Friday, 8 January 2016

Windows 10/8.1/8 – How To Revert To Win 7 Style Start Screen

For Desktop and Laptop users the default Windows 10, 8 or 8.1 tiled start screen may not be to your liking. Some assemblers customize the desktop to the Windows 7 style, but if you have a computer that is set up with the tiled interface style desktop (Windows 8.1 & 8), or the compromise inteface with some tiles as seen in a standard Windows 10 installation, then there are other ways around that.

This solution may or may not work on your system (see below). A Registry backup should be completed before any editing:
1. Open the Run command box by using the Win+R keys.
2. Type in “regedit” without the quotes and click Okay.
3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
4. Find the value “RPEnabled” and then double click it.
5. Change the 1 to a 0.
Now you should have the classic style start menu in Windows 8.

Testing shows the above Registry entry does not exist in the OEM copies of Windows 8 Pro 64 bit, though it may in other Windows 8 versions. If you try the above solution solution see if you arrive at the same conclusion.

If Windows 8.1 has been set to boot to the Desktop, the Start button does not provide a Start Menu as does Windows 7 - read below...........

A fully customizable alternative to get the Windows 7 look and behavior for Windows 8 & 8.1 is Stardock’s Start8 utility for Windows 8.1 & 8, or the Start10 utility for Windows 10. It provides a menu option on start up to go to the standard Win 8 tiled interface, or to a Win 7 styled desktop complete with a Start button and a familiar Start Menu. It is function and appearance customizable too. This utility has been checked out and it does everything as advertised. It can be downloaded as a trial, or a paid version (about AUD$12) at:

The page opens showing Start10 however further doen there is a link to Start8.

The Start10 version interface is not as fully populated at Start8, however it does group links into logical groups. A click on a group opens further links.


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