How To Get The “Classic Start Menu” Back In Windows 8

Irrespective of whether you view it as a pro or a con, the latest version of Windows will neither show up the “classic Start menu” nor the conventional Start button. If you love the classic Start menu, this might be a con for you; but if you are willing to work with a totally new and enticing interface, this has to be a pro for you.

Classic Start Menu in Windows 8

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However, because most of us have become so highly accustomed to that classic UI, the demand for the conventional Start menu in Windows 8 is certainly on rise. Therefore, to fill Windows 8 with the most beloved but yet missing classic Start menu, the experts have come up with some intelligent ways to do so.

Reintroducing the Classic Start Menu in Windows 8 DP by a Registry Tweak

If you are a real geek, you would not hesitate in tweaking your Windows registry. In fact, you will enjoy doing so. Listed below are the steps to reintroduce the classic Start menu in Windows 8 Developers Preview version.

Open the Registry Editor.
Browse to the key, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft.
Move further to \Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
Spot RPEnabled on the right side.
Change its value from 1 to 10.
Close the Registry Editor. You will be now happy to see that old Start menu.

Kindly note that this method will disable the new Metro UI. This means that you cannot work with the old start menu as well as with the Metro UI at the same time. If you want to bring back the Metro UI, you will have to forgive the classical menu by again changing the value of RPEnabled to 1.

Reintroduce the Classic Start Menu in Windows 8 CP via a Third Party Solution

There are many third-party applications that dig into Windows 8 and embed the classic Start menu. One of latest apps is Classic Shell that aims at reintroducing the conventional Windows interfaces not only in Windows 8 but also in a few former versions. Just recently, this third party program has been revised to include the classic Start menu button, which can be reintroduced in Windows 8 Customer Preview. It is believed that this app will be further revised to include this classic component in the final release of Windows 8 as well.

You can download the latest version of Classic Shell from Once you have downloaded it, you need to install it, but ensure that the Start Menu option is selected during the process of installation. In case you fail to do so, the app will not be able to ensconce the classic Start button.

Once the installation is over, you will be able to see a menu that is much similar to the one present in the Windows XP. So, do not expect a look like that in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Atop the ‘Start’ menu, the app tends to insert many tweaking components for retaining that ‘classic’ feel.

Classic Start Menu in Windows 8

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All those who have used this app have agreed that the reintroduced classical menu is much reactive even on the systems having lower resources. In case you want to use the Vista-style Start menu, consider using the ViStart app that also forces the Windows key to trigger the Vista menu.

So, have you used any other app for reintroducing the classic Start menu? If yes, kindly do share it with us!