Bring Back That Old Windows 7 Style Start Menu To Windows 8

It has been almost a week since Microsoft has rolled out Windows 8 Developer Preview. And the buzz about the Windows Re-Imagined Start screen is yet to settle. While some are pitching for it there are voices that express the discomfort using the new interface. One thing is clear by now, that this debate has hardly started and is going to stay for some time. Until then, let us look out for a solution that can address this issue. So if you are loving the new start screen, just keep enjoying it with more metro style apps to come. However, if you are keen on getting back the old Windows style start menu, here is a simple registry tweak for you.

1. Start Run (Windows Key + R). Type regedit and hit enter to open the registry editor.


NOTE 1: Prior to making any changes in the Windows registry, it is recommended to backup Windows registry settings so you can revert back in case something goes wrong.

2. Now from the left pane, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. Once that is done, look out for the registry key RPEnabled.


3. Now double-click the entry to change the DWORD data value to 0 (zero). Once that is done, close the registry editor and restart Windows (or just log off and log back in) to see the changes in effect.


Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle


windows-8-start-menu-toggleNow if you are not comfortable with playing around your registry settings, here is a tool named Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle that can do the job for you. You will need to install .Net 3.5.1 to use this application. Once prompted proceed by accepting changes.

NOTE 2: Once you make a change to the registry settings Windows will throw this message,

Unauthorized use or disclosure in any manner may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment (in case of employees), termination of an assignment or contract (in case of contingent staff), and potential civil and criminal liability.

Disclaimer: We will not be held responsible for any legal actions against you for adopting the above method. This tutorial is covered only for educational purposes.

If you want to revert back to the default settings just follow the steps 1-3 and change the DWORD data value to 1.

Well, what do you think of the new start screen. Are you loving it or do you think it’s a big annoyance in the latest Microsoft offering?

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