How to get the new Start menu in Windows 10
Try out Windows 10’s new Start menu – Here’s How!
If you’d like to give the new Start menu a try, we’ll explain the steps below. However, we need to remind you that editing the registry can be potentially dangerous, as any mistakes can prevent your PC from working correctly.
So, we recommend that only users who have used the registry before follow these steps, and to backup the registry before you start. For anyone who’s not comfortable with editing the registry, we recommend holding on until the Windows 10 20H2 update gets officially released.
If you do want to try out the new Start menu, follow these steps:
1. Install the update
First, you’ll need to make sure your PC has the new update installed. To do this, open Windows Update, then click ‘Check for updates’. Click ‘view optional updates’ and look for Build 19041.423. Click it to install.
If you can’t find the update, you can download it from Microsoft’s website – just make sure you pick the right version.
2. Edit the registry
Now you need to edit the registry. You can actually do this via the Notepad app. Open Notepad, then paste the following into the blank document:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FeatureManagement\Overrides\0\2093230218] "EnabledState"=dword:00000002 "EnabledStateOptions"=dword:00000000
Now, save the file with the name 20H2.reg. It can be any name you like, as long as it has the .reg extension at the end. Double click the file you’ve create to run it and apply the registry changes.
Finally, restart your system.
Using the new Start menu
Once your PC restarts you should see the new Start menu. You should notice a new, more cleaner look, with Live Tiles in particular being less garish than before, as well as matching the theme you’ve set in Windows 10.
While it’s not the biggest overhaul in the world, we like the changes Microsoft has made so far, and it seems the company will be bringing more drastic changes to the Windows 10 Start menu later