If you are one of those PC users who love customizing Windows operating system and keep an eye on software that let you customize Windows operating system, then you likely know that the popular Start Button Changer software is not updated for Windows 10 yet.
The Start Button Changer software is the ultimate solution to change the Start button quickly and easily. Since it doesn’t support Windows 10 yet, those of you who would like to change the default icon of the Windows 10 Start button, need to use other tools.
All popular third-party Start menu software programs support replacing the default Start button with custom ones. Although programs like StartIsBack++ and Start10 enable you to change the Start button with ease, we are going use the popular Classic Shell software as it’s free.
Tip: Learn how to hide or remove the Start button in Windows 10.
Change the Windows 10 Start button using Classic Shell
For those who are wondering, you can change the Start button without actually activating Classic Shell’s Start menu and other features. That is, the program will be used only to change the Start button, and you won’t see any other features such as the classic Start menu and Explorer.
So, if you love the new Windows 10 Start menu, you can still use the Classic Shell to change the Start button without activating Classic Shell’s Start menu.
Use Classic Shell to change Windows 10’s Start button
Step 1: Visit this page of Classic Shell,
and download the latest version.
Step 2: Run the setup file, when you come across the following screen, uncheck all options except Classic Start Menu and Classic Shell Update.
Step 3: Once installed, you will see the following screen where you need to select a type of Start menu for your Windows 10. The Windows 7-style Start menu is selected by default.
If you installed the Classic Shell program just to change the Start button and don’t want to replace the original Windows 10 Start menu with Classic Shell, switch to the Basic Settings tab and select the following options:
# Left click opens: Windows Start menu
# Shift + click opens: Windows Start menu
# Windows key opens: Windows Start menu
# Shift + Win opens: Windows Start menu
Don’t click the OK button yet. Switch back to Start Menu Style tab, check the box labeled Replace the Start button as shown in the picture below, and then select the Custom option. Click the Pick image button to select the custom Start menu button. Note that, unlike the Start Button Changer, Classic Shell doesn’t automatically resize the Start button. So you need to manually resize the Start button image.
Finally, click the OK button to apply the new Start button without actually disabling the latest Windows 10’s Start menu.
Our 13 ways to customize the Windows 10 taskbar guide might also interest you.
Yes, you can change without third-party tools, but it requires manually editing system files.
is there any way without third-party apps???
Bill gates says
Thanks for this really helpful
this is the most perfect tutorial i’ve seen, thank you so much !!!!!
Saiyash Chester says
I did not change my Windows start button because if I do that start button I am losing my apps
Bartholomew Ho says
excellent tutorial, here i made a rog logo start button, lore friendly for windows 10 deviantart.com/qiangqiang101/art/Rog2020-839307085
Thanks for sharing this info but seems manual efforts required on individual workstation. Is it also possible via Group Policy or Registry change. Thanks…
Brian Strayer says
Actually it is a lot simpler than that…can easily be done using Start10 from Stardock. Making them is the real trick…