here’s how to activate the new start menu now

Already contained in the code of an optional update for Windows 10 2004 (May update), the new start menu of Microsoft’s operating system can be activated before the hour using a small trick. Today we explain how to do it.

Not necessarily to everyone’s taste, the colored thumbnails give way to a more united whole on the new version of the start menu // Source: Frandroid

Integral part of Windows 10, the start menu has finally changed little aesthetically since the launch of the OS of Microsoft 5 years ago. And while the interface of the operating system is more sober, the patchwork of colored thumbnails goes badly with some users. To allow a more discreet visual experience, Microsoft has therefore recently revised the look of its menu to allow it to display plain tiles, linked to the colors adopted by the theme.

The idea here is to offer ” a uniform and partially transparent background for the tiles», Explains the group. Still, this new start menu can actually be activated right now … but by cheating a little.

The new start menu already integrated with an optional update!

If Microsoft intends to publicly deploy this new feature with the next major update for Windows 10, the new start menu has in fact already been implemented in the OS, at least through an optional update (KB4568831). To activate it, the procedure is rather simple, but it nevertheless requires a (small) modification of the registry. Without further ado, here is the method detailed by MSPowerUser.

First, create a restore point for Windows 10 in case something goes wrong while handling it. The thing is done from the settings of Windows, under the heading “Update and security”, and from the tab “Backup”. A manipulation of the register is never trivial and it is better to be proactive.

The start menu before / after the operation // Source: MSPowerUser

Once this step is over, we can get to the heart of the matter. From this same “Update and security” section, go to the “Windows UpdateAnd search for updates to find the optional KB4568831 Update (available only to devices that received the May update, Windows 10 2004). After downloading and installing the latter, open Notepad (type Notepad in Windows 10 search to find it easily).

When you open Notepad, copy and paste this command:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


All you have to do then is save the document obtained under the name “20H2.reg”, So that it is saved as an executable. Launch it and confirm the changes made in the registry. Remember that this order is not official and that a risk remains … hence the prior backup that we recommended above.

Either way, once your device has restarted, you should see the new start menu appear. The Alt + Tab command, in beta, especially for Microsoft Edge tabs, should also be enabled, along with the new icon for folders.

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