Although the menu has a new fresh design, it’s not something everyone wants since many users are comfortable with the classic Start menu that appears from the left side of the screen and features Live Tiles. If you are among those users who prefer the classic menu, you can bring back the Start menu with tiles with a third-party application called “Start11.” The app has been designed by Stardock, and it aims to bring back some of the familiar elements that are no longer available on Windows 11. For example, the app allows you to use Windows 10 style Start menu, or the Windows 7 style for an even more classic experience. Also, it brings back the Taskbar context menu, allows you to change the position of the Taskbar, the ability to ungroup apps in the Taskbar, and much more.  In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable the classic Start menu with Live Tiles on Windows 11.

Enable Windows 10 style Start menu on Windows 11 with Start11

To bring back the classic Start menu, you first need to install Start11. This is a paid app, but it includes a 30-day trial. If you like to purchase a license, pricing starts a $5.99.

Install Start11

To install Start11 on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the Windows Package Manager will download and install the latest version of Start11 on your computer. Alternatively, you can always download the installer from Startdock, lunch the installation, and continue with the on-screen directions.

Enable classic Start menu

To bring back the Windows 10 Start menu on Windows 11, use these steps: On the page, you will be able to manage the shortcut list on the left pane of the menu, and customize the menu’s visual appearance like transparency, font size, and color. Also, you can decide whether to show more tiles, recently added apps, including the ability to enable the full-screen menu.

The app doesn’t remove the new Windows 11 menu. Instead, Start11 runs alongside the new menu and prioritizes the access so that using the Windows key or clicking the Start button will open the other menu. Once you complete the steps, you can click the Start button to open the menu. 

Enable classic Start menu on Windows 11 (deprecated)

In the past, you were able to edit the Registry with the instructions below, but because of new changes on Windows 11, it’s no longer possible to enable the original Start menu. Once you complete the steps, the classic Start menu with Live Tiles will once again be available on Windows 11. (See also this YouTube video tutorial to complete this task.) Registry Advanced key Start_ShowClassicMode enable classic Start menu If you want to revert the changes, you can always follow the same instructions, but on step No. 4, right-click the Start_ShowClassicMode DWORD and select the Delete button. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.