How to Bring Back Windows 10 Start Menu on Windows 11 (Free)

Read here how to Bring Back Windows 10 classic Start Menu to Windows 11 with a free app and without doing any registry changes.

The Windows 11 Start Menu is far from unanimous, and many of us still prefer the classic Start Menu. In this article, you will see how to quickly bring back the Windows 10 Start Menu on Windows 11.

You can change your Windows 11 Start Menu without using a paid app or doing risky registry changes using the ExplorerPatcher app by following the steps below:

  1. Download the ExplorerPatcher on Github by clicking on setup program to download it:

    (Ignore any warnings from Windows about ExplorerPatcher installer, the app is safe.)
  2. Install it on your PC. ExplorerPatcher will change your taskbar and restart file explorer.
  3. After finishing, you will have the classic Windows 10 taskbar back (but you can change this if you prefer.)
  4. Right-click on an empty space of your taskbar and click on Properties:
  5. Select Start Menu on the right-side menu, then click on Start Menu style:
  6. Select Windows 10 to bring the Windows 10 Start Menu layout back.
  7. Now click on Position on Screen, then select Screen Edge.

Now you will get the Windows 10 Start Menu in Windows 11.

(It is also possible to move your taskbar to the right, left, or top in Windows 11 by using ExplorerPatcher, I’ve written an article on that.)


While Microsoft doesn’t do anything about the start menu, the best way to bring back the classic Windows 10 Start Menu on Windows 11 is by installing ExplorerPatcher.

There are other ways, like the paid app Stardock Start 11 or Registry Changes on Windows 11, which can be risky in this case.

To further customize your Windows experience, check my article on how to change folder background color in Windows 10.

If your Windows 11 indexing is painfully slow, I’ve written an article on how to fix that.

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Laerthe Côrtes

My first desktop computer, back in the 1990s, opened a whole new world for me; since then I am a heavy PC user (who will never get used to smartphones.) I worked for five years in the PC software industry, and my favorite version of Windows is still Windows 95.

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