 10 habits by not necessarily being wedged in the lower left corner of the screen. Microsoft has also dropped the dynamic tiles that could be customized to include news briefs or weather forecasts. The Windows 11 Start Menu is also characterized by the presence of "pinned" applications and the need to perform an additional click to display them all. Finally, Microsoft highlights the presence of "recommendations" related to different usage habits. On previous builds of Windows 11, this new Start Menu was not the only solution. Some clever people had found how to modify the registry - the " Start_ShowClassicMode " key located in " HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersionExplorer\Advanced " - to return to the Start Menu of Windows 10.

Alas, several sources who have been following the latest updates, the latest builds of Windows 11 now specify that this registry modification is no longer available. Microsoft has therefore decided to counter this trick to no longer allow users to return to the Start Menu they are used to. In principle, modifying the registry is rarely a maneuver that is recommended to Windows users and Microsoft's decision seems logical. However, allowing the use of the previous Start Menu would have been a way to smooth the transition between the two systems. The question is therefore whether Microsoft has blocked this trick to integrate such a setting in a "cleaner" way or whether it is about forcing the hand of its users.