How to get back the START menu in Windows 10, which was in Windows 7 & # x1f44c;

Good day!

I don't know how many, but in my opinion, for working on a laptop / PC with a regular mouse, the menus that were in Windows 7 (classic formation) are much more convenient than the tiled interface. Classics are more compact, less overloading the visual space, easier to navigate in it ней.


Of course, this is a debatable question. Much depends on your screen and the type of device, the same "tile" is more convenient when operating from the screen (for example, on tablets). In general, why shouldn't Microsoft make a custom menu (whichever is more convenient)?


In general, in this article I want to recommend one simple utility that quickly and easily returns the normal START menu (relevant for Windows 8, 10). I will show everything with a personal example.


"Transferring" the START menu from Windows 7 to Windows 10

In order to immediately clearly demonstrate what we are talking about, I will give the screen below: on the left is the tiled menu (before it was changed using the utility), on the right is what has become.

The menus are almost identical to those in Windows 7 (convenient, more informative, and more responsive (in my humble opinion)).

START menu in Windows 10 (for an illustrative example)

One small utility Start Menu 8 allows you to do this (the link to it is given below).

Start Menu 8

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The utility is intended for those users who cannot get used to the new tiled interface. Allows you to go to the classic START menu in 2-3 mouse clicks.

In addition, in its arsenal there are quite a few settings that allow you to flexibly customize it for yourself.


I omit downloading and installing the utility (everything is standard, nothing interesting 👌).

After installation - you will see the first menu (main) in which you are asked to return the classic interface: just select the "Flat" style and click OK. See screenshot below. 👇

Immediately after installation

In principle, all the main things have already been done: now, after entering PUSK, you will see an interface very close to the classics. But I can't help but note that Start Menu 8 allows much more ...

Menu ready to use

For the thin utility Start Menu 8 - open the START menu and go to its settings (for this there is a small "gear" in the corner of the menu, see the example below 👇).

Menu setting

In chapter "Style" besides "Flat" there is one more alternative style: "classic" (exactly the one that is in Windows 7). See example below.

By the way, you can also change the icons and the START button - but I decided not to consider this, because hardly anyone wants to get confused once again ...


In chapter "General" you can customize the size of icons, sorting of programs, the number of displayed shortcuts when opening a menu, etc. (if you have a large screen, you can set 15-25 pcs.).


Also in the section "User interface" you can specify the font size, set your photo, background color, etc.

User interface

For example, I slightly changed the background color in my menu (made it darker), and set the classic program sorting (when everything is in order).

The screenshot below shows how it looks: quite convenient, without unnecessary ads and clutter that were in the Windows 10 menu ...

Another design option

Disadvantage of Start Menu 8 utility: all the features and capabilities are available only in the paid version (but in principle, everything basic is free).


That's all for now ...

Add-ons are welcome.

Good luck!


Correction: 07/30/2020

First published: 12.11.2018