How to Make Windows 11 Look Like Windows 10 [GUIDE]

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2. Next, go ahead and install the StartAllBack (Paid, $4.95 per PC) software on your Windows 11 computer. Right after installation, it will automatically move the Start menu to the left corner — just like Windows 10. On top of that, it will also change the icons and system tray to match the Windows 10 design.

3. Now, if you open the Start menu, it will have a Windows 10-style Start menu. For further customization, you can open the StartAllBack app and move to the ‘Start Menu’ tab. Here, you can customize the icon size, change the visual style, and more. Keep in mind that live tiles are no longer supported in Windows 11.

4. In case you are not on Windows 11 build 22000, you can go for another similar customization program called Start11 (Paid, $4.99). It works on all Windows 11 builds, and it is also a paid software. It’s also customizable and comes with several Start menu layouts that look similar to Windows 10.Move Start Menu Icons to the Left Corner

Next, if you don’t want to install any additional programs and want to move the Windows 11 Start menu to the left corner, you can do so natively. Open Settings and navigate to Personalization -> Taskbar -> Taskbar behaviors. Here, from the dropdown menu, select the “Taskbar alignment” as left instead of center.

2. Here, change the icon size to S, M, L, or XL, depending on your preference. You can also choose the Windows 10 icon to display in the taskbar to access the Start menu. At times, you may have to restart the Explorer to force the changes.

3. The best part about this program is that you can disable the grouping of similar apps in the Windows 11 Taskbar. Click on the drop-down menu next to the “Combine taskbar buttons” option and choose “Never” to make the change.

4. Now onwards, apps will not be combined. They will have their individual space in the Windows 11 Taskbar, similar to Windows 10.Move Windows 11 Taskbar to the Top

If you want to move the Taskbar to the top, left, or right edge of the screen, you can do so with some Regedit tweaks. You can follow our dedicated guide on customizing the Windows 11 Taskbar. It will guide you on how to change the Taskbar alignment similar to Windows 10.

2. Next, paste the below command in the address bar of the Registry Editor and press Enter. Computer\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Shell Extensions

3. Now, under the “Shell Extensions” folder, create a new key named Blocked. Right-click on “Shell Extensions” from the left pane and choose New -> Key.

4. After that, move to the “Blocked” key and right-click on the empty space on the right side. Here, choose New -> String Value.

5. Rename the item to the string mentioned below and save it. You don’t need to open it and set any value. {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7}

6. Now, close Registry Editor and restart your PC. Once your PC boots up, you will find the old Windows 10-style File Explorer on your Windows 11 PC.Bring Back Windows 10 Context Menu to Windows 11

If you don’t like the new Windows 11 context menu with rounded corners and the “Show more options” button, it’s time to move back to the classic context menu we are used to on Windows 10. To make things easier, I have made a Registry file that you can add to your computer and have the old context menu back in a few clicks.

1. So first, go ahead and download the Registry file from here.

2. Next, right-click on the file and click on “Merge“. After that, click on “Yes”.

3. Now, restart your computer, and you will find that your Windows 11 PC is another step closer to looking more like Windows 10 with the classic context menu.

4. In case you want to reverse the changes, press the “Windows + R” keyboard shortcut to open the Run window. Type regedit and hit Enter.

6. Now, delete right-click on the “586118283” entry and delete it. Restart your computer, and the Windows 11 context menu should be back.Disable Windows 11 Widgets Panel

Widgets are a new addition to Windows 11, but not many users like the feature because it’s resource-heavy and a repackaged version of MSN News and the News and Weather widget recently introduced in Windows 10. So if you want to get rid of the Widgets panel and make Windows 11 more like Windows 10, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app and move to Personalization -> Taskbar.Turn Off Transparency Effects in Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with a Mica transparency effect which really looks cool. However, some users don’t like transparent windows and want a solid background. So if you are one of those users, you can disable transparency effects and make Windows 11 more like Windows 10.

1. To do so, open Settings and move to Personalization -> Colors.

2. Under the “Colors” section, disable the toggle for “Transparency effects“.

3. Next, navigate to Settings -> Accessibility -> Visual Effects. Again, disable the “Transparency effects” toggle. You are done.Extreme Measures: Downgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 11

At last, if you have installed Windows 11 and find that the new Mica UI, taskbar, and the redesigned Start menu are not to your liking, you can choose to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10. You don’t have to go through the dreadful and long process of installing third-party apps and turning off a slew of features. Instead, you can simply get a familiar experience by rolling back to Windows 10 and feel right at home.

We won’t extend this tutorial further by including the whole process to downgrade your Windows 11 PC to Windows 10. We have already compiled a handy guide on how to roll back to Windows 10 from Windows 11, and you can check it out via the linked article.Get the Windows 10 Look on Your Windows 11 PC!

So that is how you can make some important changes to Windows 11 and experience a Windows 10-style UI and UX in Microsoft’s latest desktop OS. From the Start menu to Taskbar and File Explorer, I have tried to cover all the settings you might want to adjust to enjoy a familiar experience. In case you still miss Windows 10, you can roll back to Windows 10 from Windows 11. Anyway, that is all from us. If you have any questions or suggestions for more changes, let us know in the comments section below. We will surely try to help you out.

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