The Start menu, which was missing from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, has finally returned with Windows 10. Even though the Start screen is very much present and one can enable the Start screen in Windows 10 with a few mouse clicks, the all new Start menu is turned on by default on traditional desktops and notebooks where we use keyboard and mice (touchapd) as input devices.
As you may have observed by now, the Start menu in Windows 10 isn’t identical to the Start menu that we have seen in Windows 7 and Vista. The Windows 10’s Start menu includes elements from both Windows 7 as well as Windows 8, meaning it includes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
By default, the left-side of the Start menu shows recently used and pinned programs, whereas the right-side shows live tiles. Users who don’t like these live tiles or users who would like to have a simple Start menu might want to make the Windows 10 Start menu look like Windows 7.
If you prefer to have a clean yet functional Start menu in Windows 10, all you need to do is follow the instructions mentioned in one of the two methods given below.
Make the Start menu of Windows 10 look like Windows 7
The idea is to unpin all tiles that you see on the right-side of the Start to get the clean but functional Start menu. Even though it’s not identical to the Start menu of Windows 7, you will get a close version of it without installing third-party utilities. And if you want to make your Windows 10 Start menu look identical to Windows 7 Start menu, please skip to Method 2.
Step 1: Open the Start menu.
Step 2: Right-click on all app tiles on the right-side of the Start menu one-by-one and then click Unpin from Start option.
Step 3: Once all the tiles are removed, you should get what you’re looking for.
Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 10 using third-party tools
And if you would like to have the exact Start menu of Windows 7 in Windows 10, you have plenty of free and paid Start menu programs to choose from.
Classic Shell, ViStart Menu, and IObit Start menu are some of the best free Start menu programs that you can install to get Windows 7 style Start menu in Windows 10. Among the lot, Classic Shell seems to the most popular Start menu program.
And if you’re on Windows 7 and want to have Windows 10’s Start menu, please follow our Windows 10 Start menu for Windows 7 guide.